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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

APPLE PICKIN' TIME.....

My thanks to SUSAN for hosting this lovely day...
MR. SWEET and I went apple pickin' today (Tuesday)
and we had such a good time....even ate lunch at the orchard.
We had Mexican food which was pretty good but the bestest of all...
FRESH APPLE CAKE......
O HONEY!




The orchard is a fairly large one with all different kinds of trees growing and producing.
These paticular trees were small but fully grown.

These are so perfect, with such perfect color that they look fake !!
But......they aren't.
These are called PINK LADY apples and they are small, crisp, and oh, so sweet...


They had a large barrel of RAW HONEY...with this sign on the side... :>)
We didn't buy any but now I am thinking I wish I had...
the orchard is only about 30 minutes from our house so I may just go back and get myself
some raw honey !!


They had a great supply of pumpkins...much better than the ones in the local grocery stores...
I bought another tiny one...but as it gets closer to HALLOWEEN...I will go out and get some large ones....
to carve for .......TRICK or TREAT night....boooooooo.......


Isn't this a cute little basket ?
I bought this several years ago at a local craft mall..
the little birdhouses are handpainted.....
***
I plan to make APPLE CAKE tomorrow...
It was just a little late in the evening when we got home to start baking...
***
...but MR. SWEET grilled for us and we had such a really great dinner...
HE IS SO A KEEPER !!!..!!!


45 comments:

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I love in orchard country in south central PA and I love apple harvest time. One year I would like to take my sons and go apple picking. It looks like you had a great time!

Kimberly said...

Looks like you guys had a great day - and the weather was perfect for apple picking!

claudie said...

Hi B.J.
I'm so enjoying your fairy dust... now I need a duster lol
Those apples look fab.
You captured the true beauty of the "best" fruit known to man kind.
Happy OW
Love Claudie
xoxo

Blondie's Journal said...

Hi Miss BJ!!

You are right~those apples do look fake!! And I love your painted bushel barrel. My sweet farmer market lady friend gives me barrels that I have always used for gardening (weeding, carrying tools). I am going to hit her up to get some to paint. How fun that will be!!

Michigan is known for it's apples and we go to a big orchard that has a lovely restaurant, market and gift shop. The pumpkins and mums are 1/2 the price of those here in Chicago.

I love this time of year (even though I am being grouchy about summer ending!! ;-)

xoxo
Janie

Kathleen said...

They look wonderful, BJ..I like Pink Lady apples...
The apples here went up to $27 a bag..you get about 20 lbs..you pick..
I think it is a bit high!
Love your little basket too!

santamaker said...

Sounds like a lovely way to celebrate the fall season...an apple cake sounds even better!

Light and Voices said...

Apple picking and then enjoying a BBQ at the close of the day prepared by hubby...what a nice time you must have had.
Joyce M

Kristens Creations said...

Hi BJ, Thanks for checking out my no sew pillow. I appreciate your nice compliment on my home too!

I would love to go apple picking sometime. We picked blackberries this summer, too many stickers! But they're so good! Have a great rest of the week, Kristen

Baba's Special Babies said...

Hi BJ, I love the taste of Pink Lady apples, but the fresh ones picked off of a tree would really taste better than store brought ones!!I can't believe how red the color is ..they look great. Thanks for sharing your day with us..your husband is a keeper being such a good cook..have a good day.hugs, Baba

marites1034 said...

oh, i love the 2nd pic. It entices to go apple picking and those apples, they are so vibrant. Really nice captures.

Anne~fiona and twig said...

So BJ, exactly what time is dinner at your house? ;-)
Between Mr. Sweet's fine looking dinner and the apple pie you're planning to bake, I'm thinking your casa is the place to be!!!
Hugs,
Anne

Life with Kaishon said...

I just loved your pictures of the apple orchard! I can hardly wait to go this fall! Thanks for such a wonderful post. I am stopping over from SITS this morning. I love your music and your pictures. What a nice site!

Hootin' Anni said...

That's the only time my dear man'll cook...outdoors!! Yours truly IS a keeper. LOL

And the apples, I have one daily if I can remember...they look so yummy. Sweet basket painting too.


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SmilingSally said...

PINK LADY apples are my one granddaughter's very favorites. When in season, she eats one every day.

Apple cake ... mmm .... I haven't had that since I was a child.

love lives in the kitchen said...

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have a greta day!
justyna

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What fun! We love to go to local orchards in the fall too. We will wait until the middle of October so we can enjoy the fall colors too. One of my favorite apples is the Pink Lady! Ours are not ready for picking until the beginning of November.
xo
Penny

Amelia said...

Yum-yum apples that look that great..bet they are equally great tasting. ...makes my mouth water for apply pie with a bit of ice cream on the top.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

I love to go to the orchards. I am going to have to make another cake too . My mom had a spider bite ,at least that is what we thought it was, on her leg.She put honey on it and it cleared it right up !

Kathleen Grace said...

Mmmm, that dinner that Mr. Sweet made looks so good! I need to get to the farmers market for more fresh corn while I still can! It looks like you had a perfect, beautiful day at the orchard. The apples are gorgeous, and how fun to have a pretty basket to put them in:>) Little things like apple picking on a warm fall day are what makes life happy!

