Saturday Shenanigans

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Yesterday included:

  • Apple Picking
  • A Random Foliage Trip through the Country
  • A Spontaneous Trip to Vermont for dinner

I will get to all that in a minute. First, stare at this:


Yesterday Morning’s Breakfast: 1/2 Toasted Banana Nut Bagel with PB and Sliced Banana. Don’t be jealous.


(Plus Level 1 of the 30 Day Shred)

Apple Picking Time!




Cheesy Apple Picking Picture




9 Pounds of Apples Later ($4,40)…


Pumpkin Picking!!


Followed by a trip to the Altamont Orchards Farm Store for lunch



Yes, I had an Apple Cider Donut for lunch. Gotta problem with that?

Then we drove to Cobleskill, NY for absolutely NO REASON.


No reason AT ALL



And if that weren’t crazy enough, we decided to drive back to Albany, get Jeff’s car (instead of mine), and drive to VERMONT for dinner. By this time, it was around 6pm and I grabbed a quick snack of blue corn chips and sabra and a spoonful of PB before we headed out again.



Hello Bennington, VT



Madison Brewing Company


We played checkers while we waited for our table


I won.

And celebrated with this:


Honey Wheat Beer (yum)

And a New England Bog Salad


Field Greens, Shredded Carrots, Grape Tomatoes, Crushed Walnuts, Sundried Cranberries with Maple Vinaigrette on the side

AMAZING. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Maybe one of the best salads I’ve ever had. The dressing was awesome. I devoured most of the salad.



PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (shared with Jeff)


The End.

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  1. Bennington rocks!

    I’m jealous of your cheap apples… we went last weekend but it was $1.35 a pound! (And we got 16 pounds.)

    LOVE LOVE LOVE cider donuts. They are always a must.

  2. hey there, Rebecca — great pictures! For your nine pounds of apples, thought I’d pass along this recipe of my mom’s. (Sorry it only uses 3 apples at most!) It is called Apple Pudding Cake, but I don’t know why because there’s no pudding.

    Jodi O’Leary’s Apple Pudding Cake

    preheat oven to 400%
    butter a medium-sized rectangular cake pan

    1. Stir all of these dry ingredients together in a bowl

    1 cup sifted flour (but I’ve never sifted it)
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp cinnamon
    3/4 tsp nutmet
    1/4 tsp salt

    2. Cream the butter and sugar (with an electric beater is best)

    1/4 cup butter (1 stick)
    1 cup sugar
    1 one egg*

    *Add the egg in after the butter and sugar, are creamy. Then beat some more until light and fluffy.

    3. Grate 2 large or 3 medium tart apples and fold into egg mixture.
    Use unpeeled apples.

    4. Add flour mixture into egg and apple mixture and stir until just mixed.

    5. Pour into buttered pan and bake for 20-30 mins at 400 degrees.

    6. Serve warm with whipped cream. Also good when it cools off. :)

  3. why have i never had an apple cider doughnut? is this an east coast thing?

    lovely day, lovely eats, lovely pictures! looks like you had a fabulous weekend :)

  4. You were 20 minutes from my house. I live right over the border into MA. So cool to see places I know on peoples blogs. You know not like places I go to visit but places I see regularly.

    How fun!

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