Sunday, September 15, 2013

I LOVE Fall!!!

So we had an unexpected bonus this year.  We have apples on our tree!!  It usually only produces every other year, or every couple of years.  We had a TON of apples on the tree last year and I posted about all of the apple butter I was able to make (and we still have some!!).  You can see that post here!

Last year, my grandson picked apples with me and apparently loved doing so.  He's been talking about picking apples since this spring.  At that time, I wasn't even sure we'd have any.  But the apples are growing on the part of the tree that didn't produce any last year.  And when I was looking at the tree this morning, I realized that it looks like 4 thees that have actually grown together.  So... we have apples!!!

I think I've been picking a apple a week for the past month or more to check to see if they were 'done' yet.  Yesterday, the apple was good!!  They are DONE!!  They'll keep getting redder but now they are big and juicy and YUMMY!  It's time!!

This morning, Mr. Inspiring and I picked a 5-gallon bucket full.  I was soo excited!!  I found a canning recipe for Apple Pie Filling!!  You can see it here!  The Pocket Change Gourmet even includes some super-cute labels.  Go visit her and give her some love.  The recipe is soo easy!!  I followed the recipe exactly, except I must have used more apples and less syrup in the jars because I was able to get 7 quarts from one recipe.  I then made 3/4 of the syrup recipe and was able to get 5 more jars.

I made a total of 12 jars of apple pie filling!!   Aren't they pretty??

As I was making my labels and putting them on the lids, I found that one of the jars didn't seal.

Dang it.............  (yay!!!)

I had to go ahead and bake something with it.

And what better recipe than my all time, FAVE O RITE, super-yummy, positively D-LISH, most awesomest (yes, that is a word.) recipe for Apple Crisp.

I'm now going to share that recipe with you.  You can thank me later...........

Keep in mind this is the full recipe.  Tonight, I only made the topping.

Apple Crisp

1 Tablespoon flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6 medium Granny Smith Apples, peeled and sliced

Combine well and place in greased 9 x 13 pan.  (I usually use my Pampered Chef stone for this and it keeps it warm for a while..............  well, long enough for seconds)

1 cup flour
1 cup oats
1 cup butter flavored Crisco
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup sugar

Mix very well with a pastry cutter or fork and sprinkle over the filling.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

Serve warm - and add a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Heaven in a spoon!!

I really wish someone had already invented computer scratch n sniff so you could experience this heavenly dish!!

It's calling my name so I'm signing off...................

Hugs ~~ Suz