Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the onset of colors, the beginning of football, the crispness in the air, and the smell of comfort food. (The crockpot becomes my best friend in the fall!) While it is not “officially” fall yet, I still consider the beginning of the school year and football to be the beginning of fall. And we had the perfect early fall weather this past weekend to truly enjoy it.
We started it off with a trip to our local farmer’s market. I got inspiration for my weekly menu from all the fresh veggies and delicious honey crisp apples. And, of course, I could not leave without a bouquet of fresh flowers.
Then it was time for the big college football matchup of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Miami Hurricanes. We got to watch the game with a friend (and Buckeye fan) and our respective families. To mark the occasion, I made some dueling cake pops.
Can you tell who Jeremy is rooting for?
On Sunday, we went out to Meema’s for a yummy crockpot-created lunch and to pick apples at her friend’s orchard. In the past, I have always waited too long to do our apple-picking excursion and then we have a hard time finding the good apple varieties left on the trees. But this year, I was going to be ahead of the game! There were several trees of golden delicious apples saved for us to pick from, so we had our “pick” (pardon the pun!) of lots of great apples.
The apple of my eye...
Good thing I have two eyes.
In the end, after sharing some with Meema, we came home with about 28 apples. For a family of four, that would keep the doctor away for 7 days. Not bad, but I need to make some comfort food out of these apples. I’ve never done my own apple pie, so I may attempt that this week. And if all else fails, I’ll just go back to my good old standby apple crisp. Oh, I’m hungry just thinking about it.
After our apple-picking adventure, we trekked home to watch some more football. (Side note: Jeremy is participating in a fantasy football league for the first time, so every game has meaning now, which means lots more football is watched at our house!)
It was a great fall weekend in my opinion! These are the kind of weekends I wish we could just put on “repeat” to enjoy over and over. Sadly fall is usually our busiest season. Everyone comes out of their air conditioned cocoon and wants to hang out before it gets cold and we retreat back to our heated cocoons. Not that I don’t love getting to socialize all season! I just wish we had more time to make more of these great family memories.
I love fall!
Next adventure: Hershey Park with friends and the Renaissance Fair with Nana, Papa, and Kristin. Better get some rest while we can!