honey pot apple picking

The Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. Each year it somehow gets better. The weather is divine (so my hair looks awesome). And there is so much going on in New England. Each weekend towns are throwing festivals, fairs, and farmers markets. Just as the temperatures dip, the community comes alive as it is ready to embrace the change of season. It is truly fantastic to be in New England in the Fall. The traditions alone make each weekend excursion SO much fun. I am a little behind on updating the blog with some photos of our activities but last weekend we headed out to apple pick with our friends and their babies. We had never been to Honey Pot Orchard but we knew we wouldn’t be disappointed. Because you cannot have an apple orchard in New England without: apples, apple cider donuts, and farm animals.  The three keys to a toddler’s world being blown! And, as expected, Honey Pot Orchard delivered beautifully in these areas.  It was crowded but the orchard is SO big that we felt alone among our little groups of toddlers and parents wandering from tree to tree. And, this was the first orchard in which to gain access to the delicious fruit, one must climb a ladder to do so. It was quite a fun experience having previously only picked from what amounted to apple bushes. Climbing the trees and tossing apples down to David and vice versa added to the mystique of apple picking. As soon as we got home, I made an apple pie from scratch. My very first and it was so delicious. It was truly the perfect end to a lovely Fall afternoon.

Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

We were out all day! Eating ice cream, petting sheep, and playing non-stop at local parks kept us busy busy busy on this Saturday. The Fall is our season. Crisper air and neighborhood festivals draw us out for endless of hours of fun while we savor the dimming sunset. It is the best time of year, but then you get home and you think….hmmmm what’s for dinner? It would be easier get delivery but tonight we thought ahead even just a little. And maybe that is why we enjoyed the day so much because we knew that dinner and the “burden” of being an adult was going to be easy.


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons freshly diced ginger
  • 1 8oz can whole water chestnuts, drained
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • Olive Oil


Heat olive oil in a sauce pan and add the ground chicken. Cook until browned about 3-5 minutes. Stir in garlic, onion, hoisin, soy, vinegar,  and ginger and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring throughout to blend ingredients. Once onions are translucent and the veggies are fragrant add the water chestnuts and green onions, salt, and pepper to taste and mix together. Serve in lettuce like a taco

Eggplant polenta bake

I cannot say no to a free sample, especially from Trader Joe’s. Sometimes I make excuses to go there just to really check out what they are sampling. No….you don’t do that? Okay well maybe that’s odd but let’s call it groceries with tapas!

This weekend they cooked up the easiest polenta eggplant bake that I had to recreate at home. It could not be more simple:

Spread out polenta in a baking dish

Top with two cans of their eggplant, tomatoes, onions

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes

Sprinkle with feta and bake for another 2-4 minutes

Enjoy a delicious, tasty, lightening quick dinner!