Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Harvest: Day One

Day one went great, even with the rain; 6 seasonal employees showed up and only one said they wouldn't be back the next day. The work is hard and she thought she was slowing up the other workers. Her regular job is as a hair stylist, so I asked her to cut my hair Thursday. What a great deal for me, she's coming right to my house to cut my hair. It'll be a good morning to set the kids up with a Little House episode. The crop is looking exceptional, but it's probably too early to get excited. Grace and Lee put in 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 hours of work, respectively. It's amazing how fast they get to their seat work in the morning, having harvest work to look forward.

Cranberry Bread
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. oil
grated zest from 1 orange
juice from 1 orange plus water to make 3/4 cup total
1 beaten egg
1 cup cranberries (whole or chopped)
1 cup nuts (I like walnuts)

Sift or fork together first 5 ingredients, set aside. Beat egg and add oil, zest and juice. Stir in dry ingredients. fold in cranberries and nuts. Pour into greased 9x5x3 loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Use toothpick to test for doneness.