Giant chocolate bar and other pregnancy cravings

A couple at our church attended a classic car extravaganza at...guess where...Hershey. As in, the Hershey. You know, the one where the streets are paved with chocolate and the light posts are made of huge Hershey kisses. Ok, maybe not paved with chocolate, but everywhere you go you smell the sweet smell of milk chocolate, peanut butter and, heaven forbid, peppermint from the york patties (please anything but that). Anyway, all that to say they brought us back this awesome plaque/candy slab. I like chocolate...when i'm not pregnant...but apparently when i am pregnant, i really like chocolate. Apart from chocolate, i've also been wanting tomato sauce stuff (something i couldn't stand a few months ago) and salad. Salad? i know weird right? At least i think it's weird. I really, really want salad...most of the time. With ranch dressing too...i hadn't had ranch dressing in forever. I'm usually more of an oil and vinegar kind of girl.
Can i just end with this: A good appetite is something that should never be taken for granted. I LOVE TO EAT! AGAIN!!!! Praise the Lord!

Gotta go eat chocolate.....

The Girl

Just some recent photos of 'lil E. Try and guess what that black stuff on her face is.



We had a fall festival for church a little over a week ago. The Bickels (most of the people in these pictures) borrowed a cider press from someone they know and we made homemade apple cider. The photo that looks like someone doing some wringing is George....doing some sifting i guess you could call it with a pillowcase. I think that was just to purify it some. You know take out the dirt and sticks and worms and whatnot :) It was a pretty fun time. I got tired of cider in a hurry though. We still have a gallon in our fridge and half a bottle of pear cider.It's probably beginning to ferment...mmm. Oh, and how cute is Elinor with that kitten!?


The Office

So, am I the only one who cries when they watch the Office?


Tomato Sauce

My friend Lacy gave me about a bushel of tomatoes. I thought I would try my hand at canning them...I didn't. I decided to make sauce out of them and freeze the sauce. It was a lot of work, but worth it I think. We had some tonight with spaghetti...tasted good to me. These photos are examples of some of the steps I went through in preparing the stuff. (I should mention it took me several weeks to finish the project, even then I wasn't able to use all the tomatoes...just couldn't take it anymore.)



So here we are. I know the pictures of the house and church are a little ominous, but that's all I have of them so far. Please don't let the dark clouds in any way skew your impression of the lovely place in which we live.
It's been great being able to just walk outside and play in our own yard, and that's our very own porch swing...a gracious gift from some folks at church. I know this is brief, but I had to start updating the blog sometime. Hopefully there will be some better photos in the future.


Yeah, we're here

Greetings from PA! I don't have a lot to say right now, other than I've been working on photos to post so you all can have some visuals. We have a different computer though, so I've had to make some adjustments and still need to find some editing software. All that being said, please don't forget about us, and please check back soon.