The Adventure Starts Here: Pick Your Own Apples & Some Apple-tastic Recipes

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pick Your Own Apples & Some Apple-tastic Recipes

This past weekend, we went back to Wightman's Farm to do some apple picking.  In addition to going apple picking there last year, we've also gone there for strawberry picking this year and last year, and peach picking a few weeks ago.  We love that this farm doesn't get crazy busy, except for the pumpkin picking and hayrides in October.  

For this visit to the farm, we wanted to get there a little early to avoid any possible crowds.  I also like going earlier to avoid the heat.  I was happy that it was cloudy out because it made for a more enjoyable apple picking session, instead of sweating the entire time.  Last year, I found that Noah wasn't as excited to pick apples as he was to pick strawberries.  But this year he got really into it.  He did well climbing up the hill/mountain to find the gala apple trees and had fun finding the orange and yellow flags that meant the apples on those trees were ripe and ready to be picked.  This year he was able to pull the low apples off himself (he still needed our help on a few of them) and liked helping with the "apple grabbing tool" to get the ones high up.  He didn't however grasp the idea of gently placing the apples into the basket, and preferred to throw them in instead ;)

After we picked more apples than we know what to do with, we headed back to pay and to peruse the store.  We knew we wanted to pick up some of their apple cider donuts but I also loved looking at all the pumpkins and gourds.  While we are waiting a few more weeks to buy our big pumpkins, we did get some of the super mini pumpkins to place around our house, knowing that they probably won't last to Halloween.  

Picking all these apples made me want to find some apple-tastic recipes.  I have to admit that I'm not a fan of the pumpkin flavored everything, but these recipes definitely interest me!  

I also plan to make my tried and true recipes that just happen to have apples in them.  Noah (and I) are huge fans of these Apple Zucchini Muffins and we both love a cold fruit smoothie!  

Apple Zucchini Muffins 
(originally found here, but I've made some alterations) 

I can usually make 24 regular muffins and 24 mini muffins with this recipe

3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup milk (I use 2% since that's what we drink)
2 cups sugar
grated zucchini (I use either 2 small or 1 large zucchini)
2 apples (cored, peeled, and diced... I use my Vidalia Chop Wizard)
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
2. Grease the mini muffin tin (I use Pam for baking) and put liners in regular muffin tin
3. Combine egg, oil, milk, sugar, and vanilla in large bowl
4. Stir in the grated zucchini and diced apples
5. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ginger, and cinnamon.  
6.  Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix with a spoon
7.  Bake the mini muffins for 13-15 minutes and the regular muffins for about 18 minutes.  Every oven is different so keep an eye on them.  

Fruit Smoothie 
(makes 2 large smoothies)

1 banana
1 orange (peeled)
1 apple (cored, but you can leave the peel on)
8 frozen strawberries
5 baby carrots
4 ice cubes
a squirt of agave nectar (to taste)
a little bit of water (to help it blend)

I use a Vitamix, but any blender should work.  
Place all the ingredients into the blender (in the order listed) and blend until smooth.  
Pour and enjoy :)

Do you plan to go apple picking this year?  
Do you have any favorite apple recipes that I MUST try?

1 comment:

  1. Umm seriously that place is AWESOME!!!!! I wish we had somewhere like that near us. We have pumpkin patches but that's pretty much it. We went apple picking last year but its like 1.5 hours away and I don't know that we have time to do that this year. Other than that, no picking anything anywhere! Such a bummer. Mason would love it! Great pictures!!


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