Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pumpkin Carving

Last night Kasie, Kate and Shanna came over to carve pumpkins. We all used stencils except Patrick who insisted in on creating his own design.

Pumpkin Carving

Kasie and her Frankenstien Pumpkin

Our Pumpkins

Patrick and I with Pumpkins

Monday, October 25, 2010

Gopher Volleyball and Jachin's Birthday

On Friday night we went to a Gopher volleyball game against Illinios. We usually try to get to at least one game a year. The Gophers ended up losing in five games.

Gopher Volleyball Game

On Saturday night we went to St. Paul to Pat McGovern's to celebrate Jachin, Tom, Kaari, Abby and Katie's birthdays.

Jachin's B-Day

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Meat Fest - All American Meatery

This year we hosted our 3rd Annual Meat Fest. It has become quite the tradition that everyone looks forward to.

Fall at our house

This year the theme was All American Meatery and the meat choices included: Grilled Leg of Lamb with Ancho Chile Marinade, Grilled Tuscan Steak with Olive Oil and Lemon, Tequlia Lime Chicken and Herb Marinated Pork Loin.

Lamb and Flank Steak

I also made my first batch of Cinnamon Ice Cream to go with the Apple Crisp I made with the apples from the orchard.

Cinnamon Ice Cream and Apple Crisp

Meat Fest 2010

We also had plenty of sides to go with the meat including: Cucumber Tomato Salad, Orzo Salad with Lemon, Feta, and Pine Nuts, Fresh Salsa and Tzatziki Sauce.

Meat Fest 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Barn Dance and Hayride

My dad has been spending most of the summer fixing up his barn. In order to properly celebrate this accomplishment my parents decided to host a barn dance. We invited our friends to join in the festivities. Elysia even brought her co-worker from Australia to join in the fun. Kasie, Shanna and I also attended our 9 Year High School Class Reunion at the Little Dandy that night.

Barn Dance & Hayride

Barn Dance & Hayride

Barn Dance & Hayride

Barn Dance & Hayride

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard

On Sunday, Patrick and I went on a search for apples and we came home with $40 worth of pumpkins, apple cider, apple bread and apples of course. I decided we were going to try Knaptons this year. They had both pumpkins and apples. We ended up buying pumpkins and squash there and getting the apple stuff at Apple Jacks.

Pumpkin Patch

Monday, October 4, 2010

Morgan Creek Grape Stomp

On Saturday Kasie, Jachin, Kate, Shanna and I participated in our first official grape stomp at the Morgan Creek Vineyard in New Ulm. Shanna had wanted to get a team together earlier in the summer, but they were already filled up so we decided we were just going to watch the grape stomp this year and sign up earlier next year. Well, a week before the event Shanna got a call saying we could participate now if we wanted. So, with the short notice our attire was minimal.

Morgan Creek Grape Stomp 2010

When we arrived the other teams were all ready to go. We were called "The Minimalists" by these guys because of our lack of attire. We asked if they could take our picture and we posed for these before we got our own group photo.

Morgan Creek Grape Stomp 2010

Kate, Kasie, Jachin, Sara & Shanna

Morgan Creek Grape Stomp 2010

Here we are stomping away. Having never stomped grapes before I didn't know what to expect, but I definitely didn't imagine us crammed together in a horse trough.

Morgan Creek Grape Stomp 2010

Morgan Creek Grape Stomp 2010

Morgan Creek Grape Stomp 2010

Morgan Creek Grape Stomp 2010

They measured how much juice everyone produced from their stomping. We were Team 10 and ended up in 3rd place for our time slot.

Grape Stomp Results

After our stomping experience we went through the wine tasting tent and enjoyed a bottle of wine.

Morgan Creek Wine Tasting