This past weekend, we made the short trek from Chicago to my home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Knowing I would make my annual trip to Robinette’s Apple Haus, a fifth generation, family run apple orchard and winery, I became fixated for days, dreaming of hot cider and hot pumpkin-spiced donuts.

Autumn is indeed my favorite time of year and being at an orchard intoxicates your senses with all things Fall…. the crunch of crispy leaves under foot, brisk air on your cheeks, mounds of bright orange pumpkins, flannel shirts, hay rides and the smells…. oh those autumn smells… cinnamon, fresh-pressed cider, fresh baked goods, leaves changing, kettle corn popping, fresh hay, pumpkins and earthy goodness.

If you can’t get yourself to an orchard, bring some apples home and make something appleiscious to get you in the mood. Try this apple crunch cake, or this amazing looking chai-spiced apple oatmeal bread, or perhaps apples in pajamas. (I know you are all going to click on that last one… like I was saying last week, some recipes just draw you in by name alone!)

Happy Autumn!

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6 Responses to “Died and Gone to Apple Heaven?”

  1. Lydia Says:

    There is a neighborhood near my house in Rhode Island called Apple Valley, and even today there are dozens of apple orchards within a couple of miles. It’s wonderful to taste the heirloom varieties, and even to drive along the road and smell the apple pies baking. This is my favorite time of year!

  2. kickpleat Says:

    wow, hot apple cider and hot pumpkin-spiced donuts sound pretty damn wonderful! and i’m bookmarking that apple crunch cake for future apple use! it looks amazing.

  3. Claire Says:

    I already had the chai apple cake recipe ready for this weekend! I love apples.

  4. Jackie Says:

    yea for robinettes… it’s sad that i work just down the road and haven’t made it there once. must correct that soon.

  5. mary Says:

    I’ve been dreaming about apples lately, too. I love the pajamas recipe, you’re right about the titles helping pique interest.

  6. Lindsey P. Says:

    Caroline I just went there too! I was just reading your blog and recognized the picture. Their apple cider is the best I’ve ever had.

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