September 21st, 2008

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Weekendy Goodness

I had a lot of good food and good company this weekend. It was quite nice.

On Saturday, Nicoal came down to visit. We had planned on hiking, but many factors ended up coming together to exclude hiking from our day. So instead we went to Albany. We had coffee at Boccherini's, where we met Erin and Anthony and Erin's mom so that I could get the face soap I'd ordered from Erin. (She is a salesperson for Daisy Blue Naturals, and I like their tea tree & lavender soap.) Then Nicoal and I continued on to the Heritage Mall, where we drank Orange Julius and scoped out boys shopped at Old Navy and Target and spent some time picking out some cute frames for Nicoal's new reading glasses. It was fun whispering "Sarah Paaaaalin" in her ear every time she looked at rimless ones. :D

Nicoal got the glasses techs working on her lenses and we came back to Corvallis, and then swung by my CSA farm, Gathering Together Farm. It's pretty close to Philomath, which is nice. They have a really nice building with a fountain outside, and tables on the covered porch and a little farm stand with a big kitchen. (They host lots of meals during the week and on Saturdays, all with local food.) I bought some Gravenstein apples to make applesauce with.

Nicoal went on her way and then Cory and I stayed up way too late playing computer games.

Right around lunchtime today Cory's friend Mike and his girlfriend Angie stopped by to eat with us. We went to McMenamins since almost all the smaller restaurants are closed on Sundays. We picked up coffee at Dutch Brothers (I only drank half of mine; it wasn't very good) and they left soon after, which gave us time to do some grocery shopping and for me to make my applesauce. I've also spent some time talking with Julie, one of the tech editors for Interweave Crochet mag, helping her out with some issues with my pattern for the winter issue. It's slightly less painful this time around than with my first pattern, but I always feel bad that my pattern's not perfect as-is. Oh well - I'm assuming almost nobody's is.

The day is waning, and tomorrow is work again. I can feel fall in the air, and the leaves are even starting to turn. And so commences my favorite time of year!
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This afternoon I used some local Gravenstein apples to make applesauce. It's becoming a fall tradition for me, but the last time or two that I tried it I got distracted and burnt it, and had to throw it out. So I was determined not to burn it this time. That sounds kind of silly, because applesauce is super easy, but you know me.

Makin' Applesauce
So I cored and chopped the apples and threw them in the pot with a little water and some cinnamon and allspice. I didn't bother peeling them, as I like the added interest in texture; plus the peels are where the good nutrients are. (I don't peel my potatoes before I make mashed potatoes, either, for the same reason.) After about ten minutes, they started getting soft, and I realized I'd put a little too much water in so I sucked it out with a baster and put it in a mug and drank it like cider.

Makin' Applesauce
I let the applesauce boil on medium for half an hour, and then mashed it up with a fork. At one point my thumb slipped off the fork and I put my fist into the hot sauce, and burnt my bird-makin' finger a little. Barely hurt, though. I put a little lemon juice in, but gravensteins are a pretty good level of sweet vs. tart so I probably could have gotten away with not putting any in. I didn't put any sugar in, as I like tart sauce.

Eatin' Applesauce
Then I put some in a ramekin and ATE it. It was yummy. I like it best when it's warm, and chunky. Mmm. I wonder if it'd also be yummy with pumpkin in it. (Maybe when we go back to the farm for our pumpkins in a few weeks, I can bring back ingredients to try it!)
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Cue sad music.

I forgot to mention this, and Nicoal rightly thought it deserved its own entry.

The other day, I went to Les Schwab because my tire was low. I don't know if I mentioned that in here before. My right rear tire was almost flat, so I drove it to the truck shop at work and had someone put air in it so I could make it to Les Schwab OK, and then when I got there they took the tire off and looked for a leak and couldn't find it. They put the tire back on and sent me on my way, and I didn't have to pay them anything, which is awesome.

Then yesterday when Nicoal and I stopped at the Indian place by my house for some lunch, I walked around the back end of the car to go inside and noticed that my hubcap is gone! It could be in Philomath, or in Albany, or in Corvallis somewhere... so it's almost futile to go out looking for it. I've never lost a hubcap before. I'm sad! :(