sloe berries via www.pithandvigor.com

This is one of those crazy weeks and for some reason I feel compelled to pile it on.  Today I have an exciting lunch meeting to plan some fall classes in the barn (more to come on that). Then later tonight, I’ll be laughing til I’m sick with David Sedaris.  Tomorrow I’m hosting a little gathering in my kitchen with Lowes to preview some holiday decorating ideas.  I rather insanely decided I needed to repaint the kitchen in advance of this as well as decorate for the holidays (a little early but it is all for you to see pretty holiday inspiration).  (It is 6am and my awesome daughter is sitting next to me as I write this, she is taping the 70 window panes in my breakfast area off so I can paint – she rocks.)

So much to do!

Thursday, I’ll be cleaning up one party and prepping for another.  On Friday, I’m taking a couple carloads of kids to the largest corn maze in the world (which happens to be down the road from us) for my daughters birthday. My kids love my homemade birthday cakes and for this birthday I will be trying my hand at re-creating this.

Wish me luck.

Saturday is the last farmers market of the season and on Sunday, hopefully I will be able to rest…..and maybe make some sloe gin.

gin makers via www.pithandvigor.com

Have you ever made sloe gin?  I have always loved this liquor and have had my eye peeled for the last few weeks for someone locally who has Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn) trees growing where I might forage for ingredients.  This is the season for Sloes and I am hoping to make some lovely bottled Christmas presents.

picking sloes for sloe gin via www.pithandvigor.com

Having struck out (so far) on the local foraging I am thinking I might need to place an order for fresh sloes to be sent from England.   And I am also researching trees to add to my garden for another year’s harvest.  Fresh Sloes can be bought from this Etsy seller. And the trees (which are actually quite shrubby) are available from Oikos Tree Crops.  I think these blackthorns will be a fine ‘edge of the woods’ sort of thing to grow – but I am hoping they won’t attract the local bear. Do you grow them?  What do you know?

What sort of craziness are you up to? October always is nuts for me…is it the same for you?

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