Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Regarding my Disappearance...

Happy Halloween!!

Have you looked to see what's under your house, lately?

Yes, I've been away from Blogland for a while.  I had to self-impose a limit on my computer time so I could buckle down for some Supreme Sewing as well as my holiday sewing.  I finished my Supreme sewing and am coming close to finishing the holiday sewing, so I thought I'd stick my nose above ground for a little updating around the Squash House.

This is a view of the backyard today and our two, four year old maples.  Aren't they gorgeous? 
 Here is the view looking to the East.  The maple in the background is in our neighbor's yard.  It always turns color first.  Despite some needed rain, we have had very warm temps here.  Our hearts go out to all those on the East Coast who have weathered Hurricane Sandy.  Mr. Squash's sister and her husband live just minutes from Atlantic City.  We are anxiously waiting to hear how they did through the storm.
 What is one to do with all these gorgeous Golden Delicious apples?
 Make applesauce!  I recently got this very cool apple peeler.  Once I figured out how to use it, I realized how fast and efficiently you can peel and core a box of apples!  First you put an apple on the machine, then turn the red handle until the peel is gone and the core pokes completely through the end.  (Notice how you can position it right over the kitchen sink to catch all the peels and cores?)
 This is what the apple looks like when you remove it from the machine.  If I lifted up the top slice, it would be one, long spiral!
All you do is slice down the center.... 
...and you can fill up your crock pot in no time at all! 
 I added some pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and brown sugar and set the timer for 5 hours.  My camera card went south otherwise I'd show you the end result.  I'm sure you can use your imagination!
 Just had to show you this picture of Sophie enjoying the sunshine under the coffee table.  I searched all over the house for her one day and finally found her here!
We are in the process of getting more insulation added to our home.  Much to our surprise, we found that R19 is no longer code for insulation - it is now R49!  Thanks to the Sustainable Living Center here in town and credits from the gas company, we are able to get the entire job done for half price!  Yesterday the Sustainable Living Center came to test the amount of air that escapes our house prior to having the additional insulation added.  This is our front door opened with their "contraption" attached.  A large fan blows air out of the house and the computer measures how much air escapes.  (I hope I explained that correctly.)  After the new insulation is added they will do this again to measure the difference.  My hope is that I won't be sewing in my studio this winter layered in several sweaters and fingerless gloves!

That's it for now from the Squash House.  I wish I could show you what I've been sewing, but for now it's all secret!


Stephanie said...

Gorgeous maples. Oooo and aaahhh. Same with the applesauce. Next batch I make I'm adding brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice too. Sophie is funny but a girl needs to be warm. Perhaps she's solar powered? Hope your upgrade keeps you much warmer this Winter.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, the maple trees are so beautiful. We have some like that in our area too. I love seeing them.
I can't wait to see what you have been sewing.
Cool gadget. I have seen them before. Looks pretty handy.

cjwalla2 said...

Maybe I should get a maple to replace my dogwood (RIP) They're beautiful! Looks like I'm missing a sunny day in WW... Seattle=rain...
Happy Halloween!

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Anne said...

Your maple trees are gorgeous. I just love autumn and all the beautiful colors. Not ready for snow tho, that's for sure. Your cobbler recipe looks wonderful. Do you serve it with ice cream? Yummy!
Love the picture of Sophie under the table in the sun. Kitties are so fun to observe....

Betty Lou said...

Fall is here, beautiful maples with all their splendor, lovely apples, and holiday sewing complete-----at the Squash House that is. Hugs

Kaaren said...

So that's where you've been hiding, huh? Now I can't wait to see what you've been working on.

I saw one of those apple peelers in Crackerbarrel a couple of years ago and was tempted to buy one but didn't. Now I can kick myself after seeing the job yours does. What a time saver...and I thought that it was just a decorative gimmick! Wrong!

Your backyard is still beautiful in spite of it being November. What a transformation in the relatively short time you've been living there.

Here's to a warmer house this winter!

Mary said...

I love kitchen gadgets and your apple peeler looks wonderful! I can almost smell the applesauce!

Libby said...

Beautiful maples! We have some changing leaves here and there around town. I'm not sad that I don't have to rake *s*
We could probably use additional insulation but first a new front door. The one we have is SO poorly hung I can watch all the neighbors comings and goings through the cracks. All worsened when the weather is cooler and the wood shrinks. Good thing our weather is mild!

AnnieO said...

Love those turning trees. Our neighbors have gingkos and we get to watch those turn golden but no one has any red orange beauties near us. The kitty was smart and the apples look delish. Hope all that new insulation really does the trick. I'm sure we need some too after 20+ years of compacting in the attic crawlspace.

Michele said...

Oh I love the trees! They are beautiful! Thanks for showing your fall colors :-) Congrats on getting so much sewing done! I should do the same thing. You were missed :-)

Houseelf said...

Japanese Maples are so pretty. I used to have a Senkaki but it died in Wales after a long snowy winter.

OOOOOOO love the new toy! Dribble dribble! You have started a garlic car revolution in our house already, is gismo-itis contageous? I will be giving a garlic car or 2 as family chrissy-pressies this year.

Don't worry I am much the same with my Christmas makings. I keep popping my head up. :-)

pratima said...

Beautiful Maples.. spectacular scenery in your yard! My mouth is watering thinking about apple sauce... looks so good!Perfect sunny spot for Sophie!
I hope your loved ones are safe and warm! We are expecting more storm weather today. I hope it is a mild one.

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