Thursday, September 22, 2011

Autumn In My Kitchen

Hello sweet friends! Tomorrow marks the official first day of autumn, also known as the "Fall Equinox!" So I thought I'd share some pictures of "Autumn in my Kitchen" - well, in last years kitchen that is. ;) These photos were taken from a few of last year's Fall Festivities, and I can't wait to do the same thing again this year - and then some!


Baking pumpkin pie is an absolute fave here in our household! Even more so when the kids get to pick out the pumpkins that will be going into their dessert. If I'm pressed for time, I used canned pumpkin, but using fresh pumpkins is even better!


My little one also loves to help me bake sugar cookies! From helping me with the {Halloween} cutouts...


...to helping me ice them - well, he usually eats most of the homemade icing before it gets to the actual cookies! ;)


here we have orange pumpkins...



...and black cats & bats!




Then of course there is baking homemade apple pie! There's nothing like the smell of apples & cinnamon in the air that signifies fall, at least with me. And I really need to share my no-fail, pie dough recipe in another post {I have a vegan & non-vegan version}.


I like to slowly simmer & caramelize my apples on the stove-top before putting them in the oven. And the key to a tasty apple pie is using two varieties of apples, usually one tart variety & one sweeter variety to give it a unique texture tastewise. For this particular pie, believe it or not, but there are 4 pounds worth of apples in here!




And when I'm baking any pie, I always use my Emile Henry Bakeware. I received the original pie dish 6 years ago as one of our wedding gifts. The ruffled pie dish like the one above is lovely to use if you are entertaining, as it makes for an excellent presentation.


For both my pumpkin & apple pies, I like to use my cookie cutters to make cutouts for decorating the edges. It also makes for a unique lattice appearance on the apple pie.


Well I hope you enjoyed the pictures of "Autumn in my Kitchen." This is my most favorite time of the year, and I look forward to what this new season has in store. Wishing everyone a most "Happy Fall!"

XO's,
Jessie


Sharing with:
Debbie's Newbie Party
Home Sweet Home @The Charm of Home
Inspiration Friday @The Picket Fence
Show & Tell Friday @My Romantic Home
Farmhouse Friday @LaurieAnna's Vintage Home
Feathered Nest Friday @French Country Cottage
Show Off Your Cottage Monday @The House in the Roses
Making the World Cuter Monday @Making the World Cuter
Just Something I Whipped Up Monday @The Girl Creative
Motivate Me Monday @Keeping It Simple
Whatever You Want Wednesdays @Free Pretty Things For You
Seasonal Sundays @The Tablescaper
and
Fall in Love Link Party @Modern Country Style

20 comments:

Leckeres für Mensch und Katze - Goodies for a pleasant life said...

That looks very lovely and yummy :)

Blondie's Journal said...

It looks like you are a wonder at baking...everything, the pie especially, looks fabulous!! I love the Emilie Henry bakeware. I have a few bowls from Williams Sonoma.

You have inspired me to make an apple pie. Thanks for the tip on using two types of apples!

XO,
Janie

Rusty Hinge said...

Hi Jessie! I just found your blog! I love it and look forward to following! I just started a blog as well, www.rustyhinge.blogspot.com. Isn't it so much fun? Can't wait to see what you post next!! :)

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Yummy!! Can you send me your pumpkin and apple pie recipe Jessie, I have been in a baking mood lately!!
Gorgeous photos my sweet friend!!
Have a beautiful night.
Sincerely,
melinda

The Tablescaper said...

I'm new to your blog and really enjoying it. I'd love to have you link your post this Sunday to Seasonal Sundays.

Those cookies look amazing. Would you share the icing recipe?

- The Tablescaper

Bring Pretty Back said...

I have made ONE apple pie in my life - and it was a disaster! Yours looks like a work of art!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Elaine said...

Looks so pretty and delicious. Actually it is a piece of art!

Sherry said...

This all looks amazing! I like autumn in your kitchen! Thank you for linking it up at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

CraveCute said...

Your cookies and pie look amazing! I just made my first apple pie of the season today, it doesn't look nearly as lovely as yours!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments, I really appreciate it. I love to bake, been baking since I was 8 yrs old. ;) I'll try to compose a future post with all the recipes listed! Have a lovely day!

~Jessie

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Sweetie, Your pies look wonderful. I love to bake pies too. Stop by sometime and see. I am your newest follower.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Treasures Evermore said...

First time to your blog...and so glad I stopped by. Your pie looks amazing.

Could you please share your recipe for the icing on the cookies...Thank you.

I will be back.

Connie

A Few Pennies said...

Yum; all looks delicious--I love that pie plate. I think a piece of that apple pie would be very nice with my coffee this morning! Have a great week.

The Tablescaper said...

Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Ooooh, I'll take some of both, please! Your cooking looks delicious!!

In fact, now I think about it, I'll take ALL of both!

Thank you so much for linking to Modern Country Style's Fall In Love party.

Sarahx

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Your presentation is amazing! I can just smell it from here. So glad to find you through Sarah's party. Hello, there! XOLaura

tina said...

those cookies look delicious. Anyway you would be able to post the icing recipe ?

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you, Tina! I will be planning a future post including some recipes listed from this post. Hope that helps. :)

Thanks for visiting.


Hugs,
Jessie

Cindy said...

Just stopping by for the first time. Your apple pie looks delicious! I love the crust you made.

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Cindy!

Thanks for dropping by & visiting my page! :) Take care and have a wonderful day!!!

Cheers,
Jessie

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