Bye bye summer, it was fun while it lasted. Five days ago Theo was running naked through the sprinkler, and then this past weekend autumn showed up, rained like a b*tch for awhile, and then forced the scarves and hats out of retirement (ps, nonchalant woolen beanie FAIL, above). We hosted an apple-picking open house because I ask you – what else are you going to do when you have a small orchard in your backyard? Live the dream, share the wealth.
Last year there was some unusual weather that ruined the entire apple season up here. I can’t even remember eating one decent one. This year? We must have thousands. Talk about a comeback <insert “how do you like THEM apples?” joke here>.
I did a little baking the day before so we had an indoor spread of apple cinnamon cake, brown butter + sea salt chocolate chip cookies, truffled popcorn, mini chocolate-apple cakes, and sparkling apple cider. In other words, just a typical Sunday afternoon where I break out the table runner and fancy beverage dispensers.
Oh, the plight of the printed paper straw. You’re a big fat Pinterest cliché but I love ya.
This is how
feral animals children eat apples.
Almost forgot to tell you, then Jon Hamm stopped by with his kids. Sweet.
The award for Best Fall Hair goes out to Gillian.
My nephew Nathan, who generally doesn’t give me the time of day (and why should he, he’s five), managed to drink his weight in apple cider and told me I should be a chef. Thanks, kid. Except how can I trust you with that crazy eyebrow??
Thanks so much to all our friends and family who came out, and to those of you whom I didn’t get pictures of! And thanks for looking through my many, many photos. This will be an annual event for sure. xx Shanan
ps. I’ll post some of the treats recipes soon.