october tradition

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big orange pumpkins on a porch, sunshine peeking out from behind clouds, blue skies, a hayride, a wine and cider tasting at our favorite apple orchard and winery (my favorites were the Cedar Creek Winery Settlement Gold and the Von Stiehl Skinny Dip Point White.) an orchard tour, golden corn fields blowing lazily in the breeze, rows of apple trees, apples for pie, shopping for strudel, Ellsworth cheese curds(the very best!), apple bratwurst and other delicious treats in the apple barn, a hay bale maze,  scarecrows, mums… the beautiful October ritual that has become a family tradition.

what are your favorite autumn traditions and rituals?

XO,

~Melissa

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  2 comments for “october tradition

  1. Tracy Nickelsen
    November 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Melissa..what an absolutely wonderful Autumn tradition you have! And you have many reason to celetrate with Jeff’s birthday (happy birthday to you, Jeff); and your wedding anniversary (congratulations)! Autumn is my favorite season…I love the cascading colors of the trees against the stunning blue, cloudless sky. What a joy to take a walk on those days as the sun warms you. Used to be at Halloween, we would join our neighbors with kids and trick-or-treat with them as the kids rode in a flat-bed filled with haybales pulled by a tractor. Of course, we adults would walk along side them drinking thermoses filled with “hot spiced cider.” Now the kids are grown and the adults just get together on our own to drink this delicious, hot beverage. Here’s the recipe:

    4 parts (2 oz) gold rum
    12 parts (6 oz) apple cider
    1 tsp honey
    cinnamon stick
    nutmeg to taste
    3 whole cloves
    lemon twist

    Combine all together and warm (do not boil).

    Yum! Thanks for the opportunity to share one of my Fall traditions, Melissa! I love all your wonderful, creative ideas. You are so inspiring. Miss you and we’ll see you real soon…

    Love,
    Tracy

    • Melissa
      November 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Hello there, my darling Tracy! Thanks for stopping by! I was just talking to Jeff about making a date to hang out with you and the girls! Sorry it’s taken me so long to get a date on the calendar.

      LOVE the spiced cider recipe! Maybe next year you could join us for the hay ride and orchard visit!

      XOXO ~M

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