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. janis

    You three are such a beautiful family! Good luck on the solid foods!

  2. Bree

    My boyfriend and I went Saturday too, and I just posted about it! We picked 37lbs of apples. What were we thinking??

  3. the perfect fall outing! ps- did you dye the ends of your hair? it looks great!

  4. Laura

    your little girl in the pot looks so cute :)

  5. Laura

    your little girl in the pot looks so cute :)

  6. So jealous – I might have to make a trip out to my parents house in CT this weekend after seeing these photos…

  7. Eeny

    These pictures are perfectly wonderful. You are a cute family that's for sure.

    We have a lot of apples in my grandpa's garden and I already made apple pie, apple pancakes, apple oatmeal, apple sauce and Apfeldatschi (a German sheetcake – I'd be happy to share the recipe, just shoot me an email)

  8. jeands

    Good luck on the solids. Very pretty pictures, looks like you 3 had so much fun.

    Btw, if you don't mind me asking what editing tools your using on these photos? I love the hues. Thanks!

  9. Katie

    Ah, that is just too precious! I'm so jealous of your beautiful family!

  10. Laurie

    I just love that picture of E sitting in the basket and chomping down on her apple. Too cute!

  11. Tinyo

    I recently used apples and plums from family and friends gardens to make two big batches of apple and plum jam which is delicious, and we'll keep ourselves and our families in lovely homemade jam through the winter months, and an excuse to bake some lovely breads and scones to have with it.

  12. i love your adorable family :) your hair long looks really cute too! enjoy!

  13. This looks like so much fun! AND a beautiful day to pick apples! :)

  14. Eleanor is such a cutie pie! I want to go apple picking!

  15. Looks like y'all had a lovely, lovely time. Makes me wish we were showing some signs of autumn down here in New Orleans. Can't wait for the recipes!

  16. such beautiful autumn pictures! we went to a corn maze with our little man on saturday. it was 85 degrees outside, but we made the best of it!

  17. Aura

    You guys are precious, Naomi. I have quit reading most blogs and stopped writing on mine, but yours is one that I always look forward to when I spend some time online.

    I know appearances are not everything, and in this blog world, sometimes it is exhausting to constantly hear everyone's opinions on how perfect they think your life is. Life is never perfect but I can tell that you guys are a genuinely happy, and loving family. I think that is why so many people are drawn to you.

    I had my own baby E just 2 months after Eleanor was born, and I've loved watching her grow just a couple steps ahead. It always makes me excited for new milestones we will see in just a couple months.
    Also a note on solids – When she is ready…I bought a Baby Bullet for Elodie and I love it. It's a tiny little blender but comes with freezer storage and precious little containers to save food for a week, as well as a nutritional guide and little recipe book. We started green beans last week, and so far it's going well, although she MUCH prefers nursing.

  18. oh my goodness the picture of here in the apple barrel is just too much!!! what a little love, naomi. thank you for sharing!

  19. virginie

    I just cooked pork "filet mignon" with apples for lunch and it was absolutely delicious!!!
    In France we also love having black pudding with apples or even duck meat with smashed apples, it is just lovely!!! MIAM MIAM as we say over here!!!!

    By the way very nice pictures with your sweet little girl.


  20. jkd

    Your baby is adorable! I almost want kids looking at your pics.

  21. Linka

    These photos are so sweet!!! I am bugging the husband about getting our pumpkins! I hope we get cute photos like these!!

  22. Mmm… apple picking is by far my favorite fall time activity. Lovely pictures :)

    Here's my favorite apple recipe for apple cinnamon cupcakes. Yum!

  23. Brit

    what a cute little lady! You guys are such a sweet little family. And btw, I want your hair. bad.

  24. Bridget

    you guys are so lovely. the sun coming in through these pictures is lovely too! eleanor chomping on the apple in the back of the wheelbarrow… lovely. alright, i'm done.

  25. I love spending time in orchards, chomping on a good apple whilst walking round in the sunshine :)

  26. Allison

    she is just so precious!

  27. April

    We just had our engagement photos taken at Larriland Farm in MD. We had the picture in the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. I used to go every year as a kid so this type of thing is very near and dear to my heart.

