I had the best intentions of posting my gratitude every day, and while I do have many, many things for which I am grateful, I just don’t have enough stinkin’ time to write daily posts.
So we’ll just do the best we can throughout the rest of the challenge, okay? No promises of posts every day or feelings of guilt for abandoning the blog for a week. Just live each day and express our gratitude any way we can.
Today I want to express my gratitude for the fall harvest. I’ve written about my canning escapades, which turned into a three-weekend canning extravaganza that culminated with my husband making five quarts of homemade pasta sauce all by himself.
Yeah, I know. He rocks.
This past weekend we also went apple picking at Crane Orchards in Fennville, Michigan. It was their one and only weekend to pick Honey Crisp apples and we bought a bunch of them along with some Macs and a new breed of apple called the Blondee. All of them are delicious.
Can you believe I have lived in Michigan all my life and this was the first time I’ve ever been apple picking? We really enjoyed ourselves and I think a new family tradition has been born, especially since it ended with fresh donuts and Crane’s apple cider.
I had my camera with me that day and snapped a few pictures at the orchard and the farmer’s market. This was apparently our last trip to the market this year as the harvest season is now coming to a close. I posted the photo set below, though if you’re an e-mail subscriber or perusing from a feed reader you may have to click through to actually see them.
And while I do wave goodbye to summer with a little bit of sadness, I also love this time of year. The crisp, chilly air, the brilliant colors and coziness of making comfort food like soups and stews are all things that make this my favorite season.
There is a reason I named my daughter Autumn, you know.