I would be remiss if I did not mention the bumper crop of apples we had this season.

We have three apple trees in our yard, that we didn’t plant, of course, but we have apples galore! Last season they were very small and few, and this season the branches are heavy, and the ground is full of apples, apples, apples!

It took me awhile to realize that each apple tree is different, mostly because it takes the apples awhile to turn red…if they’re the type that does turn red. For example, I believe one tree is Golden Delicious or Grimes Golden, and they stay light yellow or green. I didn’t realize until this week that they would never turn red and were scrumptious to eat off the tree. Jude especially likes them.

I believe we have one McIntosh tree, which is producing the most, and the most delicious, large red apples. They’re a little tart, and I make the most delicious apple crisp with them! 

The recipe is a cinch: 

1 baking dish full of cut up apples (probably 6+ cups)

For the crisp:

1 stick of butter, melted

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup oats

1 white cake mix

Cinnamon to your liking

*Bake at 375 for 45 minutes. 

*Definitely eat with vanilla ice cream

I’ve made two crisps each weekend for the past three weekends. Tyler can’t get enough! And, I’ve given bags away: to my mom, to Aunt Lindsay, to Connie and Robert at the shop, and to my friend Beth.

I’m not quite sure what the third apple tree is. I think it might be Johnathans, as the apples are red, smaller than the McIntoshes, and also a little tart. Apples have been a welcome surprise this season!


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