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Pumpkin and BBQ!

I’ve been a little down lately with my back hurting… but, yesterday made plans with some friends to go to Huber’s in Indiana… A farm that has grown into a huge business!…

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Janice went for apples to makes Apple Butter with her Granddaughter…

I just went to look and then of course purchased a “few” things… I wanted one of everything!… but, would have had to have a semi truck to haul it!…

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The decorations had such pretty colors!

 

Bobby and I picked out a 12 pound pumpkin… to carve sometime before Halloween…

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This one weighed 527 Pounds!

 

Fresh broccoli and cabbage was a must!…

The smell of homemade breads had me buying a loaf of Sunflower Cracked Wheat Bread…

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Oh, my!…was it delicious!…

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Pumpkins of all sizes were available!

 

Lots of flavors of fudge… Bobby wanted Peanut Butter and I took my son some Pumpkin…

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Wagons loaded down with gourds!

 

We sampled Apple Cider… Pumpkin and Apple Bread… Muffins…and bread with Apple Butter…

They have an Ice Cream Shop… A Wine and Cheese Restaurant / Shop

I had to have a bottle of Spiced Apple Wine… Saving it for Thanksgiving… The sample was really good!…

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Wine and Pumpkin we bought!

 

The scenery is awesome with all of the Fall decorations…

They have lots more to do… but, we had decided to eat lunch in Owensboro, KY … at MoonLite Barbecue Restaurant…about 1-1/2 hour drive… maybe more…

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These Smoke Stacks welcomed us to Owensboro…

Known for their BBQ… ( Beef, Pork, Chicken, Mutton) … and home cooked vegetables… Desserts of Cobblers and Banana Pudding…

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This “chef” was at the door to greet us!

 

We left TOO full!

Good company with nice friends… Thanks, Janice and David… and a pleasant outing for an early Fall day!

 

 

Homemade “Apple Pie”

With a couple of apples left in the fruit bowl… (a neighbor had brought us a bowl of apples, pears, kiwi, bananas, grapes, oranges, nuts and candy for Christmas)…. k0439704

I decided it’s either time for apple salad or a pieApple-Pie

Since my baking skills have been honed this Christmask6189911 … I decided on the pie…

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Found a basic Apple Pie Recipe… including crust…

CRUST:

2-1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. salt

1 cup shortening ( I used Butter Flavored Crisco)

5 – 7 tbsp. ice-cold water

Combine flour , salt and shortening with hand until crumbly like cornmeal.

Add water and shape into a ball, mixing with hand.

Roll out 1/2 of dough on floured counter… Don’t play with dough very much… the less handling… the flakier the crust…(my Momma taught me that!).

Cover bottom of pie pan ( I had a disposable one left from baking ).

Apple Mixture:

6 cups apples sliced thin… tart is recommended…( about 4 apples )

I peeled mine…

3/4 cup sugar

1- tbsp. cornstarch ( I had to use flour )…

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

1- tbsp. lemon juice ( not, necessary, but keeps apples from turning brown)

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Vent… a few slits to allow steam to come out of pie while baking…

I cut out a few stars from the leftover dough and laid on top… Used a fork to crimp edges…

Baked at 350 degrees for 45 minutesx12001565

Bubbly and golden brown…

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Mine was a little too sweet… due to using 3 different kinds of apples…

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but, crust was amazing!

Apples Everywhere!

Every time I go to the store I see apples… every kind you can think of…

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My favorite is a Gala… they are “just right” for my taste buds…

And now… being Fall… Apple Ciderk0252302 is also available… along with Candy Applesk7256457

There are a lot of recipes going around that require apples…

One being… wrapping a piece of a cored apple in croissant dough with cinnamon / sugar and baking…

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easy enough… and has to be good!

