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Friday, July 30, 2010

First Apple Pie Of The Season

My heart skipped a beat when I read it this morning. GOPHER GLEN IS OPEN FOR THE SEASON. The apple farm up See Canyon. Yep...you heard right guys. OPEN
I took a ride up this morning and as I drove I remembered last year, riding for the first time up the canyon with Buddy...heartbreak...again....but I had my little Teddy with me...and I looked at him tucked up on my lap and just smiled. The air felt cool as the canyon is very shady and it was still early in the morning. I felt the sun on my face as I drove looking at all of the branches hanging heavy with apples...i could smell that wine-ey , apple-ey scent in the air and could here the crows cawing in the trees...and I felt it. Late summer...that feeling of a change in seasons.



Rolling out dough for a pie my mind wandered to when I would return...





this weekend...for sure



as I fluted the crust of the pie I wondered what I would make next....
hhmmmm...my cinnamon apple cake? caramel apples? apple bread?





the crispy crunch of cutting that first apple






cutting the lattice for the top...i was smiling....







i wondered why i love baking pies so much...i always have...even when i was 8 years old...standing on the stool to reach the drainboard








weaving crust








making apple pie...











just me and teddy...and dreaming of Fall.









78 comments:

  1. That looks SO good!!!!!!!! I cannot wait until fall. please check out my blog www.countrylifelessons.blogspot.com

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  2. This is one gorgeous pie. I adore that marvelous vintage pastry wheel! My mouth is watering!! (Got the dill seeds at the grocery today, btw)

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  3. This looks absolutely perfect... it's so funny how we're both dreaming of autumn at the very same time :) I can't wait! ♥

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  4. I'm not ready to let summer go
    winter here seems so long..no green,no leaves,no anything but bleakness
    however,when it comes I adore making apple pie too....yum!

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  5. Yummy....makes me yearn for fall. O yes!
    I was lucky enough to find a brand new Apple Barn Cookbook at the thrift store yesterday! Apple Barn Cider Mill and General Stores are located in the Great Smoky Mountains.
    Love your lattice work.

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  6. I love the looks of that pie. And the pastry wheel looks like it has alot of stories to tell.
    No going out on a limb, however, if you ever happen to come across that cookbook, please let me know.
    Thanks and happy weekend baking!

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  7. That is a masterpiece. I can almost taste it and certainly smell it baking.

    I'm moving. We'll be there soon.

    Love, Jane and Nika ( the sick but valiant Lab)

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  8. MMMMMMMMM......looks wonderful! Bet it taste wonderful too!!!

    XO,
    Valerie

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  9. Darn it! You beat me to the first apple pie! I have apples sitting in the basement from our own tree! Very beautiful and I am sure delicious. Don't let Teddy get too spoiled with that pie, Kary! He's a lucky pup!

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  10. oh my gosh YUM!! open already? blessed you are!!! Your comment today was simply THE BEST! you totally made my day - and I'm so glad you like Na-Da Farm!

    xo+blessings,
    Anne Marie

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  11. haha!!! we sure are done with summer aren't we? your pie looks wonderful. why do we love pie baking so much? pies are simply one of my favorite things to make. savory pies, fruit pies..especially mini pies! there just is nothing quite like a pie right out of the oven. and i guess when you think about it...there really aren't pie mixes. sure you can buy boxed pie dough mixes and frozen pie dough. but you still have to add filling. pies don't come in packages like brownies and cakes and cookies. plus, you don't make a trip to the orchard before baking those things either. pies are special. and, i think buddy was in that car this morning too!

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  12. Such an inviting pie! Wish you could share. I love apple pie, but am the only one in my family who does. What is wrong with the rest of them? lol

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  13. What a beautiful pie! It is a work of art!! And your narrative sent pleasurable chills through me. .how I wish that I could have been riding along with you and Teddy. And of course, I'd have to help you sample that pie!!

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  14. Yummy! I have been enjoying baking and canning this year too. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pie, I bet the house smelled incredible.

