A Couple of Couples

I’m happy to report that this weekend, I officially checked something off of my Fall To Do List.

On Saturday afternoon, Matt and I hoped in our car and drove out to Warwick, NY for our annual apple picking trip. Some of you more loyal followers may remember that we went out there two years ago and had a great time. Well after doing a decent amount of research to find a great orchard, I settled upon Ochs Orchard. It wasn’t until we were driving up the scenic road that leads to the farm that I realized it was the exact same place we went two years ago. Guess that research really paid off.

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This year we were joined by two of my favorite people, Lindsay and Mike.

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I used to work with Lindsay and they are SUPER fun to hang out with. Let’s be serious though… the bar was pretty low since the bulk of our free time is spent with Kinsella and Brent, two of Matt’s boyfriends who mostly enjoy bars, Notre Dame football and talking about finance. No offense boys, but it wasn’t my dream to get married and live the single boys life.

We picked a giant bag full of apples and a pumpkin that is sitting on our counter, just waiting to be carved. Afterward we headed over to the Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery. We arrived at 5pm, just an hour before closing. I was definitely bummed that we didn’t come earlier (they have apple picking there too) but it worked out well since the place was packed, but since we arrived late, people were leaving and we had no problem finding a table.

It was a great day, capped off with dinner with another favorite couple, Noelle and Justin. On the drive home, Matt jokingly said “All we do it hang out with your friends.” My response… “At least my friends have cool boyfriends/husbands for you… you’re friend just have other single boyfriends.”

Touché.

Here’s to couple friends, fall and a week full of apple recipe posts!

 

Suburban Sunday

On Sunday Matt and I (ok, more like I) decided that we would rent a zip car and get out of the city for the day. And what is a better fall activity than apple picking and leaf peeping? So we hopped in our car and drove up to Warwick, NY for a lovely day.

We ended the day by coming home and making apple muffins, which I brought into work this morning, and an apple and chicken dish for dinner, both recipes were from our apple cook book that our favorite younger sister, Courtney, purchased for us for Christmas last year! Considering we picked nearly 6 dozen apples, I have a feeling we will be using that cookbook a lot over the next week or so.

Here Come the Irish

Today is one of the best days of the year. Sadly, it also has the potential to be one of the worst.

Today, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Team kicks off their season with a game against Southern Florida. Our hopes are high. As my favorite football coach, Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights says, we have clear eyes, full hearts and we can’t lose!

That being said, if the game doesn’t go well today, we might as well say goodbye to the rest of the season.

And now that I am legally bound to Notre Dame for the rest of my life, I am amped up. This is the team. This is the year. This is the day.

GO IRISH!

The Signs of Fall

Children returning to school with new outfits and freshly sharpened pencils.

The coolness in the air that you feel occasionally when a breeze blows by.

Delicious apples at the farmers markets.

And my favorite, the return of pumpkin coffee!

So on this holiday weekend, which traditionally makes the end of summer, I say goodbye to the summer and hello to the start of the time of the year centered around seasonal coffee flavors.