Apples & Pumpkins

Apples & Pumpkins


I finally decided, at the age of thirty-two, that fall is my favorite season.  I realized it when I got excited about the couple of “crispy air” days we had this past July.  Most people told me not to mention fall at that point, probably because our summer was short with all of the rain we had.  But when your hometown is Boone, as it is mine, you just get used to ALL types of weather and I just take it as it comes.

Now that fall is in full swing, it’s time to think about the best fall produce:  apples and pumpkins!   This year my parents’ pumpkins didn’t do so well with the wet summer so I bought my $6 pumpkin (it yielded about 15 cups of puree) from a vendor at the Watauga County Farmer’s Market.  I started getting my apples from Tevepaugh Orchards in Moravian Falls (near Wilkesboro), where they are only $18.00 a busheI, which I think is an affordable price for great apples. I have several friends that are major pumpkin fans so I always enjoy making treats for them, as well as homemade apple butter and applesauce.  I thought I would share a couple of those recipes with you today.

Pumpkin Cookies – recipe passed onto me from a great friend, April Butcher

2 c. all purpose flour

1 c. sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla

1 c. pumpkin

1 c. butter

1 egg

Mix together until “smooothish”.  Drop on cookie sheet and bake 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees.


Combine in a small saucepan:

3 Tbsp. butter

4 Tbsp. milk

½ c. brown sugar

Boil for 2 minutes and remove from heat.  Add 1 tsp. vanilla and 1 c. powdered sugar.  (If it’s kind of soupy, you can put it in the refrigerator for a little bit.)


Pumpkin Bread – by Kathy Chiulli from Sharing Our Best Cookbook (North Ridge Alliance Church, Raleigh, NC – (1994)

2 scant c. sugar

1 c. oil

2 c. pumpkin

1 c. water

4 eggs

1 tsp. soda

3 1/3 c. flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 ½ tsp. salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. ginger

½ tsp. allspice

½ tsp. cloves

½ tsp. nutmeg

¾ c. chopped nuts (optional)

Combine all except nuts.  (Fold in nuts.)  {Pour into THREE medium 8X4 loaf pans sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for ONE hour or until toothpick comes out clean.

Homemade Apple ButterThis is the easiest recipe for apple butter.  If you know me, I love all things crock pot.  My family loves this recipe and I like to share a few for gifts come Christmas time.






My Grandmother used to make THE BEST fried apple pies, too.  My mom and aunt do a wonderful job with these nowadays but I haven’t quite mustered up the courage to attempt them yet.  I’ll have to save this one for later.


Do you have any fall recipes that you have deemed “the best”?  I would love to hear from you!

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