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  15. I have never made an apple pie. You are inspiring me to try one. But please don't dream of fall yet - I am not ready to let go of summer just yet :)

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  16. Does look fallish--I'd like a piece with ice cream please.

    Happy Saturday.

    Melinda

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  17. Such a lovely pie! My pie crusts (Martha Stewart's butter pie crust recipe) tastes delicious, but shrinks--I think I'm not letting it chill long enough! I hope your pie was as tasty as it looks! Teddy is looking quite handsome these days!

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  18. Yummy I think I can smell it here all the way across the US!! Enjoy!
    Hugs, Lisa

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  19. My heart is so full now. These words...oh YES...we are kindred spirits Kary. I am longing for Fall, too. (Well, I always am.) August is one of my favorite months because it all there, lying ahead..Autumn in all its glory. This pie looks so delicious, and so full of promise...that our favorite season is right around the corner, with bounty and crisp days and cozy nights.
    Send me a piece through the computer, will you?

    xoxo Dawn
    p.s. Boston comes in ONE WEEK!!! Oh my god, I've forgotten how to take care of a puppy! Am so nervous and excited. :)

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  20. Beautiful pie. You will have me panting for fall way to soon. I have lived in Florida too long and I know not to get my hopes up until the middle of Sept. That is when my son's wedding will take place in Virginia so I'm guessing that will be my first taste of fall this year. Would love to go along on that car ride you described.

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  21. Your farm hour photo and delicious pie almost have me ready for fall. ALMOST.

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  22. Beautiful pie and I am sure very tasty too!

    Have a happy summer day.

    Sending love and hugs to you and "Little Teddy Sweet Face".

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  23. That pie looks absolutely delicious!

    I have a wonderful apple cake recipe that I'm going to email to you. I used to sell it by the cake and by the slice at fairs and festivals. I would always sell out early in the day. It would be a great way to use up some of your apples and think you'll like it.

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  24. I've never made a lattice top and I don't know why..they look so quaint and charming! I bet that apple pie smelled wonderful! I still need to bake a peach one before the summer is out! Have a wonderful weekend, Kary. Nugget says hello to Teddy. :)

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  25. I am still eating peaches but your post brought to mind the wonderful season of fall my favorite time of year. I will be glad to leave this summer behind-the summer we lost our Lily. Lorrie

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  26. hmmmmmmmmmm, i made pie this morning too - it's baking now

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  27. Fabulous post! I wish there was a place to get decent apples here. And no farmer`s markets to visit either. I sure miss that from upstate New York and Pennsylvania. I enjoyed my visit today! Thanks!

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  28. Your pie is a a work of art! It will be a while before good fall apples start to arrive in my neck of the woods. A late frost this past Spring took out our own little crop so will be making a trip to our nearby Mennonite store when they come in. But I do so hope summer lingers a bit longer...it goes much too fast.

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  29. Well...I hardly ever bake or cook but I DO have some apples on my tree and your PIE looks so Great. I think that I'm just going to have to try to make one!
    (I'm so glad you have Teddy there with you!)
    XOXO - Cindi and Louie

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  30. Now there's a work of art
    xx
    donkey in the pines

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  31. you are dreaming of fall, and i of spring..and i love making homemade crust!! xxx

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  32. step by step ..i can smell the sweet aroma of apples and Cinnamon ..a beautiful creation ..
    blessings

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  33. Your pie is beautiful... Would you share the recipe???

    I love Fall too. I don't bake pies, but I make Cobblers. My husband loves to scoop Vanilla Ice Cream on the side...

    I make Peach Cobblers for him too.

    How is Teddy? Is he licker? Marley is... she can't give enough kisses!

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  34. My apples are turning red... I will have to make some of that apple pie!

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  35. Oh, I do love to make pies.
    The first apple pie of the autumn is a particularly happy ritual in my kitchen. Music playing, windows open... everything both inside and outside seems to smell of cinnamon.
    Unfortunately, it is still a bit early here. Way too hot.
    But the light is changing!

