The dear lady who writes wisps of words posted a lovely blog today which echoes my feelings about this time of year. It's such a cozy time of warmth in the home, a pulling in and gathering in preparation for the winter season, oven meals and thick soups which seem so delectable now, and even a pan of Apple Slices that I couldn't keep myself from sampling earlier today.
As you can see, I wasn't the only one sampling.
Speaking of apples, even though we've had two frosts already, the forecast for this coming Tuesday night is for it to get really frigid. So on the schedule for tomorrow afternoon is harvesting all our apples.
We've been sampling them for what seems like weeks now and saying they need "just a little more time." Well, time has run out and we can't dawdle any longer. It's time for all apples to be gathered. Our small orchard of the dwarf trees has produced abundantly and a couple of our big trees have some apples, but not many. Friends of our daughter's have offered us as many apples from their large, old tree as we want so we'll be in their yard tomorrow gathering some of that bounty.
What will we do with the apples? Make a lot of applesauce as we've been plumb out for well over a month now. Daughter wants to try making some juice/cider, we'll eat out-of-hand the best tasting ones, and of course there will be the occasional apple pie, apple crisp, pan of apple slices, etc. during the coming months.
What a glorious time of year. Candles, quilts, nights before an open fire reading a good book while sipping a warm drink. As words of wisps says, this is The Season of Quiet . . . and rest and enjoyment and visiting around the harvest table.
Addendum: I've posted about my Apple Slices before here on my blog and if you're interested in seeing the original recipe (as some of you here in the comments have indicated), go way down on my right hand side bar to the Search box and type in "Apple Slices" and it should take you to posts wherein the Apple Slices have been mentioned. Scroll down to the post dated October 12, 2010, titled "Only Because You Made Me Do It" and the recipe will be shown there.
A year or so ago, even though the crust in the original recipe was good, I finally gave up on it because it was so hard to work with and roll out. I started using my regular pie crust recipe and feel it's just as good.
This time around I simply used my pie crust, about 10 apples (they weren't too large), added 2/3 cups sugar (apples were a tad under ripe), and a rounded teaspoon of cinnamon. Much simpler and just as tasty.
Thanks to you all for your interest.