Traditions hold a special place in all of our hearts. They can take the shape of a simple time of the year, gathering place, or even secret family recipe. With the holidays right on the horizon, I've definitely been gearing up for those special wintery traditions to come. Yes that means glamourous holiday parties and joyous snow activities are almost here ladies and gents. But as the holidays are one of the most common times for us to embrace these traditions, I find there are small heart-warming customs that come with every season.
Crisp, sweet, and gradiently hued, apples are the fruit of autumn. Of course most of us can agree that apples are delicious year round, but there's just something about their abundance in the fall months that makes them even more delectable. Every year near September or October, I make a point to meander through the country roads to make an outing to a local orchard. The trip always proves to be lighthearted and grounding as I harvest my own food.
I love the feeling of bringing home a brown paper bag weighted down with more than enough of the normal kitchen stock of apples. Then comes the creative part, finding and creating recipes to transform the fruit into a yummy treat. This year my fall tradition proved once again to be a relaxing escape to a rurual mecca. In the late days of October my best friend and I ventured to Tehrune Orchards to practice our yearly outing of gathering fall's favorite produce.