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  36. Hi! I'm stopping over because I saw your little pumpkin in Francis' followers "**by surprise**} is her blog.

    What a sweet blog you have too!
    I was JUST thinking of how soon we are harvesting apples here in upstate, NY. I think the intense heat of July has prematurely ripened some of them... we have 5 apple trees in our yard and have already collected two paper grocery bags full!
    I'll leave them on the picnic table to fully ripen...
    Your apple pie looks BEAUTIFUL!
    Pie is my fav dessert... and is the number one request for special holidays!
    Nice to 'meet' you!
    ~Maria

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  37. Oh your apple pie looks fantastic. Cooking apples in the U.K are about a month or so away from being ready. I'm looking forward to making apple pie myself, and will def. be giving the lattice style decorative a go. Certainly a work of art for homecooks!

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  38. What a beautiful post. It's the simple things after all! Thank you.

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  39. Is there any wonder that I gain weight each fall? This is apple country around here and I need to head over to the orchards and see if they are selling yet.

    You should do a tutorial on your pie crusts. They look lovely!

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  40. You beat me; I've yet to make an apple pie and yours sure looks scrumptious! I did make and put up 14 cups of pesto tonight. Does that count? -smile-

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  41. Oh, I do not want to think of summer's end just yet, but your post brought back the sensation and the feelings that I so adore and love about fall. It is a glorious season.
    I can almost scent the aroma of your delicious apple pie.
    Sorry to hear that your heart still aches over the loss of your beloved friend...
    Have a great week,
    xo

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  42. Dear Kary and Teddy,

    Your next post in my google blog reader will not connect with the post. It says this blog no longer exists!

    Thought you and little Teddy would like to know.

    Have a happy summer day!! :))

    Sending love and hugs, Sandi

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  43. it looks so good! waiting on the coolness, of fall to arrive. : )
    wonderful job, my friend.
    xo

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  44. Such beautiful words! I love how the flow with the process of creating your masterpiece...

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  45. Perfection...that pie. I can almost taste it.

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  46. Nice! I was going to make apple pie yesterday, but then my friend broght some cinnamon buns instead...maybe this week!

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  47. Hi Kary, just stopping by to thank you for your very kind comment left on my lemon cake post the other day. I especially loved your comment about how our efforts let our guests know how very important they are to us. This apple pie looks so delicious - what pie crust recipe do you use? My mom always had a knack with pie crusts, mine seem to break and be so dry - I would love, love love to be good at making pie crusts!!! Lovely - can't wait to see what you make next with those delicious apples! Sending a little tickle to teddy!!Ciao, bella.

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  48. living in a pumpkin! now that is my idea of home! i put gruyere in between some of the tian layers and then i top it with more and sprinkle it with parmesan. i basically use up whatever kind of cheese i have on hand though it is usually gruyere.

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  49. Hi Kerry!!!! I just read about you on Willow's blog so had to come by and visit my bloggie pal here--you! And I am so glad I had some homemade apple pie a coworker made today to boot. thank goodness for that or my mouth would be so watering.

    Love the top picture btw. is that from your property or jsut one for inspiration>

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  50. Hi There,

    Thanks for your visit. I am loving your blog! Really, I just am admiring that appple pie...yummy. I love apple crisp, too. Sugar and apples, what could be better!

    How lucky are you to live in San Luis Obispo, too. Sounds like you are enjoying life.
    Great to meet you - I look forward to following you!

    Heather

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  51. Yum! That looks delicious. I have made it my challenge to learn how to make pie crust this year and have been experimenting with different kinds...tried chicken pot pie and cherry pie as well as a chard tart and an eggplant tart. YUM! however, I tried a berry pie and ugh. So bad - too tart! Any suggestions?

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  52. wow that was just poetry and i want some pie ha ha

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  53. Who doesn't love apple pie? This looks divine. This is my first visit to your blog - it is wonderful. I shall be back soon! Lucie x

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  54. Dear Kary, the dilly bread at the manor is going to be this Saturday night. I've got all the ingredients. Should be a breeze! I'll keep you posted! xx

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  55. Hi Kary,
    So nice to meet you too! I am sorry to hear about the loss of your dog awhile back. Losing a pet can really be devastating. I am glad that you have a new little friend to share the days with!

