I love the mountains anytime, but especially on chilly Fall days when there are low clouds skimming the top of the mountains. Which were the conditions on Saturday when we headed up to Apple Hill Orchard in Morganton, NC with some friends to load up on fresh picked apples. Four adults, a 2-year old and a dog took to the rows with a wagon and four empty baskets. By the end we had tasted every variety at least once (our favorite being the Pink Lady – crispy and sweet with a hint of tart), petted some nearby horses, been sprinkled on as we pulled apples off trees wet from a morning rain, and had a wagon filled with more apples than is probably possible for two families to consume in a reasonable time. The apples made it to the car, picnic lunch came out and we enjoyed conversation after a fun and relaxing day. And now… the apples. My first use was Bobby Flay’s Apple Ginger Chutney (served with an alternate brined pork loin). The bonus of both these recipes is that they were prepared (loin)/made (chutney) the night before and required very little work the next day other than adding a side. A great way to start the Fall.
I love chocolate and snow. Art supplies are my favorite gift. And cooking for my husband and soon-to-be little girl makes me happy. My art supplies of choice change depending on the day, but quilting and painting usually rank pretty high. I have an amazing husband and together we do family and lifestyle photography. It's a crazy, messy, imperfect, fun life!