Friday, October 30, 2015

Celebrating Golden Days of Fall and A Tasty Traveling Tote

We are now into the GOLD days of fall and will soon be raking leaves. Autumn ushers in the season of cozy. I've lit a cinnamon scented candle for us and poured some apple cider....let's venture out for the lush views at one of our many apple orchards.
 In Upstate New York, it might be our official local flavor and important to our economy.
Today we are going to Windy Hill Orchard to pick apples for some pies.  Our biggest export is the McIntosh apple.
In Greece, apples were associated with Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love.  The Greeks believed if a man threw an apple to a woman, he was in love with her. If the woman caught it, or attempted to catch it, it meant she felt the same.
The month of October is National Apple Month so help yourself to a juicy apple.
Do you bake your fruit pies with a pie bird?  Alton Brown recently discussed pie birds on Facebook, and I couldn't believe how many bakers had pie bird "collections". Someone even had an owl pie bird. I only have this pretty red bird. But I think I should have an owl pie bird. They don't take up much room either.
My apple picker did a good job ;o) Thanks for stopping by! If you are enjoying the Traveling Tote and want even more excitement in your life LOL, our next adventure will be on December 15th -- "Preparing for the Holidays".
Miss Merri Mac is offering a giveaway as a thank you for following along and joining us for Tales of the Traveling Totes. Winner will be announced November 11, 2015.
Click here to visit Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul.
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Golden Days of Fall with the Traveling Totes
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Linda with Miss Rosie @ More Fun Less Laundry
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Taylor @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Samantha with Christabel @ Samantha Stone
and our non-blogger friends:
 Colleen with Miss MacKenzie Joy
Tami with Miss MC la Mer

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Debbie, I love all of your McK-C home accessories, and they look especially terrific in fall displays. I did know that tidbit of NY apples, and WV also exports apples - Golden Delicious being the most popular of its varieties. Enjoy your lingering days before old man winter makes his entrance.

  2. So lucky we live in apple country!! Your pie looks delish! Your entryway looks so inviting and I see some of your Mom's pumpkins!! Happy Fall!

  3. Your home looks so welcoming and inviting, Debbie. I especially loved seeing your dear Mom's carved pumpkins on your steps. Did I tell you that my son, DIL, two granddaughters and I went apple picking in Ohio? It was such fun! Your apple pie looks so fabulous! I only have a black pie bird, but the owl sounds perfect for you. Happy Halloween, my friend!

  4. Debbie, I just checked out the pie bird discussion on Alton Brown's page and you must hear me howling with laughter over that poor bird in the cherry pie!! Hilarious! I had no idea that these birds were so popular, and no I never used one! Now I'll be on the hunt. Yours is adorable and so cheerful looking. Your front porch is amazing all decorated and lit up for Halloween! No carving here this year unless I carve up one of these workmen who are really getting on my nerves. Uh oh, I hope that doesn't sound too macabre--although it is Halloween! :) I see that your apple picker is reaching for the best one. I hope he threw you a nice juicy one! :) So many great photos here, Debbie. It looks like you had a wonderful fall so far. Linda

  5. Oh, if only I had a slice of that apple pie with my morning coffee. I do think it would make a tasty breakfast treat. We eat lots of apples in this house, at least one or two a day. How lucky to live near the orchards!
    Love the front door entrance. Your home is beautiful and so welcoming. I bet lots of little goblins will be ringing your doorbell tomorrow evening.
    I'll have to go find the thread about the pie birds, though not a collection as such. I did put together a small collection of black pie birds for my goddaughter. I gathered them over the years, then when she married I used them as a theme for her bridesmaid luncheon, then gave them to her. She is such a minimalist that she may not have kept them. ;-)
    I have seen an owl pie bird. I think World Market sold them. I will be on watch for you. I've long wanted a McK-C pie bird, but they are rather pricey as pie birds go.
    Enjoy these last days of autumn.

  6. I think your decorations are quite perfect.
    Just right.
    I came here to add a link .. to you because I cannot even look at a carved pumpkin now w/out thinking fo your mom:)

    And found you had a new post!
    Joe is pretty cool:)

    I love pie birds ....Over the yrs..a white one..a turquoise one and a little French chef:)..have found spots here in my pies..

    Love the apples carved w/ ♥s.

    Loveee the jute bag.

    Your home suits a C.:)

  7. I think MC should pay you for all the advertising :) I love your front porch and all your MC decorations! The apples are so perfect perched in the tote. We only have a very few trees left with leaves now - they came down so quickly.

  8. Love your beautifully decorated front door! Your apple pie looks great…such a flaky crust.


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