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 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.