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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

From Orchard to Table (Recipe)

One of the fun things about our autumn drives north to visit Himself’s family is that it’s apple time! 
 
Along one stretch in WI, Himself was tired so I took over driving.  He woke up as I headed down an exit ramp (this happens to him a lot!  LOL). 
 
 
I had seen a sign on the highway for this orchard and decided some fresh apples were just what we needed.
 
 
Huge crates of apples and pumpkins greeted us as we drove up.
 
 
Inside the warehouse they were sorting picked apples.  There was a cold room where you could sample and select from the many varieties they raised.  I love that ‘sample’ part!
 
 
There were a lot to sample…
 
 
After getting a few different types, we headed out to the orchard to pick our own.  Himself picked the first apple… of many, many there were to pick.
 
 
 
 
 
So many that the ground was covered.
 
 
I enjoyed photographing whatever caught my eye, like the patterns on the skin of this apple…
 
 
…or the deep, deep red of this apple…
 
 
…or an apple that had a soft landing.
 
 
We were surprised at how old some of the trees were.  Quite a few had been cut back and were producing on one strong limb.
 
 
I loaded that bag up to the very top.  All along the trip I shared apples, even mailing some down to the babies as they love fresh apples.
 
 
And once home… it was time to use what we had left!  Ummmmm… good! 
 
 
 
Crescent Apple Dumplings
 
2 whole apples
2 cans Crescent rolls
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 (12 oz) can Mountain Dew
Cinnamon, to taste 
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Peel and core apples; slice each apple into 8 slices. Unroll Crescent rolls and wrap a roll around each apple slice. Place prepared rolls side-by-side in a 9x13” baking dish. Mix butter and sugar and pour over rolls. Pour the Mountain Dew around the rolls; sprinkle generously with cinnamon. Bake for 35-38 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
 
 
Oh my goodness!!  Super easy and delicious, this recipe is a keeper!! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

3 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! That looks divine. And way too easy. Now I am definitely going to have to make it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  2. When I was a child, one of my favorite things was the annual Fall trip to the apple orchard. Your photos brought back those times, and I could fairly smell the apple barns and taste the cold sweet cider! The recipe sounds wonderful as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Yummy recipe. I was hoping to get to the apple orchard this year but it doesn't look like we are going to make it. I love your photos, my favorite is the apple that fell into the nest. That was beautiful. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

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