real food. real life.
We are deep into apple season in our CSA shares! There have been apples in both our veggie and fruit shares for the past few weeks, and I know there's still more to come! We love a good apple snack, and I'm often caught dipping apple slices into the peanut butter jar late at night (okay, anyone who knows me knows that late at night is not really that late...), but with the extra apples we've been getting lately, it's time to use up a bunch at one time.
So - insert Lee's constant nagging for apple crisp. :)
Here you go honey, love you!
4-5 Pears, chopped
4-5 Apples, chopped
Drizzle of Maple Syrup
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 1/2 cups oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp cinnamon
2/3 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup oil (I used vegetable oil this time)
1 tsp vanilla
What to do:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2) Grease baking dish with oil. Add filling ingredients and mix together until apples and pears are all coated with the maple/cinnamon/nutmeg mixture. Spread out flat in dish.
3) In a small mixing bowl, combine dry topping ingredients until the flour is well mixed in and it starts to look crumbly. Pour evenly over filling until most of the apple/pears are covered.
4) Cover and bake in oven for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 20-25 minutes until apples are soft and topping is crisp!
5) Serve with Banana Ice Cream or another favourite frozen treat, or on its' own!
Just a tiny note here to be a bit thankful for the wonderful people in my life. Family and friends are truly what keeps us strong and happy. I feel so blessed to have such amazing support surround me. To the many wonderful people in my life, near and far, close and acquaintance, family and friends, thank you. You have helped shape a life for myself that is both happy, healthy, and full of love and smiles. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I want to hug you all and tell you how amazing you are. I hope you are enjoying a cozy thanksgiving weekend and know how appreciated you are.
We all have so much to be thankful for. Take a moment to cherish the love and laughter you have in your life. Give the ones you couldn't live without an extra special squeeze and a smile to show your love and appreciation.
Happy Thanksgiving all!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (choose local!)
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup fresh apple cider (Noggins Farms makes a ton this time of year!)
1/4 cup orange juice, with pulp, not from concentrate
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
What to do:
1) Combine all ingredients in a pot. Bring to a boil.
2) Turn heat to low once the berries start popping. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
3) Remove from heat and store in refrigerator until ready to eat!
Ah, this has been sitting around for a while waiting to be posted. Lee is still tweaking the tortilla recipe, but I couldn't wait any longer. So yummy and much easier than you think! My Dad started making these and inspired Lee to give it a try. After a few attempts, he now makes a batch when making bread and stores them in the freezer. They freeze independently and thaw within a few minutes left on the counter. So easy and quick!
I thought I would also include a recipe for homemade fajita seasoning. I can't believe I'm guilty of once buying packaged seasoning mixes for tacos/fajitas. Not only is just a mix of spices you already have, so therefore, totally ripping you off, but it also includes a bunch of added sugars and preservatives that you just don't need, or want, to have in your food!
As promised, here's the recipe for both.
Whole Wheat Tortilla Wraps
2 cups flour
1.5 cups warm water
1 tbsp olive oil + a bit more, if needed
What to do:
1) In medium mixing bowl, add water and oil. Mix and knead together until it forms a ball that is not longer sticky and is light feeling, not dense. Add more flour as needed to get it to this point.
2) Once dough is no longer sticky, break apart into little balls, slightly smaller that the size of a golfball.
3) Sprinkle some flour on the counter or workspace. Using a rolling pin or just your hands, flatten out into round, thin tortillas. As thin as you get them!
4) Using an electric skillet or cast iron skillet, turn to medium/high heat. Keep hot, but do not grease the pan! Put your first tortilla onto the skillet. Flip once it starts to bubble, a few minutes. Remove from pan once the other side bubbles/browns, after another minute or so.
5) Let cool on a drying rack and place in a sealed plastic bag fairly soon or they will start to harden.
1 Tbsp. or so of cumin, chilli powder, garlic powder
Squeeze of a whole lime
A few shakes of cilantro & dried red pepper flakes
Water if needed
What to do:
1) If using meat, brown in pan with a bit of oil over medium heat. We often use ground turkey or chicken, so oil is needed as there is little fat. If not using meat, chop veggies (such as peppers, corn, and onions) and stir fry in a bit of oil to soften.
2) When meat and veggies are mostly cooked, turn heat to simmer and add seasoning ingredients. Stir to combine. Add a bit of water, if needed, to give it a sauce. Taste and adjust as needed! Remove from heat so it doesn't get too dry.