Beau October 29th, 2009
Where has the week gone!? We picked a wonderful couple of days to enjoy camping last weekend… it has been nearly the only sunshine we’ve seen in about two weeks. We really had a great time, and I’ll share a little more later. All the rain is incredible though, we’ve had far more than usual.
This maple tree was beautiful in the sunshine last Saturday. Some of the maples turn orange and red, and others a bright yellow. Maybe a sugar or silver maple?
I’ve been trying to work outdoors these past few weeks, but the weather hasn’t cooperated too much. My shed project is still there… waiting for drier weather. I managed to dig out the base for the foundation from the hillside. An enormous amount of dirt that I placed behind the barn near the beehives. I wanted to remove the soil from the work area so the rain didn’t cause a muddy mess… that turned out to be a good idea.
After I finished digging it out, I packed down a small entrance drive and the interior with gravel and it really worked well to prevent erosion and mud from heading to the barn. My plan is to build a small retaining wall at the back, and then use dek-blocks on top of gravel for the foundation structure. Not sure what kind of retaining wall I’ll build yet…
Of course the boy found the gravel pile a great place to test his jumping abilities. And yes, he’s wearing his pajamas. It seems that part of the school activities this week included “pajama day.” I would never have thought of wearing pajamas to school as a kid… these days they seem to love it. After school he thought it great fun to run around in them, especially with the brief sun that emerged for about 10 minutes!
While it’s been raining (and chilly!) I figured it was time to get out the crock pot this week. Started a new recipe that I call Harvest Slow-Cook Tenderloin… and it includes potatoes, onions, carrots and even apples. Isn’t it colorful? The tenderloin is under all the veggies and broth.
I let it cook for about 4-5 hours, and the crock pot does all the work. The pork tenderloin comes out nice and well… ah, tender!
I’m one of those cooks that makes things as I go along… recipes are simply recommendations… no hard and fast rules! It was pretty tasty.