Sunday, October 14, 2018

Apple Ridge Orchards

Pin It Apple Ridge Orchards, Warwick, NY
My family planned this outing a few weeks ago and when I woke up I looked out my window it was raining but heard on the radio that it was going to stop in a few hours. I was happy we ended up going since the rain was gone by the afternoon. I have never gone apple picking before so I was excited. I hadn't been feeling well the last few days with what I thought was allergies that turned into a cold. Good thing I bought something in the morning to help, and I felt better by the afternoon.


Sugar Pumpkins

Due to the rain, the grounds were muddy and some spots were slippery so I walked with caution. My family had a nice time except my Mom. She was too cold and had trouble walking in the muddy grounds with her cane. After a short while she had to sit in the car and just wait for us but I cannot blame her. She is 88 after all. Other than that, everything went great.

The sugar pumpkin and 2 small gourds 

Pumpkins and gourds

Mini Gourds

Small gourds and pumpkins 
We ate a bite from Brian's Backyard BBQ and it was yummy. My Mom ordered ribs, my sister in law got the pulled pork and the rest of us got flame-broiled burgers. The apple cider donuts were so good! I only bought half a dozen and should have purchased more. I ate the last one this morning with coffee.



Pumpkins and hay bales

Allen and Sophia
There were lots of pumpkins to choose from and small and large gourds. I purchased a small sugar pumpkin and 2 small gourds. Adorbs!

Me with lots of pumpkins

Allen hanging out with the pumpkins

Apple picking was fun as well but due to the mud, you had to watch where you were going.

Allen and the scarecrow

Apple trees

Allen picking an apple

Allen with his apple

Brian's Backyard BBQ
My sister in law took my nephew to the petting zoo and he enjoyed it. There were cute piggies running around the grounds and I also saw geese.


The Apple Ridge Orchards store

BBQ Sauce

Popcorns, mixes, salsa, etc...

Maple syrup, popcorn, peaches, salsa
The farm stand/shop had great products from the apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple butter, jams and preserves, local honey, BBQ sauces, applesauce, sweet pepper spicy relish, popcorn, maple syrup, mixes, and more...

Cool selection of mixes

Maple syrup, jams, jellies, preserves, applesauce, dips

Local honey

Apple cider donuts going fast
There are lots of activities for kids to partake in and the view is stunning. I really enjoyed my time here.


Geese close-up

What we purchased in the country store and we brought home apples
For further information, visit Apple Ridge Orchards:

-Sophia/Two Frys

Autumn Leaves Cookies

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I love fall and leaves of all shapes, sizes and their various colors. Stepping on leaves and hearing the crunching sound is fun and jumping into a pile of leaves is too. To honor the beauty of the season, I made Autumn Leaves Cookies. I used a pumpkin spice recipe you can find as well as the royal icing recipe in my post, Pumpkin Spice Cookies: Heirloom Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds. I used different leaf cutters that I purchase as I find them online for variation and depth.

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves
For this cookie project, I used the following Wilton Soft Gel Paste Food Colors: Golden Yellow, Brown, Orange, and Juniper Green.

Pretty Leaves

Marbling technique used on the large leaves
I had some trouble when I used the Burgundy color. It was this ugly dark pink color, so I added 2 drops of Super Red and 1 drop of Super Black to achieve the shade I needed.

Autumn Leaves Cookies

Autumn Leaves Cookies
When tinting royal icing always use 1-2 drops at a time.

Autumn Leaves Cookies

Leaves in all shapes, sizes and colors
I used sprinkles in different colors to enhance the designs and give them a sparkle.


Cookies have to try overnight!
You can also use white sanding sugar if you do not have sprinkles in different colors.

I used Wilton's scribe tool to make the marbling designs on the large leaf cookies. I use different colors and applied each one by going around the cookie alternating colors until the cookie is flooded. While the icing was wet, I dragged the scribe tool across to the edge. Each time you this wipe the scribe tool before dragging again. Repeat until you have the design you want.


-Sophia/Two Frys

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Autumn Greetings and Acorn Cookies

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Fall and any season for that matter is a great time for baking. The smell of pumpkin spice in baked goods is heavenly. I love the season from the cooler weather to the gorgeous colors of the leaves and fall d├ęcor everywhere you look. It just makes me happy. Here are some Autumn Greetings and Acorn Cookies I made last weekend. You can get the pumpkin spice and royal icing from the Pumpkin Spice Cookies: Heirloom Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds post. To make the Autumn Greetings wafer paper cookies, get the tutorial in my previous Sunflower Cookies post. Thankfully, in the last few days the humidity has gone and we welcome cooler weather. I hope we stay on this weather path as I am so sick of the heat. I am ready to wear sweaters, and snuggle with my blanket. I hope you all enjoy fall.

To make the acorns, I used Wilton Soft Gel Paste Food Color in Brown. To make the lighter tan shade, I used 2 drops and for the dark brown I used 3 drops and 1 drop of super black.

Autumn Greetings and Acorn Cookies close-up
I first made a border and filled the stem and then the body of the cookie with the lighter tan color (see pics below), and let it dry for 2-3 hours.

Cookies for the Autumn Greetings Wafer Paper Designs
I used the dark brown to make the top of the acorn and let it dry for 2-3 hours and then made a criss-cross design and added white sanding sugar while the icing was wet. 

Use the tan shade to make the stems and body
Gently shake off excess sugar.

Wait a few hours and fill in icing with the darker brown
Let the acorn cookies dry overnight.

To make the Autumn Greetings wafer paper designs, go to the Sunflower Cookies link above for the tutorial.

For the Autumn Wreath wafer paper, visit Fancy Flours:


-Sophia/Two Frys

Sunflower Cookies

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I made Pumpkin Spice Cookies: Heirloom Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds so click the link for the cookie recipe and royal icing. Last weekend, I used several cookie cutters to create fall theme cookies. Here are some sunflower cookies and sunflower themed wafer paper designs. I think sunflowers are so pretty and their yellow color is vibrant and the perfect cookie to include with fall baking. See directions below on how to use wafer paper on cookies.
Sunflower Cookies

Sunflower Cookies
Wafer Paper Ingredients
1 sheet, 12 Wafer Paper, Sunflower Designs

Rectangle Cookie Cutter

Craft Knife

Craft Brush

Royal Icing


1/4 cup of Light Corn Syrup

Sunflower Cookies
Use a craft knife to carefully cut the sunflower wafer paper designs.

Wafer paper is very thin and will tear easily so cut it slowly.

Use the pumpkin spice cookie and royal icing recipe in the link above.

Cut out the shapes using a rectangle cookie cutter.

Sunflower Wafer Paper Design

Sunflower Wafer Paper Design
After the cookies are cooled, cover them with royal icing.

Let the icing dry at least 4-5 hours or overnight before adhering the wafer paper designs onto the cookies.

Add corn syrup into a small bowl.

Sunflower Wafer Paper Design

Sunflower Wafer Paper Design
Dip the brush into the corn syrup and gently cover the undecorated side of the wafer paper design and then gently press onto each cookie.

Repeat this step until you have used all the wafer paper designs.

Sunflower Wafer Paper Design
Sunflower Wafer Paper Design

If you want to add some sprinkles, make a border around the edges of the wafer paper design with the royal icing and while it is wet, add the sprinkles and gently shake off any extra sprinkles.

Let the cookies set overnight so they do not stick together and so the wafer paper does not tear.

For the wafer paper design, visit Fancy Flours:

For the Pretty Sunflower Cookie Tutorial, visit Sweet SugarBelle:


-Sophia/Two Frys