🎵Autumn in New York 🎵

With Labor Day around the corner and kids going back to school, supermarkets are busy shuffling out watermelon and substituting gourds and winter squash.

And autumn means APPLE 🍎 SEASON! Bring on the million varieties. 🍎🍏🍎🍏🍎

And for anyone in Hudson Valley, apples and apple picking means Salinger’s Orchard in Brewster where during peak apple picking season you might have to park a mile or more away, it gets that crowded. Some of us are there for the hot mini donuts!!! 😋

My neighbor sent this virtual card to me last week, one she keeps on her phone for when she’s shopping for apples.

I’m partial to Gala and Macoun for eating and since I’m a lousy baker, I defer to others to choose apples right for pie. But truth be told, of all the pies out there, apple is my LEAST favorite. In a buffet of pies, I’d walk right past the apple table to a pecan pie or a chocolate cream pie. Blueberry too if the baker can manage to keep the bottom crust from being soggy. Rarity.

Cablevision liaison still Out of Office and no determination from maintenance as to when my request for an appointment will be scheduled so I’m hopping in car for Bedford.

9 thoughts on “🎵Autumn in New York 🎵

  1. I used to be entirely Team Granny Smith, but a couple years ago at the OG Farmers Market, a vendor encouraged me to try Honey Crisp and I haven’t looked back! Puppy Hopkins is also a big fan.

    1. Hopkins eats apples? I’ve never thought to give a dog an apple. Am I missing something basic, that dogs love apples???🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

      1. My dog will eat just about anything (after very closely inspecting it and performing a taste test) – apples, blueberries, strawberries (I give her the caps with the leaves on them or the over/under ripe ones), yogurt, celery, carrots, cheese. There are actually only a handful of items that dogs can’t eat (onion, garlic, chocolate of course, avocado) and most are pretty omnivorous. My food waste has gone down significantly!

        1. Hopkins is a lab, so we have to be mindful of weight. In addition to the foods you mentioned (berries are very good), I also give asparagus, snap peas- even cherry tomatoes (which my former dog wouldn’t touch). And of course, watermelon.

        2. Gosh, my dogs were gypped. No asparagus. No apples. No snap peas. But I was one of the first among my group of dog owners who eschewed (see what I did there?😂) to forego kibble for a holistic meal approach as encouraged by our Cross River vet. This goes back to the late 1980s. I made weekly batches of “stew” that always had a protein (fish, chicken, or meat, whatever you had), Arborio rice (only Arborio, not basmati or regular long grain white rice), then a mix of veggies. I traditionally used carrots and green beans. None of my dogs liked peas, not too mention they are hard to lap up and digest. I didn’t use much corn either for the same reason.
          As Dawg got older (and so did I) I found a mom and pop company in Katonah who made specialized batches of this stew for dogs. I’d get enough for a couple of weeks. In bags that I could freeze. Of course, now this kind of dog food is all the rage. There’s one brand Martha Stewart sponsors.
          Our vet was not only anti-kibble but he also didn’t like wet canned food. Not everyone has the time (or money) to do this and surely nowadays kibble has come a long way to be pretty natural.
          Watermelon 🍉 Yes!

  2. My dog Ruby snacks on cut up baby carrots. I hand out one sliver at a time. He loves them. The other day I was taking the bag of baby carrots out of the fridge & he was licking his mouth in anticipation of the deliciousness. I laughed to think of such pleasure from a carrot sliver. (He is a Maltese so small, I don’t think slivers would do for larger dogs. But on the other hand, I think receiving a little bit of love in the form of a snack is 90% of the pleasure for doggies.) His baby pic.

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