With Fall creeping through the Middle Tennessee region, what better time to master the art of crafting an Apple Pie? Like everyone else, my favorite season is Fall, but decor calls on more than just aesthetics; one must also consider fragrance, foods and sounds while introducing a new season into their home. Read ahead for the perfect, simple pie recipe and how to decorate for autumn.
1 1/2 cups peeled and chopped red apples
1/4 cup butter
1/8 cup sugar
Allspice to taste
2 tbsp honey
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place crust in over for about 10 minutes. In the meantime, peel and chop your apples. Sprinkle apples with seasoning. Heat pan with butter and keep at medium heat. Place apples in the pan to simmer while the crust browns in the oven. Add more allspice (about 2 tablespoons, I “guestimate” my measurements) and honey. Mash the apples with seasoning and honey. Remove crust from oven. Place sauteed apples in crust to cook for additional 20 minutes in the oven. Remove pie from oven, allow to cool, then serve.
This house marks my first independent attempt to decorate however I please. The front porch became our focus over the weekend. We added wind chimes for a calming effect, plus outdoor candles for a luminescent glow. With decor it’s important to consider which sense you desire to appeal to the most: My favorite thing about fall is definitely fragrance. Thus, the majority of spending went towards candles, decorative votive holders and oils.
New Years Resolutions called for another small gardening project, so we purchased a three tier iron plant stand half off to drench with Mums. The best addition to the porch became the glass lantern. Reading on the porch earlier with Merlot in one hand, book in the other filled my soul with such delight. The breeze rustled the leaves, scattering remains across our yard as the wind chimes swayed and sang melodic tunes. The subtle hint of Warm Hazelnut Toddy filled the air when suddenly it hit me: I have waited for this moment all summer. Fall has arrived, and I couldn’t be more grateful.