Friends, thank you for all of your great comments over the past four weeks during the A to Z Lunch-Box feature. It was such great fun for me to work on, cook for and put together for you, but I must confess that I'm happy to be returning to more spontaneous posting now. I'm currently working on the printable list of the feature, which will include some of your alphabetical suggestions as well, and I will upload it to the left hand column of this page sometime this week. Oh yeah, I'll also announce the randomly-drawn winners of the small foodie prize packs within the next few days and get those off to the winners very soon.
But for now, it's all about the harvest season and the apples. Oh, the apples! We went apple picking this weekend, in the damp, dreary weather that has been blanketing Ontario for the past week or so, and it was great. The boys, of course, had to climb the apple trees to reach the "best" ones, so a lot of exercise was incorporated into the apple picking, and for seven and nine year old boys, that's never a bad thing. My thirty-three year old self enjoyed the fresh air and active morning just as much as they did, and lugging fifteen pounds of apples in my arms was a nice little muscle-builder on it's own.
So, now that we're home with bags and baskets of the luscious apples you see above, I need to put them to use. We're going to store some for snacking and lunch-box packing, but the rest are going to be used in some tried and true recipes, as well as some new ones I've found after a bit of on-line searching:
Oh, and I can't stop thinking that I want to make homemade sausages....chicken or turkey with apple and sage. Doesn't that sounds good? And how fun would it be to let the boys grind some meat and create one of their most favourite foods from scratch!
Happy Monday everyone....have a great week!