Last Tuesday, Christian texts me at around 2pm and says, “Can you bake something tonight for my class tomorrow? I told my professor I would bring in baked goods for this thing we are having.” Now, I felt a little like a mom being solicited by her five-year-old son for goodies to bring to class for show-n-tell, but, being the wonderful girlfriend I am – and eager baker – I agreed. *Sigh*. I immediately set off on my next task of choosing a recipe. After coming up with several chocolaty delicious options, I asked Christian which he would prefer. He responded by asking if I could make something a little more seasonal.
I’d like to put a disclaimer that I have been in Oregon for my cousin’s wedding the second half of this week, and sick the first half, so my blog did not get new posts. It is now Sunday, and I am still sick – probably sicker than I started – and in the airport in Portland waiting to return to the east coast. Sorry for the delay. Boo. Now to the post…
About 2 weeks ago, my coworker brought me a 10lb bag of baking apples with the condition that I make lots of appley things with them. I did not want to disappoint. Now, first of all, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as baking apples. I guess the reason they are called baking apples is because they are a softer apple, which is nice. I forget the actual name of the apple, though, which is unfortunate. It makes it easier to cook them to mush for applesauce, and takes less time to soften them to the desired consistency in general for any recipe. So, when I received my 10lb bag, I went to work scouring Pinterest for the right recipe. I came across many delicious ones, but in the end, narrowed it down to 3. The first? Apple Strudel Rolls! The second? Apple Crumble! The third? Slow-Cooker Applesauce! Yes, I was a busy girl last weekend with all my apple baking adventures.
I love the fall. I love the weather; I love the leaves crunching beneath my feet; I love reuniting with my boots again after many months apart; I love hayrides and hikes through picturesque fall foliage; I love pumpkin- and apple-flavored and smelling things; I love corn mazes and pumpkin carving; I love all the colors and smells of fall. I love the wondrous disappearance of mosquitoes. I love fall. I also recently purchased a new fall-scented Spiced Pumpkin Yankee candle. The smells make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I burn them in the evenings after a long day of work. And I can’t wait to drink the bottle of spiced wine I bought at my cousin’s bachelorette wine tasting this past spring from the Williamsburg Winery in Virginia that I have been saving for this wonderful time of year. I also just visited Bath and Body Works to update my wallflowers and hand soap collection with fall fragrances (Leaves, Cranberry Woods, Harvest Gathering, Nutmeg and Spice, Hazelnut Latte, and Autumn Day, to name a few). Yay. Don’t the names alone make you happy? 🙂