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Tuesday, October 11

Fall Firsts - Part I: Apple Picking!

This year, we've decided to nix our usual holiday travel plans:  Thanksgiving in Ohio, Christmas in Seattle.  We've been all over the place the last couple of years and its time for us to take a break.  In order to make the most of this decision we've made plans to do things around NYC that we have never done before.  Instead of focusing on how we'll be missing out on our family traditions, we've broadened our horizons to participate in local traditions, and we'll be creating some of our own traditions as well.

I am so happy that my in-laws came out for a visit this past weekend, together we were able to do a lot of things we'd never done before.  So without  any further delay, I present to you a short series of posts which I will call "Fall Firsts."

We left bright and early from our place in Washington Heights, with a bounty of fancy coffee drinks, fresh baked cinnamon rolls and banana muffins, and headed over to the GW Bridge into New Jersey.  The drive was stunning, even in Jersey you can find beautiful red, orange and gold leaved trees lining the highway.  About an hour and some change later, we arrived at Stonyhill Farm & Gardens in Chester, NJ.

Apple picking was a blast, not only did we experience this very traditional NYC annual pilgrimage, we were able to bring our best friends and my lovely in-laws.  The weather was gorgeous, maybe slightly too warm, but not worth a complaint.  Zion had a great time, and I think we must of all heard, "Ahhh-pull" or "Aaahpuh-pie" a million times, plus as an added bonus she got to ride in a little red wagon for the first time.  :)

Stonyhill also had a wonderful farmers market with apple cider donuts, hot and cold apple cider and other delightful items.  After buying 10lbs of apples, I couldn't wait to get home and make my first apple pie using this fantastic recipe I found.  And it turned out DELICIOUS!!

Are you staying home this holiday season?  What local traditions do you enjoy?


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  1. Oh that looks so fun! Zion is so cute! :-)

  2. I do my own thing when it comes to holidays. I bum around in pj's and eat and relax. I never did like getting all dressed up and visiting relatives that I'd only see once a year. My holidays are home with the kids where I want to be.
    From VB
    And that trip looks like a lot of fun!

  3. Thank you so much!! :) Happy you stumbled upon here as well!

  4. emilykate3130December 02, 2011

    Ahhh your girl is so sweet and love her name! Happy I stumbled upon your sweet blog!

  5. Nice to meet you as well. :) Well I hope that the Holidays are a pleasant surprise for you. I'd imagine being on a farm would be a blast this time of year. Fall is such a beautiful season. Thanks for stopping in!

  6. That looked like a blast! And, yes, your daughter is absolutely precious! Funny, but I haven't even thought about the holidays yet. I suppose I better get going with the planning. The truth is, we've always traveled far to see our relatives, but this time I would like for everyone to come visit our new farm and celebrate here. I know that no one will make the trip here, so I've been ignoring the holiday thing altogether.  :)  Until then, we will enjoy the autumn season here on the farm.  Oh, and it's very nice to meet a fellow life coach! :)

  7. I appreciate your encouragement. I think it will turn out to be a really great holiday season. We are thinking of taking Zion to the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade….hubs and I have never been. :)

  8. i love this post! it's so tough to break away from those family traditions! on one hand you want to in order to make your own and enjoy the moments, on the other you love those familiar traditions and your family of course. but i think it's great to try a hand at own at least once and then you at least know what choices you are choosing between in the future. i have also found when i have broken free people (family & friends) are much more supportive than i'd imagined! these look like lovely traditions you are starting! it makes me wish i could have some along too!


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