Random Monday ::
I baked a really yummy pumpkin cake with a pumpkin from our garden the other night (the from our garden part always makes me happy.) I followed Stephinie’s pumpkin bar recipe with the following changes: used all spelt flour, substituted butter for coconut oil, sucanat for brown sugar, and added a frosting made from one block of softened cream cheese mixed with about 1/4 cup maple syrup. And of course I doubled the recipe. You should make this! I also made my friend Eve’s Autumn Gratin over the weekend. I absolutely love that stuff. (And by the way-I omitted the chicken broth and it turned out just fine without it–maybe even better.)
Our property is so overgrown and wild right now. Jonny is hoping to get everything in shape before the baby arrives. The upside of all that wildness is that there is still so much blooming all over the place for the bees. We sure are hoping that they make it through this winter.
One thing that I sort of randomly decided I wanted for myself before the new baby comes is a new purse. I am not sure why I connected a purse with the baby, but I haven’t bought one in about six years, so it was time. My last purse was a handmade bag from Bayan Hippo and it is actually still in great shape after all these years which is pretty amazing, so I decided I would order another from that shop. It’s pale blue velvet corduroy and so pretty.
So many little things are getting accomplished around here, but as is always the case, there is still so much to do. I washed the newborn baby clothes and tucked them on the shelf beneath Silas’ in the little armoire they will share. I had the great idea to add Sleepy Baby essential oil drops to the (unscented) laundry soap I was washing with, and the clothes smell so good now. I’ve washed all the little woolens too, of which we have a good many for this baby thanks to a sweet mom who passed hers to us. My midwife visited last week and set up her kit of things for the birth since I’ll be having a baby in just a few weeks. I pretty much can’t believe that, but then I never can until it actually happens. A baby!