Jacquelynne Steves

A few of my favorite Fall things…

Is there a nicer season than Fall? The air is crisp and cool, nature’s palette is gorgeous, and it signals the beginning of the “snuggling up and getting cozy” season. Here are some of my favorite things about fall….

Visiting the orchard for apple picking. Daughter and I visited the apple orchard a couple of weeks ago, and the two of us picked over 20 pounds of apples.

Apple Orchard with Meg-Jacquelynne Steves

Apple Tree- Jacquelynne Steves

Apple Baskets- Jacquelynne Steves

What do you do with all of those apples? You give some away, you make apple crisp (a few times- just try to keep everyone from devouring it!), and you snack on crisp, crunchy, juicy apple slices for a long time…

Apple Crisp- Jacquelynne Steves

There’s the decorating with all of the colorful abundance of the season- pumpkins, gourds, and chrysanthemums. And of course, cooking all kinds of pumpkin dishes:

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Fall is a really quiet and peaceful time of year. It’s as if nature is settling down for her long Winter slumber… My husband and I love to go hiking at nearby state parks and forests. Is there anything prettier or more peaceful than this?

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WoodsInFall- Jacquelynne Steves

Alfie and I also like to take walks in the meadow behind our house:

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Butterfly On Goldenrod-Jacquelynne Steves

It’s the perfect time to visit farmer’s markets. My husband and I recently spent the day in nearby Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Amish have treats that no one else would dream of…. like “Whoopie Pies” that are the size of your head:

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We decided to put Alfie in a red wagon and take his photo in front of the pumpkin display. He was not amused, but he stoically endured.

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And we enjoyed the ride through the countryside:

Amish Countryside- Jacquelynne Steves

What is your favorite season? What is your favorite thing about Fall?

Beautiful Day Autumn Floral Art- Jacquelynne Steves

 

22 Comments

  • Posted October 29, 2015 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Lovely photos Jacquelynne. When we visited the US about 10 years ago, it was in the Fall and I just loved it.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 2, 2015 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      Christine- We are so lucky that we live on the East Coast where we get a nice colorful autumn. Some places in the US are too warm for that! I try to remember that when it gets freezing here in the winter, lol.

  • margaret
    Posted October 30, 2015 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    like you I love this time of the year, the changing colours of the leaves is what I love most, the falling temperature though I do not like! Here in the UK very few people cook with pumpkin, hey seem to only grow them for carving in fact you can only buy then for a couple of weeks but I have been enjoying pumpkin soup and roast pumpkin.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 2, 2015 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      Do you have canned pumpkin in the UK? It’s actually very good, much easier than using fresh. And it’s available year-round.

      • CarolK
        Posted November 13, 2015 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

        Butternut squash also makes a wicked “pumpkin” pie AND soup. Give that a try and you will love it..

  • Monica Kostak
    Posted November 1, 2015 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photosl…fall colors not quite here in Texas. Seems we only have a couple seasons, but it’s more real when we decorate! I like fall and my decorations go up in Sep-Nov, It feels comfy or COZY in our home and people who visit enjoy as well. It’s nice that it does start to cool and windows come open, but it can still be warm during the day. Making of soups, breads (PUMPKIN) baking, and crock pot meals come in to the the fall season too…..

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 2, 2015 at 10:59 am | Permalink

      I do like having the fall colors here on the East Coast- but the winters can be killer! At least it’s not quite as cold in Texas for the winter. I prefer to NEVER have to leave the house in winter here.

  • Blanche Schaudt
    Posted November 1, 2015 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Fall is an amazing time of year…we live in Michigan where you can travel north and work your way back to see the changes in the colors of the leaves. I love it for many reasons: quilting projects, photo opportunities, and just the act of slowing down, which is good for our bodies and spirits. Making crockpot applesauce always makes the house smell wonderful, and a warm bowl when it is done is a bonus. Thank you for sharing your beautiful talents and ideas with us.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 2, 2015 at 10:58 am | Permalink

      Blanche- I agree!! There is no “cozier” time of year!

  • LJ
    Posted November 2, 2015 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    No idea where you’re located but if you’re countryside looks like the picture above, we must be neighbors. It’s an absolutely gorgeous picture. I LOVE fall and love everything about it…the cooler temps, the colors, the smells (best). What a lovely cycle in our life.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 4, 2015 at 7:12 am | Permalink

      Photos were taken in PA, Southern NJ and Northern DE. The colors seems to be especially beautiful this year :)

  • Lynette Wilson
    Posted November 12, 2015 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photos. This is my favorite time of the year too. However, Spring is a very close second choice.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 16, 2015 at 8:14 am | Permalink

      I love Spring too- I guess I just like the moderate temperatures, and the break from the previous “extreme” weather of summer or winter.

  • Gayla
    Posted November 12, 2015 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for posting. Being from the Pacific Northwest, I would love to see the East Coast during fall sometime. Your pictures are beautiful, such a lovely butterfly too. It would be great to walk in the crisp-looking, dry leaves. Thanks again. Love your site.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 16, 2015 at 8:15 am | Permalink

      I have a friend who lives in the Pacific Northwest, and she is always posting gorgeous photos of mountains and snow and wildlife- I guess every region has its own beauty!

  • Linda
    Posted November 13, 2015 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    I love fall…all the deep, rich colors, the abundance of harvest, and the food that goes with it. Apple pie, pumpkin anything! With the cooler weather, means staying indoors more to spend time in the sewing room or watching old movies while knitting or doing hand sewing. Cuddling in a quilt with a cup of hot cocoa and my puppy curled up in my lap. Fall also means the Holidays are coming and another year is almost at an end.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 16, 2015 at 8:16 am | Permalink

      Those are DEFINITELY some of the things that make this season so wonderful!

  • CarolK
    Posted November 13, 2015 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Definitely FALL is my favorite month too. We’re just past our peak leaf peeping period. All the trees are bare and the leaves are being blown all over the place. Will start firing up the fireplace and spending more time working on all my projects. We love the Lancaster PA area too. All the farms are so beautiful and you find quilts shops on almost every corner. It’s a quilters wonderland for sure.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 16, 2015 at 8:18 am | Permalink

      It really is a wonderful place- too many tourists though! LOL- funny how I don’t think of myself as a tourist when I go there!! I feel like a “local.”

  • Cathy
    Posted November 18, 2015 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photos of a wonderful time of year. DH and I love trekking in state parks this time of year too. A couple of places not too far from you you might like are Belleplain State Park in Woodbine (where we were treated to 2 girls and their horses cantering on the beach and into the water couple of weeks ago) and the walk at the Cape May Lighthouse. Our pleasant walk in the woods in Atlantic County last week revealed the frost didn’t kill off all the ticks. So much for what I’ve always been told. Fortunately the one on me hadn’t yet found a spot to dine.

  • Terry
    Posted November 19, 2015 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    I love the fall and have for many years made my pilgrimage back to Lancaster Co, PA during the month of Oct. I have lived in northern New Mexico for 38 years but grew up in PA and yearn for the fall colors back in that area. We have the Rockies close so we have the golden colors of the Aspens but there is nothing that compares to the richness of color back there. Didn’t get to make it back this year, maybe next…so really enjoyed the photos you posted. Four years ago after my husband retired we spent the month of Oct in Paradise, PA and it truly was paradise.

  • kaye walker
    Posted October 20, 2016 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Your pictures of the landscape are beautiful. You really captured the fall colors. Alfie is the cutest! I love all the fall colors. I think they are my favorite colors but spring is my favorite season. That is because winter is over, everything starts turning green and flowers start to bloom.

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