Cate’s Corner

Sweatshirts, Hats, Pumpkins, and Apples

Cate's Corner, Daily Life | 3 comments

Twenty-twenty has really been something, hasn’t it? I often say that this has been the longest, shortest year I’ve ever lived. On the one hand, the days drag, yet somehow, we’re inching our way closer to October. How?!

Once again, this month appears to be passing in a blur. I’m happy to report that I finished the first draft of No More Secrets, Gwen and Cade’s story. After completing a draft, I always take some time to refresh and prepare to dive into the most important phase of my writing process: the second draft.

A first draft is the bones of a novel. It helps give structure and a map for getting from beginning to end. But the second draft is when the story comes to life. I know my characters better, and I understand who they must be to help me push the plot forward. This is the phase where I really dig into their emotional depths. It’s fun to get lost and be a part of their world every day.

So, that’s what’s going on with work. But there must always be balance. And balance for me is kitchen time and spending time with family. Since fall is in the air, it poses a very important question: are you team apple or team pumpkin? I like both, but apple will always be the winner in my book.  

Since not everyone agrees with that sentiment, I’ve played with apples and pumpkins in the kitchen. I promise I don’t mind. I’ve been making my son’s all-time favorite Chunky Homemade Applesauce and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes. Both are so delicious and easy, which means I have to share the links to the recipes with you.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes.

Here’s what I love about this recipe:

  • It’s simple, warm, and delicious on those chilly fall mornings.
  • Healthy, whole-food recipes are always a winner.
  • Maple syrup enhances the subtle flavors in this recipe. Yum!
  • I add the cinnamon, pumpkin pie spices, and the nutmeg to the batter.
  • I use white whole wheat flour in this recipe versus whole wheat flour.
Chunky Homemade Applesauce.

Here’s what I love about this recipe:

  • Warm applesauce is so, so good.
  • It doesn’t get much easier than baked applesauce.
  • I always use two gala and eight golden delicious apples to make our batches.
  • Once the apples are fully baked and smashed, I add cinnamon to the whole dish. Then, I add a little more when serving.
It’s time for hats and sweatshirts again.
When you live in New England you have to pick your own apples.

So, which one are you—team apple or team pumpkin? Either way, you can’t go wrong. Feel free to share your favorite in the comments below.


  1. Linda Tolliver

    Love your books. Great characters and interesting story line. Can’t put the book down till the end.

  2. Karen Engell Dalsgaard

    Definitely both 🙂 And if you live in the country in Denmark, you also pick your own apples – and grow your own pumpkins. The pancakes look lovely – I’ll try them in the weekend, which – as you write – is just around the corner 🙂
    Great to hear about your writing process…

    Best wishes, Karen

  3. Sandy

    Team apple. I am not a pumpkin fan. I also like to cook so I may play around with apple in the pancakes. My family loves anything apple.

    I am excited about your new books. I love to snuggle in a blanket with a good book and apple cider.

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