We interrupt our regularly scheduled blog series post to bring you breaking news:
APPLES, APPLES, APPLES!
October is apple season and it is coming to a close, so if you haven't picked them from an orchard, visited an apple barn, or scoured your farmers' market for some red, green, and golden gems, then get to it! Last weekend we made our way over to Ellijay, GA for the Apple Festival. We actually didn't go to the Apple Festival; been there, done that, and will do it again someday, just not with two rowdy little boys. We went to Mercier's Orchard to pick apples. I've mentioned Mercier's before in a previous post. On this trip we went to the orchard to pick our own apples. Word of how fun apple season in the Blue Ridge Mountains is must be getting out, because it was packed! Packed at Mercier's, packed in Ellijay, you'd think it was Disney! No problem for us! It just meant being able to meet new people, like the sweet girl with the 4 month old, golden lab, guide dog-in-training who graciously let my boys (whom I shamelessly used as front men so I could pet the puppy) pet the puppy, and Seth, our hayride guide, who broke an apple in half with his bare hands for the boys. I came away from our apple weekend with a bushel of apples, most of our orchard picked apples, and a pie pumpkin. So this week I've been up to my elbows in apples and apple peels, canning, baking, and eating. My final product was 3 quarts of apple puree, 2 quarts of apple butter, 3 quarts of apple pie filling, a quart and a half of apple sauce, Irish apple cake, apple muffins, apple bread, and baked apple pancakes! Yeesh, I'm tired just typing it! With all these new recipes, I've found some really keepers I thought I'd share with you.
I hope these recipes help you use up some of your apples! Let me know if you have any other recipes that are fall favorites.
The hubs and I are getting ready for a trip to Las Vegas, courtesy of his job! This is our first time to visit this exciting city, so be ready for lots of pictures and news on what's what for families.
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