    Yes, Love Mr. Toast's blog. It's fun! And yes, he does seem very nice. Looking forward to more Creative Tuesdays...

    What are you baking today?

    xox
    Heather

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  56. You know, I will be making this pie! YUM!!!

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  57. beemster is a cheese which is only available once a year. it is made from grass fed cows and it is great!

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  58. Oh dear me, just looking at the pie crust--forget the apples, this is almost trauma for me. The thing I love about my third daughter is that she has positively wept over pie crust. That sweet baby tortured herself over pie-crust. How could you be a better person on earth. My first daughter suffered over meringues, and my middle daughter departed from the emotional and bossy kitchen. All i can say is thanks for the memories.

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  59. Your photos are exquisite! And the recipes....yummmm. It's a delight for the senses to stop, visit, and relax at your blog!

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  60. Your pie looks gorgeous! I come from a long line of pie makers! Every year, the day before Thanksgiving we have "Pie Day" it's a huge event. I'll post some photos soon. I've never thought to do lattice on apple! I just did one on blueberry, check out my blog when you have a moment. I'm new to blogging, my dear friend Susan suggested I try it - I'm having a blast! I'd appreciate it if you would like to follow my blog, it's http://oceanbreezesandcountrysneezes.blogspot.com/

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  61. Hey I have never made Apple pie at home but I would like to make it in weekend.It looks tasty.I like the way you have decorated it.I hope my pie will look like your.

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  62. Good morning, Kary!

    I am so happy to meet you, and have just added your blog to my blogroll so that I can come by and visit you often. :)

    Your pie is gorgeous! I spent time outdoors yesterday watching the honey bees in the fireweed blossoms - feeling changes in the air as well.

    Wishing you a lovely day,
    Zuzu

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  63. Baking apple pie is one of the best parts of fall for me...and your pie looks soooo good.

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  64. i got my taste of home halloween booklet in yesterday's mail. it wasn't great but i was still excited! my daughter is having a party this year so i will get to make all of my favorites!

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  65. Beautifully weaved! It has been long since I last ate and made apple pie....time to pick it up.
    Angie

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  66. I'm not ready for summer to depart with so many wonderful stone fruits in the market and tomatoes just now beginning to get good, but that pie does remind me of the appeal of fall.

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  67. i just ran outside and looked at the owl and it is beswick? does that mean i should be concerned if it breaks?

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  68. I love your woven pie crust! I haven't tried to make a pie for years, but you do inspire me. I bet Teddy loved his trip to the farm.
    Can't wait for fall!

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  69. OMG! That looks delicious!!! I really enjoyed your blog. It's interesting and I like seeing step by step instructions...with pictures!!

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  70. Yummy! I love apple pie...but I am not in the position to bake now...NYC is still hot now, wish I live in a farm house now..

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  71. I am not ready for summer to end, which is a conundrum, because I am ready for the heat to end. Sigh...you know how pie crusts make us weep. We struggle with them. Thanks for the canyon drive, whew it cooled me off!

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  72. Love the way you make the lattice...

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  73. yum yum yum! i too am dreaming of fall, as you know. last year i missed apple season in texas because it happen so much more quickly! this year i need to take advantage and do some picking in the orchards...maybe make my first apple pie? stephen has made one before and i'm nervous mine won't compete :)

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  74. This is the best post I've read in a long time. You've captured that certain time of year and the way it feels when I make an apple pie. I must find one of those cutters for the lattice, now.

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  75. The pie looks wonderful as you have decorated it with passion and creativity. It seems you are a pie artist. I adore your creativity and I really think that pie are more delicious not because of its taste but because of its decoration.

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  76. I like the location of your farmhouse kitchen. The pie is really the best and you have decorated it very nicely. I appreciate you for sharing the recipe with the photos. It looks awesome!

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