We spent Friday evening with our cousins, Saturday apple picking and Sunday making apple pie! What a fun weekend (though we really missed daddy, who was traveling for work Friday and Saturday…)
Our recipe for fall fun:
(1) Find a place to pick apples
(2) Have a great time picking apples!
(3) Play on the farm while mom convinces the owner to let her send him a check to buy the apples we picked, since she cannot find her wallet. Then play with mom while we celebrate the nice man who agreed! Play options = demonstrations on how to turn apples into apple cider, four tire swings, a porch full of rocking chairs, nature walks, and tables of sample apple goods including apple cake (!).
(4) Load everyone into car to drive home.
(5) Unload everyone from car because as we’re leaving I discover my wallet in the center console, which means we can go back in and pay for apples.
(6) Buy ice cream because (a) it’s ice cream, (b) we now have mom’s wallet, and (c) mom needs a break before loading everyone back into the car again.
(7) Eat fantastic ice cream on a porch swing and get so wonderfully messy that T has to go shirtless the rest of the day.
(8) Head home.
(9) On Sunday afternoon: Have a fantastic time coring apples at home
(10) Realize that we have two apple coring devices in the kitchen, which means we accidentally stole one from my sister last year. Sorry, Jake! We owe you an apple core thingy!
(11) Roll out the dough! (OK this is probably not what my grandmother meant by “rolling out the dough”…although technically – if you look closely at the picture – there is rolling involved here…)
(12) Prepare the pie. Get the supreme compliment from E, who claims “the pie looks just like the one Snow White made for the dwarves in the movie, except hers had writing on the top”.
(13) Put a strip of dough on the top to spell the word “I” (I admit…a token effort…but it was easy, and everyone in the family could pretend it was personalized just for them…).
(14) Read stories and eat dinner while the pie is cooking.
(15) Cut the pie. Have the kids taste it. Determine that no children like it. Serve ice cream with gummy bears for dessert.
(16) Move everyone out to the driveway to help wash the mud from the apple farm off the car. Take turns spraying each other with the hose. End result: car still muddy, kids very wet.
(17) Decide a spray with the hose counts as baths for everyone.
(18) Collapse into bed.
All in all, a very successful apple pie making experience…
And a very, very fun weekend…
Even if – after all of that – my kids chose “gummi bears a la mode” as the better dessert!