    I made a delicious ginger apple cream pie :)

    That is one of my favorite baking companies! I hope you like it too if you try it :)

  28. Looks like so much fun! She is so adorable in that wheelbarrow! :) -Lo

  29. holy cow you guys are too cute. especially eleanor with her two little baby teeth, trying to bite the apple :) adorable.

  30. aww how adorable!!! what a lovely little family!!


  31. I like making Apple Cake from the Simply In Season recipe book. Made without the topping it's pretty great for vegan or lactose intolerant friends.

    Apple Cake

    5 cups chopped apples
    1 1/3 cup sugar (I cut back to only 1 cup)
    1/2 cup oil
    2 eggs
    2 tsp vanilla
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    1 cup flour
    2 tsp baking soda
    2 tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp salt
    1 cup nuts (optional)

    Combine apples and sugar. In bowl, mix oil, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients. Add apples. Pour in greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes.

    Topping (optional)

    2/3 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup milk
    1 T flour
    1/3 cup powdered sugar

    While cake bakes, heat brown sugar, milk, and flour until boiling. Remove from heat, mix in powdered sugar. Drizzle over hot cake.

    yum, enjoy,

  32. I LOVE Eleanor's orange jumper. What good tatse she has :-)

  33. you've the cutest little family

  34. debhagg

    This recipe is from a lady in Nashville, TN. She has written several cookbooks.


    Cream Cheese Filling:

    1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
    1/4 butter, softened
    1/2 c granulated sugar
    1 large egg
    2 T all-purpose flour
    1 t vanilla extract

    Mix first three ingredients in a electric mixer until blended and smooth. Add egg, flour and vanilla; beat just until blended

    1 c finely chopped pecans
    3- c all purpose flour
    1 c granulated sugar
    1 c firmly packed light brown sugar
    2 t ground cinnamon
    1 t salt
    1 t baking soda
    1 t ground nutmeg
    3 large eggs, lightly beaten
    3/4 c canola oil
    3/4 c applesauce
    1 t vanilla extract
    3 c peeled and chopped Gala apples
    Preheat oven to 350. Bake pecans in a shallow pan for 10 minutes or until toasted, stirring half way through.
    In a large bowl, stir together 3 cups flour and next seven ingredients. Stir in eggs and next 3 ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in apples and pecans.
    Spoon 2/3 of apple batter into a greased and floured large bundt pan.Spoon cream cheese mixture over apple mixture, leaving a one inch border around edges of pan. Swirl cheese filling into apple mixture. Spoon remaining apple batter over cream cheese mixture.
    Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until done. Cool cake in pan,on a wire rack for 15 minutes or until cake can easily be removed from pan. Then remove and cool completely, 2 hours.
    Praline Frosting:
    1/2 c firmly packed light brown sugar
    1//4 c butter
    3 T milk
    1 t vanilla extract
    1 c confectioners sugar
    In a 2 quart saucepan add 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter and 3 T. milk to a boil.Boil 1 minute whisking constantly. Remove from heat, stir invanilla.Whisk in sugar and stir gently until smooth. When frosting begins to cool and thicken slightly, pour over cooled cake. You may top the cake with toasted pecan halves.

  35. After seeing your pictures on Instagram, I couldn't wait for these post!
    You are all so cute :) Love the pictures!

  36. we went too and it was so much fun! E is just so dang cute, chomping on the apples!

  37. bethani

    e is so sticking cute with those little teeth of hers and an apple always in her hand.

  38. So adorable!

    And your hair looks really lovely here :)

  39. Love all your pics!! The sunlight looks beautiful in them. You guys are such a cute family! Your hair looks pretty and E always looks adorable!!

  40. Apple Crisp


    8 – 10 apples, peeled and sliced thin
    1 tsp. lemon juice
    1/4 cup butter, melted
    1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar, depending on the sweetness of your selected apple
    1 cup plus a rounded Tbsp. flour
    1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    a couple of pinches of freshly ground nutmeg
    2 pinches of salt
    1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
    1 cup brown sugar, packed
    3/4 cup butter, softened


    Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix together apples, melted butter, lemon juice, sugar, the one rounded tablespoon of flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of salt in a big bowl. Pour into a 9 x 13" casserole dish. Mix oats, the remaining cup of flour, brown sugar and a pinch of salt together. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apple mixture and pat down. Bake 45-50 minutes.

