Oh yeah, Max made this too. It’s an old wine cask he got from work, torn apart and made into a lovely wine rack. The water drips right into the sink, genius! 

yum. worth the ridiculously hot kitchen

Not sure why I chose to roast veggies on one of the hottest days of fall. Maybe because it was October 1st and there’s a farmers market today so was trying to clean out the fridge I guess…Ya gots yer purple, orange and yellow carrots in there, mmmhmm, and yer candy cane beets. A new veggie for me. Pretty no?

Not quite up to the Dad’s standards, but Max made a valiant effort to create us a beautiful patio. Not the same without the pea gravel from Hopkins Farm…

The Bird of Paradise plant in my front yard with palm tree in background. I missed photographing it’s peak, but there’s another one about to bloom

Pickle Pantry Party! Max’s red cabbage kraut in the big jar, the jury is still out on whether it was a success. Pickled red onions, pickled green tomatoes and peppers, and in the wee jars some kosher dills in white vinegar and dilly beans in white and apple cider. I know the onions are banging, though when I tried to open them today I couldn’t get the freaking jar open. Really. Frustrating. Really. Got to wait a few more days for the small jars…

Oh. My. Holy. Moly. Easiest and most delightfully delicious brownies ever. Dense and rich and chocolatey. I ganked the recipe of smitten kitchen, my new (and old) favorite house wife website. I used a normal 85% dark chocolate bar, so it had a little sugar in it and I used 1/3 cup less sugar than the recipe called for. Also I used salted butter, I’m such a rebel, so a little less salt too. Max took some to work today so he must like them too, he who says daily how much he hates chocolate. Lies lies lies. 

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2012/08/my-favorite-brownies/

Max’s mama came to visit on the tail end of her 50th birthday road trip camping adventure in the southwest with her cousin, so we took a journey out to the Fess Parker Vineyard where the boy is working. I forgot I was a bloggist so didn’t take any pictures of the super cool stuff going on there, big enormous fermenting tanks, cool platforms that attach to fork lifts with huge plunger things for punch downs, a cellar room that makes you feel itsy bitsy, and my manly man picking through grapes on the line with the other laborers, mostly of the Mexican persuasion. He gave us a tour and we got a complimentary tasting and the sweetest wine glass ever. For those of you that don’t know (I didn’t until about 4 months ago) Mr Parker was an actor best known for his portrayals of Daniel Boone and Davy Crocket. So yes, I am now the proud owner of 3 wine classes with coon skin caps etched on the side. I’m unnaturally pumped about this. And I did manage to take a pic of the grapes and mountains in the distance. Bad Bloggist!

And now there’s this…They made me surrender my PA plates. I tried bribing the DMV broad, humorless by the way, to no avail. Surrender sounds so intense. At least I still have my PA drivers license, I’m not ready to totally commit…

There was this…