Thursday, September 13, 2012

It was Pretty...Pretty Crunchy

~Farmhouse Stand~

Diversion was needed yesterday in light of the day's news. (I have discussed that elsewhere.) So while John worked on the garage, I went off in search of apples, and pumpkins, perhaps a mum...

~The Edge of the Wood~

rather than going for a walk in the woods behind my home (as one has suggested). There's a big, old, wet, nasty ravine between me and that walk so I don't do it. John tells me that there is another big, old, wet, nasty ravine directly behind this scene. Nope, I'll be looking for level ground for my walk. There's an equally nasty walk along the river that is posted "no trespassing." I'll not be walking there either.

~Getting a lot of mileage out of one little windowsill~

I found some wee little pumpkins on the table you first saw above. Are you tired of this scene yet?


And I found some Macs being the only available variety so far.


They made a pretty pie, but those apples baked for nearly an hour and a half and they are still crunchy as if I had used canned apples. Ugh. I quit on making pies. Next time, I'll buy one instead or try to see if I can ruin *this recipe.* (Aren't they cute?!)

Love Vee

36 comments:

  1. Do you have another blog, Vee? Where else did you discuss yesterday's news?

    I like you pumpkins and apple pie. Sounds as though fall is coming. I make apple crisp myself, rather than pie, but that wouldn't help the crunchiness, I guess.

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  2. I MUST use Mac apples for Apple Pie, because he is used to that. :-) And yes, the Apple Pie takes a long, long time to bake.... Slowly. :-)

    But everything is delicious, in the end. I actually take my pie out, when my (home made) crust is looking NICE. That's my time's up signal. :-)

    "Auntie"

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  3. I add to the other comment, already here.

    PLEASE don't be vague, when you say things, which sound as if your day was NOT a GOOD one. Please....

    We want to know what's the matter, and we don't like to have to go searching around to find it.

    Or to have to figure out "What You Meant?" by; "Diversion was needed yesterday in light of the day's news. (I have discussed that elsewhere.)"

    Please and thank you.

    "Auntie"

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  4. That farmstand looks so appealing to me. The quilt is such a pretty piece to anchor all of that fall goodness.
    How disappointing that your apples were still crunchy after baking so long. Peeling and slicing those apples is time consuming.
    I am not tired of your windowsill. It is inspiring me to want to start a little fall decorating around here.
    I've been poking around trying to figure out where you had discussed the day's events and haven't found any clues. Do hope everything is okay.

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  5. Back to say I found it right where I thought it might be. I had forgotten it was necessary to scroll down for current post. I was thinking this might be the topic. I watched the coverage last night on Nightline. So very sad and disturbing.

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  6. My husband would love to see those apples, especially their end result! Lovely pics. I too need a distraction.
    :-(

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  7. I love this post. Looks so autumnie and cool and fall and ......love it all. And I want a piece of pie.

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  8. It looks beautiful Vee! I'm not a pie maker. In fact I find pies a little intimidating. Beautiful photo of those crunchy apples!!

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  9. Love the farmstand! I have my favorite cooking apples (golden transparent) and they cook up nicely for pie...so I don't think I've ever tried Mac's. I'm wondering if apples steam better with a solid top crust, rather than lattice. It wouldn't look quite a pretty though:)

    Hope all is well at your place!

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  10. well, it sure is a beauty! don't you hate it
    when the fruit doesn't soften? all that
    work!

    i hate it that you live in such a beautiful
    place and can't take walks for all the
    bogs. :(

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  11. Well at least you attempted to make a pie. Something my husband only gets if one of my friends or family takes pity on him. I should really indulge him soon. Maybe you've inspired me. ~ Abby

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  12. Oh what a shame, those crunchy apples! And your pie is quite beautiful! I admire a lattice crust. I usually take a shortcut with apple pies and do a crumb topping, but the lattice is so pretty.

    Nope, I'd not walk through a ravine! For one thing...well, never mind. I don't even want to picture it. And another thing...I'd be afraid of the critters that were hiding out in it. We have woods in the back of our property and woods in adjoining family property with nice paths for walking, but I don't go back there until after frost when there is no more worry of seeing snakes and ticks. Especially the snakes. I know I'm a wimp. :/

    Yes, those little apple pocket pies are darling!

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  13. I love using Macs for apple pie. I wonder if Judy isn't correct about the covered crust? Apple pies do take a long time to bake, I find.

