BEYOND THE OVEN: Fall Happenings
As we come to the end of September, we are slowly settling into that lovely Fall weather. The past week has been cooling down and our nights are now chilling. Our heat even came on so the little man doesn’t freeze at night. With Fall comes some of my all-time favorite activities; first up Apple Picking!!
Apple picking has become a yearly tradition for me! Ever since I moved to Upstate NY six years ago, I’ve gone every year with my girlfriends.
This year is however the first time I went with my new family of three. Surprisingly, it was the first for the hubs which is appalling after living in this beautiful state for over 30 years. Had I known this before hand, we would have solved it ages ago.
On the first official day of fall, we headed to Beak & Skiff Orchards here in Syracuse where we spent a lovely afternoon picking plenty of apples, eating apple fritters and hot apple cider donuts. Luckily for us Elliott was a trooper, he slept through all of it. Maybe next year he will be more interested in it all.
BHG Stylemaker Event!!
Another thing that’s becoming a September tradition is attending the annual Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker event (two years in a row now) celebrating the September Style Issue. Last week, I whisked myself to Philly where I spent the night with my gal pal Allie and we both drove down to NYC for the day event.
We met most of the editors of the magazine and spent some time talking to Nancy, the Food Editor and learned a lot from her favorite food stylists like Libby Summers.
There were also other amazing sessions in cookbook publishing, making social media videos and all just learning about branding. It was plenty to absorb!!
There were a few brands sponsoring the event, including Vera Bradley who showed us their Fall 2015 Collection.
And surprise surprise asked us to pick one bag for ourselves!! I went with this teal cross-body bag for Fall!
It was also great to meet some new blogger friends and get to know each other in person. I got to hang out with Maryanne (The Little Epicurean), Camille (Planning Pretty) and Becky (The Cookie Rookie) all day and had so much fun with these talented ladies!
I look forward to another event next year.
The real end of summer is the signs of your garden is dwindling. This year was the first time we had an outdoor garden and we planted a few tomato plants. They have graced us handsomely with LOTS of fruits and we took to canning for the first time.
With the help of Mr J’s Dad, we were able to get over a dozen jars of homemade tomato sauce and a few jars of diced tomatoes. We are ready for the winter and the eating of all the comfort foods!!
That’s all the updates from me today friends. I hope you have a great start to Fall. xoxo
What have you been up to this Fall? What plans do you have to enjoy some of the Fall weather and produce?
(Stylemaker Photos Credit: (c) Avi Gerver Photography)
1-awwww apple picking family fun!
2-the BHG event looks amazinggg and you totally picked my fave purse of the bunch! so pretty!
Thanks Kayle!! The teal color called to me lol!
Z, I love this post! you and Allie look fabulous!!!! I love your dress! and oh my gawd, you each got a Vera Bradley purse?!!! Wow! love the one you picked out! I love fall and can’t wait for the leaves to change colors. . it’s already starting to cool off over here. . fall is one of my favorite seasons for baking too so I can’t wait!!!
Thank you Alice!! We are still waiting for them but we picked them out. Fall baking is all around. This weekend I am deep in apples 🙂
You’ve been busy! Where do you find the energy for it all? 🙂
The BHG event looks like it was a blast and I love seeing a little peek behind the scenes!
Sometimes I do ask myself that lol! I am on constant exhaustion I think :p
I love apple picking – we still have yet to go this year – hopefully tomorrow or next weekend if the weather is nice 🙂 Aaw yay, so glad you and Allie had a great time at the BHG event!:) All of you ladies look so adorable!
I hope you and the boys made it Kelly! And I can’t wait to see your apple recipes 🙂
seems you enjoy so much, you deserve it, have a nice week-end
Thank you!! Hope you had a great one too.
Our apple picking adventure is around the corner. Looks like a great time was had by all! Thanks for sharing!
I hope you guys have fun apple picking 🙂
I love love love reading about your amazing life beyond the oven so much. You and the gals are beyond beautiful, inside and out!
That BGH event sounds like so much fun! And good for you on canning – that’s something I don’t dare undertake!
It is scary and why we went over to my father-in-law for some help.
looks like you’ve been having fun! i love that teal bag 🙂
Thanks Sarah! I get excited in the fall and kind of hibernate all winter long!
Wow! It sure looks like y’all had a fantastic time in NYC! The family time apple picking looks like a great time too!