every fall, Mama & i head to our favorite apple orchard, Stuckey’s, with one goal in mind:
buy a couple bushels & see how long it takes before we’re singing “i love you, a bushel & a peck…" (maybe that’s just me).
& i digress.
Saturday afternoon, after spending time at my hometown’s fall festival parade (Hi, Buttercup! you’re pretty!), Mama & i headed north of town to gather up the goods for apple butter.
you see, we’re not a family of many traditions—
we have a few around the holidays & some focused on birthdays, but otherwise, every year evolves into traditions anew.
but apple butter….apple butter we do!
so, every year, we head to the orchard.
it’s always fun to see kiddos running through the trees, to watch people bite into new-to-them flavors, & to walk out with hand-picked varieties.
& though it’s not technically the fall season, this weekend’s activity felt like otherwise.
a ninety degree baseball game with two of my favorite men at Victory Field, brunch at a local cafe followed by an unsuccessful shopping excursion made tolerable thanks to a pretty new bauble, a proud attempt at my first blueberry buckle thanks to a delicious recipe from Alton Brown, & a grilled out dinner at the new home of a best friend.
(related: can we talk about that cherry pie for a minute? that 9 inch masterpiece was made from scratch courtesy of yours truly, & received rave reviews from all dinner goers alike. highly recommend.)
Labor Day weekend was filled with a lot of summer goodness—
what a fine, fine way to usher in a new month!
even in the burbs, my parents have some very generous neighbors who happen to moonlight as farmers.
my father loves that he can talk agriculture with a like-minded individual, and my mother loves that every once in a while, they’re fortunate enough to sample the farm-fresh bounty.
case in point: last night, my parents received a few bushels of corn on their porch.
during the summer months, is there anything better than arriving home to a porch covered in sweet corn?
whether it’s boiled, grilled or thrown in a salsa, here are some recipes i can’t wait to try:
- Buttermilk Corn Cakes
- Sweet Corn Ice Cream
- Mexican Grilled Corn with Cilantro
- Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad w/ Avocado and Parm
- Black Bean, Corn and Tomato Salad
(picture via Mama J)
tonight i’m going to a cook-out & volunteered to bring dessert.
graham crackers, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, coconut, butter…
i mean, really, it was a no-brainer.
this recipe is super easy to follow (you basically throw everything into a bowl, mix, & bake), & the end result is deliciously divine.