Apples and Sheep and Llamas, Oh My

Yesterday in the late morning, Ando and I headed out to the grocery store, but since the weather was nearly 30C with beautifully sunny skies, we decided grocery shopping could wait – we wanted to be outside in the sun!

Instead we drove to a nearby apple orchard for some apple-picking action.

It felt weird to be doing such a fall activity in such summery weather (I was sweating hardocre, it was HOT!), but it was an amazing time.

I have not been apple picking in years, and I don’t think I have ever been to this particular orchard.ย  Even though it was late in the season, there were still a ton of apples.

And beautiful views.

There was also a corn maze, which I was pretty excited about since I also have not been in a corn maze in years.

Can you spot Alejandrew?

He was trying to sneak up on me, but I was watching him like the big creeper I am.

And we made some new friends.

Sheep! They were actually extremely cute. It made me want a sheep for a pet. They reminded me a bit of Winnie (our cat, if you are new around here).

But any cute animal that is a bit chubby and on the slow side reminds me of Winnie.

And then…

Llama time!

The llama’s were not quite as nice as the sheep. And actually, I thought they were quite snobby.

But somehow we lured that little llama out of his snobby shell and got him to smile.

It was an awesome little impromptu trip to the apple orchard, and I am pretty sure we are going to have to make this a fall tradition.

We went a little crazy on the apples though…

I have no idea why we got so many, or what in the name of pizza I am going to do with all of them… But apple crisp sounded like a good start.

I love apple crisp, it is one of my favourite desserts, but for some reason I have never made it before.

My friend Joanna‘s mom makes the best apple crisp, and she knows how much I like it, so when we were in high school, whenever she would make apple crisp she would send a little plate of it to school with Joanna just for me. I will always remember that.

Anyway, I have always assumed that apple crisp was really difficult to make, but after doing some googling and checking out recipes, I saw that it actually looked super easy! I ended up settling on this recipe from AllRecipes, but I did change a few things to slightly healthify it up (a bit, there is still quite a bit of sugar and butter, so don’t get too excited).

Here is the recipe with my modifications.

Apple Crisp

Ingredients

Apples

  • 6 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water

Topping

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the sliced apples in a 9×13 inch pan. Mix the rest of the apples ingredients (white sugar, flour, ground cinnamon) together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.
  3. Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes.

Mine turned out beautifully.

Seriously addicting though.

Andrew told me that is what he ate for lunch today, haha.

I will be back with regular eating stuff tomorrow, but tonight I am feeling lazy after my busy day at work.

Have a great night!

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24 responses to “Apples and Sheep and Llamas, Oh My

  1. Going to apple orchards is something I love doing every year. But then… you’ve got all those apples. hahaha. Your braid is really cute, too. Needed to include that.

  2. You are gorgeous!!!! And I did the same thing a few weeks ago- and we got a gazillion apples. They stayed super fresh and amazing!!! And I was seriously sweating BIG TIME this weekend. I wore a fall dress and boots… BAD IDEA. I can’t even share the photos because they are too disgusting. Awesome job with the apple crisp!!!! Looks DELISH! I would SO eat that for lunch, too.

  3. I sooo badly want to go apple picking. I’m hoping we can find a weekend to fit it in!

  4. I have never heard of apply crips and I don’t think you have either, but apple crisp is definitely on the To Do list. I have never been apple picking either – I think I might move to Canada just so I can go apple picking, have Thanksgiving, go to a pumpkin patch and stay with your friends at the lake.

    I loved your Thanksgiving / birthday celebration with Ando’s family and your place card settings – they are cute. You are the best Aunty – cartwheeling, handstanding and spinning. I am sure that little cutey Caitlyn adores you as much as you adore her ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. I think that Papa had the best swag of all! I think he is hilarious in that photo – I wonder if his beer helped with his swagging?

    • I always hear that Canada and Australia are very similar actually. You would fit right in! It is pretty awesome here though, for sure.
      Thanks, I think I am a pretty cool aunt ๐Ÿ™‚
      I know, Papa kills me. And probably. Beer helps with everything.

  5. Llama lane? Aw that is adorable!

    When I was in high school, I had a mild obsession with llamas and everything about them. Don’t ask.
    I wish I could go apple picking, but unfortunately we only have oranges here in Florida ๐Ÿ™ I hope you saved me some!

  6. Apple-picking and corn-making? Pretty much the perfect fall day. Apples fresh from the tree keep for a really long time. You’ll be able to eat those for a month. If I pick too many apples, I’ll make apple sauce – just peel, chop, cover halfway with water and cook on the stovetop until soft. Then you can either keep it chunky or mash it with a potato masher. I make some with raisins and spices just to eat. I also make some plain that I store in freezer bags and freeze. It’s great to have homemade applesauce throughout the winter for baking or eating or mixing into oatmeal.

  7. So jealous, i wanted to apple pick last weekend but it was crazy hot!!!
    Try making apple butter, tastes ahmazing!
    That llama picture made my day ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Haha I love that it’s called llama lane. And I really want to touch the fur on those sheep! Apple crisp was the perfect idea…that stuff is always delicious! The crunchy top is the best part ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Mmm, apple crisp was the very first recipe I ever made as a kid. I havent made it since then – time to bust it back out?

  10. LOL. Omg. I just died. The llamas. Sentence fragments. That is hilarious that he smiled at you! Snobby llamas. You’re hilarious.
    That looks like an absolute perfect day for apple picking! I think our warm weather trend is over as of today =(
    I want some of that apple crisp!

  11. I’m a big fan of apple crisp. and llama’s in general.

    HOWEVER, I did grow up in England for part of my childhood, and as a result, find sheep to be pretty gross. don’t go to England.. all your dreams will be ruined.

  12. Hahahaa this is hilarious… llamas rock if you ask me ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I haven’t been apple picking in so long! Despite the heat, it sounds like an awesome activity ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I really really want to go apple picking … the photos are great!

  15. I am reading all over the blogosphere about apple picking and I seriously can’t believe I’ve never gone!!! Especially since I live in a small town in the middle of a huge apple growing region.

  16. Yay apple picking! Looks fun. I haven’t been in years. I love apple crisp.
    Do you remember the llama song? Google it if not.
    I once was chasing sheep with friends and one of my friends got rammed by a neutered man sheep. Beware! Sheep can be vicious.

  17. Apple picking is one of my fave things to do! I love that you managed to get that Llama to smile LOL

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