Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Day at the Apple Orchard

Our church HOME (Helping Out Mothers with Encouragement) group went to an apple orchard today and we had a wonderful day. God blessed us with a perfect day of blue skies, 72 degree weather, and a gentle breeze. I guess Fall is on it's way.


Andrew and I had a great time picking and eating apples together.


Andrew had never eaten an apple without me cutting it up so I wasn't sure how he would do. I gave him an apple and took a bite out of it so he would be able to get right to the good stuff and he loved it. He would just stand there chewing on the apple and he ate about three fourths of it. Then he fell over into the mud so we had to get rid of that one and he was not happy about it. So we found another one and he started into that one and before he was done he had eaten about three fourths of that one too. He loved it.


We picked a bunch of apples and I was beginning to wonder what on earth I was going to do with them all. Then some of the other moms started talking about making apple pies and apple crisps and I decided that I needed to give a try to baking my first pie. Mom, you should be proud. I made a great pie and the crust was even flaky. Although I have never baked anything that took me that long before. First I had to figure out the most effective way to peel and cut up the apples and finally I got a good system going. I didn't really know how long all of that would take so I didn't make the crust first and I was getting a little nervous that the apples were going to get brown before I had a chance to get them baked. Well then came the hard part....making the crust. I had never made a crust from scratch but I had watched my mom lots of times. (She makes it look a ton easier than it really is.) Anyway after it was all baked it looked great and we finally got to try it out tonight. Ummmm....it was great. Now I know I can do it.



There were some tractors at the orchard and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get a couple of really cute pictures of that. Andrew was all decked out in his overalls and everything.


3 comments:

Patty Armitage said...

Laura,

Wow your pie looks wonderful and I bet it tasted as good as it looks. Would never have guessed by looking that it was your first.

Andrew's pictures are so so cute! He sure was enjoying those apples. The picture with the tractor looks like an old timey picture and I know great grandparents would love seeing it!
Love you and I'm proud of you and your growing family.
Mom

James and Christen said...

Laura,

Those are awesome pictures. Thanks for putting in so many. I Love all of them but my favorite is the one with the tractor. I think I will try to print it and frame it.

I am glad to hear your pie turned out so well. Will you make one again? I have made one a couple of times but not for at least 3 years. I think it would feel like my first time again.

Thanks for your comments about our boxes. I have even decorated because today we had a party for Daniel's birthday and I wanted things cleaned up so....I worked and worked and now I am dead tired!

I am playing the piano on Sun. morning. I started this month playing once a week for one of the services. It is always a challenge to pick out hymns. (Since I don't know the names in Portuguese and they don't always translate exactly.) Pray that God will open the door for me to get a piano. I really need to practice more.

Hope you have a good rest of the weekend.
Love ya - christen

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