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How To Pick An Apple

A few weeks ago we made our annual pilgramage to upstate New York to picnic under an apple tree at our favorite orchard and pick enough red delicious for 53 apple pies. Sidenote: I made one pie, it took me five hours and my crust collapsed on itself. Oh well.

The trek always feels so new and fresh, just like New York City still does, but this is actually our third year winding through the Hudson River Valley to our secret apple tree. This year for the first time it truly felt like we were sealing a tradition, making a memory, binding together as a family. In October we pick apples. It's what we do. 

Our little tradition goes a little something like this...

We drive and drive and drive, following directions like wind around the bendy lake, take a right at the second dirt road and stop at the top of the hill with a point like a steeple and stare at the maple whose leaves will be fiery crimson. And that... how we know we have arrived. And then I grab the hand of a super cute little gentleman {I found just the one!} and head towards the row of trees where our secret, magical, favorite apple tree grows, grows, grows.

And if we ever forget the way, we remember to just follow the yellow brick red apple road.

Once we arrive we remember Apple Picking Rule #1: Start nibbling before you start picking!

And then the picking begins!

We pick until the sunlight turns golden, until we have enough apples that they roll out of the bags and make our arms sag under their weight.

We drive back home past the lake with a thousand bends, past the crimson tree and over the hill as pointy as a steeple. We guess how many apples we picked {winner gets to pick the first recipe we make} and how we can't wait to do it all again next year.

And that, is how we pick an apple.

What are some of your favorite family traditions? I'd love to hear.

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I am enjoying so much starting new traditions with my little ones. This year I wanted to make a fun advent calendar, maybe another tradition to follow in the years to come.

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLia

I grew up in Warwick, NY. Looking back I can say that I didn't appreciate how awesome that area is. I definitely took it for granted. I also coud not comprehend why so many people would pack up and head to our sleepy little town every Fall! It makes so much more sense now that I'm an adult and no longer live there. :0)

Our traditions are still developing. Tamales with my husband's sister's in-laws (confused yet?) on Christmas Eve. And on the first Sunday of every month the boys and I have ice cream for lunch. Does that count?

November 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

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