I have to tell you, this weekend was great! It was low key and mostly spent at home and it was just what the doctor ordered.
We started Friday evening in the usual way. It was warm enough to be outside, not just for cocktail hour, but right up until bedtime. Warm nights like that are numbered at this point so we’re making the most of them while they last.
Also, I baked a pie for our town’s Apple Pie Contest. I mostly followed my usual apple pie routine but I did make the crust with butter and shortening instead of all shortening. And instead of using all Cortland apples, as my mom always did, I used a mix of Cortland and Gala.
Those extra details must have made the difference because my pie came in 2nd place! The way this contest works is that after the pies have all been judged the remaining pieces are sliced and sold. Dale bought a piece of my pie and I remembered to take this picture before he gobbled it up entirely. I was very pleased with how the fruit filling held together.
First place went to Sean’s pie and I bought a slice of that one. It was delicious! He used lard and butter in the crust and a mixture of Braeburn and Honey Crisp apples, I believe. The fruit was cooked perfectly, not mushy but still firm. He totally deserved 1st place!
We had things we were going to do in the afternoon and evening but when we got home from the events on the Town Common we didn’t have a lot of motivation. Well. I didn’t have a lot of motivation. Dale actually mowed the lawn. I did get up off the couch eventually and I planted these succulents from Jessica’s baby shower. That exhausted me, though, and I was done for the day!
Cocktail hour was on the deck again.
And then we came inside to play Mexican Train. As you can see, Mason was quite interested in the game. Heh. Dale kicked my ass this time but I think it’s because Mason was acting as his spy.
On Sunday we went to visit Jack. It was a great visit and it’s wonderful to see him really improving. Yesterday he was just like his old self and that made me so happy. I just can’t wait for him to come home!
We spent the rest of the day watching football (yay for a Pats win!) and hanging out. I knit, Dale napped, we had a little time on the deck, and then we watched Outlander.
It was a really really good weekend. Hope yours was, too.