Apples on the Porch and a Harvest of Apple Recipes

Apples on the Porch | © #fall #porch #apples #wreath

I’m on the porch in celebration of apple season,

which runs September through November here in North Carolina.

I’m beyond ready for hay rides and cider!

Hayrides and Cider Pillow and Apples on the Porch | © #fall #porch #apples

🍎 NC ranks seventh in apple production in the United States and has over 200 commercial apple operations comprised of 9,000 bearing acres of apple orchards.

🍎 Up to 4 million bushels of apples can be produced in a given year.

🍎 Forty percent of the state’s crop is marketed as fresh apples through packing operations and direct marketing outlets while the remaining 60% is utilized in the processing industry, mainly as applesauce and juice.

🍎 When storing apples at home, always refrigerate your apples. Apples will ripen and turn soft 10 times faster at room temperature.

DIY Apple Spice Wreath and Apples on the Porch | © #fall #porch #apples #wreath

My DIY Apple Spice Wreath is hanging on the porch in celebration.

Pick your own apple farm | © #fall #apples

Pick your own apples at one of the many pick-your-own farms. . .

Mums in apple bucket and Apples on the Porch | © #fall #porch #apples

Or pick up a pot of mums at Lowe’s and place it in an apple bucket. ;)

Apples on the Porch | © #fall #porch #apples

The age-old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is more and more substantiated. . .

🍎 Apples are rich in pectin. Pectin and mild acids found in apples help fight body toxins and aid digestion. Pectin too has been associated with helping to keep cholesterol levels in balance and is significant in helping to reduce the incidence of certain types of heart disease. Studies have shown that person’s eating apples regularly have fewer headaches and other illnesses associated with nervous tension.

🍎 Other studies have demonstrated an association of regular apple consumption with a reduced incidence of colds and other upper respiratory ailments.

🍎 The mild nature and low acidic content of apples are more readily accepted and digested by infants, and causes less colic and rash-related disorders.

Apples on the Porch | © #fall #porch #apples

 I harvested some favorite apple recipes from the archives to help celebrate fall and apple season. . .

Lola and Sophie on the Porch | © #fall #porch #apples #bichonfrise

And the apples of my eye, Lola and Sophie, are here to share my favorite recipes.

Lola and Sophie on the Porch | © #fall #porch #apples #bichonfrise

Click on the titles highlighted in red to find the complete recipe.

Apple Cider Moscow Mule | © #fall #cocktail #applecider

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

A delicious fall twist on a Moscow Mule that celebrates autumn with some seasonal flavor, when you’re craving hayrides and cider!

Cranberry-Apple-Pumpkin Bundt Cake! The flavors of fall in a cake, with a Maple Glaze and Sugared Pecans & Pepitas | #fall #bundt #cake #recipes

Cranberry-Apple-Pumpkin Bundt Cake

The flavors of fall in a cake with a Maple Glaze and Sugared Pecans and Pepitas

Apple, Brie & Honey Galette with Pomegranate Seeds | #fall #apples #desserts

Apple Brie & Honey Galette with Pomegranate

An easy and delicious recipe you can whip up using store-bought pie dough and just a few ingredients.

Apple, Gorgonzola & Thyme Pies | © #apple #handpies

Apple, Gorgonzola & Thyme Pies

Sweet and savory apple hand pies

An Apple Picnic and Apple Walnut Spinach Salad

Harvest Waldorf Kale Salad with Maple Vinaigrette | © #fall #salad #kale #apple

Harvest Waldorf Kale Salad with Maple Vinaigrette 

A harvest of dark leafy greens, fresh seasonal produce and lean protein that makes an entrée salad with nutritious ingredients and satisfying flavors!

Apple Pie with pie crust leaf embellishments | #fall #desserts #apple #pie

Double-Topped Apple Pie with Crumb Topping and Pie Crust Leaves

Butternut-Apple Soup with Cranberry-Cheddar-Pecan Pie Crust Leaves! A sweet and savory soup for fall, serve with pie crust leaf sandwiches of cranberry, cheddar and pecan! | #fall #soup #recipes

Butternut-Apple Soup with Cranberry-Cheddar-Pecan Pie Crust Leaves

 A sweet and savory soup for fall, serve with pie crust leaf sandwiches of cranberry, cheddar and pecans

Easy Caramel Apple Bars | © #easy #apple #recipes #bars #dessert #fall

Easy Caramel Apple Bars

An easy and crowd-pleasing recipe that starts with cookie mix. The hardest part is waiting for them to cool long enough to cut!

Apple Cider Sangria | © #fall #cocktail #apples #sangria

 Apple Cider Sangria

 An easy and refreshing cocktail for a crowd!

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Fritter Bread | © #apple #bread #cake #recipes

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Fritter Bread 

An easy and crowd-pleasing recipe!

