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Apple Season


Last weekend, we were privileged enough to spend the weekend in an incredible fancy cabin in the North Carolina mountains. We hiked to waterfalls and peaks, and the fall colors were gorgeous! We also spent plenty of time around the blazing fire, playing games and watching a scary movie. I love family trips! As we drove home on Sunday, we winded through North Georgia and made a few pit stops. 

First, we stopped at Warwoman Dell, a WMA and trailhead for our beloved Bartram Trail. This place is very special to us, as it is somewhere we visited often when we were first falling in love. As we got out of our car, we breathed a collective sigh of comfort and agreed that it had been too long. We went for a short hike, then hopped back on the road to our next stop: Hillside Orchard. 

I love visiting orchards in the fall, even if it is a little kitchy. This particular orchard had lots of farm animals! We said hi to chickens, goats, cows, donkeys, and the biggest pig I have ever seen in my life! Of course, the best part was that we scored a couple pumpkins and half a bushel of apples. I see apple butter day on the horizon!

2 thoughts on “Apple Season

  1. We always have an abundance of basil so I freeze pesto mixture & have it all winter long in pasta & as a added taste delight after roasting lamb chops or pork loin, After making your favorite basil pesto, use a muffin tin, lay plastic wrap squares (one at a time) fill with pesto, add layer of olive oil to cover ( this is an important part as it will prevent basil from darkening!), gather corners of plastic wrap, twist , tie (I use saved twist ties from bread wrappers they work better to keep air out) continue using this method using all or as little ‘compartment’s’ as needed. Place muffin tin in freezer until pesto is solid. Plastic wrap will allow you to just lift out of tin, wrap each serving in foil & place in Freezer plastic bag or freezer glass container. My mother (an Italian immigrant in 1914) taught me this trick, God bless her! Enjoy!


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