Autumn evening, 10 Oct 15

Crickets and a mama cow, separated from her calf. She’ll bawl at least one whole day, sometimes they do for a few days. 

That’s beef.


Autumn treats: apples and CANDY CORN! (gluten free!)

local apple and candy corn.jpgAutumn means delicious, fresh apples (local, organic variety at 3 USD for 5lb — our remaining apple tree never produced and its heavily-producing buddy got blight)…


I don’t usually like ‘sugar candy.’ All candy is sugar but I mean the ones that are sugar for the sake of being sugar (pixie sticks, jelly bears, sour patch, nerds, starburst, etc.).

I make an exception as autumn turns and love me some candy corn. One bag is enough, though! I found these at the discount shop. -yay! They were 2USD cheaper

All of Jelly Belly’s candies (as far as I know, all ‘sugar’ candy, so not my usual choice) are gluten free, Parve and more!


EDIT: as a lot of people find my blog via searching if Brach’s Candy Corn (or Harvest mixes) are gluten free, let me help:

They’re not.

Sugar, Corn Syrup, Confectioner’s Glaze, Salt, Honey, Dextrose, Artificial Flavor, Gelatin, Titanium Dioxide Color, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 3, Blue 1, Sesame Oil. Packaged On Equipment That Also Packages Products Containing Traces of Milk,Egg, Wheat, Peanuts, Tree Nuts and/Or Soy Protein.

orange=possibly contains gluten

red=that means gluten

Sight-see: Ozarks autumnal foliage peak

Get your motor running, head out on the highway…

If you’re a fan of autumn’s ‘leaf show’ (when deciduous trees’ leaves start dying off, changing colours), now’s the time.

In the Ozarks, we get a good two weeks. They started looking very good last weekend and it’s only midweek but they’ve pretty much hit their height:

We’ve got crimson, orange, bright yellow, various greens and they’ll soon go brown–then nekkid.

This coming weekend will be your last good bet, so head out to the St. Francois range into the Mark Twain Forest. If you must keep it short/ quick, at least take a run down Interstate 44 to Steelville. If you’re lucky, the sun will come out and hit those leaves!

We’ve had dark days so far, sorry for the gloomy but here’s a through-the-window, damp day shot.