Can you stand one more post about Autumn here in New England? I promise this will be my last one, as it appears winter has already reared its not so pretty head. Yes my friends, we have experienced at least 2″ of snow this week. Ugh!
But enough about that. Come with us while we head to my favorite orchard!
There is decidedly a huge difference between orchards here in the Berkshires and those I grew up with in NY. Mainly, ours are not crowded, not commercial and as Sarissa pointed out, ‘sooooo cute’. There’s the ubiquitous pleasantly plump elderly men sporting flannel shirts and suspenders, labradors running freely among the guests, and deliciously fragrant apple cider and donuts that are hard to resist.
And did I mention, if you ask, they let you drive around in a golf cart!
We later went to lunch at our quaint General Store where I shared one of my all time favorite sandwiches with Josh…roast beef with horseradish sauce on toasted buttered Italian bread. Driving back home I took a slight detour to show them one of my favorite spots. I happened to stumble upon this a couple of years ago when road work was being done and traffic was diverted here.
It was a beautiful Autumn day and I’m so happy they came when they did because the weather went downhill fast!
In other news…
In my never ending quest to lighten and brighten up the cabin, I decided to add some cushions to the dining table chairs in the same fabric as the drapes. I spent way too much time trying to sew them this week! I had decided to install zippers instead of simply slip-stiching the opening.
I’ve never been a wiz at installing zippers, although when I sewed these cute little makeup bags it was pretty easy, but this was a whole different animal. Turns out the instructions were wrong, but I didn’t realize that until I had spent nearly 6 hours on one cushion. Someone should have told me you can’t get a square peg in a round hole, no matter how hard you try. I usually rely on Singer books when I do home sewing, but they didn’t seem to have instructions for what I wanted to do so I used another book. Never again! I ended up ditching the zippers and just doing a slipstitch opening. In the unlikely event we get a stain on one of them, I’ll simply turn it over! I’m still going to try to do a zipper installation, maybe on a pillow using the same fabric.
No zipper will get the better of me *shaking fists to the heavens*!!
OK, I calmed down. I just finished them a few minutes ago and they look pretty good. They better after all the time it took to make! I’ll show you a pic next time. You’ll just have to carry on for now. 😉
Now about that snow. It’s been a few years since we’ve experienced snow in October. We haven’t even put our deck furniture away, and I still have lots of arugula and spinach I never harvested. So much for that.
I can’t let you go without directing you to two of my favorite apple recipes. This is truly the best apple pie I have ever tasted, and I may just make it this weekend as we still have lots of apples (and I only like apples when they’re cooked), so go ahead and PinIt for later, or click here to be directed to the post for the pie, and here for the turnovers.