    It makes a good amount of topping, but if you are anything like my family we add more. We don't quite double it, but add another fourth. Does that make sense?
    Well if you do try it, hope it brings you as much fall sugary happiness as it does us!

  41. Jane M.

    What a beautiful family!

  42. looks like such a fun time!

  43. adorable!
    we went apple picking this past weekend!
    Made homemade apple sauce and will be making a pie this weekend!

  44. ugh, all of these photos are just so precious! i can't even get over it!!! and little E is incredibly beautiful!!
    xo TJ

  45. Such a fun family outting! Love the pictures. And love seeing some of those recipes up above!

  46. Laura

    wonderful pictures:) i don't even like apples that much but this post makes me want to eat applecrumble or something like that! x

  47. Sarah

    Awww this looks so much fun! We went apple picking too, but all the apples were gone (it's kind of a novelty out here in Southern California). We still had fun though. These pics are great!

    – Sarah

  48. oh my lord, is that a tooth that i see?! she has the best smile. ever. so cute!

  49. Good luck with the solids! All my kids have decided when they were ready not when I was ready or a bookor doctor told them they were ready. My first was ready at 6 months. My second refused any food until she was 8 months old, went straight to finger foods and has turned out (now at 2.5) to be our most adventurous eater (buffalo chicken, yes please). My 3rd, now just 8 months, demanded food at 4.5 months, finger foods at 6 months, and prefers what we are eating (he loves olives and enjoyed schnitzel, kugel, and beet this weekend). The more veggies the better for him but he could take or leave fruit.

    They are all amazingly different and do things when they want. Good luck!

  50. Leticia

    These pics are seriously cute! With Eleanor and solids, do you try the jar baby food or just do table food? My kids always wanted what we were having. I would just use my magic bullet a little make it soft but still a little coarse and they loved it. Also, there's a great Caramel Apple Cupcake recipe on pinterest. If you can't find it let me know and I'll email it to you. It looks AWESOME!
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  51. Apple crumble!! The old English/down under favourite! The easiest, yummiest hot dessert ever!

    Dice and stew apples with a little water in a pot. Transfer to a baking dish. Sprinkle some raisins on if you like them.

    Blend melted butter with flour, some oats, and some sugar until it looks like coarse breadcrumbs. Mix in a little cinnamon. Pour crumble mix over apples. Bake until brown, only about 15mins.

    Serve with whipped cream, plain yogurt or best – with vanilla ice cream… YUM!!

  52. Emily

    I have four kids and none of them ate 'baby food.' We fed them bits of whatever we were having. And guess what? They survived and it was a lot easier and cheaper.

    Don't worry about it. Just feed her off your plate. She'll eat it and she'll love it!

  53. too cute. That little foot is just too adorable. I LOVE apple sauce… i'm sure she'll come around soon :)

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  55. Alivia

    Ohhhh caramel apples. I think I need one of those today.

  56. Claire

    Beautiful pictures! This reminds me of going fruit-picking when we were kids – always a big treat :)

  57. Janssen

    Eleanor is so cute – I don't even know how you stand it.

    And I'm a mom of a baby girl, so I know cute :)

  58. sooo fun! the ultimate fall activity! have you tried giving Eleanor green bean puree? It looks disgusting and I thought my daughter would hate it but as soon as I gave it to her she gobbled it all up! I asked around some other moms I know and it turns out that green beans are universally loved by babies. Give it a try!

  59. Carolina

    fall wonderfulness. and such a beautiful baby/family to share it with. so lucky! :)

  60. Anna

    these photos are so beautiful. love the lighting! what a fun fall activity!!

  61. Jessica

    Please tell me where E's little yellow sweater is from? I'm in love!

  62. I love that color sweater on her! So perfect for fall :)

  63. Y'all are too cute!

  64. i love her fall colors. she blends right in with the apples.

  65. Caty

    In love with these photos!! Don't you love Fall colors?

  66. Nicole

    srsly cutest family outing evah!


