Last week the autumnal Equinox flew by, which means that it Autumn is officially here. We have been welcoming it with projects like apple pie and trying out the fireplace in our new house. Before we could try the fireplace, we had to bring some wood up to the first floor. The previous owners left us a lot of wood, which is really nice, since the price of gas just went up 50% for me. They installed a winch to lift wood up to the balcony, instead of having to schlep it up the stairs. Of course, you still have to schlep it from the back of the yard. I am not sure I would have installed such a thing, but since we have it, we decided to give it a try.
This past Sunday morning I went to a swim meet to watch an 11 year old girl I know. She did quite well, beating all of her expected times
- 50 meter back 49.09
- 50 meter free 40.57
- 100 meter free 1:29.52
Afterwards I picked up two used suits from the local classifieds for 80€, then I made two apple pies, which we shared with Sasha and Elena. They turned out really well. I ended up baking them a bit longer than normal, because I had adjusted the temperature (180C instead of 200C) to work with the convection oven, but I am getting the feeling that the suggested correction of the oven is a bit too much, so I think next time I will probably do 190C instead). Nevertheless, the pies came out nice and flaky. Thanks for teaching me how to make pie mom!