A few weeks ago the family and I headed to Millstone Creek Orchards to pick our own apples. I had never done it before and thought it would be a fun experience. And boy was I right, even though it started off a little rough.
We brought a friend of D's with us and headed on our hour and a half drive north of our house. The weather forecast said it was going to rain, but we didn't see any clouds in the sky — so we challenged the weather man and left anyway. The drive there was gorgeous. The sun was out, the birds sang, and the boys were happy. The second we pulled into the parking lot of the orchards and downloaded the kids and the wagon, it started raining. We headed inside the barn, thinking it was only a quick shower. Wrong. It was a downpour. We waited in the barn for about an hour and the kids were getting hungry and cranky. We had brought lunch, but guess where the food was ... in the truck. So we made a run to the truck and all ate inside the truck as it rained.
Finally, the rain let up and the clouds moved away ... it became a beautiful day. The boys climbed inside the wagon and my husband pulled them to the orchard. We let them out and run free. They had a blast picking "perfect" apples. They were doing such a great job, I had to slow them down because we already had over 24 apples ... what in the world was I going to do with all these apples?
Here are some photos of the apple picking.
Now, are you still wondering what I did with the apples? Well, we are STILL eating them, however I did make a day of baking with D and gave others away. Here is what D and I made.
|Apple & Chocolate Chip Cookies with a glaze on tope|
|Some call this Monkey Bread (?), it's a Southern thing I suppose. I called it cinnamon apple walnut cake. It tasted amazing with ice cream!|
|We of course made caramel and chocolate covered apples!|
|(Sorry for the iPhone photo, I was being lazy while I ate this) Apple pork and quinoa! Nummy!|