I wanted Apple Salad or Waldorf Salad as we always called it…

Apples … I used my favorite Galascored and then chopped…

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Celery … chopped… I love the inner tender stalks for salads…

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Raisins … any kind you like… You can even use dried cranberries

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Nuts ( I used pecans because that is what I had )

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Mayonnaise or Salad Dressing like Miracle Whip

Again… I had mayonnaise…

added a little Apple Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar ( this keeps apples from turning brown) and a little sugar… ( lemon juice also works to keep apples from turning )

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Mixed all together…

Put in my favorite “Cherry Bowl”… after sharing some with a neighbor…

It was just what I wanted!

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Roll Those Dice!

It’s time to roll those dice!…

As in BUNCO!…

There are eight of us… all related in this little group…

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Hasn’t always been that way… but, it has come down to all of us being connected by family

As related to me… 1-Sister… 1-Sister-in-law… 5-Nieces… and myself…

We truly love it!… A time for us to get-together once a month and talk, talk, talk…

It was my turn to have our little party…

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We fix some sort of dinner… which includes snack of some kind on tables… dinner… drinks… dessert…

Not a time for watching your diet… Just save those calories for this night!….

My menu consisted of a variety of candies on the two tables we play at…

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Quesadilla Casserole…

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Flour tortillas…ground beef…onion…tomato sauce… black beans…corn…shredded cheese and spices…

Spanish Rice… I kinda cheated on that one… used the Rice-a-Roni

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Rotel Cheese Dip/Scoops Nacho Chips…

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Soft Drinks/ Coffee/ Tea

Applesauce Spice Cake with Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream

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As I said… come hungry… we like to cook… all of us!

After we eat… we play for about an hour… sometimes more talking than playing…

dessert is served after we quit playing… and prizes are given out…

1st…was a cute purse/scarf ( got a great after Christmas buy on them)…

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2nd… was two large jar candles…( another deal) and a windchime of glass that looked like a funky bird… too cute…

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3rd… was another windchime of a Ceramic white teapot… with teacups and small metal spoons…

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Chocolate Long Stem Roses were given to our BOOBY winner (last place) and to our FLOATER… the last person to have a real BUNCO!…31rtysnecyl__sl500_aa300_pibundle-600_aa300_sh20_

We hug and kiss and decide who’s house it will be at next month and if the day suits everyone…We’re pretty flexible…Us older ones retired and the younger ones still working…

Some take doggy bags… which is always offered…

We are family!…

A mixture… that keeps us in touch and close… A good thing!

…it’s coming in…

Gift…

I’m sitting here drinking a cup of warm apple cider  … I know… not officially Autumn  … but, we’ve had a few cool evenings… and it just feels like “it’s coming in” as people say… It seems …

The air changes…

The wind blows…

Trees drop a few leaves…

Fire burns bright…

As I make the cider… the smells of cinnamonapples and other spices fill the air… I feel that urge for change… and it will be here before we know it…

Cooking soups…

Covering up…

Hot drinks simmering…

Staying inside more…

We begin to see the days getting shorter… and the mornings stay darker… We start preparing for the colder weather

Stacking cut wood…

Checking on heat…

Sealing up cracks…

Drawing the blinds…

We begin to do more… reading , watching TV , playing cards or board gamesBaking comes to mind… Outside fun put on holdWinter sports taking their place…

Ice Skating on ponds…

Sledding down hills…

Roasting marshmallows…

Gloves and scarves…

We are getting ready for those shorter, but… colder… days…

Winter is near!

