Apple Picking…by Gloria

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This year, I decided to head out to North Salem with some friends for some apple picking. The weather was absolute perfection- the skies were clear, the sun was shining bright and the air was cool and crisp. Although I have yet to make a fresh apple pie, it was the perfect way to begin the Fall season.

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Secret Sauce…by Gloria

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Last weekend, we decided spur of the moment to make homemade, jarred tomato sauce. Although we were a bit late and almost missed tomato season completely, we managed to get our hands on a few (5, to be exact) cases just in the nick of time. Now, for those of you who don’t know, jarring tomato sauce is a tradition most Italians do religiously along with making homemade wine yearly. The process is lengthy- taking about ten hours from start to end- but so worth it in my opinion. Once the sauce is jarred, it can be stored for up to two years and can be used in a multitude of recipes from pasta, to rice, to meat dishes.

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The Seasons Best…by Gloria

pic17~purple haze + palm trees on our mini tropical escape~

It’s been quite a while since my last post and in typical “end of summer/beginning of fall” fashion, I’ve been keeping busy and taking in as much of the nice weather as possible before the bitter cold is upon us. This year, in lieu of a long vacation, I enjoyed plenty of mini escapes to places I’ve always wanted to go and I must admit, it’s been pretty fun.  I have lots of fun posts lined up in the coming weeks. I hope you enjoy.

pic2~directions to the doctor on fire island~

pic4~beach necessities on fire island: sunscreen, rainbow dress, + magazines~

pic9~ the view of the beach from our hotel in cape may~

pic10~cape may evenings~

pic11~congress hall in cape may~

pic20~tropical escape + evenings on the beach~

pic13~sun and fun~

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pic15pic19~wedding weekend in the catskills for my dear friend, Ray’s wedding~

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