Fall seemed to come and go so quickly, it seems like yesterday I was just planning for Halloween and here we are into the Christmas season already. Life has been a whirlwind lately after we got back from our trip to California.
Here are some pictures of our fall to winter transition…
I’d never had sauerkraut until I met Curt in Nebraska. “Fermented cabbage? Really? You eat that?” was my first thought. But, then again, I love kimchee and figured I’d give it a try. And of course, I’m a huge fan now. You can’t beat homemade sauerkraut and after trying store-bought kraut (which is “fermented” with vinegar) I was determined to make our own. So this was the year. Huge heads of organic cabbage were just $2 at the farmer’s market, so I went to town and bought 6. After chopping the heads, we added some canning salt, dumped it into Curt’s beer making bucket and waited for 4 weeks. Sure enough, after a month, the smell of fresh sauerkraut permeated our house and Curt canned them up. Yummy!!
We also made it to the free day at the Portland Japanese Garden where my mom, Laird and I stood in awe at the beautiful fall colors of the Japanese maples.
Lastly, we were unsure about whether we were going to get a Christmas tree this year, as we are going to be in Hawaii for 2 weeks. But, since Laird is older and beginning to understand more, we thought he would enjoy finding one and decorating it. So the day after thanksgiving we went to a farm just a minute down our road and found the perfect tree. Having a tree really does make everything seem Christmasy!