Maggie B said...

Great photo's, love those big red apples & the fabulous looking pumpkins.
Happy Outdoor Wednesday.
a bientot
Maggie @ Normandy Life

Riet said...

Looks like you had a great day, so perfect for apple picking. Have a nice day

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I just awarded you the Honest Scrap Award that was passed along to me. I really enjoy your blog and I can't wait to see more!

Stacey said...

Apple picking in west Texas? I'm jealous. Can't think of anywhere around here that would have apples to pick. Bummer. Maybe I should just head to the Farmer's Market tomorrow before the close down for the season.

Your food looks delicious. :)

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

I love Pink Lady apples. Always wondered where to get them. Great post.

Southerncook said...

Wonderful Fall post. I loved it.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Becky K. said...

The apples and basket look like they were made for each other. Very pretty.

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

g.suzie said...

The apples are so delicious looking, made my mouth water looking at your pictures. Great header too, love those little statues you have in the picture!

Mary said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your day in the orchard. I really do enjoy this time of year and your post was wonderful. I thought I was in the orchard with you. Your dinner at day's end also looks wonderful. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Fifi Flowers said...

That food is killing moi and I haven't even had breakfast... oh forget brekfast... give moi that plate!!! YUM!!!

Judi said...

Hi BJ
and I didn't get invited to that delicious dinner!!! oh it looks yum.
Nice post with all the pumpkins and apples. I do love apple cakes and desserts too..yum.

Love your header picture too..
have a lovely day
Judi

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello B.J.,

Those apples look fantastic! I love your painted basket. But now, I have apple pie on my mind. Guess I will have to get some at the farmer's market this weekend!

Thank you for sharing!

~ Tracy

Justine said...

Ooh, fun! No apple orchards down here, that's for sure! How come you only took home one type of apple?

And Mmmm... your dinner looked so good!

Justine :o )

Ms.Daisy said...

bj,
I enjoyed the basket with the birdhouses painted on it...(I love to paint wooden bird houses) the apples are so perfect and their pink/red color makes the basket look custom-made for them! Thanks for stopping by and saying "hi" on Outside Wednesday!

Jean

RobinfromCA said...

How fun! It reminds me of going apple picking in upstate NY with my sis-in-law and nieces and nephews. Those apples are just beautiful - so perfect!

Robin

Pam said...

I love apple picking time. It reminds me that I need to take my kids on a field trip to the orchards. : )

Anita said...

Oh my gosh - now I'm so hungry!!

I envy you, living close to an orchard like that... nothing grows around here but cotton and grains used mainly for cattle feed :( Hazzards of living in "Beef Country" I guess... *sigh*

storyteller at Sacred Ruminations said...

It's been a long time since I've gone apple picking. Your photos bring back wonderful memories and your meal looks absolutely tantalizing!
Hugs and blessings,

CailinMarie said...

those apples look wonderful! I've been thinking about trying an apple tree or two...
raw honey is the best. so good for you and so yummy!
great photos!

Styling by Coty Farquhar said...

Hi B.J.

Your apples look fantastic, my apple tree at the moment is in blossom here in Australia. I just love apples straight for the tree.

Thanks for dropping by my blog while I was asleep, you see we are 12 hours ahead of the U.S. When your awake, I'm asleep and it's now Thursday morning here and I'm about to drive my teenagers to school. I'm rambling! sorry.

Thanks again for dropping by and have a fantastic week.

Coty Farquhar
Australia

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Looks like you had a great time apple pickin'. One of the things we enjoy about going to the orchards in Illinois, we manage to eat at least one apple as we pick. There is just something about picking an apple right off a tree and taking a big ol' bite.

We like pink ladies too.

Anonymous said...

I can't figure out why my posts won't show up. Anyway, thought I'd tell you that I have been to that very orchard! A few years ago, we were visiting my daughter who lives in Spur, Texas (about an hour and 1/2 away) and we took a little day trip to Lubbock to look at our old dorm and the house we lived in years ago. On our way out of town, we stopped in and had a meal there. We had an apple salad and some apple stuffing that was really good. The smell of the whole place was awesome! I think about that every now and then. Thanks for reminding me of some wonderful memories. If those other two posts show up, just delete them!!

I posted some fall pics of my home decorating on my site. Drop by if you haven't already.

Hoping to meet you some day.

Lela at A Southern Sanctuary

http://southernsanctuary.blogspot.com

PEA said...

Ahhhhh a sure sign of Autumn...picking apples:-) They really do look perfect, don't they, and your little basket is just darling. I love spending time in an orchard, there's just something so special about picking your own fruit from the trees. So enjoyed all your pictures but ummmmm...your "booooooo" skeered me!!!!! hehe As usual, a true pleasure to visit you dear BJ:-) xoxo

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Jackie said...

Those apples look so scrumptious. I bet you both had a wonderful time.

God bless.

xinex said...

Dinner looks good. Mr. Sweet sure is a keeper. The apples and the pumpkins look very pretty, BJ..Christine