Everything Fall: Apple Picking, Hiking, & Baking

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Nothing surprising – the weather is still in the 80s here and everywhere else it seems, but we couldn’t help but check off some items on my autumn bucket list this weekend.

√ Go apple picking (Oak Glen)

We started at Snowline Orchard for mini donuts and wine. They were out of hard cider!

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They didn’t allow apple picking, but my mom, who came with us, picked some raspberries. The rest of us hung out with some snacks and listened to a man with a guitar playing country music.

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We drove back down to Oaktree Village for the kitschy shops and slice of apple pie.

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We ended our day at Los Rios Rancho where we tasted ciders and sat on the green. It was extremely relaxing.

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√ Play with goats

I took a ~4 mile hike (more of a hard walk) at Oak Canyon Nature Center. It’s one of my favorite escapes closeby (20 minutes from my home) and I haven’t gone in a long time.

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I stumbled upon “goats at work.” They were just being put in so for awhile, it was just me and these calm goats. My friend told me their a negative omen in the Bible, but nonetheless, I’m a fan! 

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√ Bake apple crisp

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I used Ambitious Kitchen’s recipe. I also considered Fit Mitten Kitchen’s apple cookie skillet, but I wanted something less indulgent even though it’s not bad at all.

Other meals this week:

  • Pizza snack – Trader Joe’s flatbread topped with marinara & their almond cheese
  • Some sort of chicken meal – if I was ambitious, I would make buffalo chicken bitesI can’t stop craving orange chicken from Fortune Cookies – I’ve gone two weekends in a row and it seems I’ll be going again today. 
  • My mom bought me a bunch of chicken & veggie dumplings from Costco. It’s another great comfort food.
  • Another bucket list item – homemade [protein] mac and cheese.
  • Protein shakes with oatmeal and/or cauliflower are filling. Reminder to make a shopping list right now because I need some cauli.

Other things of note:

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