Hi Everyone! Monday was busy for my Momma and I. She had off work that day so we spent it using apples we got on Saturday. We made some delicious apple dumplings and a huge batch of apple cobbler. I have never made apple dumplings before so it was very interesting to say the least. The dough recipe was really strange, it called for so much oil I questioned it the whole time! I ended up using about twice the amount of flour called for and I wasn’t too pleased because it kept wanting to tear when I was rolling it out (I even channeled Chef Charles from college, “Flour is your FRIEND”…) So maybe it was three times the amount? haha. And the sauce, holy sugar high!!! Called for 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water (simple syrup basically) and I used some cinnamon sugar that I dusted and filled the apples with for part of the 2 cups. In the end, things turned out pretty okay. The dumplings were divine! Top it with ice cream and sauce, heaven! I had apple overload for the day so I didn’t try the cobbler but I’m sure it was good haha.
Saturday, my husband and I went to an orchard for a “fall fest” thing they had. It was first time for both of us, but I was pretty excited. He went hunting early in the morning and till he got back, I was ready to head out. On our way there, we got a call from my dad saying my Great Grandmother had passed away earlier in the morning. I was upset but tried not to let it ruin the day. We arrived at Dries Orchard about 1 in the afternoon after we stopped for lunch. We walked around, checked things out and then saw a hayride! So exciting since they’re usually aimed towards kiddos. It was about 10 minutes to the orchard (we’re talking tractors, not cars) and so fun! They had huge bins of apples you could pick from, pumpkins already weighed out and priced, and if you wanted, you could pick your own apples! We opted for stuffing as many as we could into a bag and paying a flat rate but we also added some that we picked. All the huge apples were in the middle to the tops of the trees but lucky for me, I have a tall husband… =D Another short ride back to the orchard and we loaded our loot into the car. We walked around outside, bought some teaberry fudge (WHAAA?! So good!) then we went back in to shop around some more and found some yummy pumpkin butter! I’m really excited to try it in something. I might use it in some fall inspired thumprints along with some apple butter my Aunt Cyndi made for me! And since her husband Rich loves any of them that I make, I have to share! =D