Happy Fall Y’all! Fall Feast fun!

HAPPY FALL Y’ALL!!!!
It is no secret that autumn holds a special place in my heart. I love the holiday’s, colors, sights and smells. The leaves on the trees turning bright orange, red and yellow, give me butterflies in my tummy! I adore pumpkin, stews, soups and hot cocoa next to a fire. I love the fashion, coats and being with my family on a cool crisp autumn day.

Vermont in fall

a perfect place for a fall picnic

This looks like our cat Shadow when he was a kitten

What a wonderful way to spend a fall afternoon

Virginia in autumn! YAY

I love riding my bike through the fall leaves!

Picture by John Stebbins. Taken in MA

I want to walk with my family down this road

entrance to my dream property! LOL

My kids playing in the leaves in early fall 2008

My street 2008 early fall

To celebrate the fall equinox, my family and I have our annual “fall feast”. We make a big meal, gather around the table, and discuss our plans for the coming season. It is sort of a “pre-Thanksgiving”.

Years ago, my husbands grandmother gave him a bunch of her old cookbooks. In one of them we found a recipe for pork tenderloin that looked out of this world. We made it one autumn, and it became an instant hit.

PorkAmandine
Here is the book grandma Bea gave to John

And here is the recipe….

With this I make my Gruyere potatoes. All I do is take some yukon gold potatoes, thinly slice them and layer them in a baking pan with salt, pepper, and shredded gruyere cheese. I bake them in a 350 degree oven until golden and  a little crispy usually 20 minutes or so. It depends on your oven as to how long they must cook, but you want to be able to insert a fork in them easily (like piercing a stick of soft butter)

We also serve fresh homemade applesauce with our pork, that is served warm. It is delicious!
To make the applesauce I peel and chop around 2.5 to 3 pounds of apples. I place these in a large saucepan. To this I add around 2 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 cup of water, 1/4-1/2 cup of sugar, fresh grated nutmeg and some cinnamon. I cover the saucepan and cook over low heat until the apples are soft. Make sure to stir every once and a while, to keep them from burning.

I love to eat good food, and be surrounded by family. Making meals like these, also make memories. What person out there does not associate certain foods with fond memories?
What are your favorite meals and why?? Do share! Don’t be afraid to leave a comment below, and tell all about it 🙂 I love to hear how others celebrate life!!

I need to get back to cooking! I hope you all have a wonderful autumn filled with love, and happiness!
A very beautiful fall equinox to all of you!
Until next post,
Amy

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