Cornell Farm (Hoosick Falls, NY), some artisan cheese from Gillis Acres Farm (Greenwich, NY), and two pints of the best chocolate milk in the world from Battenkill Creamery (Salem, NY). It's the best chocolate milk I've ever tasted. It has the flavor of a chocolate milkshake from Stewart's, if that means anything to you.
Cornelius Applejack. This time on our trip to the Golden Harvest orchard and Harvest Spirits distillery, we picked up a bottle of their Core Vodka. They make it right there on the apple farm with nothing but apples and filtered water.
We brought back our applejack bottle and they rewarded us with a little Harvest Spirits shot glass and a free tasting. Chris tried the pear brandy; it barely touched my lips and I already felt woozy so I held out and saved room for cider doughnuts. I'll always choose cider doughnuts.
Another no-crust apple pie, a few apple-cheddar muffins and lots of soup are on the kitchen schedule for the next week. During super busy weeks like this one, I have to remind myself to take a time out and enjoy the season. An hour spent baking and filling the apartment with scents of cinnamon and spice are worth it. Fitting in a walk or a run, that's worth it too. I'm trying to savor the dark autumn mornings (not easy) and shorter days (almost impossible) and to prepare myself for the upcoming winter. It feels good to hunker down and roll with the seasonal calendar sometimes. And sometimes, well, it sucks. That's life.