Thanks so much to everyone for the sweet comments and emails over the past few days. I really do appreciate it so much!!
Had a fabulous weekend, the highlights of which were:
2. The Pumpkin Walk
3. The End of the Homemade Doughnut Fail
4. Giving a Talk in Church
5. Surprise Visitors!
The Pumpkin Walk is an annual North Logan tradition that is going on 30 years. Local families and groups create huge displays out of pumpkins, and the rest of us show up and walk around and admire them. They used to hold it closer to Halloween, but it was eventually moved to earlier in the month to reduce the odds of snow-covered pumpkins.
The Tiny Dark Lord had a good time, and then he posed for this picture and looked so cute that I squealed loud enough to spook the horses. Not that I could see any horses, but it's North Logan so there were for sure some within earshot.
We got home, put TDL to bed, and then had some adult fun. Well, adult Mormon fun. ("We love apple pickin', Seth. It's like Mormon Mardi Gras.") For the past few years we've had the same group of friends over for homemade doughnuts and wassail, and every year it's a testament to our friendship that they keep coming back even though my doughnuts never rise and are always gross. This year I was determined that I would not fail, so I asked my sister Jenny for a new recipe. She, in her wisdom, pointed me to Joy the Baker's recipe, which also includes the Alton Brown Chocolate Glaze.
And oh, friends. Check it:
It's a good thing I only made a dozen, otherwise I would probably be writing to you from some kind of treatment facility. Let's just say it was only the most delicious thing I've ever eaten, ever. I made my family's wassail to go along with them. Here's the recipe if you're interested:
2 quarts apple cider or juice
2 cups orange juice
2 cups pineapple juice
(I just buy the frozen can of orange/pineapple concentrate from Old Orchard and use half, saving the rest for another batch down the road. I think that works out right.)
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 stick cinnamon
1 tsp whole cloves
Sugar to taste--1/2 to 1 cup
Simmer over medium heat for 20-30 minutes, then serve. Can be refrigerated.
And speaking of family, here's a hint about the surprise guests: