Sunday, October 14, 2007

Finally Fall!

Fall has finally arrived in SW Virginia. This morning the temperature was 48 degrees and that cool foggy mist is hovering near the ground. When I went out to feed the dog and cat, there were 5 deer standing under my dogwood tree. Of course I ran and got my camera, but alas, when I returned they had ran away.
Yesterday was a beautiful day with the high only 71 degrees. A perfect day for making candy apples. I'm sure there is a way that you can make the candy part from scratch, but I just bought the mix at the grocery store.
Start with clean apples. (if you get them at the grocery store like I did, make sure y0u wash them in hot water to get that waxy film off of them.
Boil the mixture with 2 cups of sugar and bring to the hard ball stage on your candy thermometer. (If you don't have one go buy one, they are great!). Carefully dip each apple into the mixture and swirl to make sure the apple is completely covered and place on a lightly greased pan.
Voila! Beautiful candy apples!

I also made a "pumpkin girl" similar to the one in the Martha Stewart Halloween magazine. I couldn't find the right "natural" elements to do the face so I just painted it on. I am working on making a cape. I bought the pattern this summer and last night I cut it out of some brown corduroy that I bought for $1.00 at the thrift store. So if it doesn't turn out right, I really haven't lost anything but the time I spent making it. I'll get back with you on the progress of that!
Hope everyone has a blessed Sabbath.


Judy said...

I love the pedestal plate that your apples are on...makes a lovely picture!

PS I see that you have posted your 100th blog. Congrats!

Sue said...

What a cute pumpkin girl, I love it!! And those candy apples sure do look yummy!!

Libby said...

Mmmm - candy apples, I haven't had those since I was a kid. Your pumpkin girl is darling. She's doing a nice job of taking care of the garden *s*

PEA said...

I'll be right over for one of those candy apples!!!! Yummmmmm! I love both the candy and caramel apples:-) Love that pumpkin girl, what a fabulous idea!! xox

Lovella said...

Oh what a lovely post. Candy apples. Yum. They are a cousin to my caramel apples. I'll have to try yours, they do look yummy.

The pumpkin girl looks very happy in her garden.

Andrea said...

Love the pumpkin girl.

Call me boring, I love natural fruit without sugars or anything but they make a pretty display and I am sure they are delicious to those who like candied apples.

Tami said...

Those apples look so pretty, good enough to eat! :0) My 3 year old daughter liked the pumpkin lady. She can't wait to do our pumpkins.

Janice said...

Your candy apples are beautiful and your photo looks like something out of a magazine! I love your pumpkin man! You did a great job! Can't wait to see how the cape turns out! Blessings!

Sharon said...

I love your pumpkin girl!

Susie said...

Your pumpkin girl is a charmer for sure! Great job :)
Those candy apples look so tempting and perfect for fall!