Can you feel it in the air? It's fall!
One of my favorite things to do during this season is head on out to a charming little place called Apple Hill. It's a beautiful collection of Christmas tree farms, pumpkin patches, fudge shops, craft stores, wineries, and (of course) apple orchards situated in the beautiful foothills near Lake Tahoe.
This time of the year, the apple orchards are so crowded that you actually have to park in the orchard!
People come from miles around to stock up on freshly picked apples in varieties that you will never see in a grocery store.
Even more people line up for a taste of apple cider, apple wine, apple olive oil, apple pie, apple dumplings, and one of the best culinary creations known to man...apple cider donuts.
There are corn mazes...
...crafts booths (don't you just love this fall decoration?)...
...craft sheds selling all of my favorite Gooseberry Patch books...
...and tons of fall produce!
My favorites were these little guys...I think they are called Turk's Turbans.
All of the fall fun at Apple Hill inspired me to do a little fall decorating of my own.
Ironically, I chose to carve some oranges. :-)
Yep, I said oranges!
Oranges can be carved just like pumpkins much more quickly and with much less mess. With a tea light inside, orange jack-o-lanterns make the perfect fall decor, especially when sitting on candlesticks.
It's incredibly easy to do. First, draw the face...
...and draw a circle on the top - you need an opening, after all.
Use a craft knife to cut into the peel, and then scoop out the insides with a spoon or melon baller.
These are fun...make a bunch!
This recipe is linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday , Tasty Tuesday, and Tuesdays at the Table
Also linked to Foodie Friday