Orchard trip

The "fruits" of a wonderful day-
but I was beginning to wonder if the car would hold everything.

Quick picture post today- I'm having fun in the kitchen this week drying apples, toasting pumpkin seeds, and making preparations for the upcoming holidays, but I just wanted to share a few pictures of our recent trip to the apple orchard.
Hubby and I usually head toward middle Tennessee to make our fall apple run but this year we decided to take a different route.... my wonderful friend Tammy from the blog Simple Southern Happiness posted last month about her trip to a place in North Georgia called Mercier Orchards, and her pictures looked so wonderful I had to see it for myself. Unfortunately, I didn't get to take any pictures while we were there because a certain bulldog had a very full bladder by the time we arrived, and in our haste to find a potty spot I left my camera in the car. I did take some pictures of the view on our way home, however....

This is part of the North Georgia mountains......

And this is looking back toward Tennessee.... Chattanooga is way off in the distance.

This was about a 3 hour drive for us, but well worth it because the drive is so beautiful this time of year.

Once Lily emptied her bladder and had a snack, she pretty much slept the rest of the way home. (Except for when we stopped at Chik-Fil-A....)

When we got back home and unloaded the car, I took some pictures of my goodies....

Apples, of course- a bag of Arkansas Blacks for my daddy and for Hubby, and a large bag of cooking apples for me.

A bag of yummy sweet potatoes....

Some homemade fried pies from their bakery...

These next items made me squeal when I put them in the shopping cart- harvest nut and grain pancake mix and real maple syrup. *SQUEEEAL*  Oh, sorry.. I did it again....

This stuff is out of this world- muscadine cider. It's so much better than grape juice- it's not too sweet but has a wonderful fruity flavor.

This was Hubby's favorite part of the stash- grape jelly and pumpkin butter for his toast and biscuits plus yummy zucchini pickles and black bean salsa for snacking.

It was neat to see some items in their cold storage that we are very familiar with- fresh sliced bacon from Benton's Country Ham and cheese from Sweetwater Valley Farm- both of them local products from East Tennessee.

And lastly- there was no way I was leaving there without this....

Now my biggest dilemma is... where do I start? *YUMMY*


I just want to say how thankful I am to have such wonderful blog friends who visit here
and take the time to read about the little everyday happenings in my life....
I hope everyone has a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!


  1. Wow...what a haul! Hope y'all have a good Thanksgiving!

  2. Oh goodness. It all looks so wonderful and I would so love a trip to Georgia. Alas, too far. The pumpkin butter sounds really good. So glad you got to go and had a good time.

  3. OH GIRL, I am so glad you got over there, I see you have a magnificent views of the mountain. Its a 2 hour trip for us and like you said, SO worth it.

    I see you got loads of goodies, I did not see Pumpkin Butter or I would have purchased some. AND you got the pies I was after. HOW are they? My brother said they were the best! It was so crowded in the deli so we had to pass that room up.

    I saw on PBS Saturday night they had a program on Mercier and the Pink Lady apples were just being harvested, its the one that is ready to pick in November. They have fruit all year long, they grow so many different kinds of fruit. I think when the peaches are harvested we will make another trip. I did not know they grow blueberries and strawberries and more.

    So glad you got to go up there and thank the lord He kept you all safe.

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving gal to you and your family and to Miss Lily.

  4. Did ya travel through Trenton, Ga? I have some friends there.

    I been hankerin' some of them fried pies. My mother used to make them all the time.

    Sadly, Mercier is too far for me. And, as much as I already drive, it's unlikely I'd make a special trip, anyway. lol..

  5. I love it all! Looks so delish! PUMPKIN BUTTER!! Please do tell how that tastes! I bet it is so good with biscuits & some butter!

  6. Imagine collecting all those wonderful things in such beautiful regions! Thanks for posting those photos as I've never been that way before. Need to go obviously. I laughed at your back seat cover arrangement for Lily. We do the same when we take Beau with us-everything covered. They seem to shed more in the car!
    Thanks for your Thanksgiving wishes sent our way and may we extend the same to you and your home.
    Hugs, Deb

  7. oh my goodness! i'm starving now! pass me a fried pie, please! :)

  8. What a beautiful trip and it sure does look like you got some very wonderful buys.
    I sure had to laugh at Lily's bladder problem and you forgetting the camera. That sounds like me when we take a trip lasting over 2 hours.
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving dear friend.

  9. LOL, Lily looks plum tuckered out there !!!!! Your goodies look so wonderful, love that big bag of sweet taters and those fried pies...OH MY, can almost smell them...Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!

