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Autumn weather is taking her time, coming in in spurts, though the apples are already mostly picked, with brown spots and worms in the ones that are left. We found a few small beauties, sweet and crisp and filled with summer, still. This is the time of year when I feel the most longing. I can't seem to get traction. September sparks emotions that are russet-colored, and crackling, and capricious. I feel one way and then another. The grass is colorless, defeated. The skies routinely cover-over in a merciful low, gray haze. Right now I'm looking out at my backyard and it's as still and clear gray and matte-flat as I've ever seen it. There is no breeze, but it is cool. I hear squirrels and birds and, a-ways off, cars. No one's mowing a lawn, no one's cutting down a tree, no one's nailing shingles to a roof. There are no flashing highlights, no glints, no searing-white light-spots. It's very quiet. And I feel relieved, for a moment. I wish it would stay.

I want to stand in the kitchen and peel fall things, apples and squashes and onions, and I want to saute mushrooms, and roast garlic heads, and make oatmeal for my boo. I made Eve's Pudding (it was okay, not life-changing) and have plans for my pie, and a cobbler, and a crisp. I love apples. I crocheted a toddler poncho and have embroidered ten out of twelve panels (still need to take their pictures for you) on my girl's birthday quilt, all of this at night, on the sofa, watching Ice Lake Rebels and a movie my friend Martha recommended, The Grand Seduction. At night, the breeze blows through the windows at my back. It gets dark before Andy gets home from work. I'm still in my summer nightgowns. I'm trying not to rush so much. It's so hard to break the habit with some things.

***Any apple recipe recommendations?


Have you tried the recipe floating around social media right now for Hasselback Baked Apples. http://simmerandboil.cookinglight.com/2015/08/12/hasselback-apples-recipe/

Just another delicious thing to do with those apples. Another amazing dress on Mimi. Unreal and so gorgeous. You are brilliant!

Would love to see the crocheted poncho! Perhaps share the pattern? ;) I have two little girls that could use some ponchos in their lives!

so lovely!!! we are still waiting for the heat wave to end here in NJ! It's a funny time of year - I can understand the vacillating emotional planes etc. God's peace to you and strength.

Night breezes, apples, baking... and stillness.
I'm ready. Ready for fall, ready for something cool and still, something that stays.
I enjoyed your photographs, happy for their beauty, and engrossed in the *Once Upon a Time* feelings they evoke.

Oh, me too. You've captured my feelings as well. I'm waiting and waiting for the mercury to stay below 80 during the daytime, for the sun to go away for a couple of days, for a chance to stay inside with the windows shut. I make baked apples pretty often; we have them as a side dish or as dessert, or both if we have a lot of apples.

Linda Plumley Morris says: September 09, 2015 at 10:33 AM
Karen Lewis says: September 09, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Your photography is incredible. The topping on this is very good. I would like to stew the apples first. If made according to the recipe, they are al dente. The second recipe is very nice too.

Johanna’s Swedish Apple Pie
Pure Simple Cooking by Diana Henry

5 apples, peeled and cored
¾ C sugar
1 ¾ C flour
¾ t baking powder
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
9 T salted butter
½ C flaked almonds
Confectioners’ sugar

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter an ovenproof dish. Cut the apples into wedges and lay them in the dish. Mix the sugar, flour, baking powder, and lemon zest. Melt the butter and stir it into this, mixing well. Spread the mixture over the apples, and top with the almonds. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool slightly, then dust with confectioners’ sugar, and serve. Serves 8.

Apple Dumplings
The Big Fat Red Juicy Apple Cook Book

Pastry for two-crust pie
4 medium sized apples
1/3 C sugar
1 t cinnamon
4 t butter

2/3 C brown sugar
1 ½ C water
2 T butter
¼ t cinnamon

Roll out pastry as for pie and cut 7-inch squares. Peel and core apples, but leave whole. Place an apple on each square of dough and fill cavity with sugar, cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon butter. Bring opposite points of dough up to overlap apple. Moisten to seal. Place dumplings in a baking dish. Heat syrup to boiling. Pour hot syrup around dumplings and bake at 400 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until apples are done.

Sounds so blissful...I appreciate the sentiment of not rushing things so much. My two favorite apples recipes (both desserts!):

and of course anything with pork and apples and sauerkraut together is amazing!

Dorie Greenspan's Apple Cake...so, so good. So quick to put together too.

