Friday, October 7, 2016

Cooking Stromboli Class Was A Success, Building A Pergola

The cooking class on Thursday was really a lot of fun.  Some people who attended have come to so many of our classes, they are good friends.  We had some new people attend too and I fell they had a great time too.  
The prep work took a full day.  I needed all the counter space I could find so everyone had space to roll out the dough for the Stromboli.  

The kitchen looked so much bigger with everything gone.  But it worked out well so that each person had  room enough to chop up ingredients, arrange their dough, slide it on a baking pan and into the oven.

 I can't believe how different each person's ingredients looked.  And the smells were so heavenly!!!
Each person went home with a cooked roll ready to eat that night or the next day.  Today on Facebook,

I saw one of our people who attended show a picture of her twin grand kids making one with her, deciding on their own ingredients!!!  Now that makes me feel the class was a success.
We had door prizes of dried apricots, pumpkins, dough to take home and make more, gift certificate to flowers from our farm.
So that class is finished, on to the next class on October 22nd.  I plan on having people pick out their own pumpkins, do their own carving.  Then we will go out into the flower fields which are still blooming, blooming, cut flowers to come back and make their own arrangements.  I plan to also have some succulents and small mums to plant inside the pumpkins if anyone chooses to do that instead of fresh flowers.
It is time to pick our pomegranates.  Frank was reading that next week we are in store for several days of rain.  If we don't pick the poms before the rain, they may split if it rains too much.  We lost a whole orchard full several years ago by not paying attention to the weather.  Since then, I watch it pretty closely.  In November, I am hoping to have a Pomegranate Pressing Party if we have enough pomegranates.

 Frank is still working on the pergola between the garage and house.  His hip still bothers him, so he works a few hours and isn't pushing himself too hard.  It is about 75% finished so I will post some photos when done.

My young rooster is officially crowing all the time.  He has found his big boy voice and starting to notice the hens so moving into manhood.  I hope he remains friendly so we can keep him. He is a Jersey Giant rooster so he is a fair sized chicken and he isn't completely filled out yet.  
We saw our family tonight and it was so fun to see Collin and Carli since we haven't seen them for a couple weeks.  It was our son-in-law's birthday so we met them in Roseville to see them and to drop off their dog Gunnar.  We have had him for a week while they have been on vacation.
Our hearts go out to the people in Haiti and to all those people who have had their lives disrupted by having to evacuate their homes on the East Coast due to the severe storm. We pray there are no lives lost.

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