The business name is Ott's Orchard. He sent home a quart of their apple butter with me -- yummy!!
Tamarack. Her candles are particularly stunning. Look at this pecan pie. It's a giant candle! Even the little pecans are made in wax molds. And it smells as incredible as it looks. It's a full-sized pie.
Supper: asparagus, garden green beans, baked garden corn, salad, grilled chicken, stuffing, roasted potatoes.
We also celebrated birthdays for these two lanky young men, both turning 16. Nathan (left) already had his birthday. Justice's birthday was on that day! Here, Nathan sings to his cousin while the candles flame away.
I caught them as they blew together.
Nathan's cake was such a conflagration that the candles re-engaged. Here, he tries to beat them into submission, while his dear mother stays his hand. Justice is laughing.
Sandra, a blogger friend, mentioned her pride in her West Virginia heritage. I understand. It is a very beautiful state, often overlooked and even ridiculed. But West Virginians are tough, hardy, no-nonsense people used to pulling a hard-scrabble life from rocky hillsides in bitter weather. I don't live there any more, but I'm so glad I have family who do!