Saturday, November 7, 2015

Last Month

Last month just flew by! Since October tends to be the last month of nice weather where I live, we spent the last month wrapping up outdoor projects, preparing for winter and taking day trips to enjoy the beautiful foliage.
 In the evenings I have been working on my knitting again. Currently I have another heartwarmer for Jemimah in my work basket, as well as two shawls I am knitting for my Etsy shop.
  October is always a very busy month for my mom and I. Many schools study pioneers in the fall and visit one room school houses. We were very busy this fall sewing pioneer outfits, and German outfits for Oktoberfests. I have many fond memories of studying pioneer history when my sisters and I were homeschooled. One fall my mother used the "Little House" study and we made homemade butter and bread to take with us to the one room school house. We had such fun shaking our mason jars of cream and a clothes pin to the "Little House" fiddle music cassette tape. : )
 October is also a great time to bake bread. During the summer months I tend not to bake bread very often, but with the arrival of cooler weather there is something extra cozy about the smell of baking bread. Plus it is great to have a fire in the wood stove for the bread to rise by. Here is a delicious bread recipe I baked last month.
  Lately I have enjoyed trying new recipes I have found on Pinterest, that do not call for white sugar or flour. This recipe has been popular with my family, as we all love bananas and peanut butter.
  In October I also finished up my canning for the year. I made applesauce and apple pie filling. What a lovely treat to enjoy the fragrance of simmering apples and cinnamon! I used this recipe to make my apple pie filling. I liked the fact that the author provided different options for sweetening the filling; I used brown sugar.
My "pantry" is now stocked with my home canned jams, tomatoes, peaches, apple sauce and apple pie filling. I am so grateful for the LORD's blessings on the fruit and vegetable harvests in our area this year!

                                     I hope you all enjoyed a blessed and beautiful October!

"Surely, Lord, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield." Psalm 5:12


  1. Cute bonnets and knitting, and your pantry looks great! It's nice to be able to look at the summer's harvest, isn't it.
    Thanks for the bread recipe. I like letting my bread rise next to the stove too.:-)
    Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Hello, Very cozy and what a lovely sight to see your goodies canned and ready to share your table this winter. You are living a life that brings real peace and contentment deep down. Hugs, Roxy

  3. How productive you were! Fabulous accomplishments this month!

  4. Hello dear Sarah! I always enjoy seeing what you've been up to...what a busy month October was for you...our preserving season has just begun and so far I have made tomato chilli jam and pickled onions...once apricots and plums come in, oh my! No rest for anyone! But homemade preserves make such delightful gifts, and I do so enjoy making them!
    I am simply in love with the little bonnets you adorable! I love the Little House books, and I have read Farmer Boy about 20 times or more! Don't you find them so inspirational? I love all things old fashioned!
    Hmmm...your bread looks divine, as do your muffins - apples and good!
    I do hope you enjoy the chillier weather of November...have fun knitting! I know little Jemimah will be too cute in her heartwarmer! She is blessed indeed to have such a creative momma!
    Blessings to you, Sarah!

  5. What a lovely post.
    I enjoyed your photos so much and like you have been canning, making bread and knitting.
    So pleased to read your post tonight.
    Fondly Michelle

  6. This is such a beautiful post! Your photos, including your header, are lovely!

  7. October seems to be a busy month. You have accomplished so much. I love seeing all your canning goods on your shelf ready to be enjoyed. With the baking of bread; I can just imagine the wonderful smells and how good they will taste. Your knitting and preparing for the colder months. I love seeing too the Pioneer Bonnets. You have a wonderful home and a wonderful life. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of it with us.

  8. Hello my sweet friend! What a joy it is to stop by for a little visit :) My, you have been busy! Don't you just love having the pantry and shelves stocked full of delicious canned goods :)

    Wishing you a lovely week, Sarah. Hugs!

  9. Love reading about your autumn projects! And especially love your jars in the pantry :)

  10. Lovely, lovely post and pictures! :)