    Take heart, my friend. Greater is the One who is in you than the one who is in the world.

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  14. The apples look delicious! I never can tell which apples to make pie with.

    I always love seeing what you have in your window Vee. The pumpkins are perfect there.

    I stopped walking here, when we started seeing bears....yikes!

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  15. Macs are a family favorite and it is not possible to get good homegrown handpicked apples out here...I have to be content with imported varieties at Costco, so I am eating up all your wonderful autumn posts! and your window view of the changing season reminds me of home:-)

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  16. Oh my goodness don't give up! I bet it was delish! Looked very pretty. And I am ready for fall!

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  17. The apples look so good and your pie looks good enough to eat!

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  18. Vee, I enjoy your windows. :) I like an apple pie with some bite rather than mush, then I'll just eat applesauce. Perhaps try "sauteing" the apples a little then pile into the crust and bake. The woods look so beautiful, but I would be wary of those ravines, too. xo

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  19. I'm in the dark about what we discussed elsewhere, too...but my Dad used to say, I wake up in a new world every day! heehee! I love the crunch of the apples in a pie but probably they will soften if you leave it for a day or so...meaning don't eat it! lol Sweet hugs! Let me know if I discussed something important! ; 0

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  20. Re: The walking along the river and taking pics there. How was I to know that it's not lovely, along the river and the mill? Pics you have shown of it, are "right-out-of-a-magazine-spread" lovely.

    "Auntie"

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  21. Your pie sure looks tasty but I agree with you on the crunchy part. I picked some Macs last Saturday and they sure could ripen a lot more. I think it's too hot and dry. Maybe they'll all be crunchy this year. And sour. It's too bad you can't get through the ravine. I'd worry about ticks and poison ivy in there wouldn't you? And I still like your kitchen window and it's seasonal dislplays. :)

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  22. Did I miss a post? Did something happen? I hope all is well with you and your family! Too funny about the pie but those little pies look delicious! Let me know how they turn out for you!

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  23. I don't like crunchy apples in pies either.
    I usually let my apple pie filling simmer while making the crust....my mom's idea, not mine!

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  24. My daughter cooks her apples first in a pot then mashes them before putting them in her pie. Only because that's the way her hubby's mother does them and he wants his pie like good ole' Mom makes it:-)
    Apples may be very expensive this winter with crops down from the weather. We better enjoy apple pie while we can.
    Judith

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  25. Home baked Apple pie sound yummy. I remember using Mac's in apple pies at home growing up. We used to cut them in wedges then cut the wedges up in little slices....don't know if that you help you out...with your apples being too crunchy.

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  26. Dear Vee,

    I can count on you to make me smile AND laugh out loud. Jeff knows when I'm reading your newest posting.

    I've definitely been off line for awhile (you know why), but I'm getting life settled down and jumping back in.

    Sending love and we'll be back in Maine in October.

    S

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  27. I like an apple pie that is "al dente," Vee. I haven't seen pumpkings available here as yet, but I'm sure they will be everywhere very soon. I've always loved pumpkins!

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  28. Vee, even if the apples are hard, you made the pie look delish.
    You have a knack for making things look lovely even if you are not in a lovely mood.
    Cheer Up!

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  29. Hello Vee, found your sweet blog and enjoyed it very much, Im a follower now, can`t shake me, tee hee. Pumpkins and apple pie, two of my favorite things but I also do not like my pie with crunchy apples.Blessings Francine.

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  30. Those apples look so good. Looks like you are ready for fall...so nice! Love your blog!

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  31. Could I just crawl into your blog world and stay with you a while? It looks so restful and homey....I can smell those pies! Mmmmm...I could use a day or two in your haven!

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  32. I always enjoy your photos Vee! Hope all is well in your corner!

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  33. Between the pumpkin and the smell of your apple pie, I finally think fall might be on the way. I love the smell of apples cooking, almost as much as the pie, especially since I've never baked one. :) (Maybe 100 years ago, but not with success or i would have tried again)

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  34. I like the two toned apples. : )
    When I bake a pie I always use Granny Smith apples. Haven't made a pie in a while though.

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  35. I don't give a flyin' flip WHAT kind of apples, they ALL make a pie worth writing home about. I love apple pie...and, (I know we eat differently in different parts of the country) but I LUV a big slice of extra sharp cheddar cheese melted on my slice of apple pie.

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