Monday, October 10, 2011

Apple picking

I always imagined my first time apple picking. We don't really have that back in Texas, as far as I know. So, that was one of the things on my to-do list when I moved to Chicago (you know, 7 years ago...)

We'd be wearing jackets and feel the crisp chilly air of fall. We'd pick bright red and green apples just spilling from the huge leafy trees. Then we'd have some hot apple cider and bake a pretty apple pie with our winnings. 

Nope, it was hot. No jackets, no hot cider. Just the glaring sun. But, it was fun none-the-less. The cider was excellent cold. I didn't even want to add spices to it, it was so perfect. The apples were great too and they let you eat as many as you want while you're picking. We ate three apples each. Then we hated apples. We bought a baker's dozen and a half cider donuts, with the plan on giving some away. Nope, we ate them all. Now, we hate donuts too. Can't wait to go pumpkin patching!

While we were there, they looked to be running low on apples. So, go now if you want to go at all! We went to Kuiper's Family Farm in Maple Park, IL. They have a great gift shop too, I got my mom some pumpkin butter. They also have caramel apples. Anyone else been apple picking this season? Where did you go?


  1. A word of advice: don't eat three pumpkins each when you go to the pumpkin patch! : ) Looks like a glorious day.

  2. I've always been a fan of the sweeter apples (Golden Delicious, woot woot) which there were in abundance. I practically filled my bag with those.

    Then I tried Jonagold apples, which are apparently a combination of Jonathon apples and the GD's.

    Iz got a new favorite... :)

  3. When you were in Maple Park, you were almost as far west as where I am. I live in DeKalb.

  4. Oh wow you are far out! I've been to DeKalb a lot. We had some friends that lived out there for a while. They have a really cute store downtown I think called Moxie, have you been there?

  5. Hi Michelle, I came to know your blog, and I like it a lot.
    My first time picking apples happend here in CT. It was great, and I want to do that again this year.

    ps.: thank you for your feedback at BYW.

  6. Thanks Regina! No problem. I went to your blog too, such beautiful pictures! I wish I could read it. :-) I love those jars with the animals on top, too cute!

  7. Hi Michelle! Nothing ever happens they way we imagine things in our minds. You still had a great time anyway!

    I love your blog and the variety of topics you've posted about.

  8. Thanks so much Jennifer, I love yours too!

  9. Oh my goodness! I love these apple pictures. They're just beautiful, and take me back to my childhood in the Santa Cruz mountains. I like the variety on your blog.

    I found you through BYW. The only think I would say, is to enable commenting using name/URL for those of us who aren't on blogger or wordpress.


  10. Thanks Christy! Hmm I will have to look into that, I didn't even know that wasn't available. Thanks for the suggestion! Off to check out your blog now.

  11. Hey! I see the name/URL option is there now. :)