I loved reading your guesses, friends! :) Some of you were very, very close and even right on....
The first picture was of the apple butter, when I took it out of the oven. It had been boiling and made all those cute mounds.
The second was of the batch of vanilla I'm making---the pods being Madagascar vanilla beans. I've had a request for the info. on making vanilla, so will point those of you who wish to know more in THIS direction. It's basically like making a tincture, and will keep indefinitely... I ordered my beans from Penzey's Spices on the recommendation of a friend.
My morning was spent in the corn field with brother Andrew, pounding in more posts and then unrolling electric fence wire. It was cold and wet work, but it felt good to be outside. I spent the rest of the day indoors, at the nursing home. One of the ladies at the assisted living there (which is connected to the nursing home) asked me to come over to her apartment so she could give me a couple skirts, so I did that before work today and had a nice little visit with her. I found out that their former farm is only a few miles from ours. She was very nice and appreciated the pint jar of apple butter I gave her. :)
Dad cleaned grain today. Andrew worked for Stan (the farmer he's been working for recently). Mom and Jacob went to Bismarck for the day. Life is never dull!