There are many reasons why I love Fall.  

Cozy sweaters.

Sitting next to a warm fire.



And yes, APPLES!

Thankfully, hubby and I live only twenty minutes away from Minnesota’s APPLE capital!!!

  La Crescent, Minnesota knows ALL about Apples.  In fact- the community just celebrated their annual FALL festival-APPLEFEST-two weekends ago.

 The four-day event is-jam packed with fun for all ages! Car shows, flea markets, carnival rides and so much more!

But the King parade is what everyone from miles around comes for on the last day of the festival!

So why all the fuss over a fruit?

Well, because for many years, the apple has been an important part of this communities economy. And this delicious fruit that offers so many varietys of flavors is what put this town on the map!


Now people come from all over just to see the breathtaking scenery up on Apple Blossom Drive, where the orchards and all their apple splendor (there were 40 of them at one time) dot the hillside, and you get a postcard view of the Mississippi River!

Here are just a few of the MANY varieties of apples for sale at several of the apple orchards in the area!


Jonathan– A good eating and keeping apple. Medium-sized attractive fruit, striped red with high color in spots. Flesh juicy and crisp. Flavor refreshing and tart-sweet.

McIntosh–  The fruit is a beautiful deep red color, size variable. Flesh white, firm, tender, flavor characteristically aromatic, perfumed.

Jersey Mac– Medium sized red apple with yellow/green splashes. Flesh is smooth and juicy with a tart flavor. 

Haralson– Best for pies and baked desserts. Also a great eating and cider apple. Flesh is crisp, juicy, firm. Mildly tart flavor, not acid. Holds its shape and texture in baking. Retains good flavor in keeping.

Jonagold- Large fruit striped red over bright yellow. Firm, crackling, juicy, slightly tart, flesh. Superb, rich, full flavor. Finest dessert and eating quality. Good cooking properties. 

Jonamac– Medium size, firm fruit with 90% dark red color over greenish background. Flesh firm, crisp, high quality with flavor similar to McIntosh

WealthyExcellent dessert and multi-use apple, picked a few weeks early for cooking. Beautiful fruit ripens to bright red across the surface. Crisp, juicy flesh. Refreshing, sprightly, tangy sweet flavor.

Mom and I both walked out with plenty of apples that weekend, and it didn’t take long for me to put them too good use!

French apple pie is one of hubby’s favorite fall desserts, and since he’s been such a wonderful helper this summer, (with the patience of a saint), I made one just for him!!!


So you see- apples really are something to celebrate, and that’s why I decided that for the month of September, I would put them in the SPOTLIGHT!

And since I love you all so much-I figured why not share the recipe for mom’s French Apple Pie?!


Here it is-enjoy!

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I’ll be linking up today at these amazing parties so stop on over and be inspired!!


Blessings and hugs,

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