|My husband and I at the SC State Fair|
|Here is our family at Sky Top Orchard in October 2011.|
It was a blast!! I came home with bags full of apples and spent the next few days baking like crazy making cobblers, applesauce, and the like. I didn't get to go last year, sadly. So when fall came around this year I decided an apple picking trip was a non-negotiable! This time, since my hubby was busy, I convinced my BFF (I feel like I'm a teeny bopper when I say that...) and former college roommate, Katie, to come with me!
We picked a great day to go...it was a beautiful and sunny fall Saturday! We started out the day with a stop at Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte, of course, to jump start our fall festivities and then headed up I-26 toward NC. Watching the leaves slowly get more and more colorful the further we drove north was neat. When we finally got there, it was packed!! There were LOTS off families, kids, couples, and church groups. We finally found a parking space, grabbed our buckets, had not-so-pleasant experiences with the port-a-potties, and then set off to pick!
We totally tag teamed this one. Katie climbed and I caught!
|Something about this picture makes me think of the evil queen in Snow White....eek!|
|I decided I need to start working out.... I was huffing it up those big hills carrying my bucket of apples and this mom had a diaper bag, a purse, and her bucket of apples and was doing better than me. And daddy over there had a baby! Sad...I know.|
After we were done picking, we had to indulge in the one food item that may or may have not been my main reason for wanting to go apple picking....apple cider doughnuts!!! I was first introduced to these little melt-in-your-mouth pieces of heaven when I went to Sky Top for the first time in 2011. I honestly think Sky Top could run its entire enterprise on doughnut sales alone. They are freaking amazing!! I knew the line would be long, so I was expecting the worst...but it ended up being only about a 45 minute wait...and worth every second! I was also happily surprised to find out that they had a new flavor in addition to the apple cider....pumpkin spice! What more could a girl ask for? So Katie and I decided to get a dozen doughnuts - 6 of each flavor. I mean we had to get a full dozen...so we could share with our friends and family, of course. And it was cheaper to buy in bulk. Totally justified. :)
After we finished our doughnuts, we decided to go get some lunch in Flat Rock. We had dessert first...so what? Don't judge. We did take some pretty pictures on the LONG walk back to our car.
Apple picking was a blast, and it was so much fun to hang out with my "woommate," as we used to say back in the day in college.... :) I would highly recommend Sky Top Orchard, and I will definitely be back again next year. Now I just have to come up with some yummy recipes for all these apples....