Friday, September 19, 2008

An Apple A Day

This has to be what "the promise of a new day" looks like... I stood on the porch a little longer than usual this morning - taking it all in. A small deer stood near the edge of the woods just long enough for me to catch a glimpse. I think she was saying "good morning"!It's hard to tell from this picture, but the dogwood trees are loaded with beautiful red berries. I enjoy those as much as I enjoy the white blooms in the spring.
After work yesterday, I stopped by my neighbor's house and picked up a huge bag of apples. Their trees are over-producing this year, and they were excited to be able to give some away before they began to rot.

This weekend I plan to put up the entire bag. We'll eat some and freeze the rest. I can envision going to the freezer and pulling out a bag of these beauties to heat and eat on a cold winter night! YUM!

Tonight, Cool Breeze and I are heading to the first home football game of the season! GO HAWKS!! We will see our daughter for about thirty seconds, and will spend the rest of the time with friends we haven't seen in a while. Our throats will hurt from cheering on the team, but we won't care! It will be the start of a relaxing weekend.

I always grieve the passing of summer, but I am beginning to get into the spirit of fall - with a little help from nature and football!

What will you do this weekend?? I hope it's fabulous.


Anonymous said...

Lovely pics!! I almost feel calm looking at the first one.-- almost! HA!

If the weather cooperates, I am going to surpise my hubby with a date.- family date, that is. Out to eat and a walk around a lake. It has paddle boats and fun sights.

Enjoy yours!

The Incredible Woody said...

Oh, what a beautiful morning!
Oh, what a beautiful day!
I got a beautiful feelin'
Everything's going my way!

[throat clearing]

Oh, sorry that first pic made me break out in song.

PS - Now I'll be singing that all damn day!!

Living on the Spit said...

I really love the photos...I can feel the chill in the air and it's amazing! We are going to be relaxing and decorating for fall...watching the race and football...quilting and crochet...coming to your house for some apple dumplings!!! Tee hee...have a great ya! I have really bad photos on my post...I was really bad.

belladella said...

Beautiful morning there. Nice pictures. Yummy apples. You should save a few and put in a pretty bowl somewhere. I love that. I have a bowl of red ones in my kitchen now. Have fun at the game tonight. Gosh, I miss those Fridays. I should go to one of my old high school games just for giggles.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous morning pic! Even better that there was a deer there, too!

I'm sure my mother would be more than happy to get rid of some of her beets... Shall I Fed-Ex them? LOL

Mental P Mama said...

I love this time of year. Do you make applesuace, too? And go HAWKS, and go PREP!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Beautiful pictures. I feel the same way about summer - I hate to see it go, but the older I get the more I appreciate fall, especially when we're having weather like this! Is it blowin' your way? It's blowing a clip here.

I'm going out to dinner with girlfriends from high school. Can't wait.

Living on the Spit said...

That is a deal...The Mt Dew apple dumplings are so easy though. Go to Pioneer Woman's website and grab the recipe, but I will still make them for ya and then...Doumar' so deserve it!!!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

She was invited but couldn't make it, but the rest of the clan will be there. I'm actually a little frightened...I don't get out much, especially with this bunch.

Amy-littletoesandcheerios said...

I love those photos. Go Hawks!
I will try Madi in the nursery again this weekend and catch up on some laundry...yawn!

(Sometimes!) Serendipitous Girl said...

I LOVE fall! Apples, high school football, deers in your yard? I'm seriously moving. It has been beautiful in Portland, but I'm ready to see her change colors and bring the crisp weather that spells pumpkin bread and apple cider! Have a great weekend!

Suz @ Alive in Wonderland said...

...and you're going to look for that charm book, too...right?
Thank you for sharing these pictures. That first one is stunning.
Oh, I'm going to write...write...write...write..Yipee!

I am Barking Mad said...

Wow! I didn't even know you could freeze apples. Do you peel them before you freeze? The Little Imp went apple picking with her Montessori and we have an entire bushel and I didn't have any idea, other than pies and tarts, of what to do with them. Well, now I do!

Those are gorgeous pictures. *sigh*

As for the residents of Casa Barking Mad...well I am going to try to get out and take some photos. The foliage up here in New England is starting to turn and as much as I hate leaving the house I want to see some of it. I'm going to make the effort to not have a panic attack and embrace my shutterbug and try to kick-start her into action again.

I do love this time of year though...the crisp air, the smell of chimney smoke in the air and the hint, just the mere hint of the holidays around the corner.

Auds at Barking Mad

PS...sorry for that ramble.

Grandma J said...

How do you freeze apples? do you peel and slice them? make pies, apple sauce, cider?

Jenn said...

Beautiful pictures! I will be freezing vast amounts of applesauce in the next couple of weeks. MMMM- so good on a cold winter night!

nikkicrumpet said...

What a beautiful picture! It almost puts me in the spirit of fall...which is saying alot because I DREAD summer being over!! I am looking forward to getting my own bag of fresh apples...YUM!