Crisp, Cool Air…

We’re going to Glendale, KY … One of my favorite Fall Festivals… It’s actually called the Glendale Crossing Festival… A one day event but, huge!… It is the 3rd Saturday in October… so this year it is October 15th… Begins at 8:00am with a parade of local talent…tractors … horses… music … etc. … We get there from Louisville in about an hour… 53 miles… We’ve got this trip pretty down pat… Meet at Jerry’s Restaurant  on Preston… park our cars and hop in whoever’s car has decided to drive … Pitch in a little toward gas… We trade-off… Breakfast on the way down  or  … Get there about 8:30am…We know the route and the best place to park… We have only one thing in mind… have fun! … This means looking a lot!… eating at the Whistle Stop Restaurant  … buying something unusual! talking and laughing a lot! … trying different foods!  … and coming home tired! …Few men would understand or would do it… There are going to be 5 of us… Two friends I worked with… my cousin from Tennessee and my sister…It will be her first time… An experience awaits… There are hundreds of craft booths…selling anything you can imagine … lots of food vendors with all sorts of different good smells to entice your taste buds  … Quaint decor shops with the neatest gifts and antiques    … Some will Christmas Shop … Some will look and look and look and maybe not buy anything… Then there will be others with their arms so burdened down  with neat trinkets and finds… Old things , new things, Holiday things, homemade things  … Midday we begin to get in line to eat at the Whistle Stop…very historical… located right near the Railroad Track   that you cross over to enter this neat little town …but, no crossing except by foot today… Too many people! … I would recommend this eventful day to anyone who loves getting with good friends and enjoys the cool crisp fall air… Hot Apple Cider anyone?

“My Kids!”…

Autumn brought us to a market  where the kids could buy a pumpkin … We had negotiated a deal before we left with the farm or fruit stand we would be shopping at … Not the enormous ones that they would like to have…but, one they could hunt for and carry themselves… It was cute watching them go from one to the other picking the one that would be just right … Sometimes we walked out to the field and sometimes we rode out on a wagon … of course this was our favorite!… We’ve been to Huber’s Farm in IndianaTower View Farms in Taylorsville  and Slow Poke Farm in Shepherdsville … Just a wonderful day out in the cool air… Besides seeing pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns already carved … we saw cornstalks apples…farm animals  … horse-drawn wagons and tractors… apple cider …and sometimes homemade sweets and breads … I can just smell all of those flavors and scents mingled and wafting through the air… Find your jacket… Let’s go!

Fried Pies…Mom Wins!

I was eating chunky applesauce and thought how it would make great fried pies … I usually make them with pie fillingcherry or apple …I also use canned biscuits for the dough … My Mom could whip up fried pies from scratch faster than I ever will with my canned filling and canned dough… She made her own dough… probably like a biscuit dough… Flour, milk…maybe an egg or two … depending on how many she was making… She probably had some real apples she had peeled, cored and cooked down to what I would call homemade applesauce … There would be sugar, cinnamon…maybe some butter in the ingredients… She would roll out her dough on a wood cutting board with her wood rolling pin with green handles… She floured the board so the dough would not stick… Small circles of dough … about 6″ in diameter… She filled the dough with cooled pie filling or in her case… cooked apples… and then folded the dough in half … looking like a crescent… She crimped the edges with a fork… sealing the edges where the filling wouldn’t come out during the frying process… The hot Crisco was heating in her big iron skillet … She carefully dropped the crescents into the hot shortening… waited until they were golden brown and then turned them gently with a spatula… After browning the other side… they were lifted out to cool on crumpled brown paper bags … This absorbed the excess grease… Sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar … Oh, they were the best!… Mine are good… but, the trouble she went to for us to have a most delectable treat will always be remembered… Thanks to Mom, I too can make some good treats … just a newer version

“My Kids!

We made pies in our Bake Shop at school… Usually it was around Thanksgiving Pumpkin  and Pecan… The closest we ever got to making fried pies was when our male teacher would make fried biscuit dough donuts with the kids… They loved them!… Like me, he grew up with his Mom making them like mine when we were young… Canned biscuits rolled out a little thinner… a hole cut out with anything that would work…about an inch across… I’ve used an empty medicine bottle before… works great!… Of course the holes were saved and fried too… Sometimes I think we liked the holes even better… After frying in cooking oil  and drained on paper towels … Shook in a bag of sugar and cinnamon while still warm…Yummy!… The round doughnuts would get a coating of chocolate or vanilla frosting …maybe even a sprinkle or two with colored sugar crystals …I believe I’ll be making some fried pies today…and maybe another day some fried doughnuts… This cooler weather  makes me hungry!  

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