Posts Tagged ‘Autumn’

Halloween Fun

November 27, 2012

Halloween this year was spent with some of our new friends Andy, Kirsten, Brendan & Christine. We all gathered at the Stearns’ house for dinner together and afterwards we carved pumpkins, decorated cookies and passed out candy to the neighborhood trick-or-treaters.

Here are the jack-o-lantern creations…

…and our decorated cookies! I made the orange “pumpkin” sugar cookies and bought a couple tubes of black icing for decorating.

Another fun project that I had seen on Pinterest and wanted to try was the glow stick monster eyes. I had a handful of toilet paper tubes that I’d been saving for a few weeks and I used an Xacto knife to cut out different eye shapes. Then at our Halloween gathering we snapped some glow sticks {found in the dollar section at Target}, stuck one inside each tube and taped off the ends with blue painters tape. We put them in various places around their front yard so when kids came up to the front door it looked like there were monsters in the bushes!

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Autumn Apple Pie

October 28, 2010

My first Autumn Bucket List item has officially been checked off! After making that list I quickly realized that visiting a pick-your-own apple orchard in Texas wasn’t going to happen because they simply don’t exist this far south; I’d have to live in Washington or some northwestern {or northeastern} state to get the full experience. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to visit an apple orchard like this one {as seen on b*spoke} but for now I can still bake a yummy apple pie!

Last week while I was picking up some milk for my parents at Dyer Dairy I bought some fresh Cameo apples from north Texas. They were so wonderfully crisp and delicious, I just knew I had to make a pie with some of them.

In the past my apple pies have always turned out a bit watery so I did some looking online for a solution and I think I found it. After mixing the sliced apples with the sugar and spices I let them sit in a bowl for 30 minutes to an hour, this allows the sugar to pull the juices from the apples before baking; then I drained the liquid and microwaved it until it was a thick, syrup consistency. Then I mixed the syrup back in with the apples before putting it in the pie crust.

I cheated and bought the pie crusts from the grocery store, it’s so hard to justify making your own when a 2-pack of crusts only costs around $2. I wanted to make it look pretty though, so I cut the top crust into strips and made a lattice top.

I think it turned out pretty darn good and Mark declared it the best apple pie he’d ever eaten; counts as a win in my book!

Here’s my approximate recipe {I say approximate because I kind of made it up}:

Apple Pie

4-6 medium apples, cored, peeled and thinly sliced

2 unbaked pie crusts

1/2 c. sugar

1/4 c. brown sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

2 Tbsp. butter

drizzle of dark maple syrup {if you want}

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and take your pie crusts out of the refrigerator.

Toss the sliced apples with the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup. Let rest in a bowl for 30 minutes to an hour {don’t put in the refrigerator}.

Drain the liquid into a small bowl and microwave for 15-20 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until it reaches a syrup-like consistency. Be sure to watch the liquid carefully because it might boil over.

Mix the syrup and apples back together and pour into pie plate lined with first pie crust.

Top apples with butter cut into small pieces.

Cover apples with second pie crust, brush with water and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for 45 minutes to 1hour. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Autumn Bucket List

October 6, 2010

If you know me at all you probably know about my love of list making; grocery lists, to do lists, packing lists…the list goes on and on {mwahaha}. You might have also caught on to the fact that Fall is my favorite season {sorry Summer, I liked my tan but not the sweat and 105 degree heat}. Today, I am combining my love of the third season with my love of lists and brainstorming 10 things that I hope to accomplish in the next couple of months.

:: Britney’s top ten list of must-do’s this Fall season ::

– Pick apples at an orchard and bake a pie {check}

– Collect pinecones and use them for decoration {half check}

Build something with my dad and bake something with my mom {half check}

Carve pumpkins with the husband {check}

Take an extended weekend camping trip {check}

– Drink hot chocolate while wearing warm socks

Cook a big pot of stew or chili and bake cornbread {check}

Go to an Aggie football game in College Station {check}

– Wear boots, sweaters and scarves

Wrestle with Sadie in the leaves/cuddle with a warm kitty {check}

What Fall-inspired fun makes your list?

Is that you, Fall?

September 3, 2010

We just had a big thunderstorm roll through Austin last night; I slept through most of it and when I woke up this morning the air was nice and cool {aka: it was 70 instead of 90}. Although I know this is just Texas weather trying to trick us into thinking that fall is here, It sure feels nice. I even opened up the windows to let a little fresh air in.

Now that it’s officially September, that means I can start at least thinking about the third season, right? No? I just can’t help myself…after all, I spent literally months last year perusing fall decor because my wedding was fall-inspired. These pumpkin pictures make me happy :)

I just love this idea for carving a pumpkin; just use a drill with different sized bits to make perfectly round holes in different designs. Genius!

October is Here

October 18, 2009

I just love Fall. The slow, beautiful shift in temperature and color makes me want to curl up in a blanket and sip hot cocoa. Though the change in seasons here in Texas is a nice break from the summer heat, I dream of experiencing the harvest season somewhere on the east coast…somewhere a little more like this:

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I would love to spend a Saturday at a pick-your-own apple orchard, breathing in the crisp air and wearing some comfy warm clothing.

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With Fall also comes the beginning of school; all of those supermarkets and shops having added aisles and aisles of school supplies. It always makes me think of the quote from You’ve Got Mail:

“Don’t you just love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

Hopefully someday we can take a trip back up to northern California and go to Apple Hill for some fun harvest festivities. But for now, I’m perfectly happy with that wonderful 75 degree breeze drifting in through my open windows.

A Fall Wedding

November 23, 2008

Since Mark and I will be getting married in the fall next year, I’ve been browsing around the internet for autumn-inspired decor.  In doing such I am slowly developing a picture in my mind of my perfect wedding down to the very last detail…here is a little glimpse of my dream wedding thus far.

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