Southern Red October

Submitted by Christi

In between the frequently rainy days, we have had some nice ones. Everything is really starting to take color.

Red bushes

Red bushes

Red sunrise

Red sunrise

Red leaves

Red leaves

Red sky at moonrise

Red sky at moonrise

A beautiful red October.

Then there is this:



pokeweed berries

Pokeweed berries

These are growing all over the place. They are the weeds whose young leaves are used in poke salat (salad). The berries are gobbled up by the birds, but are best not consumed by humans. We have a few in the back yard that we have let grow by the fence for the birds. The stems are a beautiful purplish red. Don’t you just love things like that?

A little outdoor red for Outdoor Wednesday with A Southern Daydreamer and Rednesday! with It’s a Very Cherry and today’s lagniappe is a great idea for Crockpot Wedneday with Dining with Debbie.

Today’s Lagniappe: Crockpot Apple Butter
Something that smells great as it cooks and tastes great when it is done!

Put 3 quarts of apples, sliced thin, in a crock pot and cook overnight on high. Next morning, add 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 3 cups sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cloves. Cook all day on low.


21 Responses to “Southern Red October”

  1. SueLovesCherries Says:

    Oh, what gorgeous photos! I like how you captured a sunrise and moonrise! I can smell that apple butter cooking now – mmmm!

  2. Kat Says:

    Beautiful photos! fall is a great time to take photos out doors. thanks for sharing them! have a lovely evening.

  3. Alison Says:

    Great pictures! I especially love the picture of the red leaves.

    Your recipe sounds (and I’m sure smells) just wonderful! Any particular variety of apples work best?

    Thanks for visiting my blog today!

  4. [email protected] Says:

    Lovely shots you have here.

    I espeically enjoy the orange maple leafs.

    If you have a moment — I would love you to stop by and say hi!

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  5. Joyce M Says:

    Lovely fall photos.
    Joyce M

  6. HOOTIN' ANNI Says:

    I’ve never seen poke berries before. I learned a lot by visiting with you today.

    My Outdoor Wednesday is posted…it is Halloween black & white…with color added here and there. Come by if you can find time, I’d love to have you visit with me today. Here is where you’ll find my photos shared! I also have a Halloween TREAT for you on my sidebar if you care to grab and run with it. :o)

  7. Kammy Says:

    Mmmmmmm love your recipe – may use if for all my apples :o)
    Love the color in the photos !

  8. Charlene Says:

    Your photos are so pretty! We just don’t have colors like that here. The photos & info on the poke berries was interesting. When I saw the description I thought Poke like Poke Salad Annie… and then in reading your post yep that’s it. INTERESTING! And the apple butter sounds really good. I bet it makes the whole house smell divine.

  9. Sandi Says:

    What wonderful photos! I’ve always wanted to taste Apple Butter but never have. It sounds yummy! Happy REDnesday.


  10. Regina Says:

    Hello. So delightful . Love the colors of autumn.
    Thank you for sharing.

  11. Beth at Aunties Says:

    The Red colors are so pretty, we too have a red twig bush but with no berries… It adds some beauty to the landscape during the cold winter months against the snow. The moonrise was beautiful! I LOVE this time of year!

  12. Karen Says:

    Lovely red leaves and I like the shot with the moon. When I was a little girl, I would make play ink from poke berries.

  13. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove Says:

    Really beautiful photos!

  14. denisemarie Says:

    great fall reds. Can you believe it is oct 14th.

  15. angi Says:

    such beautiful autumn pictures love how you captured it all

  16. Mary Says:

    What nice photos. They do indeed carry the air of autumn about them. I especially love the shot of the poke berry. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  17. Dawn Says:

    Beautiful photos. I haven’t had apple butter in a long time. Sounds wonderful!

  18. KBeau Says:

    Beautiful pictures. Looks like you are having a wonderful fall.

  19. Olde Dame Penniwig Says:

    Yes, I do love things like that! I miss the South. Thank you for the lovely photos and reminders of a Southern autumn.

  20. April Says:

    You put together a lovely set of pictures. In Texas we hardly ever get to see the foliage change colors. Thank you so much for sharing!

  21. Tracy Says:

    What beautiful photos! I especially love the red bushes and the maple leaves. I love apple butter. My mother recently made some and is sending a few jars to me – cannot wait for that package!

    Thank you for sharing your photos and recipe with us!

    ~ Tracy

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