31 October 2011


I've been waiting and waiting.

Peering through the blinds.

Drumming my fingers on the kitchen table.




When will it get here?  When will Autumn arrive?  I'm starting to feel a bit like Charlie Brown, ever anticipating the illusive Great Pumpkin.  We're well into October and sweater season has failed to show.  I've been stood up!  Where is Fall?!  Where are leggings and scarves and cups of hot apple cider? Where are misty mornings and crisp, cuddly evenings?

Resigned to take matters into my own hands, I attempt to coax the harvest season out of hiding.

A visit to a well-known pumpkin farm seemed to be a grand idea. Alas, I saw farm equipment and decorative gourds aplenty - but no true Autumn.  I abandoned my scarf and peeled off my sweater in a sign of protest.  It must have been near 80 degrees! In October! 

I did, however, enjoy the bounty of colors, the cornfields, the delightful aroma of hay...

I got the feeling that Fall was really trying to greet me.  But I needed more convincing.

I made the above sweet treats for my co-workers (idea via pinterest) to put me in the holiday mood.

And this yummy caramel apple dip is next on my to-do list.  To keep or give away, I'm not sure yet.  But I'm starting to get that cozy warm Autumn feeling...

Ahhh...Eureka! I think I've finally found it!  October 31st and Fall has just arrived in my glass - in the form of an apple cider margarita!  Now this...sip sip sip...was worth waiting for!

Warm holiday and harvest wishes,

Apple Cider Margarita:
1 ounce Grand Marnier
1 ounce gold tequila
5-6 ounces sweet apple cider
orange segments and apple slices
cinnamon + cane sugar + coarse sugar for glass rimming
Add a few spoonfuls of cane sugar, coarse sugar and cinnamon to a plate. Run an orange segment around the edge of the glass, then press into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat the rim. Add a few orange slices in the bottom of the glass, fill with ice, then add the Grand Marnier, tequila and apple cider and stir to mix. Enjoy!


  1. What an interesting post! And lovely pictures, Niki. Loved going through them.

  2. I love fall....and who doesn't like a good margi...

    ciao bella
    your newest follower
    creative carmelina


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