Tuesday, September 04, 2007

A is for...

...apples.
This weekend we were up in NC for Labor Day weekend. It is our annual trip. Mike and I have gone every year that we have been married. What started as an unplanned, just-for-fun excursion has now been transformed into a yearly tradition. And one (or two to be exact) of these traditions is to go to the local Apple Festival and then out to Justus Orchards to pick apples. I have been picking apples at this orchard since I was 7 year old. It's amazing to go back year after year. Unfortunately this year, because of the late frost that struck us here in the south, there were no local apples. Only ones shipped in from Pennsylvania. But we still had a good time standing around, drinking apple cider, talking to the owners, and playing with their sweet dogs. Next year will be a better one and we will be back with two little girls in tow to pick apples from the trees.



.... apple crisp.
I have a favorite recipe that I have to share. It's to die for!
Apple Crisp
6 tart apples, peeled and sliced, 1/3 c. flour, 1t. cinnamon, 3/4 c. sugar, 1t. salt
Mix dry ingredients together. Toss apples with flour mixture. Put in 8" square pan cover with topping (see below.) Bake, uncovered, at 350F for 30-35 minutes, until apples are tender. Serve with vanilla ice cream or cream. Great for breakfast too. :)
Topping = 1 c. oatmeal, 3/4 c. flour, 3/4 c. brown sugar, 1/2 c. butter, melted. Mix all ingredients and press on top of apples before baking. ( this makes a great topping for ice cream too! Or to just eat with a spoon.:) )

.... Annabelle.
Just because we love her so much! Who could not help but love this sweet girl?
....August.
Where did the month go? The end of summer is here. It's still hot outside but change is in the air and we are ready for fall. Bring it on!

7 comments:

Jessica said...

What sweet traditions! Sounds like a magical weekend. I will definitely have to try your apple crisp recipe.

meg said...

Fairlight? It is you! Well, it would have to be, what with little Annabelle frolicking on the page :)
We discovered our "localish" (80 miles away) apple area last year & are raring to head up there in a couple of weeks. This year, I want to stay overnight & visit a couple of the alpaca ranches (my new fav yarn)I have a feeling that my biweekly peach cobbler is about to become apple crisp- sounds super quick & easy (it would have to be, to get me to cook :P)

Belinda said...

Hi ya,

Just responsing to the comment you left on my blog. The quilt pattern is bless you by material Obsession (http://www.moshop.com.au/HomePage/518/765/3/0/0/) I thought the larger squares would show off the larger prints well. It turned out great and came together so quick!

Cheers,

Belinda

chelle said...

I took a pause from my frantic top-to-bottom house-cleaning spree, and came here in hopes of finding a new post. (hint, hint). :)

Jessica said...

Thanks for your sweet words. I'd love to hear about your everyday life too! ;)

Becca said...

Don't you just love the fall? Apple Orchards are great. I love,love love those clothes from DownEastBasics. I was just thinking that some new fall clothes would be fun!

Jessica said...

Oh Fairlight! Thanks so much for sharing your life in low country link with me!! I loved seeing pictures of your family and beautiful you with your "baby bump"! I don't have an MSN account, so I couldn't post a comment there. The past few months have been filled with highest highs and lowest lows for me too. Amazing, and I'm not even pregnant! I pray that Christ will fill you up with more comfort, strength and energy than you know what to do with during your motherhood journey. Take care!

 
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