I love the Fall and change of seasons and my family and I took advantage of the unusually warm fall temps and we went apple picking last weekend. This is a picture from the apple farm we went to and we did get a ride on the tractor and picked apples here. We picked some delicious Jonagold apples and I made an apple crisp which is a family favorite. We had a great time but being outdoors among the rampant ragweed triggered my allergies. For some reason, I've acquired a severe ragweed allergy as an adult and each fall it gets worse even being on allergy medicines. I ended up having difficulty breathing by Tuesday and had to go to the doctor who diagnosed me with asthmatic bronchitis and gave me medicine and a cortisone shot which I've never gotten before. I'm better but still struggling a bit and hope that my body can fight this.
Apple Crisp Recipe from Betty Crocker
|4||medium tart cooking apples, sliced (4 cups)|
|3/4||cup packed brown sugar|
|1/2||cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour|
|1/2||cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats|
|1/3||cup butter or margarine, softened|
|3/4||teaspoon ground cinnamon|
|3/4||teaspoon ground nutmeg|
|Cream or Ice cream, if desired|
- Heat oven to 375ºF. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with shortening.
- Spread apples in pan. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients except cream until well mixed: sprinkle over apples.
- Bake about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Serve warm with cream (we prefer ice cream).
*This is the recipe that I usually make and it is a favorite.
I've been working part time since August and that has been a major adjustment and has contributed to why I haven't been blogging as much. I do enjoy working in a school environment as an Occupational Therapist, it's a new area for me and I'm learning a lot. It's cute when the kids want to give you a hug or get so excited and proud when they've accomplished something new or reach a goal. One student brought a book to the therapy room with them and I had to ask about the series he was reading. I've adjusted my schedule and work load and I hope to be able to spend more time reading and blogging. I am behind on my reviews but will get to them soon. I've been very selective of the books that I've accepted to review which are not many at this time. For some reason, I've noticed that I've been getting more unsolicited books for review sent to me in hopes that I'll read and review them. Many are not books that I am interested in and I would not normally choose to read. I'm passing them on to friends or will have a giveaway here and share them with my readers. The intention is to spread the word about new books, although I'd prefer to be asked first.
Books I'm reading:
Out of the shadows by Joanne Rendell
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Audiobook that I'm listening to:
Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot