Apple Picking, Cooking, and Decorating for Fall


The warm nights, the bright colored shorts, and the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies has kept me clinging to summer with voracity this year. I just did not want the hot and humid Virginia summer weather to subside in lieu of looming cold weather with all its layers and constrictions.

Yet…I may have turned the corner this past weekend with a visit to Silver Creek Orchard with one of my best friends from high school and her family. Her parents have been apple picking every year they have been married (35!!), and this year they invited me to their family tradition of apple picking followed by a picnic.

Apple Picking | Rhapsody in Rooms

Rain or shine, apple picking would happen. So on went the rain coat and we stomped around in the mud picking our Golden Delicious and Empire apples (and many, many other varieties).

Apple Picking | Rhapsody in Rooms

Apple Picking | Rhapsody in Rooms

After a yummy picnic (under cover) and a trip to the store to load up on apple baking essentials (pie crusts, sugar, butter…all the healthy stuff) I pushed up my sleeves and started peeling and dicing and baking those apples! I’m only three recipes in and 19 apples down with at least that many to go but I’ve now got apple crisp in the pan, loads of apple sauce in the refrigerator, and apple pecan pancakes in my belly. Next up is a pie!

With apples basically coming out of my ears, I thought it would be the perfect time to deck out my kitchen table in a little fall/apple tablescape. I had so much fun making this table literally dripping with apples and all things gold and fall.

Apple Picking and Decorating | Rhapsody in Rooms

Apple Picking and Decorating | Rhapsody in Rooms

Apple Picking and Decorating | Rhapsody in Rooms

I would also like to thank my mom and her husband for the GORGEOUS centerpiece of flowers that arrived at my doorstep on Wednesday. I am one lucky lady here. 🙂

Apple Picking and Decorating | Rhapsody in Rooms

Apple Picking and Decorating | Rhapsody in Rooms

I wanted the table to basically feel decadent in apples.

Apple Picking and Decorating | Rhapsody in Rooms

Apple Picking and Decorating | Rhapsody in Rooms

I think I have definitely turned the fall corner as I was able to throw open the windows and let a cool 68 degree fall breeze into my apartment as I happily decorated the table.

Apple Picking and Decorating | Rhapsody in Rooms

Now, I must go back to apple baking and cooking. Any apple recipes you want to recommend? I’d love to hear them as I am only one person and don’t want to waste a bite of freshly picked apple deliciousness! Freezer friendly recipes welcomed! As will pie be by my friends I’m sure. 🙂


  • What a fun day for you with your friend’s family! It’s amazing that your friend’s parents have been apple picking at Silver Creek for 35 years. Isn’t that area gorgeous? I spend a lot of time in that area when I was in high school.

    I can’t wait to pick some apples to enjoy. Last year I made a caramel apple pound cake that was delicious. (http://www.virginiasweetpea.com/2014/09/caramel-apple-pound-cake.html)ReplyCancel

    • Oo thank you so much for the recipe, Paula! That may be on my weekend baking list! That’s so neat you spent time in that area in high school. It really is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • i LOVE how the table looks with the florals and apples! i can’t wait to make a healthy fried apple recipe i found!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much!! I would also love to get that recipe from you!!ReplyCancel

  • When the first apples of the season hit the markets, I know that fall is really here! To celebrate, I like to bake plenty of apple pie and apple crisp and it’s also fun to use apples to decorate. I like to keep a bowl of apples on my kitchen table, which actually makes a nice centerpiece.ReplyCancel

    • Mmm sounds like your house smells delicious all fall! I love the idea of having fresh fruit as a centerpiece! It’s pretty and also reminds you to eat fruit instead of other stuff as a snack since it’s right in front of you!ReplyCancel

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