‘Tis the season.

No, not that one.  The bowl full o’ jelly man isn’t due for a few more months.

It’s apple season.  That joyous time of year when I start craving spiced cider and apple crisps and spending time with my family at a u-pick-em orchard.

Funny how with each change of the seasons, some expectation or anticipation shifts inside us.  Suddenly, the mornings are ever so slightly crisper here, and that means we’re on that downhill slide toward actual Fall.

With it?  Comes warm soups and crusty bread.  Or pumpkin pie with just the right amount of ginger balanced against the spicy kick of ground cloves.  

And that sugar maple several blocks up the street?  It’s going to burst into flame-colored leaves that will last for weeks on end if we are lucky and get a little more rain this week.  Not to mention football season.

Ahhhhh…gotta love it.

Anyone else getting an apple crisp craving right about now?  Pull up a chair…

To make up for taunting you with apply thoughts, here are a few faves:

Easy slow cooker apple butter.
Maple walnut apple crisp.
A tasty looking apple recipe collection.

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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