Gorgeous, as always!
I have been crazy busy lately. Matao's cousins from Australia are in town visiting, my brother and his girlfriend Liz made a quick stop-through on Sunday/Monday, and we had a pretty decent sized "Non Denominational Holiday Dinner and Gift Exchange" on Sunday night, where I assisted my brother in making the best moose meatloaf ever with tons of garlic, onions, and fresh mint (!!!) Thanks greatly to our dad for sending my brother with a styro full of game meat! Moose meat is so clean and flavorful that it lends so well to simple dishes with a few good additions. There were actually two vegetarians at the party who tried it and loved it (I won't name names!)
Last night I bottled up all of my homemade vanilla extract. It smells and tastes wonderful. I used a bit of it when I made vanilla cupcakes on Sunday- and although the cupcakes were a total flop (don't get me started) they still had great vanilla flavor. After this I think I'll have a very hard time buying pre-made vanilla extract ever again.
Our CSA boxes the past month have been overflowing with potatoes and apples. The potatoes get used up quickly, but Matao isn't much of a fruit eater, and we have more than I can even begin to put a dent into. A lot of the apples are starting to go soft on top of that. I'm thinking I'll end up making applesauce, but I'm having a hard time getting excited about it. Does anyone have any other suggestions, or maybe even just a good twist to put on applesauce? If I do make it I'll be canning most of it, and if it's going to take up precious pantry space it had better be amazing!
Aside from any of that... I am dying for snow. Seattle just doesn't cut it in that department. I'm not going home for Christmas this year, either, so I guess I'll just have to enjoy it via other peoples photos that I stole from Flickr. Hah!