Sunday, October 17, 2021

Dribs & Drabs

 Well, here we are in a very rainy Sunday trying to be productive. I did prep and freeze apple pie fillings:

My father- in-law taught me this and it is so simple and makes for a delicious pie. Just peel and slice the apples and sprinkle with a cinnamon and sugar mixture. Freeze. Our fav apple is the Sandow which is a relative of the Northern Spy. Yummy!

I also made a new candle scent. 
It’s a Christmas tree and  fireplace scent.
 I hope it doesn’t burn with the soapy smell I get when some manufacturers produce a “Fir” candle. Ugh. But I must wait 2 weeks for the candles to rest before testing. 

I named it “Posey Holler Tree Farm”— that being an area I grew up near in Old Virginia. There wasn’t a tree farm there per say, but my father being very frugal, took up an offer from a local man for a free tree. This old man was peculiar but friendly and we’d drive way out to his land and hike to the evergreen area. When we’d get out of the car my dad would say, “Now watch your step for bear traps, you know Fred!” And we’d most definitely have to watch. If you ask me, that was a steep price for a Christmas tree… 

My thrift shop finds this week were this red ware looking teapot ($5), and these spectacular vintage Halloween decorations! They have a Kmart sticker and a reduced price of forty-seven cents.

And this week has been a superb time for woods walks. I’d say our leaves peaked and the temps were just perfect. Willie and I went for some wanders.

And in honour of the approaching Halloween, I’ll leave you with 
some truly scary pics from my trip to Atlantic          Superstore yesterday. The first two are for a pound of 


Jacqueline said...

Those prices are scary. said...

Indeed!! Terrifying!!

TheCrankyCrow said...

WHAT?????!!!! Over $4 for a dozen of eggs????!! I assume that's Canadian...but still. And the butter is outrageous as well. Prices here, too, are going steadily up and the shelves are getting steadily emptier...a scary time indeed. Your Christmas candles sound so sure to let us know how they turn out after they cure and you can test them. Our colors have peeked too and many trees are as bare as the shelves...although some of the stubborn maples have barely started to turn. I have always found that so curious as the sugar maples are completely spent already. Enjoy your rainy day...we were cool the past few days, but today we are in the 60's and I hear that is the forecast for the next few days. Last year we had snow on this day. ~Robin~

acorn hollow said...

I pay the farmer down he road 3.00 a dozen which is more than fair I think. Yikes on the butter. I filled my freezer late summer with butter knowing something was brewing. I do a lot of baking at Christmas and I am trying to be prepared. Good finds at the thrift store.
Cathy said...

Yes Robin! I’m making an appointment for my snow tires today- it’s coming! Empty shelves will be commonplace I fear. Gas is $5.40 a gallon too. I’ve trimmed down this year so I need less food which is a blessing.
I’m pretty excited about the candle making. I’d hate to know what I’ve spent in candles over the years, this is somewhat cheaper but not guaranteed success.

Prims By The Water said...

I can smell your candles from here. So yummy sounding! I paid $15.49 for three pounds of hamburger last Friday and I normally paid $9.99. UGH Everything is going up or packaged in smaller quantities...but really will cost you more, unless you dont figure it out. Janice said...

We got veggie boxes from a local farmer all summer — those prices are good. Meats and eggs and cheeses are not good. I think we may be in this for a long time . And don’t get me started on smaller packaging ! 🤣

diamondc said...

What a great idea to make the apples ahead of time and freeze, I may have to do this.
Oh my the price of butter and eggs, this is horrible, I am sure the prices will rise soon here in Minnesota.
We have been stocking up on many things.
Your candles sound wonderful, great Halloween finds, I love thrifting.
Krissy sends hugs and kiss's to Willie.