Another Glorious Fall Weekend

We have had another weekend of reveling in all that is autumn.
We completed some seasonal chores that somehow make you feel that all will be well with the world--chores that feed your soul, in a way.

We picked the final bits from our garden and turned over the soil.

Lou and her buddy cleaned the cars (with the amount of driving I do in this rural area, a clean car before winter is a must).

Nels finished loading the porch with wood for the winter.


Helen and I went to our Coop's case-lot sale to replenish our pantry.

We bought pastas, beans, couscous, rice, tomatoes, crackers, tortilla chips, peanut butter, stock, Annies, mandarin oranges, frozen peas, and frozen strawberries.
I wish we could say that we had put up a lot of our own food this year, but it just didn't happen. We managed to freeze blueberries and make jam, chutney and maple syrup.

Our pantry is not as picturesque as this, but it still feels....cozy. Bring on the storms!

On Sunday afternoon we headed into the woods for what turns out to be one of the girls' most very favorite activities we do as a family (as I overheard them telling friends).

An autumn campfire and picnic.
We began by raking leaves from the firepit.

Nels built a new bench to accommodate our neighbors.

Jacknives always add to the fun.

The menu included--pumpkin soup, bread and cheese, apples baked in the fire with cinnamon, fingerling potatoes in the fire with salt and butter, sausages on a stick, rustic apple tart, and s'mores. We sat by the fire and cooked and visited all afternoon. Sadly, I forgot to get a picture of all the yummy food and it was so picturesque with tablecloths, baskets, and pretty colors.

We even got in a little crafting by the fire.
These little pumpkins are now living on my kitchen island.

Best of all? We still have another day off!

momma rae  – (October 10, 2010 at 8:31 PM)  

what a lovely way to spend a day!!

Anonymous –   – (October 10, 2010 at 11:02 PM)  

Oh, I love this. Thank you for sharing all of the wonders that your family engages in. It is truly beautiful.
Ellen Kelley

Anonymous –   – (October 11, 2010 at 7:52 AM)  

Your post inspired me so! My family is adjusting to a new work schedule where hubby works nights and we are in need of a new rhythm on the weekends. Caring for the home and family can be so centering...think we'll clean out the car and have some lunch by the fire.

Diane  – (October 11, 2010 at 11:01 AM)  

Sounds like alot of fun. My daughters favorite thing to do is build a campfire and sit by it at night with her dad.
Blessings
Diane

Penny  – (October 12, 2010 at 7:46 AM)  

It was a stunner of a weekend wasn't it? Such glory in the mountains here this year!

I'm glad you had such a great time!

Susan  – (October 13, 2010 at 8:44 PM)  

What a fine weekend! Your evening with friends around the campfire sounds splendid. Some of my favorite scents are autumn leaves and woodsmoke. Those little felted pumpkins are so cute!

renee ~ heirloom seasons  – (October 13, 2010 at 10:33 PM)  

How wonderful Sarah! This is what we love most too.. forest, picnic, campfire.
Adorable little pumpkins, we may have to make some too.
I love seeing how your family enjoys their time together :)

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