Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Apple Picking Fun, 2014

 On Saturday, Corban had a soccer game scheduled in the mountains of North Carolina.
The fields were about two hours away from our home.
So instead of just driving up for the game, and then right back home again when it was over, we decided to make a day of it.
 We realized that our very FAVORITE apple farm was only a short 30 minute drive from the fields where Cor played.
So as soon as the game was over,
 we loaded up our little troop and headed to 
Sky Top Orchard.
This was our fourth year visiting Sky Top...

and it's certainly become one of our family's favorite fall outings.
 I mean nothin' screams "FALL!" more than a fresh picked apples, right!?!?
The weather was a bit dreary, but the cloud cover kept us cool as we made our way through the orchard. 
The kids (and Shane) were great at hunting for the ripest and tastiest of apples.
 Sometimes finding the BEST meant a little taste testing was required.
 And with so many helpers picking...
 it wasn't long before our two big baskets were full to the brim!
Just as soon as we picked our very LAST apple, the clouds opened (as if right on cue) and the rain began to fall.
 The kids thought it was great fun as we quickly ran for cover, all while doing our best not to spill or bruise the bushels of apples we just picked.
Once under the covered porch, we sat down and enjoyed a HOT apple cider doughnut!
 Forget the apples...
 these delicious, melt-in-your-mouth doughnuts, are what keep us going back to Sky Top year after year.

  I may or may not have had TWO;)
They are THAT good. 
And now that we're home, I have 35 pounds of sweet and delicious apples that I need to do something with.
So...bring on the crisps, pies, muffins, and breads.
The temperature outside may not quite "feel" like fall yet, but at least my kitchen will SMELL like it;)  


Melissa said...

Crock pot applesauce will take 3 pounds of those apples off your hands and make your house smell so delicious!!! You can google the simple recipe if you don't have it already.

Brian & Ashley said...

How fun! Love the colors!

julie s said...

In Michigan the apples are ripe and the temps have dropped! People are putting their heat on and shorts season is abruptly over. It's neat to see the same huge crop of apple trees and donuts but somewhere in the south. Love the coordinating colors.