Saturday, October 1, 2016

Happy Saturday and First Day of October!

Happy First Day of October!!


I have no idea where September went.  It has been a weird couple months.  The Summer was weird, which ran into a weird beginning of a school year, that ran into a weird September, that ran into. . . . . . . now.  I just keep waiting for "normal" and it would seem that there never really is a "normal."  I feel like the last three months has had several weird transition periods when I was just kind of in limbo. . . . . when it was too close to leaving to go somewhere again to really start anything.  Now, I think we should be good for several months.  We can now dig back into this "ordinary" life.

It is still taking me a while to get back onto U.S. time.  I'm falling asleep every night by 9:30 or 10:00.  My hubby and I were looking forward to being back into our routine of putting the kids to bed at 9:00 and then drinking a glass of wine and watching Netflix.  We were so excited that The Walking Dead was back and we could finally watch Season 6!!  (NO Spoilers, people!  We are behind regular season watchers!!!)  But, ten minutes into the show every night, I fall asleep!  I've had to re-watch every episode so far.  I never would have thought it would take me this long to get back into the groove of things!  Or maybe The Walking Dead is just not keeping my attention right now.

While we were gone, my stepmom took the kids apple picking.  I came home to a huge bowl of mixed apples on our kitchen island.  They smell so good.  So, I've been trying to come up with ways to use the apples.  I plan on making an apple crisp, but haven't yet.

I thought it would be fun to make little individual apple desserts for breakfast this morning for the kids and me.

My daughter thought it was too sweet. My son thought it was too dough-y.  So, I will not share the recipe this time!  PLUS, if my kitchen oven was a human I'd call it a B***h.  It was acting up before we left by not always lighting when we wanted it to.  It was fine after that.  But now. . .

. . it just turns off in the middle of cooking.  My stepmom told me that it had gone off while she was cooking something, but I had never had it happen to me before.  NOW, it has.  So, I wouldn't be able to give you a real recipe anyway, because it would go something like this:

Turn oven to 350 and bake apples for 10 minutes while you make the dough.
Place dough on top of apples, raise temperature in oven to 400 and bake for 20 minutes.
Realize the oven might not be hot enough when you can touch the metal in oven and not burn yourself.  Try to turn oven back on.  Wait for oven to reach 400 again.  Bake for another 20 minutes.  Hear cute little cobblers bubbling and sizzling and wait for the tops to get browned.

Is it an hour and a half later?  Yes.  Are they finally done?  Yes.  At least I got some cleaning done while they were "cooking." 

I still had a nice breakfast with the kids, although it was way too many carbs for me in addition to the caffeine from the coffee and I'm having heart palpitations!

I hope everything is going well and you're having a nice kick-off to October!

What is your favorite way to cook with apples this time of year? Don't you love the way they make your kitchen smell?


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