Enjoy this quick bread any time of year with coffee for breakfast or with tea for an afternoon treat.

Apple Cider Caramel Sauce Easy and oh so good! | #fall #apple #recipes

Apple Cider Caramel Sauce

Easy and oh so good! Use fresh-pressed cider for maximum apple flavor.

Lola and Sophie on the Porch | © #fall #porch #apples #bichonfrise


Hayrides Pillow, throw, apple bucket / HomeGoods, several years ago

Apple plate / Pfaltzgraff Plymouth, used here

Red transferware plate / Spode Archive Collection ‘British Flowers – Rosa’, used here

Mums in apple bucket and Apples on the Porch | © #fall #porch #apples

Mums in apple bucket and Apples on the Porch | © #fall #porch #wreath #apples

Red transferware and apple plate | © #fall #porch #apples


Fresh Picked Apple Recipes for Fall | © #apple #recipes #fall #desserts #salads #soup #cocktails

What are you favorite apple recipes?

Lola and Sophie and Apples on the Porch | © #fall #porch #apples #bichonfrise

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  35 comments for “Apples on the Porch and a Harvest of Apple Recipes

  1. September 30, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Delightful post! Awesome photos and delightfully creative deserts. Cute dogs – they are adorable, lovely color too (bright white). Thank you ❀

  2. Peggy Ott
    September 30, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Good Morning Mary! Great Blog read this morning. Yummy Fall Recipes to inspire me to get some Fall decorating/cooking happening. Temps here have been too warm for me too, hearing we are hitting 90 tomorrow. Yikes! Have a great day and thanks for the beautiful pics and great recipes!!

  3. Danielle Giamundo
    September 30, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Oh my gosh Mary! Your post has me drooling! I want to make every single recipe. Thank you!

  4. Sally E Biondo
    September 30, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Mary, I love your posts, they are great! I am still in my flip flops, here in St. Louis. I am so ready for some beautiful fall weather. I wanted to let you know I have made the Easy Caramel Apple Bars several times. They are delicious. Thank you for all the beautiful pictures, tablescapes, decor ideas, pics of your darling pups, and recipes. Your blog is one of my very favorites and I always look forward to seeing a post from you. I appreciate you!

  5. Mary from Virginia
    September 30, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Lots of yummo ideas! I agree fall colored flip flops are the order of the day!

    Did you share where you purchased that cute apple bucket? If you did I totally missed it. Maybe I need a cup of coffee! Thank you so much for all of your great ideas.

  6. Jane
    September 30, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Good morning!
    I’m ready for Fall. Great photos and recipes.
    And Lola and Sophie are sooooo cute!
    Have a great Monday……

  7. Ellen
    September 30, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Good morning Mary, love the recipes and have made the Bundt cake…as soon as apple time hits, I’m making my apple butter..have already made two batches … easy, delicious recipe…and I give as gifts…along with bread I make…I’m hoping to add your Carmel sauce to my recipes!! Weather here is jackets in the morning…flip flops by noon!!! Unprecedented warm weather for our Fall too!! It will give us something warm to think about in January and February!! đŸŽđŸđŸŒ»đŸ‡đŸŽđŸđŸŒ»đŸ‡

  8. Virginia
    September 30, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Good Morning Mary, Fantastic Post today. Temps here are also in the 90’s, much too warm for Fall and the air conditioner still running. I saved and made the bundt cake last year for Thanksgiving and it was a hit and am going to save the apple bars to make for my grandsons who are coming this weekend. I’m sure they will love it. You certainly have two adorable little helpers.

  9. Kathy M.
    September 30, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Thank you . I have an abundance of butternut squash this fall and will definitely try your soup and also the pie crust cheese sandwitches. Would prefer to be cooking on a cooler autumn day but will just have to deal with what we have. It is what it is , as my mother used to say. Maybe I will serve the soup chilled with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt. Have a great Monday.

  10. September 30, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Good morning, Mary! I know just where to come for some apple inspiration! Thank you for rounding up some favorite recipes for us. Your apple pie is a show stopper!! We had record high temperatures this September, with only ONE day in the 80’s. I’m past ready for cooler temperatures!!
    Have fun with the apples of your eyes! They’re the cutest ever!

  11. September 30, 2019 at 9:59 am

    That was great fun, I have been juggling apples for a month, still need to post another apple recipe we love, devoured it twice in one week. I need to try your mini apple pie with cheese, I have given away over 400 apples and still have about 100 left to pick, so sad when a recipe says one apple, I need to use them by the score! We have hit fall, thunder and lightning all weekend like I have never seen in my lifetime, high of 58 today, just hope fire season is behind us as I chop, mince, strain, bake, cook, cool, heat, eat and drink apples galore!

    • Alice Genzlinger
      September 30, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      Have you ever made fried apples? Very old fashioned recipe and I love them. Slice and core the apples. Don’t peel them and fry them in bacon dripping. Add a small amount of sugar so that they will caramelize.

