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Hera posted about spring being her favorite season. I admit that spring is not my favorite. Where I am, it's generally a long, drawn-out affair that involves dirty remnants of snow and grey skies. (And then, boom! Summer, all of a sudden. The nice bit of spring lasts about two days.)

Autumn, now, autumn I love. I'm in the Northern Hemisphere, so autumn is what is happening to me at the moment. There are apples! I love apples in all forms - pie, cider, juice, crumble - but there's something about a raw apple that no other fruit possesses. I have fond memories of clambering around in an apple tree as a kid and sitting in the top branches eating an apple while my frustrated parents tried to make me come down.

(Send me your apple recipes, and I will love you forever. In a fit of passion, I just went out and bought enough Macintoshes for a family of sixteen. I don't have a family of sixteen.)

The other thing that happens in autumn, apples aside, is of course Hallowe'en, which is my second-favorite holiday. I love the old legends behind it, and, like a lot of people who opt to play pirate roleplaying games, I like the chance to dress up and be someone else! Last year, I dressed as a pirate and festooned myself with blank compact discs, and was a software pirate. (Arrrr-haarrr-harrr.)

Oddly, though, I like Hallowe'en even better since I started playing Puzzle Pirates lo these many years ago. My "civilian" pirate still carries around the organ trinket it won in the zombie invasion, and I save up my pieces of eight to buy a mask and a "costume" to go with it. (Yes, I have to save up my pieces of eight - Gaea can magic up money, but my usual pirate has to pillage its little booty off just like everyone else!) I have to say as well that the only thing better than participating in the Hallowe'en festivities is getting to be the person who surprises everyone with them. During the riddle last year, I had so much fun cheering everyone on and teasing you all with hints - the suspense to see who'd be the first person to crack it was positively killing me. The end of October featured some very long days for me, but it was entirely worth it.

I can't wait for this year. I don't think anything will ever top my first Hallowe'en as an OM, but then again, I keep getting surprised.


Posted by Bisquick

I discovered apple bars on allrecipes.com last fall (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Apple-Bars/Detail.aspx). I was like an addict for a while. Discovered honeycrisp apples dipped in Nutella this fall. I'm like an addict for now.

October 13, 2009 at 11:32 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by ladymelo

my favorite things to do with apples? Baked apples. Cut apple in half, and on each half put about a tablespoon on brown sugar, some raisins, 1/2 tsp tub margarine. put it all in a baking dish and put a tablespoon of water on the bottom. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes, basting the apples 2 or 3 times with the sauce from the bottom of the dish. try also with ice cream. *drool*

October 14, 2009 at 01:57 AM PDT | permalink

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Posted by Gramps, Sage

You forgot to mention Apple Martini's or Appletini's if you prefer

Muddle 1/4 of an apple in a shaker
Add Ice
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3 parts Apple Juice

Shake & Strain ;)

October 26, 2009 at 11:02 PM PDT | permalink

Posted by Gaea

Thanks for the recipes, all! I haven't tried any yet as I've been otherwise occupied with one of the downsides to the season (oh, those lovely germs!), but I look forward to doing so.

October 29, 2009 at 04:05 PM PDT | permalink

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Hello !

Wish ya a Merry Piratey Christmas !

And ya can see yer fresh (not quiet dry) portrait there :


Enjoy !!!


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