apple picking!

on saturday we drove out to the homestead farm in maryland and picked apples and pumpkins together. while eleanor hasn’t been a big fan of applesauce (gosh darn those solid foods, we’ll have a break through moment one of these days i sure do pray and hope) she was in complete heaven chomping on apples the entire time in the back of our wheel barrow. :)

and now, let the sharing of apple recipes begin!
  1. So sweet! Y'all fit in the country as much as you do in the city.

  2. leyla.

    a family outing beautifully captured! sadly, i don't have a recipe to share, but i do love applesauce, even though i'm probably too grown up for it :)

  3. Haley K

    oh what precious photos :) I felt the sunshine just by looking at them! and the one of elanor's foot makes me melt…

    and this isn't a recipe, but a super delish, super easy snack. Just slice your apples, then sprinkle them with cinnamon and stevia or sugar. You can even microwave it for a warm snack. Healthy, easy, and oh so good. Enjoy your apples and maybe share the favorite recipe you find!

  4. your pictures are always so amazing i can't stand it! -completely envious

  5. Hannah

    i love these photos, looks like you had a great time


  6. Jodi

    Not that I know what your method for solids is (nor may you be interested in any tips!) but I have to second Baby-led Weaning. Simply letting baby eat exactly what you are eating, at their own pace, feeding themselves. Great book… Works so awesome!


    enough said :)

  8. I was just talking about candy apples today, and how I haven't had them in years. This post is definitely not helping my craving.

    And I don't think I've ever seen a jollier baby. :)

  9. Jennifer

    My goodness–Eleanor is one of the most cheerful babies I've ever seen! Wonderful!

  10. I'm with you on the solid foods! My son, Remy is about to be 7 months and so far all he likes is avocado! Applesauce got a big yuck from him! haha. I have the baby bullet and I love it because it portions out everything just right, but I'm sure I'll start just giving him tastes of whatever we eat here and there since the mushy, runny food just isn't cutting it for him. Oh well, I guess he loves Momma food instead! E is adorable and I love reading about your precious family!!

  11. Rheana

    How adorable!! :) You have such a beautiful family! :)

  12. I love these pictures! I think it is so important to teach kids where food comes from! We are putting in an apple orchard on our farm and I can not wait! One of my favorite ways to eat apples is just to bake them. I core them slice them, put a tiny little butter, salt and pepper and bake at 350 degrees for about twenty minutes. If you like them savory you can drizzle some balsamic on it, and serve with a pork loin, or you can add some roquefort blue cheese. If you like them sweet you can sprinkle some cinnamon and serve with vanilla ice cream. So fun. I love fall!

  13. Ahhh great photos. I went on Monday but it looks like there were a lot of apples on the trees where you went. Most of the apples were on the floor and smashed at my orchard. The ones on the trees looked pretty bad.

    I've had this dessert-ish apple recipe on my "to-make" list for sometime now. Apples in Caramel sauce. It looks deelish.

  14. Love this! I plan to do this soon. you guys look wonderful and your baby is more scrumptious than those apples.


  15. Mariana

    :) We (my little boy+husband+me) did the same (picked apples) about a month ago and we had great time doing it! And so here you can find two apple-recipes:

    And you gave me an idea: I will post a recipe for baby/child-snack later – a simple one and my boy really like it. But later, I have to run now…
    Have a nice day!

  16. Ritika

    this is my favorite post yet.
    i think i just died and went to heaven. if there's a picture of happiness then this is it.

  17. try child led weaning. Out of my four kids two would not eat baby mush food at all. We had to breastfeed a little longer than normal ( to 7 or 8 months old or more) and then they just ate food they could hold onto. (while still being mostly breastfed because they are just sucking on the solids at first) Looks like elenor would probably like that too!

  18. Madison

    Eleanor is the most beautiful baby!

  19. I love how 8 of the 9 photos Eleanor is eating the apples & is so intent on doing so. You wonder at that age when their thoughts are so precious & innocent what goes thru their little heads. Everyday they find something new & it must seem like the coolest thing in the world till they discover the next thing.

  20. Wonderful photos!! Might I ask, what camera did you use? Or did you just play with the contrast/lighting?

  21. ellen

    This apple crisp will change your life!

    Apple Crisp
    Mix the following ingredients together and pour into ungreased 9×13-inch pan.
    8 cups peeled and sliced apples
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    2 T flour
    ½ cup milk
    1 cup water

    1 1/3 cup flour
    1 cup oats
    ½ cup sugar
    1 cup margarine, melted
    1 t salt
    2 t cinnamon
    2 packages dry Butterscotch pudding (not instant)

    Mix topping ingredients together and crumble on top of apple mixture. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, approximately 45-50 minutes.

  22. Adorable pictures of your sweet family! I am such a sucker for those pumpkin farms! I have a few different apple recipes for you. I have tried the homemade applesauce and the apple crisp recipe and haven't tried the peanut butter apple bars, but they look delicious!

    This apple crisp recipe was so easy, I almost think if you chopped up a couple more apples you could make it in a 9×13 pan, because it makes a lot of cookie dough. The only thing I skipped was the pecans:

    Applesauce recipe, could totally be doubled because the regular recipe doesn't make much:

    The peanut butter apple bar recipe:
    As I said, I've never made it but I've never made a recipe from this website that wasn't absolutely delightful!

  23. Look up baby led weaning – it's the way to do solids!

  24. Karianne

    Okay Naomi I've gotta know where you got Es fall outfit… Our little lady is a few months younger and we have been looking everywhere for a polka-dot dress. We are clear across the country so that could be a problem… Happy baking to you and Josh :)

  25. @karianne, her polka dot dress is from babyGap!

    thank you so much everyone for the apple recipes.

    also, thanks to those who suggested baby led weaning. i had not heard of that before but just read a bunch about it online and think we'll move in that direction.

    and to @m.e., i took these with both my iphone and a few with the digital camera but processed them through instagram.

    thanks again!

  26. Crystal

    that photo of her sitting in the apple bucket with her little tootsies showing is so cute!!

  27. Caitlin

    oh my gracious. those little toesie woesies are too much for me!!!

  28. aadam

    I love your blog and haven't commented before but I was so excited to see that you all were at homestead! My family and I were there on Saturday too! Such a gorgeous day! Look like you all picked the cameos too, aren't they the best!?

  29. Liesl

    You are one of the most darling families I have ever seen!

    Liesl :)

  30. awww gorgeous photos, what a beautiful family!

  31. Rinda

    naomi, have you ever had baked apples?

    carve out the center of the apple, where all the seeds are. Place apples on a baking sheet. Fill the hole with butter and top the apple with lots of brown sugar. Bake apples at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes or until apples can me sliced easily using a fork. Place apple in bowl and drizzle with melted butter from the baking sheet. Its a perfect fall dessert! Adorable pictures by the way! E is a doll.

  32. This is the most perfectly timed post.. we just checked out a book called Applesauce Season for our 2 1/2 year old. You guys should look for it — it's adorable.

  33. There's something about apple pictures! They couldn't be more beautiful!

  34. wow! That is crazy beautiful! Lovely pictures :)

  35. Jennifer

    that is absolutely perfect.

  36. you are always beautiful, but you look your best yet. such a brilliant, happy momma.

  37. Ruchi

    You are blessed with a very cute baby..I love the eyes of your baby..God Bless You all..

  38. whimsy

    hey there, love these pics! you look darling as usual. question- so i know your glasses are oliver goldsmith- but which style are they? i need new glasses and i love them!

  39. Like these cute babies, and as a pregnant bride, i would like to suggest a style of beautiful maternity wedding dress, hope it would be a good tip for you.