Today we set the clocks back – Fall Back! The entire day I felt like it must be later than it was. By 10:30 I thought it surely must be noon. By mid-afternoon I was starting on dinner, and by the time dinner was over I was ready for bed! I’m so glad it wasn’t my night to do dishes! Thanks D2! It’s also the reason I chose something relatively easy to bake; Baked Apples.
This morning at my parents’ house, I enjoyed some Pumpkin Spice coffee that Mother had picked up a week or two ago. It was from a local coffee shop, not a chain. Mother and I only brew “foo-foo” coffee on the weekends (my second oldest brother refers to it as such). We drink “regular” coffee throughout the week when we get together. Mother decided that the Pumpkin Spice is not really her thing, although Daddy and I liked it! My only issue is that Mother makes her coffee fairly weak. If she brewed this a bit stronger she might like it better. I know I would!
When Daughter Number 4 called to say that she was awake and ready to be picked up for her Sunday morning breakfast at G’s house she also told me that Daughter Number 2 was awake. What I soon found out was that Daughter Number 2 was barely awake. She was up late, due to the football game that took place several hours from home (we won, which made her very happy). I asked her to wake Daughter Number 3 who had asked at bedtime the night before to be awakened so she did not miss breakfast again. As we were on the phone together, Daughter Number 2 made an off the cuff comment about liking the cinnamon sugar donuts from the local Casey’s. I headed the three blocks home to pick up the girls.
As we pulled into my parents’ parking area, my mother was headed out the door with her purse in hand. She informed us that if she was going to get the kind of donuts the girls’ liked, she had best have some help in getting them. Daughter Number 2 jumped into the car. Needless to say, I enjoyed the empty calorie non-nutrition friendly donut. All 300 plus calories!
I ate light the rest of the day, and noticed that all of the girls did, too. In fact, when I was thinking about what to make for dinner I got the following comments from the girls: Daughter Number 2 wanted no meat; Daughter Number 4 wanted something soft on her tummy. I chose Campenelle pasta because I had some on the shelf. Actually I have never tried it. Obviously I chose it for the fun shape.
I cooked the pasta in some chicken broth with some minced garlic. While the broth was coming to a boil, I started poaching a chicken breast for The Hubs. He informed me after dinner that he is not a fan of poached foods. Guaranteed I won’t do that again! I opened a can of tiny peas and baked them in the oven with a little bit of butter, salt, and sugar. The peas were served over shredded lettuce. I also served some toast with seasonings and canned peaches to round out the meal. It was a really bland dinner, even with the spices and seasonings that I used and the shredded Parmagiano over the pasta. Everyone was thrilled except The Hubs. He hadn’t had a heavy donut for breakfast.
For dessert I wanted to use the apples that didn’t get attacked with caramel yesterday. I spent a little bit of time perusing different websites and blogs and just wasn’t coming up with what I wanted. I found quite a few crisp and crumble recipes, and cake recipes, and pastry recipes. Nothing really hit the spot in my mind. I remembered back to my childhood when a childhood friend made baked apples when I spent the night with her once. It was so easy, and they tasted so good! Daughter Number 4 assisted me in the task, and we had a great time. Here is our baked apple recipe.
They were very good. This is something that I will definitely be making again. I made an extra one, so that I can chop it up in my oatmeal tomorrow for breakfast. I’m really looking forward to that!
I will have to look for some more good fall recipes, that are relatively healthy. This one really did meet all of the criteria I was looking for. Good. Easy. Healthy. What more could a girl ask for? Well, it didn’t have chocolate. Maybe next go.
- 4 or 5 baking apples
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Large Marshmallows (1 per apple)
- Chopped Pecans (optional)
- 1 cup boiling water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Wash and Core the apples. Place a marshmallow in the bottom, as a plug.
Mix together the sugar and cinnamon, and nuts if desired.
Place the apples in the bottom of a baking dish. Fill the centers with the sugar mixture. Place a half a pat to a pat of butter on the top of each apple. Pour the boiling water into the baking dish, around the apples. Bake for about 45 minutes until the apples are soft. Let cool for 5 minutes.
Remove carefully from the pan into a bowl. The marshmallow will be melty. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.