Apple Red, Apple Green

I don’t blame anyone for not being over-enthusiastic about the changing seasons. It’s hard to say goodbye to summer bbq’s, cottage weekends and warm nights, but I still find myself looking forward to the coming fall. Even though January 1st marks the actual start of a new year, for me the fall has always represented a new beginning.

What better way to celebrate fall’s arrival than with an apple picking excursion, followed by some serious baking (and apples are good for more than just putting in a pie.) This foodie Tuesday we’ve rounded up a bushel of apple ideas for eating, drinking, wearing and decorating.

twig and thistle

If someone you know is heading off to school this year, or perhaps just off to the office, these printable fruit stickers by twig and thistle are a sweet reminder that you’re thinking about them. Not just for apples, there are also stickers featuring cute sayings for oranges and bananas too.

chicken curry with apples via dinner: a love story

Curry typically isn’t the first thing that come to mind when you think of apples, but this recipe that was featured on one of my favourite cooking blogs, Dinner: A Love Story, sounds delicious. Tart granny smith apples are paired with a mild curry for a quick and tasty fall dinner. Yum.

apple cider caramels via blondiescakes

Apple cider, how I adore you. From September until February I always have a jug of apple cider in the fridge. Hot, cold, or baked into doughnuts, it is absolutely a fall staple in my books. If you too share the love for apple cider these cider caramels by Our Best Bites will be as enticing to you as they are to me.

what katie ate

This cocktail recipe combines the seasonal flavours of apple, cranberry and ginger into a refreshing drink that tastes as good as it looks. As always, Katie Quinn Davis’ food photography is gorgeous and expertly styled. The mismatched glasses and jars are a must if you’re planning on serving these cocktails at a post-apple picking fete.

apple moccasins by darlingtonia

How about some apples for your feet? These leather moccasins are handmade in Northern California. Made of supple green letter with red apple appliques, these are certainly fall appropriate footwear. To get a pair of your own head over here.

apple felt coasters via the purl bee

And finally, just because I can’t resist showing off a great craft, the purl bee has a pattern for making these easy apple coasters.  Graphic, colourful and whimsical they would make an excellent accessory to transition your home into fall.

Granny Smith, golden delicious, Empire, Macintosh; there are thousands of cultivated varieties to choose from. If you’re hoping to pick yours straight off the tree here is a handy pdf that lists ripening dates by types, as well as how to best use each variety and how to store them.

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