What’s your favorite season? Mine is fall or, as some would say, autumn. Either way, fall is a great season and brings about much enjoyment. One of the places my family likes to visit during the fall is a farm. The farm has so much to see, do, touch, taste, hear, and smell. Talk about multi-sensory experiences! Going to the farm is a perfect outing with families that have mixed ages like mine because there’s something fun for everyone to do.
One of our favorite activities to do down on the farm is pick apples. This fall was my family’s first time picking apples because usually by the time we go to the farm in late October, the focus is picking pumpkins. We always pick beautiful pumpkins, though! This year, we went to the farm in mid-September, so we were able to pick both apples and pumpkins. I’m so happy that my children had the opportunity to do this. We had so much fun that we plan to go apple-picking and pumpkin-picking every fall. We want the best of both worlds!
This trip to the farm included me, my girls and Ayden. Donte, my oldest son, had plans with his dad. It was actually a Fall Fest that was going on and a lot of the activities were geared towards younger kids. Even though my girls are a bit older, they still wanted to go for the activities that weren’t too young for them. They were very excited about picking apples for the first time. The other activities we did on the farm were a hayride, a corn maze, checked out the various venders, pet farm animals, and Ayden enjoyed the playground. My girls had “so much fun” despite many of the activities were for very young kids. Another reason why they enjoyed the fest was because of the apple cider and apple cider donuts. Yummy! Next year, I am sure to plan an apple-picking trip in September.
The kids picked a lot of apples and while picking, we talked about our plans for the apples. The girls asked if we could make apple pie or apple crisp. My kids don’t even have to ask, they should already know we were going to make a sweet and tasty treat with those delicious apples. Both of these warm and delicious desserts are fall favorites in our home to make and eat! There is something about the aroma of cinnamon baked apples that fills the atmosphere in our home — other than making our bellies rumble.
The next evening, we decided to make an apple crisp with the apples that we picked. I had a taste for the crunchy oat topping — it’s so delicious! I often catch my girls scraping extra topping off the crisp when scooping out their portion. My secret to having extra topping is to take my portion from the corners! It’s sooooo good. I could go for some of those crunchy spiced apples right now!
My husband Larry didn’t understand why we didn’t double the recipe. Well, we didn’t double it because I only had enough apples for one recipe. I betcha’ we won’t make that mistake again! We will need to bring more apples home next time. And it’s not that we didn’t pick a lot, we did. The kids picked enough apples to make an apple crisp and a few pies. We had to leave some behind because it would have been too much to carry along with a pumpkin and the other treats we had.
Apple-picking was a great experience for my family. It was even more special when we made apple crisp with what we picked. Here’s my recipe! I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did!
Crunchy Apple Crisp Recipe
7 cups of apples: peeled, cored, and sliced (we used our picked Red and Green Delicious Apples)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp lemon juice
¼ cup of white sugar
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
Dash of ginger and allspice
2 cups of oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
½ – 1 tsp cinnamon (we love lots of cinnamon!)
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 cup butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8inch pan with a non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
- In a bowl (or a zipped gallon size bag) add the apples, lemon juice, vanilla, ¼ cup white sugar, 1 tbsp flour, and spices. Gently toss (or shake) the ingredients until apples are well-coated. Pour apple mixture into the bottom of prepared pan.
- In a mixing bowl, stir together all the ingredients together for the crunchy topping. Place topping mixture over the apples.
- Bake in the oven for about 40-45 minutes. Serve warm. A scoop of vanilla ice cream goes well with it. Yum!
If you try this recipe, please let me know what you think about it! Also, please share the recipe with your friends!