An Authoritative List of the Best Parts of Autumn
- Sweater Weather — Current sweater count is at 18. I’m coming for you cooler temps.
- Watching nature slowly decay and die — so colorfully.
- Watching the seasonal transition in Target from “School Supply September” to “Christmas Comes Early October.”
- It’s socially acceptable to drink hot beverages again.
- No shave November (and all the other months until Spring).
- Jumping in leaf piles — being itchy has never felt more fun.
- Great television returns! And then we wait for it to get uploaded to Netflix/Hulu.
- Duck boots are back — arrival of the L.L. Bean catalog is the Midwest version of Fashion Week.
- Lower electric bills and more blankets.
- Forget the NFL! Apple orchard season is back!
If it’s at all possible, please situate your home within a comfortable driving distance to an apple orchard. Should you have enough land and dirt that can actually sustain life, please plant an apple tree. Mother Nature blessed my childhood with both and I enjoyed the literal fruits of the orchard and my grandparents labor. Pies, apple sauce, apple dumplings, apple butter, oh, the sweet taste of an apple-y autumn. It’s a scent and a season Bath and Body Works can’t fully capture.
This salad is an easy way to break into the realm of apple-related delicacies. A super-simplified take on the Waldorf Salad, cooks can get their apple crunch in about 10 minutes.
1 large crispy-type apple (my favorites are Gala, Fuji or a Honeycrisp. You can read up on more apple varieties and their various attributes here).
1 large rib of celery
1/2 cup of nuts, preferably walnuts or pecans
2 tablespoons of salad dressing, like Miracle Whip
Optional – 1 cup of mini-marshmallows
Wash your fresh producer. Dice the the unpeeled apple and then dice the celery. Slightly chop the nuts. Take care to keep all fingers attached during this process. Combine everything (including the optional mini-marshmallows) in a bowl with the salad dressing, adding more dressing if needed. This makes about 2 small servings, so double to triple everything for an extra helping.
Everyone has their own appreciation for an apple recipe — What’s your favorite? Please share and compare in the comments below.