I know I’m like a week late but…

It’s October!  

It’s also the month of my birth, so get into it! And this year it’s a ‘milestone’ cuz I’m abt to turn 30.  -Actually, the day after my 29th year I started working on my 30th year, it just comes into completion on my birthday.  So, in effect, I’ve been 30 for almost a year… just sayin… 

But anyhoe doe…so far this month, I went to a rodeo and a farm… did I mention that I was from the souf? 😉

I’ve been working on my bucket list of things I wanted to do before I hit the big 3-0- that sounds so odd to me, I guess it’s a milestone, but it doesn’t feel like it.  It doesn’t feel like a lot of things that I thought it would honestly.  But mainly, it doesn’t feel like an ending.  I mean, sure it’s an ending to my 20’s, but beyond that, what am I ending?  The Earth won’t move and the heavens won’t part just because I turn 30, or anyone else for that matter.  So I don’t get why most people are giving me the idea that I should treat this like it’s the ‘end of an era’.    

I appreciate the lessons that I have learned in my 20’s, both good and bad.  I can look back over the last decade and definitely see how drastic my life has changed in many ways.  Conversely, I’m also looking forward to all of the changes that life brings my way in my thirties.  I’m older and wiser and I now have to good sense to enjoy the journey a little more.  |end of tangent|

But so far in October so good.  The weather’s nice as it always is in the beginning of the month.  I hope by the time my birthday rolls around its not like a million degrees below zero freezing, but it probably will be.  On the other hand, just last week Congress shut the gubment down and a lot of my friends are at home during the day for the first time in ever.  Which, though is highly messed up, is kind of funny to me.  Chial they be calling/texting me during the day like “whatchu doin?”  and I’m like “chial I still gotta go to work and class”. LOL!

Apple Dumplings

Another thing that I love about fall is the food I get to cook!  I feel like you can do some of your best cooking when it gets cold even if you’re not like a real good cook.  I think this recipe is easy, but Idk, yall let me know what you think.

Ingredients

  • 4 large apples, peeled and cored (Granny smith or Pacific Rose are my fav for this)
  • Pie crust 
  • 2 sticks cold butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 to 2 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp nutmeg
  • cold water

Preheat oven to 350°F

Prepare the pie crust recipe and refrigerate overnight.  Divide the crust into 4 portions and roll out on a floured surface.

Mix the cinnamon and the white sugar together in a bowl and set aside.

To make the sauce: combine the brown sugar with 1 stick of the butter in a medium pan over medium heat.  Stir until they melt together.  You can add a little water to this if the mixture is too thick- up to a cup.

Place an apple into the center of a portion of dough and coat liberally with the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Add 1 or 2 cubes of the butter.  Bring the sides of the dough together and use cold water to seal the dough.  Place the dough-wrapped apples in a greased casserole dish in order to prevent sticking.  Pour the sauce over the apples and bake for no more than an hour or until the crust is golden and the apples are tender inside.  Use the sauce to baste the apples periodically.

Allow them to cool before serving because the apple will be HOT!  I like to eat mine with ice cream.

ENJOY! 🙂

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