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As the subjects of this blog would suggest, we’re definitely homebodies here on Mintwood Street.  Yet somehow the past three weekends have found one or both of us away from home.  First there was a conference in New York over Halloween weekend and a trip to see family back in York County.  Then this past weekend, Max and I visited Penn-Roosevelt State Park outside State College for a last-minute camping trip before it got too cold.  All three trips were filled with wonderful fall sights and smells, delicious food, and our fantastic friends and family.

There was amazing cheese, beer, and Polish honey vodka with my old friend Alex and her family in Brooklyn.

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Mint simple syrup

Chocolate mint simple syrup…more on that in a bit…

It seems quite contrary to start a food/gardening/renovation blog when two of those activities are winding down, but less work around the house and in the garden just means more time for everything else.  I was out and about in New York City last weekend (hopefully more on that in a post soon to come), but in the two or three weeks before that, much time was spent cleaning up the garden and using up what was left behind.  The veggie garden, which looked like this just a few short months ago now looks like this:

Fall garden    

Neat and tidy, but a bit too bare, don’t you think?

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