Fall is by far my favorite time of year!
The wind rustles through the leaves as they change colors of orange, yellow and red. The days get shorter, making the cool nights radiate with warmth as we cuddle in our homes. Sweaters, boots, scarves and mittens make their appearance, and in the PNW are used more often than any other wardrobe choices. Apple and pumpkin spice, pie, and smells are everywhere. Football and the World Series are on TV, gathering friends with delicious appetizers and laughter all around. Halloween and Thanksgiving bring families together with pictures as well as new and old memories to be had. Fall kicks off the holiday season, and represents the routine in our lives. There is something comforting in that routine that I love. It’s rallies in my wild spirit.
Adventures are a staple in our house. And are had as often as we can squeeze into our busy schedules.
“Where are we going?” My girls will ask.
“On an adventure!” I respond, with a glisten in my eye,
Both my Big and Little will squeal with delight as we pile in the car. I never tell them where we are going, because I love to not only surprise them, but hate to disappoint them if there are unforeseen circumstance along the way.
One of the many things I love about the PNW are all the amazing U-Pick farms that are around us. It’s an experience worth having if you’ve never been. There is nothing more satisfying than smelling the cool crisp air while enjoying a hay ride and getting to pick your own apples. Delicious, ginormous apples! It’s not much more than going to the store and it’s loads more fun! Trust me, telling your kids you are going on an adventure, and then pulling up to the grocery store does not yield excited and happy children the same way it does picking our own fresh produce.
Making Apple Pie or an Apple Crisp only happens about once or twice a year in our home. 1.) Because it’s a lot of work peeling and slicing. So when I do it, I make enough to keep a pie filling in the freezer. And 2.) Because I am the only one who eats it, which does not help to maintain my figure.
I’ve had some great experience with this Apple Crisp recipe. It is one that has yet to let me down. It’s crisp, crunchy and keeps well in the fridge for the 3 days that it takes to devour it….don’t judge me. 😉 But I think what I love most about it are the memories that are made picking the apples, making our crisp and the time spent together eating it. Even if it is just watching Sofia the First with my Littles while mommy eats it alone. These are the memories worth making. These are the stories that will be told someday. These are the smells that I want to permeate my home, life and memories. Our Apple Crisp Memories.