Monday, September 9, 2013

The Road goes ever on and on

Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

J.R.R. Tolkien

 
We take our weekends seriously in this family. As in, we seriously try not to do anything structured. We are wanderers, you see, and Saturday was no exception. The formula for a good weekend, in our humble opinion, is to explore on Saturday and hang out around the homestead on Sunday.
















Saturday saw a trip to our favorite orchard. Besides the acres of fruit trees, they have sweet animals, homemade baked goods, and beautiful fall flowers. Afterward, we hit the road again and drove up through central Vermont.












This is how Mario feels about kale portabello salad.



We came across the loveliest little deli in South Londonderry, Vermont called The Pantry. We shared a sandwich on the front porch and enjoyed the beautiful scenery before making our way home.

The evening included Chinese takeout and family bonding time. The best kind of night.






Sunday was a relaxed day spent at home. Kiddo can eat his weight in applesauce, so we used our abundance of apples to can some sauce for him. The cores and peels went into the crockpot for apple butter; another of Jared's favorites. I made an apple pie from scratch. Crust, filling... all from scratch. I even hand picked the apples. I feel like a domestic goddess. 

And now it's back to reality. But I can look back and say we made the most of our weekend. Mario is off to St. Louis and Kiddo and I are back to school. I have decided to resume my paid research position at the college while I study for the GRE and take my class. Full time work is the ultimate goal, but this is a great solution for the immediate future. Things are coming together. I'm feeling more centered... a sense of routine is certainly welcome.

Happy Monday!


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4 comments:

  1. I love what you said about taking weekends seriously and not structuring. I'm of the same approach to life. Your photos are such a reflection of the little things that matter most. You make me miss orchards though. I grew up with them around in upstate New York but here in Texas I don't know of one. I miss picking apples. Your pie looks delicious!

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  2. I think you have an excellent formula for a weekend! I tend to do the same - Saturday for socializing, exercising, adventures; Sunday for mooching around at home - perfect!

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  3. Those pictures are my happy place. I want to take a cue from Mary Poppins and jump into them! I did make and can applesauce...but omg to everything else. I so want to go to an orchard!

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  4. Wow now that is making the best of your weekends. I absolutely love all of the pictures. They are so rich and flavorful.

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