Our life living off the land in our log cabin, breathing fresh mountain air, and getting back to basics.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Little Surprises

My first awesome surprise this morning, as we were walking to the garden, was to see this beautiful raspberry on our small raspberry bush.  What was most surprising about it is that we already had a few raspberries in the spring, so we were not expecting anything more this year.  As you can see, there are a couple other buds ripening...kind of fun...if we can get enough of them to ripen at the same time, we can play "one for you, one for me"!

Another pleasant surprise, Mountain Man is in clothes without holes...this is for you Patti, as you are concerned about the need for mending...lol...this is his special 'going out' clothes!...there are probably many of you out there who have had the same thoughts, but haven't voiced them yet!  Anyway, he is holding our new hydrometer (one of two, so we have a backup).  This is a really good thing, because as he was preparing to measure the must (click on the link to learn more about wine must) today, he dropped the new hydrometer, boom, on the floor!  Good thing it hit right on the thick end of the tip, and it did not break...but you know we were both happy we ordered two!

The nice little surprise about the hydrometer was that this one is made in France...does that mean our wine will turn out something like what the French vineyards produce???  One never knows!

This is us measuring the SG of the wine with our new hydrometer today...things are moving in the right direction, as the SG indicates the  must (click on the link to learn more about wine must) is indeed fermenting.

My final little surprise, is my acorn squash dish this evening.  I was making curry shrimp with rice.  The acorn squash was harvested today from the garden.  They were small, and I was concerned they might not be ripe, but they were the most beautiful acorn squash I have ever seen.  (No, I am not exaggerating...they were firm with nicely shaped seeds that were easy to scoop out, and a delightful deep yellow color...and no, I am not being partial either!)  To compliment the curry shrimp and rice, I decided to use red curry (instead of the usual cinnamon), honey and a little butter to bake the squash.  It was delectable, with just the right bit of heat, but a lovely sweetness that balanced the somewhat spicy shrimp.  

Life it good!  We are fortunate.  This is not a surprise:)

Thanks for reading my blog, you are the best f/f/r/s/f's, see you tomorrow,


Dad/Pepere said...

A rare moment to see the raspberry late in season...even more rare is to see Mountain Man "all dressed up", mountain style that is! The butternut squash looked great next to the spicy shrimp. And it goes without saying, I am counting the days until the Pumpkin Farm Road Wine is ready to enjoy! Ummmmm! Hugs!

Lise said...

Thanks Dad, keep counting:) Hugs to you!

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Hey Mountain man looks great in his new jeans! Now for new socks!
We are in Ohio, it's to be 38 in the morning. We will have to dress in layers, since we have no winter coat.
Have a great week!

Lise said...

Socks will never happen Patti, unless it's below freezing! I hope your layers kept you warm, is was chilly today here in the mountains, but still comfortable! Safe travels:)