Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fall First Weekend

First attempt at making crackers. I've been wanting to try this for a while, but was inspired to give it a go from the recipes in this months issue of Mary Janes Farm Magazine. They look a bit.. well.. lets say... rustic? But, they were actually not too bad. Willing to try it again..

...especially after I figured out the PASTA ROLLER attachment for the mixer will make a really THIN cracker!!

First skillet berry pie with a HUGE THANKS to Bloom for posting her fabulous pictures and recipe! Really delicious.. Photo here as I popped it in the oven!

First "stick-fire" of the season in the wood stove. Most especially needed after a busy weekend.

We pulled the honey supers off of the hives for the second time this year. Another first for us. For some reason I didn't grab my camera as we left for the farm and I missed capturing a baby bee as it hatched. I've never seen that happen before either!

Wishing you all a most wonderful start to your week! I am off to bed, but first... a hot bath!!
See you on Tuesday!

16 comments:

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

A thoroughly satisfying weekend! and I love the tip about the pasta machine! As for the fire...you are WAY ahead of us...still delightful 70's every day.

Camie | Red Gate Gardens said...

I'm going to have to get that pasta roller - just for homemade crackers. Have you tried the King Arthur flour cheese cracker recipe? To die for. I make a batch and my kids eat the entire thing in a day...holy carbs Batman!

dmoms said...

love Camie's comment. You have been so productive. very impressive. I baked some apples tonight for dessert. My family would have wanted that pie instead!

gardenmama said...

A baby bee hatch!!!! Do tell more!!!!
Off to google it... ; ) happy week to you!

Chiot's Run said...

I always use my pasta roller to make crackers. I make them in long strips and bake them on my baking stone in my oven. They're a great alternative to chips.

I use this recipe: http://www.wildyeastblog.com/2008/02/21/sesame-semolina-flatbreads/

I like to make different flavors as well, like cracked pepper & parmesan, or whole grain, and a few other's I've experimented with.

I love the rustic look of your crackers, quite lovely.

Michelle said...

Great pictures! Those crackers look yummy...I like the rustic look. And that pasta roller? You just gave me a great idea to put on my Christmas list!

lily boot said...

oh my goodness - the pasta machine - I would never have thought of it! What a great idea. And a wood burning stove with which to cook your pie on the first weekend in fall - too perfectly lovely.

Kelly said...

This must be why Fall won the 'What is your favorite season' poll on my blog. Pies, wood fires, hot baths. Life is good.
(Adorable pie by the way!)

Nancy said...

Sounds like an absolutely wonderful weekend.

And homemade crackers? It's been in the back of my mind for months. I just need to do it. And the pasta machine? What a great idea! Wish I owned one.

The Cottage Comtesse said...

Okay, let me jump on the pasta roller band wagon. I've been toying with the idea of getting one for a couple of years. Now I have an excellent excuse to take the plunge! Fabulous tip!

So tell me, I'm new at the bee thing and still learning. Are you leaving one of the supers for a food source during the winter for the bees, or do you just feed them? Are you removing the supers to extract the honey? Obviously I'm a "super" novice here! I have my hive, but need to order bees for the spring. I was too late this year to get any - they had sold out.

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

I am having a hard time saying good-bye to summer..but after looking at your beautiful warm images and reading this post...I am ready to jump into fall and embrace it.
What an ambiance you have created...I can just smell the goodies.
Thank you Leigh for sharing.

June said...

A baby bee! A wood fire! And homemade crackers. What a rich, good life.

Our pasta maker cranks a lot around here: all those eggs! I'm going to have to try it for crackers too.

theurbanfieldguide said...

Happy Fall Equinox!

Sarah / Bee House Hives said...

What a good day! Looking forward to hearing about your second pulling of supers and how that goes.
I saw a bee hatch this year for the first time, it was so neat watching as it chewed it's way into the world, and then to see the wings unfold. Amazing.

underthebigbluesky said...

i love the rustic crackers. even better that way.

how wonderful for you about the bee hatching. sometimes it's better to not have the camera and focus solely on the event.

saw my first wooly bear caterpillar, which for me marks fall, but by the time i went back (had to drop off dog, find walks with dog/camera do not mix) and got my camera he was gone.

deb said...

Your weekend sounds like the perfect start to fall!

I subscribe to that magazine as well and have been meaning to try the cracker recipe. Soon, one day soon... Your skillet pie looks fantastic! I'm going to have to try that too. Thanks for sharing the link!

You enjoy your week as well!

P.S. Doesn't it seem like the most amazing things happen when you don't have your camera with??? I always see a gazillion things to photograph when I'm cameraless.