Thursday, October 1, 2015

September's Best - 2015

September has been a whirlwind month!
When I glanced over my photo stream and albums on my computer
I realized what a fabulous month it was ...

The "bestest" part was a very sweet baby and her Mommy came for a nice long visit
with some serious cuddle time and lots of visitors.
That darling baby has captured our hearts so completely!

September stayed warm and lovely and there were even some baths outdoors at her other
Gramma's house!

She even got to meet some of her Mommy's dear friends and her future play mates (one that was brand new) ...

These gals have been friends forever!!!
In the meantime, the farmer and I packed in a few other fun things this month.

A warm evening cruise encountering "Goats on the Roof" here in Ontario! Not exactly like the one on Coombs, BC!

We did a wee bit of camping and attended a Fibre Glass RV Rally in Niagara Falls.
All sorts of adorable little campers - I liked the Coca Cola one the best!

Friends invited us to bike some of the gorgeous trails near the Blue Mountain skiing area in Collingwood - it was a beautiful, humid free, fall day and perfect for hours and hours of biking!

Thanks to Ed and Louise for a fun day!

And of course, the annual Apple Butter and Cheese Festival in my home town!

The old homestead, our youth group selling apples with hot English Toffee for the 20th year, my friend's darling granddaughter enjoying a dill pickle on a stick! A fun homecoming day once again!

The trailer, the boat, the old Land Cruiser, etc.
were tucked away in the barn.

Hopefully the RV will reappear sometime this winter!!!

The tractor has a great view!

It is also time to start with some Fall decor ..... 

Now that September has gone - we hold on to the memories and enjoy almost daily pictures from Alberta where snow flakes have touched a baby's nose already!!!

Our little love.

Till next time ...... here's to October!!!!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Simple Apple Crisp!

Apple Crisp has been on my mind
this first week of Fall!!!

Our old farm orchard was loaded with apples this summer.
So much so that some of the branches broke down with
the extra weight.

In years past we used to pick them up (mostly they fall to the ground 
because the trees are so old and tall that picking them off the tree is almost
impossible) and then take them to a local cider mill to be pressed
into apple cider juice.

I gave in to my craving for Apple Crisp with this super simple
recipe that I learned in Home Economics at high school - that's a VERY long time ago!

This recipe is very forgiving ... increase the amount of apples,
throw in a wrinkled peach that's been in the crisper too long,
increase the crumb topping, etc. It always turns out delicious!

Apple Crisp

Preheat oven to 375F.
Arrange 2-3 Cups sliced Apples in a buttered casserole or cake pan.
Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice and ¼ tsp. cinnamon.
In a bowl combine 1/3 Cup Flour, pinch of salt, ¼ Cup Brown Sugar, 1/3 Cup rolled Oats.
Add 3 Tbsp. melted butter and mix until crumbly.  Spread over fruit.
Bake for 40 min.
Serve with ice-cream or thickened fruit juice sauce.

Till next time ...... does the season change make you crave Fall's deliciousness?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Ground Cherry Pie

Have you ever eaten Ground Cherries?
This was our first experience growing them and what fun they've been to eat and experiment with!

The plants were started from seed in March and there were far too many that finally germinated (I used two packages of seed - silly me).
They are low growing plants and the "cherries" literally fall to the ground when ripe. They come in their own individual paper packages and taste sweet with a hint of caramel or pineapple. Super tasty!

Large tomatillos shown here on a dinner plate.

The ground cherries remind me of their much larger and green cousins called Tomatillo that were grown by my friend Jan this summer. These baseball size beauties also come in a paper thin lantern like husk and make a wonderful salsa!

Here is a recipe I used recently for making a Ground Cherry Pie:

Hull and wash the "cherries" and measure 2 1/2 - 3 Cups of them into an unbaked pie crust.
Thankfully I had some pie crusts stashed away in my freezer.

Sprinkle a mixture of 1/2 Cup brown sugar mixed with 1 heaping Tbsp. of flour over the cherries.
Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. of water (or lemon juice) over the brown sugar topping.

Next - mix 6 Tbsp. flour with 3 Tbsp. white sugar. Cut into this mixture 2-3 Tbsp. cold butter. Mix till crumbly.
I also added 2 tsp. of lemon zest to this crumble.
Top the pie with the crumble mixture and bake at 425F for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375F for an additional 25-30 minutes.

Ground Cherrie Pie ....... for sharing or eating all by yourself!

Till next time .... reminding myself not to plant quite so many next year and searching for some good ground cherry preserves recipes. Please share if you have any recipe suggestions ....