October 2 – Apple Bake

Apple Bake


Second apple dish of the week: Apple Bake. It is no Swedish Apple Pie (MOM – I need the recipe!!) but it satisfied my baked apple craving.  I’m not going to share the recipe, because while it turned out alright, I’m not a hug fan of the topping.  The oats and almonds turned out pretty dry. The apples underneath were perfect- gooey and warm.

Guess who made it to the gym today!? My new goal is to go at least once a week.  Week one: so far so good. =) I figure since I’m PAYING for a membership, I really should be going more. I find that if I pencil it into my purple calendar, I go.


October 1- Welcome to the best month of the year!

Homemade Applesauce

Woohoo! It’s October! I’m looking forward to crisp days, appley-goodness, my birthday, and yes, completing my V Life Challenge: a photo a day for a year. I can just taste the Victory now, along with homemade applesauce. I can’t believe I waited a full week before making something with our Stribling Orchard apples.

The recipe is simple:

-Peel and chop up as many apples as you have/want to use

-Dump them in a big pot and add some water (just enough to coat the bottom of the pan)

-Heat the apples, stirring more frequently as they get soft  – until it’s the consistence you like (I like it chunky)

-You may need to add a little more water as you go

-Add some cinnamon when it’s done and enjoy!

This is a great recipe to use with apples that have bruises – we just chopped off all the brown spots and added the good parts to the pot.  Two slices in, two in mah belly.



September 23 – An apple a day

Madison apple picking

This morning we hopped in our rental and drove to Stribling Orchard in Virginia.  Madison and I, surrounded by kids, picked a good variety of apples ( two pecks) and enjoyed the simple farmer life. We felt just as excited for the caramel apples and cider that the tots running around were begging their parents for. This week: Swedish Apple Pie, apple butter, and caramel apples will be making my kitchen smell sweet with the scents of fall. Well, that and my Yankee Candle Pumpkin Spice candle.

I almost lost Madison to the simple life today. He would totally fit in with the Hatfields. Or the McCoys. Sigh. I just love the country, and wish we had a car so we could get out here more often.  One day…

PATs tonight, getting pumped with game day bean dip. =)


PS How cute does Madison look in his new glasses?