I’ve decided tonight will be a pumpkin kind of night. I know it’s Halloween but between the cute and scary kids knocking on my door begging for candy I want to have something constructive to do. The husband and I did buy pumpkins and I’ve decided we actually need to carve them (a little late!) but I also want to bake pumpkin bread and pumpkin coookies. The bread will be homemade like all my bread is but the cookies, well, I’m going to use a mix. Homemade cookies and my oven just don’t mix; or maybe it’s me. Whatever. Anyways, I have this 1950’s oven stove that I absolutely love because it has a workspace and drawers, etc. but it is very tempermental. For example, meats have to be cooked around ten minutes less than normal and set about 25 degrees below what I would use in a normal oven. Breads and other delicate things are about 50 degrees below normal but have to be cooked longer. I know it may be difficult and any one other than me and DH that use the oven or stovetop will burn everything but I still love that stove.
On another note, tonight is my puppy’s first night of obedience training. Why on Halloween? I’m not real sure. He was actually supposed to start classes over a month ago but he had Parvo (yes, he’s been vaccinated. The vet said it was a very ‘virulent’ strain that was going around is why he got it anyways) and I wanted to wait until he wasn’t infectious anymore. I’m super-excited about him going to these classes though because he is a little uncontrollable. He is now almost nine months old and has lots of energy and can’t stop moving long enough to listen. Usually, I train my dogs myself but I’m not having the least bit of luck with him. So, this trainer is supposed to be amazing. He actually trains German Shephards for all the area K-9 units. Maybe Bram will do better training with him (I guess I get to be trained too though!).