This weekend, Tanner and I decided to do a couple of the items on my fall bucket list. We woke up Saturday morning, bright and early, and rushed off to our big adventure. We went apple picking! This is something that we normally wouldn’t have done but it was on the list and something that I was excited to try.
There's a town called Julian that’s only about an hour away from our house. The drive there is beautiful because trees and mountains surround you. Julian is a pretty small, cute town. There is the main street that has a couple of antique shops and a few restaurants. If you continue past the main street there's quite a few different types of farms and orchards. We went to an apple orchard called “Volcan Valley Apple Farms”. When we arrived, there were many different apple trees as far as the eye could see. At this particular farm they charge $12 for a bag and then you can pick as many apples that will fit in the bag. They also allow you to try the different apples while you're picking. Tanner and I had a blast and ate more apples then I'd care to admit. We enjoyed apple picking so much that we decided its something we’ll definitely be doing again. It was so fun searching through the trees to try to find the best, store-quality apples.
We had eaten a light breakfast so after an hour or so of apple picking, we decided it was time for lunch. We found this adorable little barn looking restaurant that served wood-fired pizzas. We ate and enjoyed sitting by the window with the fresh air. It was so relaxing. There was a nice breeze and it was a beautiful sunny day.
If you have ever been to Julian then you know of a place called “Julian Pie Company”. It's a small bakery that serves... you guessed it... pie. That was our next stop on our day trip. They have many different varieties of pie but they're famous for the apple pie. It is to die for. It's absolutely amazing with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Tanner and I savored every bite.
We had other errands and things to do Saturday so we left Julian and headed home with full stomachs.
That evening we tackled the next thing on my list: bake a homemade pie. We had picked 18 apples that morning so we had plenty of apples to use on a pie. Tanner and I took turns doing different tasks. I was in charge of peeling the apples and he did pretty much everything else. I'm not the best at cooking ;) Even on my one task I somehow ended up slicing my fingernail with the apple peeler. We still had a great time though. After putting the pie together, we had to wait a whole hour for the pie to bake! It was hard to wait as our entire house filled with the smell of delicious apple pie. When it was finally finished, we rushed to the grocery store to get some ice cream to have with it. It was again, absolutely amazing pie. Even the crust tasted great, which is usually my least favorite part of a pie. In the end, I think our homemade pie was just as good as the Julian Pie Company's pie.
It was such a fun day accomplishing two items off of my fall bucket list. I'm so excited to keep working on it the next few months :) We got to try two things that we’ve never done before and ended up enjoying them both quite a bit. Have you ever been apple picking or made homemade apple pie?
Here's my fall bucket list in case you missed it on my last post. Feel free to join me in doing all the items on this list before Thanksgiving!