Monday, October 30, 2017

Pumpkin Carving ~ 2017

Perfect weather. Fleece hats, cordoroy pants, and sweaters.

"Daddy, carve it just like this!"

caving 1

Surprised every year.

carving 2

Noticing bits of fall in our own backyard.

carving 3

carving 4

Using our time together to capture a few

carving 5

carving 8

carving 7

carving 10

carving 11

carving 6

carving 12

And then we came in to watch 'The Dog Who Saved Halloween'


We ate Apple Cider Chili in the family room.

1 T flour
1 t allspice
1/2 t pepper
1/4 t garlic powder
1 lb stew beef, cubed
3 T oil
1 to 2 c apple cider
2 T catsup
3 potatoes, peeled, chopped
2 to 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 onions, chopped
Optional: 1/4 c flour

Place flour and seasoning in a large plastic zipping bag; shake to mix. Add beef to bag, a few pieces at a time; shake to coat. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and brown beef; drain. Stir in cider and catsup. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for one to 1 1/2 hours, or until meat is tender. Add vegetables; simmer an additional 30 minutes, until tender. If a thicker stew is desired, make a paste using 1/4 c cooking liquid and 1/4 cup flour; stir until smooth. Slowly add to stew; cook until thickened.

And then feasted on apple pie in the kitchen.


(and then after bedtime I got to work for my 4th grade class)


  1. Perfection!
    And may I say, dear Anna, you are a beautiful high school young lady.
    Happy Halloween to my sweet friends!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Yay!!
    What a perfect day and evening!
    Hope you all have a wonderful Halloween tomorrow :)

  3. i love how your pumpkins turned out! And the picture of Anna above the carved pumpkin picture..she's so beautiful!
    I think I am going to put your chili on our menu next week.