On Tuesday the weather was warm and humid. I’m trying to finish my annual cleaning, however, the weather so far this week isn’t conducive to cleaning.
Over the weekend, when it was cooler, I was going through my recipe files for inspiration for a food blog entry. I took out my Delicious Orchards file and found an apple recipe from the fall of 1985. On one side is an All About Apples report from Eastmont Orchards and, on the other side, four recipes using fresh apples. One recipe that caught my eye was apple bread. Despite the warm conditions, I’ve made the bread.
Today is the first full day of autumn. What better way to start the season than with cinnamon apple crisp. My daughter and her family went apple picking last weekend at Wightman Farm in Morristown, NJ and I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of some apples. I don’t know what type apples she picked, so I chose ones that looked like they would be firm and a bit tart.
My husband’s birthday was the end of August and celebrated during Labor Day weekend. With the summer being so hot and sticky and company over the weekend, in lieu of his traditional carrot cake, we celebrated his birthday with ice cream sandwiches from Sundaes the Ice Cream Place in Manasquan.
Now that summer and our vacation adventure are done, our air conditioning decided to spring a leak. I felt I owed my husband his birthday carrot cake. However, I had something much easier to prepare and it didn’t involve an oven, carrot cake pancakes. The recipe for these pancakes appeared in the holiday issue of Southern Living Magazine in December 2012. I already tried the red velvet pancakes from the same issue and they were divine!
Once I came through my hip replacement surgery, my husband thought a little vacation would be good for us. With that in mind, he planned a trip to Charleston, SC from September 9th through 12th. As the hurricane season up until this point seemed quiet, he thought this would be a good time.
We had been to Charleston twice before and loved it. There are many lovely boutique hotels and larger hotels where to stay but we returned once again to the Francis Marion Hotel. It sits on the corner of Calhoun and King Street, which is at the top of the King Street shopping district.
Needless to say, we arrived on the Sunday just as hurricane Florence warnings went into effect. As we were only in town until Wednesday, we felt comfortable knowing we would depart before the Florence would arrive.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.