Monday, October 18, 2010

Thanks Johnny Appleseed

As I've said before we live 'out in the country' and there are many farms and orchards nearby. Since daughter2 was home we decided to spend our Saturday apple picking at one that sits very near the NJ/NY state border.

It was cool and breezy when we left the house and the sky was full of the kind of clouds that let you know fall is in the air...

The sun broke thru midway into our day and it turned out to be a gorgeous Saturday.

Question for many of you would have brought your purse along on a trip to the orchard?
Because I brought my purse along and my hubs thought this was crazy.
I take my purse pretty much everywhere.
It would be like leaving an arm behind.
He doesn't get that.
I reluctantly locked it in the car which is something I never do because hey, I'm a city girl and I know that's just asking for trouble, but we were out in the middle of podunkville so I wasn't too worried.
A little worried because that's how I roll,
but not too worried.

We checked in and collected our bags and our grabber, and we're experts at watching for woodchuck holes so no worries there.

Remember, this guy?

Who lives in my rock wall?
With his family and friends?

Anyway, I'm not sure if there is an official name for the tool they gave us but if not it should definitely be called the grabber.
Hubs would not let me hold it on the ride out in the hay wagon for fear I would injure someone.
My skill in handling sharp instruments is well known I'm afraid.

This orchard has over fifty acres of apple trees of every type and variety.

The trees were loaded and we could pick to our hearts content.

We wondered about all that are on the ground and are guessing the wildlife around here have a field day once the farmers close up shop for the day.

The whole afternoon just made my heart happy.

The setting could not have been any prettier...

nor the company any sweeter...

Once we'd gathered our loot we headed for home and
Betty Crocker got right to work creating a delicious apple streusel pie for dinner.
She and I had such a nice time cooking side by side ...

sipping warm cider in some of our favorite mugs...

laughing and talking and just being together.

It's the memory of a breezy fall day spent in an apple orchard,
warm home baked pie,
and the chatter of a daughter,
that tell me the kitchen is truly the heart of the home.


  1. Looks like a nice day! We had a homecoming football game and dance Saturday. I hope to get to pick a pumpkin or apples SOON!! not many weeks left to do it!

  2. What a perfect way to spend a fall weekend! Looks like a lot of fun. And I always take my purse. But I would lock it in the car too. : )

  3. I love apple orchards and yes, I would have probably taken my purse as well and have locked it in the trunk.

  4. This, and your previous post, make my heart warm. What a perfect day! Sigh...

  5. And here I thought catching up on some blogs would make me feel better about my mom leaving this morning.


    I mean, so glad you had a great time with your daughter.

  6. That pie looks AMAZING.

    Of course I take my purse to the apple orchard. It has my stuff in it. But yes, I would leave it locked in the car - it would get in the way while trying to use the grabber.

  7. That pie looks absolutely delicious!!!!! YUMMY with a capital YUM!

    Your weekend reminds me of last fall, when DH & I took the three older Ts to the local apple orchard (because mama was on full bedrest trying to keep T#4 from coming too soon -- that's another story for another day). That was THE. MOST. FUN!

    Good luck to your Phillies!

  8. I take my purse everywhere. I don't know why that should be weird--I can't imagine your husband left his wallet at home just because he was going to an orchard? :-)

  9. What a perfect day! I totally would have taken my purse. Although it would have been the smaller, cross shoulder type because then I would be hands free. Besides the Hubby's wallet is usually in my purse!
    This makes me miss my daughter/sons.
    That pie looks heavenly!

  10. Well it sure looks like you had a great day, such fun picking apples, I love the looks of that pie, do you have a recipe to share for this too? Hugs Barbara

  11. The pie looks delicious. What a wonderful day you had. It was 100 degrees the day we went for apples. I brought my purse, I never leave home without it! We did not pick our own apples but I bet if we did I would have taken my purse on that hayride to get them.

  12. What a gorgeous day for you to spend time with 2 of your favorite people. I love all of the pictures you were able to get. That cloudy sky with the fall colors below? Oh my!

    Daughter2 is very handy in the kitchen. I'd love some of that apple pie. So glad you had some time with her to make more precious memories.

    (I am also looking forward to the day when you and I can meet in person like you recently mentioned. A couple of Jersey girls should be able to pull that off.)

  13. What a great day y'all had! And such pretty surroundings!

  14. Love it, love it, love it! What a great memory to hold in your heart!

  15. Fantastic idea for family time! Glad you were able to get to the orchard before the apples began to really fall from the trees. Beautiful photos of autumn in your part of the world. I am so glad you had this time with your daughter. She is quite the baker! Oh, and the purse thing? It goes where I go.

  16. What fun! Yes, I take my purse everywhere, doesn't everyone? That pie looks delicious, by the way...

  17. What fun, I have not done that in such a long time! Good memories! I always take my purse, however I have to make sure I have my cards with me because of my pacemaker. So I just grab my cards out and stuff them in my pocket if we stop somewhere. I always lock mine in the trunk.
    until next time... nel

  18. I LOVE the apron she is wearing! Looks like a grand time! :)

  19. I remember learning about John Appleseed in school.
    Lovely pictures.

  20. I just found your blog by way of....ummm not sure BUT, I love it! I live in South GA...didnt get to go apple picking in North Ga this year...I am so jealous!!