Are yellow jackets more aggressive during fall? Here’s What You Need to Know

Have you ever noticed that yellow jackets are more aggressive during fall? You may be surprised but sometimes, apple picking brings more of these aggressive stings than a summer picnic does! Well, there’s actually a scientific reason for it. Autumn is a particularly vital time Yellow jacket colonies are at their largest (1,000-4,000 workers) by late summer and begin dwindling down as the weather gets cooler. So, they aren’t trying to intentionally bother you, they’re actually just dying off. Resources are also depleted[i] during this time making yellow jackets grow hungry which is why they may be swarming your cider …

Apple Cranberry Coffee Cake

  Upon moving to New York 22 years ago a friend shared her special cranberry coffee cake with my family, a delicious and welcoming gesture. She was kind enough to share her recipe and over the years a few modifications were made to suit my family. Nothing beats New York apples in the Fall, so naturally we added chopped apples to the cranberries with a bit of cinnamon.  This coffee cake is extremely moist and fragrant, filling the kitchen with amazing scents. To cool the coffee cake I placed it outside on the patio table as the temperature had dropped, but …

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I remember growing up eating canned soup and thinking how yummy it tasted. Why would anyone want to make soup, when all you need to do is open the can, add water and heat? Of course, I loved TV dinners too in the foil divided trays! I’m not knocking my childhood because it was wonderful and we had delicious home cooked meals, but “convenience food” was so cool. Remember Jiffy Pop popcorn, it “grew” on the stove when you shook the pan?  The “growing” on the stove these days is the large pot of home made roasted butternut squash soup. …