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!!

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.

Oct 2013

Oct 2013

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.

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Sept 2015

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.

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

Breakfast with Allie (Baking A Moment).

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.

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

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!

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

Twice as Nice Crossbody – Vera Bradley

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!

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

From Left to Right: Camille, MaryAnne, Becky, Allie and myself

 

September 17, 2015: The 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Celebration at the Hudson Hotel in New York City.

I look forward to another event next year.

Canning!!

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.

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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!!

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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)