Happy Tuesday! 

This past weekend I had a lot of much needed me time. By Sunday I had the urge to get out of the city for a while. October is halfway over and I still hadn't gone apple picking so I figured this was the perfect weekend. There's nothing that says me time like a road trip! Plus being in the car with the music blasting is the best place to pretend you're a professional singer besides the shower...

Every Fall since I've moved to Georgia I try to go apple and pumpkin picking at BJ Reece Apple Orchard in Ellijay, GA. It's about 1 1/2 hours outside of Atlanta but it's well worth the drive! It's so peaceful there. The mountains are beautiful and it really is the perfect break from the city.

I was so set on going rain or shine that I didn't even check the weather. Apparently it rained there over the weekend so it was a good thing I wore my boots. It was quite muddy but it didn't bother me. Of course, Max loved it!  

I've made it a Fall tradition of mine to bake apple pies every year. Sometimes I make them mini and sometimes I make big pies! Just depends on the occasion...and if I want to feel less guilty by having a mini vs. a slice (even though my recipe is relatively guilt free--I'll be sharing with you soon!).  I typically use Granny Smith apples but this year the girls at the orchard suggested Rome Beauties. They swore they're the best for baking so I decided to give it a try. If my pies suck I'm blaming it on them...

Grey pumpkins? Yes, yes and yes.

Who said I don't like color?

Yuuuum! There's a market attached to the orchard where you can purchase anything from local honey to collards and sweet potatoes. I bought apple fritters, blueberry bread and two pumpkins. I also tried an apple cider slushy that was so delicious I'm glad it lives 1 1/2 hours away.

Max kept me great company and was spoiled by eating all of the apples on the ground.

I was so at peace walking around the orchard. It was quiet and the field was so big that I barely ran into anyone. When I did they were so happy! That's one thing about doing something like apple picking...for the most part everyone is there on their own terms, doing something they enjoy. It's nice to be surrounded by people who are spending time with their family and loved ones--even if I don't know them.

This year I've been challenging myself to do things by myself, regardless of whether or not I have someone to go with me--and even if I do, try it anyways! I think it's important to be okay being alone and doing things you love by yourself. It's not always easy but as with most things, the more you do it the easier it becomes.

Do you have any fall traditions? Have you challenged yourself to try anything alone lately?