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Evelyn’s Pantry is hometown deli on Monterey’s main street

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Autumn was on full display on the patio of Evelyn’s Pantry on Monterey’s main street the last day of September 2014. The warm days of fall are an invitation to visitors and locals to take their lunch outside and enjoy the beauty of Virginia’s “Little Switzerland” that looks more like New England at this time of year. On a cold day, a bowl of owner Donna Hooke’s homemade hot vegetable soup hits the spot sitting at a table in front of the stone fireplace. On a warm day, a deli sandwich and a scoop of frozen yogurt or ice cream is in order. Evelyn’s is our go-to eatery in Monterey year-round so we’ve seen it in all seasons and even when trudging through snow to get to the door … nothing fancy … just an informal gathering place. (See also Finding autumn in Highland County, Va, more than four dozen photos of vivid fall colors 2014).

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Finding autumn in Highland County, Va.

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????The word trickled over the mountains from Highland last week that autumn leaves were starting their show. On Tuesday we drove west chasing autumn on the last day of September through Highland County in Virginia, and Pocahontas and Pendleton counties in West Virginia. Our journey was not in vain … we were rewarded with a stunning display of maple trees in all their glory. Even though Highland is known as Virginia’s “Little Switzerland,” the fall views were like stepping into the dazzling autumn displays of New England.

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Full color in western Highland County, Va.

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Western Highland County mountains around 4,000 feet altitude where autumn colors are at full peak.

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Apple Crisp Lite

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All the Virginia apples we’ve bought the past few weeks have gone into fall recipes that are always popular at this time of year. I’ve cooked apples that we’ve eaten with meals but today I made a lighter version of apple pie’s cousin, Apple Crisp. It was good — the flavor was nice — although a bit drier than most crisps (next time I’ll add some liquid), and perhaps needs a smidge more butter to moisten the oatmeal in the topping. I also increased the amount of cinnamon. We had it with vanilla ice cream after grilling pork chops. In the cool autumn air while dining on the deck, it was a good ending to a good meal. Happy baking!

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Life renews in the fall

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
–F. Scott Fitzgerald

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
September 23, 2014

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Skyland: 15th Annual Apple Butter Festival in Shenandoah National Park Saturday

ApplesBy Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s September, apples are ripening on trees, and apple butter season is here which means it’s time to time for Skyland’s 15th Annual Apple Butter Celebration. In the cool of the mountains of Shenandoah National Park, the copper kettle will be filled with apples that will spend the day bubbling over an open fire, the paddle continually stirring to prevent sticking. You’re welcome to give it a stir and take a taste of this mountain treat. When the apples have cooked down and had spices added, it will be sealed in jars and sold.

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Skyland: 15th Annual Apple Butter Festival in Shenandoah National Park Saturday

ApplesBy Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s September, apples are ripening on trees, and apple butter season is here which means it’s time to time for Skyland’s 15th Annual Apple Butter Celebration. In the cool of the mountains of Shenandoah National Park, the copper kettle will be filled with apples that will spend the day bubbling over an open fire, the paddle continually stirring to prevent sticking. You’re welcome to give it a stir and take a taste of this mountain treat. When the apples have cooked down and had spices added, it will be sealed in jars and sold.

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Saturday morning … rainy, cool, rocking on the porch

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s days like this that make me pause, breathe deeply, and renew my appreciation for where I live. It’s rainy in the Shenandoah Valley … cool temps and overcast skies on this sweater morning in late summer with fall right around the corner. The earthy smells of wet dirt fill the air … tree limbs are bent under the weight of rain-soaked leaves.

As I rock on the porch, it’s a little chilly while listening to the gutter drip drip drip and the crickets chirp their familiar late autumn song. Bright yellow chrysanthemums decorate the steps and window box … purply-red sedum brings color to the flower beds at a time when most everything else has stopped blooming and begun its long slumber.

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Apple season in Shenandoah County, Va

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????There’s nothing like a big red apple sign to entice travelers to stop at a roadside stand in the fall for apples and mums. That’s exactly what happened as my sister and I traveled the back roads of Shenandoah County this week, meandering where the wind took us and making discoveries along the way.

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Early signs of fall

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Early sign of fall

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell

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