Apple picking and Happy Thanksgiving

Today is the day of the long weekend to truly relax at home. Saturday and Sunday were spent hither and yon at various family gatherings, but this morning we can stay in our slippers, leisurely sip our lattés, and give thanks for a cozy home and healthy family.

I don’t even mind that the weather is grey and rainy, as I’ll be in the kitchen  for a good part of the day anyway. I have a new set of appliances to break in and there’s no better way than with a turkey-trimmed Thanksgiving spread.

apple picking

I don’t have the usual Monday material for you today, but I thought I would share a few (iPhone) snaps from our apple picking outing last weekend. It’s one of our favourite events of the year, complete with a picnic and plenty of foot races up and down the orchard rows.

tree climbing in the orchard

Our autumn has been working hard to surpass the beauty of summer and so far it has completely captured our hearts. We’ve enjoyed week after week of warm (but not hot) sunshine and blue skies, the perfect backdrop for the brilliant fall foliage.

clara apple picking

This little one is happiest with a sweet apple in hand, so she was quite content in the orchard with all the low-hanging fruit well within reach.

Apple picking picnic

We bought a jug of cider and gathered around a picnic table for hot soup, bread and cheese. It’s always one of the last outdoor feasts until spring and we lingered over our pie, savouring the moment.

apple haul

Half of our haul was washed, cut and set to simmer for applesauce on the very same day. We picked mostly Cortland apples, which make a beautiful, blush pink applesauce.

This Oatmeal Applesauce Bread is a perfect autumn comfort food and next on my baking list.

apple butter

A double batch of apple butter simmered in the slow cooker for most of the next day and filled the house with the quintessential aroma of fall – apples and cinnamon.

Later, I canned both the applesauce and the apple butter. I’ve feeling thankful to have those essentials added to my canning pantry. Let the snow fly now!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you all Aimée xo

  2. Hello,

    Someone just turned me on to your blog and also “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook (also a blog). I’m so excited to look through your blog. Denise

  3. Ah! This makes me miss living in the north!

    I hope your day of lounging and kitchen time – has been fabulous.

    Happy Autumn to you!

    Kind Blessings,
    Kate 🙂

  4. How long can your applesauce and apple butter sit between cooking and canning? I’ve always tried to process it for canning immediately, but it sounds like you gave the applesauce a bit of time.

  5. It’s always seemed more civilized to have the day after Thanksgiving as a relaxing day at home, not Black Friday of Doom and Constant Activity.

  6. Love your blog!! It’s weird cause I feel like I know you, since I’ve been reading you for a long time now! Anyway, great post! Thanks 😉

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