You know it’s fall when you first feel that cool breeze in the air. Suddenly everything changes and you know the lazy days of summer are quickly fading away.
I love fall. It is my favorite season. It brings delicious foods: pumpkin, spices, caramel, hearty soups, and of course – Apples. Every year when I feel that cool breeze I am automatically transported to an apple orchard. I see myself harvesting apples in big wicker bins with a scarf around my neck and orange leaves at my feet.
You see I am transported to this place every year, but I have never actually been there. That’s right – I dream of apple picking, yet I have never been. Last week I told hubby about my fall fantasy and how I have never partaken in this idyllic task. So he decided to take me!
We went to Ridgefield Farms, a local orchard where my family goes every year to buy Christmas trees. For $10 you get to pick a ½ peck of apples. That ½ peck bag is Tiiiiinny. So when we were handed it we were like 10 bucks for what???? However, we were pleasantly surprised at how many apples actually fit into that bag. It was a lot – enough to make a huge apple pie and then have enough apples left over for weeks! Who knew that tiny apple bag was like a magical purse – you could just keep putting those things in there.
Looking at the picture above you may not realize how small that bag looked empty….
I made Nick stand by the Pumpkin Cop like a five-year old. How cute!
P.S. That is homemade pumpkin butter in his other hand. It is to die for! We have been eating it non-stop all week. Just dipping crackers into. It is like an autumn heaven in your mouth!
Now here is the part where I tell you about the wonderful pie I made and show you all of the glorious pictures. Well that didn’t happen. Oh I made a pie alright, it just definitely was not blog worthy. First off, the crust did not work – I blame the recipe – Damn you Jamie Oliver! It turned into a shortbread not a flakey pie crust – I couldn’t even roll it out, I had to piece it into the pie pan and it kinda melted in the oven. On the bright side the apple filling was delicious! And the make-shift crumb topping that I had to come up with last-minute because of the dough fail – actually had a nice flaky texture. In the end, the pie tasted great but I wouldn’t make it again like that. Here, this apple/crust-fail picture is all you get. Enjoy!