Apple butter (not a particular recipe) it's so delicious on toast and pancakes! I just froze it last year instead of canning and it worked great. I also froze all of my applesauce because my canner wouldn't seal last year. I enjoyed your description of your back yard and the quiet. You painted the scene well.

sharon stanley says: September 09, 2015 at 11:37 AM

so envious of those honey crisps! they are the best apples ever. your in progress apple delights look yummy...i think you got this. i am so ready for fall. here, leaves are beginning to drift down but the heat! oh my, the heat just hangs on. lovely lovely photos.


Apple Compote...I never make enough, always want more. It freezes nicely and is fabulous on my homemade yogurt, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal etc.

I'm a great fan of apple cake. Any apple cake, with crumb topping or without. I love apples.

Honey Crisp are my favorite fall apple. Daughter made an apple pie with Braeburns and Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour in the crust. Tasty.
Homemade chunky applesauce is my favorite. It smells up the house so wonderfully.

I absolutely love your daughter's dress! Is it made from a pattern?

I am eating crumb apple pie while reading your blog.
Peel and slice apples to fill 1/2 way up 8X8 pan. I use Granny Smith.
1/2-1 cup of sugar sprinkled on apples. Cinnamon on top of the sugar. You can adjust according to how sweet your apples are. Sprinkle 2 TBS water on top of all that. For the "crumb" crust, mix together 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, dash of salt, and softened stick of butter (1/2 cup). I try to lay this across the apple mixture so it sorta seals it. Bake at 350 degrees until your apples are soft when you poke a fork in. Not an exact recipe, but oh so good! You can serve warm with ice cream.

The shift to Autumn is tough. It's my favorite season, but it's so short (at least in Maine), that there's a certain sadness to it.

As for apple pies, may I recommend my own? The recipe is here: http://www.mscleaver.com/chronicles/2009/10/25/happy-harvest , but if you're in for a lark, you can see me make it (with my vintage apron collection) on my local evening news program here: http://www.wcsh6.com/video/1878538100001/49743021001/207-Facebook-Fan-Leah-Thibault-makes-Streusal-Apple-Pie

Sewing on the sofa on a cool September evening, wonderful. For apples, always crumble. So very simple. Rub 4oz butter into 6oz flour. Add 4oz Demerara sugar and mix. Put peeled and chopped apples into a dish, top with the crumble mix and bake for 30 minutes at 200C. It's so quick and easy, but absolutely delicious. Serve it with custard or cream. I grow lots of fruit, so there's almost always a crumble of one description or another in the fridge, especially at this time of year. Love it. CJ xx

I love this series of photos - from the tree to the table. So beautiful. And I love your writing today, its poetic and peaceful. Autumn is a favourite month of mine (and I say month because sadly that's all we get of it here.)

I'm very impatient this week with the weather around Portland. 93 on Friday? Why? Whhhhyyyyyy?

Sigh. There are benefits to this season, you can buy nectarines and honey crisps at the same time! It's like that special day each year that Burgerville's Fresh strawberry shakes and Walla Walla onion rings cross paths....mmmmm......

Soon, soon it will be cool and rainy and we can all stay indoors with the pets, snuggling.

Just beautiful. Your photography (and life :) inspire me so much, that I've decided to start an Instagram. I love your posts so much, and I look through your posts over and over. Thank you!

Sigh... Fall here in the Yakima valley is a beautiful affair and we get it for a good long time, at least through October and November after the dry hot summers. Our home is surrounded by apple orchards and while the Braeburns have been picked earlier this year, we are still waiting for the Granny Smiths to be harvested so I can go in and pick over the leftovers and turn mine into sweet cinnamon applesauce jars on the shelf. That is my favorite thing to do with the abundance of apples we get; there is nothing better than homemade applesauce pulled out in the dead drear of February and warmed up to go alongside crusty bread and creamy soup; the simplest and most satisfying of all side dishes. Otherwise I also like to dehydrate mine plain into apple chips but those don't last long because everyone eats them nonstop until they have vanished because the flavor of apple is so concentrated and delicious we can't stop ourselves!


One of my favorite apple recipes is the dutch baby (I know you have made that before) Once you pour the batter in-scatter thinly sliced apples on top that have been tossed with brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves and bake as usual. When it comes out all it needs is a squeeze of lemon and powdered suagr. Such a yummy breakfast.

There's an amazing apple tart in the Barefoot Contessa's Back to Basics cookbook (the picture is on the cover). Bake and eat right away (not that you'll be able to stop yourself).

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com