October was a funny month. I had high hopes. There were disappointments and failed projects, but other wonderful things came up that I would never have expected.
One of the best things that we squeezed in before the end of the month was our annual pilgrimage to Apple Hill. It is an area in Northern California, just off highway 50 on the way to Tahoe, loaded with apple orchards, Christmas tree farms and more apple themed do-hickeys than you could imagine. Being the food oriented family that we are, we had no problem driving almost three hours each way for BBQ chicken at High Hill Ranch, fudge (and a pony ride!) at Able’s Acres and sour cream apple pie at Grandpa’s Cellar.
It had been raining on and off the entire trip and when we got to High Hill the air had that perfect fall bite to it that makes sweet spicy food taste amazing. We got hot apple cider, 1/2 a BBQ chicken and apple slaw. It was probably the best meal that I have eaten in a long, long time. The apple slaw had freakin’ mini-marshmallows in it – just thinking about it makes me want to cry just a little bit. Gestational diabetes be dammed, I ate the marshmallows.
We also did a little apple shopping and came home with a mixture of Arkansas Black, Jonagold and Empire apples. So far I have tried the Arkansas Black and the Jonagold. The Arkansas Black are, in my opinion, the superior apple and tasted amazing with baguette smeared with Port Salut cheese. Apparently Port Salut is the poor man’s brie, but it pasteurized, so low-brow it may be, Port Salut it is for me.
It was a good trip.
There were, of course, some things that I didn’t accomplish this month. My closet is still a mess. I thought that I would make a dent in it yesterday, but after one trip from the third floor to the garage, I gave up. I’ll keep working on it.
I also didn’t manage to create an outline for my November Novel Writing Project – which starts today by the way. We’ll just see what happens. Did I mention that I am going to write 1,675 words this evening and every evening until I reach 50,00 words? No?
We are also having a baby in six weeks. SIX WEEKS! We just ordered a new car seat, have white onsies for days (many thanks to our friend with triplets), a doula and somewhere for the little bugger to sleep. Really, what else do you need?
So good-bye October, and thank you for keeping me on my toes and reminding me to go with the flow.
And thank you blood sugar for allowing me to eat apple slaw to my heart’s content, sample some apple cider and a few healthy bites of caramel apple and still come in under 110.