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All Hallows Eve

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Here we are on a very wet Halloween morning.  Rare not to have this be a wet day here in Oregon.  The leave are starting to fall up here on the mountain, its getting colder and the rabbits are definitely getting grumpier as we have more and more of these wet days. Time for soups to appear on a regular basis.  Today will be Split pea and Ham.  I love this old fashioned rib warmer.  I do add a bit of dry sherry as I sauteed the carrots and leeks, but other than that it's all about a smoked ham hock and split peas.  I baked some country bread (a mostly white sourdough leavened bread) over the weekend so we will be warm and satisfied with this meal.  A friend is bringing an addition of fresh Chanterelle mushrooms to add to the table.  I'm thinking of cooking these into a compote to go with fresh chevre to add to the bread (or soup for that matter).

But wait, I see the sun poking out.  Makes me want to run out to the orchard to harvest the perfect apples that are just waiting for us.  I think an apple pie with caramel sauce may be in order.  We don't turn on the lights up here tonight as there just aren't many little ones that come calling.  But a caramel apple pie will at least make me feel like I'm bobbing;)

On the needles today is an old project that needed to be fixed.  The beautiful Stora Dinum shawl by Cheryl Oberle from Folk Shawls.  I started this a couple of years ago at SOAR with A Verb for Keeping Warm's merino/silk in Persimmon.  A big goof in stitch count in the bottom lace pattern became frustrating so it went into time out for a while.  Right now knitting on size 8 needles feels like a wonderful break from a sweater on size 3s;)  The stitch count is now fixed, the color feels perfect for fall and I have two pieces to go back and forth on.

I realize that this blog has been quite remiss on the photo sharing.  I find that right now I am just sitting down and writing what comes to mind.  I'll get to a point where these will be a bit more planned.  And with photos of some of the food and knitting projects.