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. 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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- 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.
- Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
- 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!