Happy Monday, friends! How did you spend your weekend? Has fall settled in? It certainly has here – I cannot remember the last time we really enjoyed the sun….it has been hidden by grey, thick clouds. Every day. And most days are damp, drizzly and (rather) dreary. I don’t know how our northern west coast friends do it! And did I mention chilly – really chilly? Really pushing my comfort zone. But we did use the fireplace this weekend. Love it! A Sunday afternoon nap in front of the fire is pure heaven! Our plans for this past weekend had included plans to go to an apple orchard. Remember I had been looking forward to that trip with my girlfriends last week? Yep – rained out (and I was not very good at hiding my disappointment with that….sorry, girls.) So, Hubbie and I thought we would try again on Saturday. And, yep….drizzling and not pretty. But not to be outdone…..we headed to a local farm where they have this out-of-control pumpkin patch and other related activities. It really was impressive. The parking lot was packed with cars (apparently the weather does not frustrate others like it does me)…but – as fun-lovin’ empty-nesters that we are….we told the parking attendant we were just there for the market and headed to the front of the parking lot next to the store! Beautiful. Such a fun place – a fantastic place to savor the sights…the smells…and the tastes of fall!! Lots of ORANGE even an orange VW….. We had a good time – although we couldn’t stay as long as we might have because we didn’t wear jackets. Why?? I don’t know. They had plenty of apple varieties to choose from – some I had never heard of but we pick ourselves a peck!! and grabbed some (overpriced but delicious) bread and butter pickles, too! Apparently, you don’t HAVE to go to the orchard and pick ‘em yourself in order to have fun getting apples!! So, this morning I am making applesauce from these: Don’t know that I’ve heard about Nittany apples but supposedly they make good sauce!! I’ll let you know. It certainly smells delicious in here!! I’ve already made some apple dumplings and plan to make apple crunch and apple cake later this week! Oh, yum. Hope you have a yummy week planned ahead!!
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