|Okay, so fall has been in the air for awhile, but we are just now getting into our fall celebrations. The children and I are enjoying some seasonal reading all snuggled up on the couch. Our favorites thus far are:
Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy by Kate Waters
In November by Cynthia Rylant
Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky
Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor
Pumpkin Moonshine got the kids excited about making their own pumpkin moonshines. We have always called them jack-o’-lanterns, but a pumpkin moonshine sounds more appealing to me. So we made three pumpkin moonshines today. Prairie sat on the picnic table and played with the leaf and acorn shaped cookie cutters. Rachel watched and did a little of this and a little of that. The boys worked long and diligently. Our little pumpkins were very hard and very thick. I was frankly amazed at the boys’ perseverance to see this project through as it was very difficult work. We worked on them about an hour after lunch and then two more hours in the late afternoon.
Our lit pumpkin moonshines added warmth and magic to our supper of Chicken Delight, cooked spinach from the garden and sweet potato souffle. I added more eggs than necessary to that sweet potato souffle to get extra protein into my sweet-potato-loving, low-protein boy.
After suppertime chores, we started reading Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret B. Pumphrey.