Today, I started preparations for our small feast tomorrow. I baked two pies (pumpkin and cherry). There was too much pumpkin pie filling for the collapsed crust, so David and I shared baked pumpkin custard with baked pie crust scraps for dessert tonight.
Mid-afternoon, I decided to make my new favorite Shaker lemon pie (with backyard Meyer lemons) even though it wasn't on the original plan. I sliced 4 or 5 small lemons (about 12 ounces total weight) and macerated them in 2 cups sugar. And I made one batch of pie crust. Tomorrow morning I'll add 3 beaten eggs to the lemons, put them in the crust and bake the pie.
While the cherry pie was in the oven, I made the first batch of caramels. I'm sure Dad is already ahead of me by several, but I'll catch up over this weekend and next.
Now my house smells like its the holidays (vanilla, hot sugar, and more vanilla).