It is a very busy time of year here at Homestead Heritage. Everyone is busy getting ready for the Thanksgiving Fair this coming weekend. I have also been busy helping out in several areas. I’ve been doing things at the Gristmill, Cheese Shop, Bakery, and other areas as people needed help. I’ve learned how to make granola, hot dog rolls, marinated feta cheese, cheese spreads, pralines, caramels, spiced pecans, jelly, and much more. It’s been great fun and I get together with lots of groups of ladies and we talk as we work.
One day I was helping make miniature pies for a wedding. One of the types was pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin pie. However, this one was extra tasty. When the pie was almost finished baking, a topping of pecan pieces mixed with butter, cinnamon, sugar, and a little flour was spread as a topping on the pie and it baked another 5 to 10 minutes… wow was it sensational. Another day I got to watch as tamales were made, a few days later we could buy some of them.
It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is almost here. I’m having Thanksgiving dinner with my friends the Durkin’s just like I did last year. Wednesday and Thursday I will be helping the family make pies and things for the dinner Thursday afternoon. I love being here in Elm Mott and not only seeing my friends, but making new ones.
The men have been pressing apples for fresh apple cider. I guess they have been doing it all week. When I walked by today they had a barrel with smoke that was pretty strong, I asked why the smoke. Evidently, the bees are attracted to the apples and the apple remains after they are pressed so they are hoping the smoke deters the bees. It didn’t look like it was helping much when I was there.