  10. Love that big bag of sweet potatoes...and Lily! ;D

  11. Goodness, Paula, you got lots of wonderful good eating there. Thank you for sharing. The views are so gorgeous. Memphis is the only place in Tennessee that I have been. I also had a layover at the Atlanta airport. That is my visit to Georgia. LOL I am sure Lily loved your road trip. No goodies for her? LOL Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend.

  12. I am working my way through the grapes and apples here as well. Have a blessed day of Thanksgiving!

  13. You did some shopping!! I know Lily enjoyed the trip. No where more beautiful than the TN and NC mountains.
    I love going to the farmers' market and smelling the muscadines! They smell soo good.
    Hope you have a wonderful THanksgiving day!!

  14. I think I'm on my way to YOUR place!Hahaaaa
    LOVE the shot of Lily and Chik-fil-a!!Hahaaaa
    Happy Thanksgiving friend!

  15. Wow... you really bought some wonderful goodies :)

    Thanks for sharing your trip, and the pictures. What a beautiful part of the country that is.

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and just know how much I love to visit your blog, and how grateful I am for our blog friendship :)

  16. What great items you purchased! Especially the apples. I love apples fresh from the farm! The picture of the mountains is absolutely beautiful!

  17. Thanks for the trip photos! I didn't realize GA had mountains like that. You've got some mighty fine eating to do now.

  18. How wonderful and such beautiful country! Have a blessed Thanksgiving! blessings,Kathleen

  19. Everything looks so delicious...We got some sweet potatoes at our local store and cooked, wrapped and put them into one freezer bag...they willl be some kind of good :o)

  20. I also love this part of the country. Wow, muscadine cider, that sounds delish.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  21. What a haul and it all looks delish! Those fried pies make my mouth water. There is nothing like the products at a local (or not so local) apple orchard. Enjoy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for all the wonderful laughs you give us all year long, Paula!

  22. Everything from your trip looks wonderful!!! I would love to try an Arkansas Black apple! Never even saw one before! Real Maple syrup! Yum! Fried pies....oh my goodness....

  23. Goodness, you brought home a load for sure! Good days in the kitchen ahead for you...
    Happy Thanksgiving..

  24. So much awesomeness! Everything looks so yummy and makes me want to visit the orchard too! It's been too long since I have been to one and gotten fresh apples!

  25. a somewhat healthy trip. Looks good
    Benny & Lily

  26. New to your blog. I love the picture of Georgia and I feel like I need a bag of apples. Wonderful photographs.

  27. Where to start, indeed! What wonders, what bliss. OH wait. I know EXACTLY where i would start. FRIED PIES!!!!! =D

  28. Yummy!Your goodies all look so good!Lily is so sweet. Thanks for sharing your wonderful pics with us.Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,Jen

  29. looks like a splendid Thanksgiving and lots of grateful hearts!

  30. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip and came home with lots of goodies! Happy THanksgiving!!

  31. Paula all those goodies have my mouth watering! I love anything that comes from Benton's smokehouse; especially their sugar cured bacon. I usually stop there every time I come to Townsend. Haven't tried anything from the dairy yet; but I bet their cheese is good! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. When you fix those pancakes save some for me!!!

  32. Wow what a view, i really enjoyed looking at these images. And im a sucker for mountain pictures. Richard

  33. Hi Paula! Looks like you made a great decision in your choice of orchards this year! Pumpkin butter - hmmmm - that sounds good - I've never had that before!

    All my people were from Chattanooga, most of 'em are long gone now, but we made many trips there when I was a kid... beautiful part of the country. I love Tennessee!

    Does Lily get chicken nuggets at Chik-Fil-A? She's so cute!

  34. Oh, what a wonderful place to go for fall apples, etc! You certainly made a large haul of goodies! Loved the pictures, too!

  35. Omigosh, all that stuff has my mouth watering! I wish we lived near a good place to buy fresh apples. Have to make do with what's available at the local grocery stores, and they never seem to have a lot of flavor. I dried 3 large golden delicious apples yesterday. Nothing is left to show for my efforts today, but they sure did taste good. I love dried apples!

  36. Oh, yes, Paula, I've been to this orchard and just love it. I like your photos very much. Looks as though you had a great time at the orchard. Isn't it a wonderful experience going there?

  37. Wow! What a wonderful trip. I've been to this orchard and it's very nice. Looks as though your had a wonderful time. I like the photos very much. Have a Merry Christmas!


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