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Susan E

Hurrah for fall! Your outing sounds like great fun, especially as a mid-week treat. I was out picking apples myself last Friday and now I have to do something with the bag I picked--maybe applesauce? It's a cold, rainy day so a good time for simmering something on the stove. I've never heard of gooseberry jam --what does it taste like?

Kathy

What a beautiful outing--a feast for the senses. Fall is my favorite, too, and though we don't have "brisk" weather yet, we do have a slight easing of the heat and humidity. One of my friends pointed out that one reason fall is her favorite is she knows cooler weather is coming soon, even if it isn't here quite yet. I have to agree.

iliana

What a fun day away from work and enjoying the Fall! I would not have been able to resist the apple donuts. That just sounds so delicious!

LizF

What a lovely day and I love the gnarly pumpkins and squashes and a glimpse of lovely things in the shop in your photographs!
After a nice bit of Indian Summer with unusually high temperatures for late September, we are finally starting to get a little more autumnal here which is welcome- hopefully the cooler temperatures will help to disperse the bugs and viruses!

Stefanie

Yay for fall! What a fun day you had! I've been getting fresh local apples too and they are heavenly! The ten apples I began the season with on my own honey crisp tree have sadly disappeared. Not sure why, I think there might have been a couple heavy rains storms that knocked them all off earlier in the summer :(

Danielle

It was an unexpected but welcome invitation. It happened to be a beautiful day, too, so nothing like a fun midweek treat! I love applesauce and plan on buying extra apples this weekend to make a batch. Or (maybe AND--why not do both) maybe a baked apple, too. Apples are my favorite--I have at least one every day. I have the hardest time finding goosberry jam. I think the berries are more native to England and Europe. They are green berries and quite tart to taste, which I love. Maybe similar to cranberries, but I think you wouldn't just eat gooseberries off the bush. If you ever run across them you have to try them out!

Danielle

Does it ever really turn brisk where you live? Maybe winter time? At least you will get a break from the humidity. Do the leaves turn and fall there? Is that a really dumb question? Maybe it is more palm trees than other kinds... I love fall and am so happy the weather is finally cooling off.

Danielle

Well, had my friends had a donut I would have been easily persuaded to as well. I just didn't want to be the only one....how silly is that? They smelled heavenly, though. So to compensate I think I will make a baked apple this weekend complete with raisins, walnuts and brown sugar. Yum!

Danielle

Aren't they very festive? I have my mini pumpkin on my desk at work and the tiny gourd (he looks like a more rounded green pumpkin--tiny, too) on my bookcase in my bedroom. It was disgustingly warm here just last week. Now I need a light jacket in the morning. Perfect. I can wear long sleeves and feel comfortable sitting in the sunshine with a nice breeze. I wouldn't mind at least one small freeze to get rid of all the fruit flies and annoying things flying around too. Yesterday I seem to have been attacked my mosquitos between work and the gym--my wrist and back of neck had little bite marks--so annoying and itchy.

Danielle

Oh, no. How sad to lose your honeycrisps. Eventually you will have a nice harvest--patience, right? I have been buying macintoshes but I think they are finished now so not sure what I will find at tomorrow's farmer market--there will be other yummy varieties, I'm sure.

LizF

You should have seen the number of mosquito bites my poor daughter had when she came back from a two week visit to her in-laws in Romania! We tried to count them but lost count at nearly 40 - made worse by the fact that she is pregnant so couldn't use any of the really effective anti-mosquito products!
Our warm autumn seems to have brought out the insects too, particularly large spiders! I don't have a problem with them myself but a particularly big specimen nearly brought my workplace to a halt until a colleague managed to rescue it and take it outside!

Danielle

Now that is miserable! My skin always has a bad reaction to bug bites---including mosquito bites. The area swells up and turns red and actually turns hot to the touch. It is highly annoying. Between all the rain we had recently and the heat, the insects seem to have proliferated and the bees are out in swarms--but then tis the season for them. There have also been masses of monarch butterflies, which I do like as they are migrating south. Off the topic--but I had to share this since you have had sticky taffy experience--I brought home a small container of wrapped taffy and had it in a cupboard in my bedroom. Well, we had those really warm days, and even with air conditioning--this shows how unhelpful it is in the upstairs--I opened it up and had to pull out (literally) several pieces that had oozed out of their plastic. What a sticky mess. I was able to salvage most of them and have taken the container to my temperature controlled desk at work! Yes, seriously disappointed to see my yummy taffy in that state! ;)

Kathy

Yes, it does get brisk, but not usually until late Oct./Nov. and even then it's only for a day here and there. We have very few trees that change colors or drop leaves. Things get sort of old looking in winter, and just when you start noticing that, everything gets green again!

Penny

Wonderful!
I've been done some fall outings as well and did come home with some apples from an orchard. I knew we would be going, so, waited to fill the coffers.
I also bought one of those gnarly pumpkins. The pumpkin was called Goosebumps. :)

Caroline

A wonderful post. We still have very warm weather but I feel autumn is just around the corner. These apple bags look so lovely.

Penny

I love Autumn as well, Danielle. We went on a Farm Stroll last weekend and visited a few orchards. There is something so earthy and welcoming that comes with fall.
I love the bumpy and gnarly pumpkins and gourds and bought one myself at a local farm stand last week. It is called Goosebumps. :)

Danielle

The upside to this sort of weather is that winter, which can drag on forever, doesn't overstay its welcome. It is nice to have the seasons visibly change, but then nice, too, for everything to green up again.

Danielle

I love pumpkins with personality. You don't even need to carve them! I have an abundance of apples at the moment. I want to buy some good applesauce making apples so I can make a big batch and then freeze little containers to take out in the cold winter months and enjoy!

Danielle

Don't those apples look really tempting all lined up there! It has turned more seasonable. It is cool in the mornings but has been warmish and sunny in the afternoon--but not so warm as to be uncomfortable. I hope it stays like this for a while now.

Danielle

That sounds lovely. My friends and I had hoped to walk through the orchards, but as the u-pick was not going on during the work week the orchards were locked. Still, nice to do a little bit of walking and enjoy the good weather. I like the way fall smells, too. It has a particular smell--plus all that apple-y goodness!

Stefanie

Fuji and Pink lady are super tasty if you've never tried them :)

Danielle


I love Pink Ladies--they are my fall back apples after apple season since you can get them year round and they are tasty and juicy even when it is not apple season. I like Fujis, too, but they can be hit or miss flavor wise. I wish there were more varieties
I could get my hands on. The regular supermarkets tend to just carry the standard apple varieties.

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