Tuesday, November 9, 2010

apples and anniversaries...

I haven't written a personal post at all since I've started Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe's blog. I'm thinking this is a perfect time to start.

This past weekend was my husband and my 2 year anniversary! Wow!! At the risk of sounding cliche', I seriously cannot believe how fast time has flown! We both feel like it was just a few months ago that we were busy busy busy with wedding plans. Now, we've been married two years! I heard that after your first year, you're no longer considered "Newlyweds"...is that true?

Now I guess you can understand my love for the fall season. We both completely swoon over everything about it. The weather, the colors, the smells and foods that become more popular. When we got engaged in September of '07 we agreed to a long engagement just to be able to have our wedding in this amazing season.

Something we try to do every year around this time is visit Oak Glen's amazing road filled with apple farms. Just a few hours outside of L.A. this little day trip gives us a sense of peace while getting us out of town for a little bit. As soon as you get off the freeway and start heading up the road, you're instantly surrounded by trees covered in leaves in shades of bright red, orange and yellow. Living in L.A. we don't ever really get to see that. As soon as you step out of the car, you're reminded that "YES, seasons do exist in California! And boy is it COLD!" But we love it! We love everything about it.

I thought, this would be the best time to really search around for some delicious apples and bring home bags to make pies, butters, and anything else I could think of. Being locally grown by each and every farm on this stretch of road, it's the perfect place to invest in them.

We must have tried at least two dozen different types, but decided to invest in Spartan apples as the source of our upcoming baked goods. Sweet with a hint of tartness- firm and crunchy...these will not only hold up in the oven when being baked, but will cook down very easily in the apple butter making process.
Our last stop is always the same- Snow Line Orchards. They not only are the perfect place to sit and watch the sun set over the mountain tops, but they are known for their Apple Cider Donuts. You will not be able to get a single one without waiting in line for at least 15 minutes. From their own apples, they make some of the best apple cider (at least that we have ever tasted)- that's what goes into their yummy, hot, cinnamon-sugary donut delights. As you're waiting in line, you're able to watch them being fried, sugared, and packaged to order for each guest in line!

We never end our day trip without at least a half order of these. Amazing.

Stay tuned for what comes out of our oven from this wonderful anniversary trip!

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