Door County is an autumn destination for people from all over the Midwest. Many of us who are lucky enough to live here think fall is the best time of the year. Trees blaze in bright yellow, orange and red leaves against the background of dark green Evergreens. The leaves dance with the wind as they twirl across lawns and streets. Homes and shops decorate their doorsteps with orange, white and green pumpkins grown by local farmers. Everywhere you turn we can see Mother Earth shedding summer's dress as she prepares to don her autumn coat.
Every autumn there are many festivals in Door County, Pumpkin Patch Days in Egg Harbor and Fall Fest in Sister Bay, to name a few. However, this year all events have been cancelled. It's good to see that while so much is changing in our lives right now, Mother Earth just keeps doing what she does best, showing us her beauty as the season change, a beauty that gives us hope.
It's a must to buy local apples in the fall. I bake apple pie and apple crisp, but my favorite thing to make is my mother's homemade applesauce which is so easy and has one secret ingredient.
You'll need some very fresh beautiful apples. Wash them, then cut them into quarters. Drop the cut apples into a large pot, add a 1/2 cup of water, 1/3 cup of brown sugar and, the secret ingredient, 1 Tablespoon of unsalted butter. Put a tight light on the pot and simmer until the apples are tender. Sprinkle with cinnamon and then just mush them up with a wooden spoon so you still have some chunks of apple in the sauce. Eat right away if you want that warm
A photo from some years back, when friends could sit closely together. Here, amid giagantic pumpkins, my dear friend, Cindy, and I took a moment to enjoy autumn in Door County. Times may have changed but memories stay the same forever.