  12. anne
    September 30, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Scrumptious recipes and such a pretty wreath. Your babies look so adorable, too.

  13. September 30, 2019 at 11:36 am

    I don’t know how I missed the caramel apple bars the first time, checked the 2014 date. Thanks for the recipes and for getting them to us early in the season.

  14. September 30, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Mary, what a delightful post dedicated to that perfect autumn fruit…apples. Even though it will reach 96 degrees today, I would love a bowl of butternut apple soup. I love your round-up of apple recipes, so many yummy looking photos. The girls are too cute!

    We stay in the 90’s until Saturday. Hopefully then a break!

  15. barbaramantelandtablecom
    September 30, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Yummm – I’m totally craving apples now – those all look delicious! Thanks for the great recipes! ❀

  16. Cyndi Raines
    September 30, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Johnny Appleseed would be proud of you and this delicious post! Loved the bundt cake and the Apple Carmel bars, time to do again. The girls are precious. â€đŸŸ Hope it cools down for you Mary. 🍊🍂

  17. September 30, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    So much apple cuteness Mary! Of course the apples of your eye, Lola and Sophie, steal the show, but all your vignettes and mouth watering recipes have me wanting to get to the orchard! Lots of important info too, apples truly do keep the Dr away! We’re going to feel fall one of these days, surely!! 😅

  18. Betsy
    September 30, 2019 at 3:43 pm


    Just keep decorating and eventually Mother Nature will give you the gift of cooler fall temps! I feel guilty telling you it snowed in Tahoe this weekend.

    The Bundt cake and Butternut Apple soup look absolutly delicious. I’m adding them into this week’s menu rotation. Thank you for providing new recipes so I can avoid the rut of eating the same thing week after week. It’s so nice to have a trusted source for recipes!


  19. Dr. Mary
    September 30, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. I live in Houston where we basically never have a fall season. I grew up in Michigan and loved the apple season. So this post, especially the pictures and the harvest of apple recipes, sure made joy in my heart. Many Blessings.

  20. Clara
    September 30, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    A wonderful post Mary! So many delicious recipes. Your porch is gorgeously adorned with beautiful fall accessories. Lola & Sophie are little cutie pies who seem interested in apples too! We are suffering in West TN with record high temps & no rain. I think the entire South will be glad to get a break! Enjoyed all the info about apples. Had no idea how many apples are produced in NC. Stay cool sweet Mary!

  21. Ginny Bunn
    October 2, 2019 at 8:52 am

    My three children, all (well almost) grown & flown, & I love apples – simply sliced & eaten with plenty of peanut butter! I must have used my trusty pampered chef apple corer/slicer every day during their school age. My favorite is Honey Crisp! My middle daughter loves Gala, as well as the more textured “mushy” variety. I think I will enjoy a Honey Crisp sliced with peanut butter today. Apple season = lower priced honey crisps. Beautiful post Mary, your wreath is gorgeous!

  22. Patricia Miller
    October 2, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Love the pictures of your babies on the potting shed porch! I can’t wait for cooler weather either. I’m planning some days off in mid October and it better cool down here in Kansas so I can sit out back reading and holding my cats! It needs to be cool so they will snuggle up to me! I am also looking forward to seeing what sweaters the girls are wearing this year- I bought the green one from Target with the Christmas lights on it last year after you posted your pictures. I hadn’t seen it in the store and ordered it right away when I saw how cute your dogs looked- I dress my cats up but have to buy dog clothes as there aren’t many options for cats.

  23. Bobbi Duncan
    October 3, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Mary, I love your beautiful apple wreath…where did you find those “so real looking” apples? Thanks for all the info. about apples–we’ve been to Hendersonville, NC many times and know they have lots of orchards there…we always have to stop at one or two if we’re passing through on our way to Highlands. The food all sounds yummy, and the pups are always a delight to see. Happy fall!

  24. August 29, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Your lovely post with all its wonderful photos brings back lots of memories of fall celebrations we used to have at our apples orchard in New Hampshire. We probably won’t have any fall weather here in our part of Florida until the end of October. I’ve added several pins to my Pinterest boards, thank you for the inspiration.

  25. nonie
    August 29, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Love the apple wreath, are the hydrogenous you used in the wreath, cut from the bush brown? some of mine are turning and I am wondering if I can use them is wreaths? or do I have to do something special to them?

  26. August 29, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Its still sweltering here, thanks for the hope of fall with cooler temps! Just starting to go through all my fun stuff in the garage, just glanced at my twin apple bucket, going to reorganize all my goodies, with my addled brain it will feel like shopping and all new toys, maybe forgetting isn’t such a bad thing after all! I may be losing my marbles, but I remember every single picture perfect post of your since day one 😁

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