Thursday, September 21, 2017

Making fall


Lately, I'm happily getting deeper into the autumn spirit. I know it won't officially be autumn until tomorrow, but I love this season so much that I always start acting like it's fall before it really, technically is. It isn't my intention to rush the seasons, I just get so excited. This week, I've been doing some autumnal making, so I've been getting even more into the mood. I'm also excited because the weather looks like it will cooperate with my fall feelings, at least for the forecast period; next week is supposed to be quite cool and wet. I hope that really happens - I'm looking forward to staying inside doing cozy, homey things as much as I can.

I've been crocheting something different here and there, still working on my Maybelle blanket, of course. My in-between project is to crochet some little pumpkins and squashes for the season. Fun! I usually buy a small pile of fresh mini pumpkins and squashes to display on a glass platter on the coffee table in our living room. They always look pretty for a week or two, then they start getting moldy or dried-out. I end up having to throw them away and buy replacements at least once, which gets a little expensive. I know you can do things with bleach solutions and Vaseline and other stuff, but I decided that this year, I'd make myself a more lasting collection, that I can use all season and pull out year after year. I've started with a couple of pumpkins so far, using a pattern from Ravelry (click here for a free download), Amigurumi Pumpkins by Mevlinn Gusick. It's a great pattern, you can make little pumpkins in three different sizes.


I plan to make some squashes too, using a different pattern I found on Ravelry, from Lion Brand yarn (also a free download, found here). I had fun going through my yarn stash to find good colors for pumpkins and squashes. The tiny cream-colored pumpkins are my favorite ones to buy fresh, but the cream always deepens to yellow after a few days. Crocheted creamy pumpkins stay that way for good!




From pumpkins to apples...I baked an apple pie, my first of the season. I used apples from the store, since our apples didn't do well this year. These were Golden Delicious apples. Now and then, I make my own crust, but I'm rarely happy with the results, so I often use Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust, as I did with this pie. I'm glad to take help where I can get it.


I feel like I've truly opened the door to fall now that I've baked this pie. It was delicious, especially warmed-up, which is my favorite way to eat apple pie. Everyone enjoyed it. One of the best things about apple pie is how it makes everyone happy.

Pssst...(!)

20 comments:

  1. Mmm, that pie looks utterly delicious. We've been living on apple crumble here, I should try making a pie for a change I think. I love the crochet pumpkins, especially the little cream one, I do like those pale pumpkins too. Today felt very autumnal here; leaves and twigs on the ground, dripping trees and a chill in the air. Early evening sunshine now though which is lovely. Have a great weekend. CJ xx

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  2. The pumpkins are really cute! Nothing like crocheted or knit pumpkins to add to the coziness we crave in autumn. That pie looks delicious! I bake so rarely these days, that anything I DO make makes everyone ecstatic ha ha! I do love a good apple pie though. No cinnamon, just the taste of a good baked apple and golden crust suits me fine. My husband recently bought a caramel apple pie, which was extremely sweet and I couldn't taste the apple at all (very disappointing). Enjoy the upcoming cold and drizzle!! We'e still baking in high 20s and the a/c is still running :P pant pant
    Wendy

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  3. Cute pumpkins! we don't decorate our houses as much as in the US but I like seeing others endeavors. We make apple crumble (mostly because I am too lazy to make a pie) but now that I have a new electric fan oven I think I could get better pastry. I really want to make a pie now! Psst... I'm excited! jo x

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  4. Love the pumpkins and I have downloaded the pattern to my (Ravelry) library. Thank you for the link. I probably won't get them made until my return from Mandy's house, but I'm looking forward to trying my hand at some. Oh my goodness! That pie! It looks so yummy. Fall has definitely arrived here too. It's 34° this morning and has been raining for several days. I am so, so, thankful for the rain. And I saved the best for last! Maybelle is being joined!. How exciting. It looks wonderful.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  5. Your pumpkins look great, Jennifer, and your apple pie looks soooooooo good! :o)

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  6. Love the cute pumpkins. Your apple pie looks so tasty. Ooh, the Maybelle is looking great. I've just bought more wool at the 'Knit and Natter' today. It's a shame it's above the wool shop, as you're so tempted. I really must get some other projects finished first. Looking forward to the 'Winter Project link party'. Cathy x

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  7. The little pumpkins look fabulous and will make a lovely autumnal display that you can bring out year after year. Yum, that apple pie looks scrumptious.

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  8. I'm a great fan of pastry from the supermarket fridge, means I can spend my time doing other things... though that usually means more baking or crafting. I love your little pumpkins, very sweet xx

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  9. Hi Jennifer! Everything looks VERY cozy and homey. I'd like a slice of pie.
    The pumpkins are perfect.

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  10. The pumpkins are a delight, perfect for bringing out year on year. The apple pie looks delicious, perfect for the season. Excited to see the blanket.

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  11. Your pumpkins are adorable! I like the cream colored ones too.
    The pie is a beauty and I'm sure it's yummy too. I'm a fan of Pillsbury pie crusts as well.

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  12. Love the pumpkins, I've been looking for a fall project! The pie look so good.

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  13. You are making Fall in all the best ways Jennifer. The crotchet pumpkins are so pretty, perfect for Fall decor. Your apple pie looks wonderful and so professional, you are clearly an expert there. Looks delicious!

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  14. Mmmmm love apple pie :) Maybelle is looking fab, and I love your crochet pumpkins :) Must try some of those :)
    Jillxo

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  15. Love all your crochet and those pumpkins sure are gorgeous clever you. And oh my I could smell that wonderful pie yummo xo

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  16. Love the pumpkins, and my mouth is watering...that pie looks so delicious.

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  17. Mmm, that pie looks delicious. I love your little crocheted pumpkins - funnily enough I've started some here too! As decorations for the mantel, in a variety of sizes. I share your love of autumn my friend. How lovely it's been to sit here with a cup of tea and catch up with your blog. Xx

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  18. I have those same little crocheted pumpkins, although I certainly didn't make them! ;-) I bought them in a little nearby shop. A few acorns, too. They're so cute. You wouldn't know it's fall here in northern IL - we've had about 6 days in a row so far of 90 - 95 degree heat, which is record-breaking for this time of year. We've basically been stuck indoors, but I have a bad head cold anyway, so guess it's a good time to be stuck inside! Relief in the weather coming Wed. Maybe it'll coordinate with me feeling better and then I can start thinking about pumpkins and apples. ;-)

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  19. Oooooh, you're joining the blanket -- it's getting exciting now! Your pie looks WONDERFUL! My hubby LOVES apple pie and I've promised him one in the next few weeks. They're not my favorite, and I've struggled over the years to get them the way we like it, but I'm finally making peace with them LOL.

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  20. I love those little pumpkins, very cute. And your apple pie looks amazing. I made one on Sunday and it wasn't nearly as good-looking (although it tasted ok). I know what you mean about an apple pie making everyone happy – it's a fine thing.

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