October 13, 2011

Diving into Fall ....and An Apple Pie




I just can't get enough of those Fall colors ....  



When the leaves begin to change and Thanksgiving weekend reaches, we always take a trip to one of the  most wonderful parks in Ontario, Algonquin Park .
 It's kind of a family tradition. Some years we camp along the lake, others - we only canoe, but we are there every Autumn, enjoying the season splendor of nature .





Every Canadian knows that the park is at its best during Fall: the view of the vast landscape of maple hills and the palette of colors reflecting in the lake  are simply breathtaking.






 Something magical happens every time I reach the hill. A sense of calmness and harmony pours over me. It's such a deep profound feeling that it's not easy to be recognized at first....
warmth, light, thrill ...,
but after a while you immerse in IT ...
 and 
You are in awe !  
and
You are at peace !
and
You become ONE with everything ...
It is an enlightenment.

( oh , I wish I was a poet to express such encounter; unfortunately, I am not )




I believe, it's NATURE that can create such an experience in humans. It 's a well known fact that people who often come in contact with nature are happier. I like to consider myself in that category ...and YES, Fall definitely is a major contributor to that.


 
 

I always feel totally recharged when I come back home in the city . 
This time the trip brought out the baker in me, how surprising !
I enjoy cooking, but some how baking has always been my grandma and my mom's "thing".
That day I wanted to bake.
No, it wasn't a craving for food, but rather an urge to make something out of my hands and NATURE






Is there a better time to bake an apple pie than in fall ?!!





 


and, Yeah mom, baking can be immensely satisfying, 
and
FUN,
and the smell is most intoxicating one!!!

I chose the simplest apple pie recipe and stuck to it, except I glazed the top of the pie with lots of bitten egg for more egg crust. I also sprinkled it with sugar .

Voila !!!




 I cut out little  doves for decoration ....





 and
served it hot with whip cream.






It is the best (simple and pure) celebration of the season we have had !





 Dive into fall !

Grab the colors while you can !

Be HAPPY !  



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20 comments:

  1. I just love your
    beautiful posts and
    your sensitive soul.
    Thanks for sharing
    both with us!
    xx Suzanne

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  2. I too am uplifted when I am out and about, so much more energising than sitting at home or in an office. We have so many 'things' these days we forget how much beauty is all around us - and free!

    Wonderful photos. Canada clearly does autumn on a major scale.

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  3. Dear Sylvia,

    Breathtaking beauty on every level...
    That park looks so amazing, nature weaves its magic and recharges our souls. And that pie, my mouth is watering! I love the little peace doves..
    Thank you for your sweet, beautiful gifts once again.

    Hugs to you,
    - Irina

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  4. I just left a comment on your Thanksgiving post found on Common Ground's blog and then took a look at some of your older posts. I love your photography and written word. These photos of Algonquin Park are wonderful (and the apple pie baking too!). I'm you newest follower. Blessings, Pamela

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  5. This pie looks delicious. The photos are stunning!!!

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  6. There's the luscious pie, and then there's your luscious post! Such beautiful photos! Yum! Your fall woods are gorgeous, and of course you're right. There is an essential element we need out in the woods.

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  7. You made me happy viewing your beautiful pictures, listening to pretty music and reading your words. Your mosaic is lovely and how I would love to have a slice of your pie. It looks delicious and so pretty.

    I am your newest follower.

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  8. Sylvia you have expressed nature so perfectly! I think you are more of a poet than you give yourself credit for. Your photos are breathtaking, I can just imagine gazing over the fall palate of colors in such a beautiful place. The apple pie looks so good and there is something so comforting about apple pie in the fall. I am glad that you had a wonderful time and thank you for your sweet comments about our fall. This is my favorite season and I am glad that we could enjoy it like we did.
    xoxo

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  9. Yummmm, you pie looks amazing!!! We have had a beautiful fall here as well! :)
    Wishing you a lovely day,
    Zuzu

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  10. Thank you for visiting Red Rose Alley. Your apple pie looks srumptious. That is one of my favorites. Your blog is so pretty and charming. We would love it if you could follow us, and I would certainly come back and follow you as well. Hope to hear from you, and have a lovely week.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  11. I feel like I just opened the most beautiful magazine...your photos and mosaic are STUNNING! I'm ready to grab some fall color~ we have a ways to go but in the meantime I'll grab some pie :)

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  12. It is all really gorgeous! I love your photos! Thank you for joining me for the HSH Fall Open House!
    Sherry

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  13. Ooooo, look at that scene! Takes my breath away. I just love people who embrace Fall and so love it like me. Great blog! Kit

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  14. Sweet Sylvia,

    Your kindness means so much. Thank you for the beautiful words you left for me, lovely friend.

    I hope all is wonderful with you:)

    Blessings to you,
    - Irina

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  15. Hi Sylvia! Thank you so much for your kind words on Yummy Mummy. I am so pleased to have found YOUR beautiful blog. I love your images and your style (whites and naturals are my favorite).

    I have never seen any trees like the ones in this post. Just gorgeous. Here in Santa Barbara fall does not look all that fall-like. Thank you for sharing. I'm following your blog now and can't wait to read more.

    Marina

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  16. MY goodness your photos are of PROFESSIONAL quality!!! I need YOU to take my photos for my Etsy shop! teehee...mine are, well, terrible!

    Thank you for visiting me today dearest Sylvia! It is sure wonderful to come to see you! ENJOY THE FALL in all of its glory and sing HALLELUJAH! Anita

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  17. Pure jOY! Love that apple pie! My husbands favourite! Off to grab some colours on my way to work...it is amazingly beautiful out there. Thanks for visiting me...love your blog! xoxoxoxo

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  18. Mmmm, some apple pie sounds delicious. That's one of the things I love about this time of year...all the tasty apples that come into season. Your words and images captured Fall so perfectly.

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  19. Dearest Sylvia,

    Thank you so much for visiting me, and for your caring words. I was very touched. My mom was indeed such a loving and sweet person, that I feel her love even across the realms.

    Wishing you a beautiful day, dear friend!
    - Irina

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