* We went apple picking yesterday. Each year it gets later, in the hopes that it will be cooler... but yesterday it was 80+ degrees out, so my plan isn't working out so good now is it? Wacky weather shifting going on in the northeast. Stays warmer longer.. snow shows up later.. stays cold and rainy well into late June. So anyhow.. today I put in my first batch of Crockpot applesauce. There is nothing that screams fall more than cinnamon applesauce simmering in the kitchen all day. The plus side of this warm weather.. is I haven't had to turn on my heat yet. A few years ago it was a stretch to get to October 1st, and some years we didn't make it. The past 3 years it's been well into October. Maybe in a few more years we'll make it to November. But I doubt it.
* If you ever have the misfortune of a ball point pen making it into your dryer, and getting ink all over your clothes, and dryer... rubbing alcohol and a lot of elbow grease will get it out of most every type of fabric. Some cottons don't give up ink... so accept that some of your clothing will be a loss. Fight the urge to beat your