Apologies for being MIA on the blog this week! I’ve been a busy bee working on new YouTube content, including an updated hair tutorial, a video on interview attire, and a fun foodie tour for next month! Fall is also the season of constant visitors in our home. We love showing our friends what New England has to offer, and what better way than a visit to the orchards for fresh cider donuts and apple picking?
I have to say, shopping at Urban Outfitters has been a nice surprise this year! Much of their stuff is too young or hip for me, but the few finds I do have are petite-friendly and adorable (i.e. this button-down midi and this striped dress, which layers nicely). I can see this BDG suspender skirt worn over either a simple tee, or pullover knits or turtlenecks when the weather cools. It’s 100% cotton (unlined) with functional pockets, and the straps can be adjusted in length via the front buttons. To “convert” this into a more versatile, regular skirt, simply tuck the suspender straps in at the waist!
Measurements of sz XS: 13″ across the waist (you can tighten this with the sash tie), 16″ skirt length, 12.75″ suspender length from the waistline to the top of the shoulder, at the shortest setting. Contrary to the one online review, I have a pretty short torso and did not find the straps to be too long. Strap length might change a bit with each size, though.
Apple Picking – Where to go
These photos were taken at our new favorite Parlee Farms (see my recent post), but other apple picking regulars for us in the greater Boston area include: Nashoba Winery (apples are a bonus here second to wine tasting), Honeypot Hill (go for the crisp pears!), and the vast Tougas Farms.
Apple Picking – What to make
Our kitchen has been smelling SO good with all the treats made from our orchard hauls. If you’re looking for an easy recipe to highlight your fresh apples, this yummy pie filling below was one of the quickest I’ve ever whipped together. I like to use less sugar than most recipes, and you won’t miss the butter.
By using store-bought refrigerated pie crust (usually sold next to the refrigerated croissant dough tubes) and just roughly peeling the apples, this took me only 20 minutes to get into the oven, and made for some very happy friends + husband. I only have a “before” baking photo, since it didn’t last long enough for me to take an “after!” Please let me know if you give it a try!
Easy & Delicious Apple Pie Filling
- 6 large apples cut up
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup flour
- juice of half a lemon
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Mix everything together in a large bowl.
- Fill pie crust of your choice.
- Bake for about 40 minutes, until crust is browned and filling is bubbling.