  67. we are going this weekend with my 6 month old and after your pictures, I'm even more excited! so adorable (and E's little outfits! ohmygoodness!)
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  68. Looks like fun! Love these pictures :)

  69. Shelby

    Re: solids – have you thought about trying one of those mesh teethers? My little girl hates the texture of pureed food -but like E loves to gnaw on pretty much anything. I can put slices of apples, for instance, into one of them and let her go to town -she loves the chewing and the control!

  70. TV

    Here's a great recipe for a Whole Grain Apple Pie.

    Bottom Pastry:
    1 cup of rolled oats
    1 cup of whole-wheat flour
    1/4 cup of brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon of salt
    1/4 cup of vegetable oil
    1/4 cup of water

    1/2 cup of rolled oats
    1/2 cup of whole-wheat flour
    1/4 cup of brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon of salt
    1/4 cup of vegetable oil

    6 or 8 large apples (cored and sliced)
    1/4 cup of brown sugar
    1 tablespoon of vanilla
    1/4 cup of whole-wheat flour
    4 large sprigs of fresh rosemary (finely chopped)

    Preheat your over to 350F

    Take out two bowl and build the topping and bottom pastry at the same time. Put the dry ingredients in first, whisk them and then add finer powders.
    For the bottom pastry sprinkle the oil and water together over the dry ingredients, work it in with your hands to create a dough ball. Dust the dough ball with flower and then toss it into a 9-inch pie plate.
    Press the dough evenly into the pan.
    set aside.
    Back to the top crumble. Toss the vegetable oil onto the dry ingredients and work the mixture with your hands and set aside.

    Mix and toss the apples, rosemary, whole-wheat flour and brown sugar together.
    Transfer the mixture into the bottom crust and then top it evenly with the crumble.

    Bake until it's golden brown (about an hour)

    Serve warm.

    (You can always add a spice to the mixture inside the pie like cinnamon or nutmeg which I adore and add to many deserts)

    Bon Apetit

  71. HANNA

    I just have to share my favourite Swedish Appel-pie recipe:

    You need:

    2 small eggs
    300 ml sugar
    350 ml wheatflour
    100-110 grams of butter
    3 tsp of bakingpowder
    1 ½ tsp vanilla suger
    1 pealed and grated apple

    Do like this:

    Melt the butter and let it cool. Mix all the other ingredients and pour them into the melted butter. Stir and pour into an oven dish. Then you put the grated apple all on top.

    Bake in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes in 347 ºF.

    Eat as it is or with freshly made vanillasause!

    /Hanna (

  72. Karm

    So cute. i like picking apples and pumpkins with my sons too (:

  73. Eleanor is the happiest little munchkin I've ever seen.

  74. i love apple picking! it's such a fun family activity!

  75. Hi, lovely photos.

    Just a quick comment, about solids have you looked at baby-led weaning?

    It's basically missing out purées and giving baby finger good (like apples) I have a 7mth old and my sister-in-law did it with her wee one and they both took to it really well.

    Just a thought! x

  76. m.e.

    Love these photos. Which camera did you use to take them? Happy apple eating!

  77. Love the pictures! My little guy hated purees because he is feisty and independent and only wants to feed himself. I thought he hated solids, but it turns out he just wanted finger foods instead :) Have you tried "baby led weaning" or just letting her feed herself soft foods like small pieces of ripe banana, etc? Good luck, she's adorable!

  78. Samantha

    I love my camera, but the way your images look on your blog is so cool. I really wish I knew more about how to change my images. It really adds to your story when the pictures have a vintage feel.

  79. You guys look so cute! :D

    <3 Sharmaine Ruth

  80. Erin

    O my goodness. What fun! I love your pictures… you make me want to go apple picking… great fall tradition.

  81. Anni

    I scanned through some of your many comments on here and I didn't notice an "apple chips" recipe.. but you must bake your apples!!!! ADDICTING.

  82. Awww I grew up going to Homestead Farms!!! My parents flew out there earlier in the year and brought my husband and I back some Homestead honey. This just warms my heart. :)

  83. alissa b

    these are just lovely! i love how great you guys are with capturing moments, even small ones. always with a camera or phone!

    alissa b