This past Sunday Mr. Fo and I went apple picking with Drew (sis-in-law, Mr. Fo's sis), Michael (Drew's husband) and Brooke (their 20 month old daughter and love of my life...I mean my niece). For those of you that know me personally, this is not normally something I would do, but Mr. Fo's family did it when their kids were young and I ended being VERY excited about it! More details about our apple picking adventure later in the post, but for now...what the heck are we going to do with all these apples? I found a bunch of mouthwatering apple recipes for your apple abundance:
Apple desserts have gone way beyond apple pie these days!
Smitten Kitchen made these adorable apple pie cookies - how cute are they?!
Apple Pie Cookies Recipe: HERE
Pioneer Woman makes a beautiful and simple apple tart using pre-made puff pastry.
Apple Tart Recipe: Here
YumSugar showcased a bunch of apple recipes, including this Caramel Apple Bar/Brownie concoction..YUM.
Caramel Apple Bar Recipe: HERE
Whoops...I think I talked about dessert first :) How about some savory apple dishes?
Savory Apple Dishes:
This apple, potato and onion au gratin from Bon Appetit would make a perfect fall side dish!
Apple au Gratin Recipe: HERE
Apple on a Pizza? Why not...Pair sweet apple with bacon for a salty and sweet combination!
Apple and Bacon Pizza Recipe: HERE
Now this is something I'm going to have to try: Apple Cheddar Squash Soup from the Food Network - how yummy does that sound?
Apple Cheddar Squash Soup Recipe: HERE
Now for that apple picking adventure I was talking about. We went to Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC. The scenery was beautiful, but we might have gone a little too late in the season because the orchards were pretty picked over. We did manage to find some apples though. Ahem...I was up in a freaking tree picking apples and it was AWESOME. Basically I'm a complete outdoorswoman now. (I could totally survive in the wilderness with only a swiss army knife.) In addition to picking apples, we ate fresh apple cider donuts (yum), played on the playground with Brooke, checked out the animals and just enjoyed the beautiful trees. I also picked up some pumpkin butter for yours truly, and apple butter for my mom. It was a lovely day in nature and I had a great first-time apple picking experience! Some photos for your enjoyment....
Mr. Fo found the first apple of the day!
Gorgeous scenery at the duck pond!
Brooke quacking at the ducks (this was hilarious and she's way advanced as she knows many animal sounds.)
Sky Top Orchard rules...we abided by these religiously (sort of)
Picked over apple trees :(
This was a great fall activity, and I really think that aplesp you pick with your bare hands (while up in a tree) taste fresher and sweeter.
I'm going to end with a quote from one of my favorite movies, Good Will Hunting:
"How about them apples?"