07 October, 2010

October Goodness Again

Having some wee computer issues so don't mind me while I roll out a rerun. Besides, some posts things are worth repeating...

I was tagged last week by Katie at Queen Bee Swain and requested to reveal my favorite things relating to the month of October. I thought it would be a tuffie, considering I am still in all black for the death of summer but, I managed to rally and remind myself to appreciate the change in seasons...

Although it officially debuted in September, I will not allow myself to indulge in Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte til October. Some things are just sacred and cannot be rushed...

The fall in Charlottesville was truly beautiful with all the deciduous trees turning colors...

And I really miss our little cottage in the Farmington right about now...

October 1st marks the day I make the official switch from my spring/summer Chanel Christalle perfume to my fall/winter Lauren. Not a day sooner...

Nothing beats a run when all the leaves are on the ground and I'm only a couple weeks away from this small boost in helping me get out of bed to log my early morning mileage...

A true Eastern Shore gal knows that October enters with archery season and exits with muzzleloader...

And, appreciates all her cool duds that go with the sporting life. Miss you good boy. And my longer hair. Why did I cut it again?

And, boy do I go weak in the knees for a caramelized apple and no one does them like good ole Martha...

Martha Stewart's Poison Apples
Makes 15

15 Lady apples
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pistachios
Vegetable oil cooking spray, for baking sheet
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy cream, room temperature
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate (preferably 61% cacao), melted and slightly cooled

1. Poke a hole into stem end of each apple, and insert a clean 5-inch twig, small dowel, or skewer into each hole. Set pistachios on a plate. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Place sugar and corn syrup in a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until mixture is dark gold, about 15 minutes. remove from heat, and slowly drizzle in heavy cream, stirring vigorously. Let stand for 5 minutes.

3. Dip 1 apple into caramel to coat bottom third, and remove immediately, allowing excess to drip off bottom. Dip caramel-coated apple into pistachios, using your fingers to help nuts stick to caramel. Transfer coated apple to oiled baking sheet, nut side down. Repeat with remaining apples, caramel, and pistachios. Let apples stand until set, about 30 minutes.

4. Place melted chocolate in a resealable plastic bag. Snip off the tip of one bottom corner to form a very small hole. Holding one apple by the twig, drizzle lines of chocolate onto apple, and let stand until chocolate is set, 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat with remaining apples and chocolate. Caramel apples can be refrigerated for up to 1 day.

Kindness of my summer sister Katie at Queen Bee Swain for reminding me that fall ain't so bad...XXOO


  1. I love posts about Fall. Perhaps you could do one on usefuls creams and such for the soon to be winter-weary skin. Or maybe you've already posted one?
    Yesterday, I enjoyed my first pumpkin spice latte of the season. Yum

  2. Wait...you deer hunt? I was unaware of your Sporting side...be still my heart...I love that pic of you in camo!!

  3. love every little bit of it, from leaf runs to richer parfums to huntin' (insert a Britney Spears 'we're couuuuuuntry').



  4. I LOVE your hair just the way it is!!! (Although it was cute in the old pics too)
    So few people can get away with a short sassy cut and you are one of the lucky few.

  5. Where can you still buy that RL perfume, in the small square red bottle? I thought it was discontinued. My wife's is almost gone. Thanks

  6. You can still find it at Polo outlets. If you happen to live in the DC area, there's a li'l perfume store in the G'town Mall that also carries it. Just don't wipe them out por favor...XXOO

  7. I have decided after today I can no longer visit your blog. While I was reading through and enjoying the fall theme the "camo-porno" picture raised its head. I belted out a WOW!, and the next thing I knew my wife hit me in the back of the head. "...but honey, they are staying in C'ville now. You know, where we use to visit your aunt and uncle. Remember taking the kids for those long weekends in October?..."

    She did not buy it.

    Damn the ADG butt police, this pic is being blown up to poster size and going in my office.

  8. Ahhh, forget the Butt Police. The Fashion Police are claiming jurisdiction. Do you not see the tapered ankles on those jeans??? XXOO

  9. For a summer gal, you do pretty OK in the autumn ;-)

    Fall in New England is the reward for the previous winter.

  10. I am loving you in the camo that would work beautifully in a new category for “True Prep”! I hate fall but pumpkin spiced lattes make it better! xx

  11. Deciduous. Pffffffffff.......

    And the Butt Police have jurisdictionarial authority over all other badge and gun poseurs.

  12. The picture of you in the field is divine. For a second I thought I was on the T&C website.