NOURISH … with a bounty of apples + a recipe for apple breakfast pie

IMG_7951

It’s been a busy, bountiful season harvesting apples from my sister’s trees and also gleaning for the hungry at some beautiful local orchards with After the Harvest. One of the harvest gleans was for my husband’s employees and their families. The orchard has close to 80 trees and the entire orchard is given to After the Harvest volunteers to glean for the hungry. The kids had a lot of fun at this one since they were able to master the apple picker. I’ve been busy working my way through the apples above, from my sister, making apple butter, spiced apple sauce, and apple cherry pies (with cherries from another sister). I have some links to apple recipes below + our favorite apple breakfast pie (adapted from a recipe given to me by my sister-in-law).

IMG_8139
IMG_7591 IMG_7592
IMG_7624

We also gleaned with our Families of Young Children group from our church. Over 1000 lbs of apples were picked that day to donate to local food pantries and our own parish food pantry, St. Vincent de Paul.

IMG_8133 IMG_8136
IMG_8137
apples

Clearly the apple picking tools were a big hit, especially after mastering how to use them.

IMG_8158

IMG_8157

Enjoying a favorite… collecting sticks and making caramel apples using this recipe from the Nourished Kitchen.

Untitled-2

Since the weather has turned too beautiful to be indoors I moved the apple processing outside along with apple printing to keep Emma busy while I peel.

My new favorite way to enjoy apples is fresh homemade spiced applesauce mixed with a little goat milk kefir. Delicious!!

a little more apple inspiration below ….

Here’s a fun video showing a crockpot method for making applesauce. This is such a simple way of making applesauce (if you minus the coring, peeling, and cutting!). I broke down and invested in a food mill this year that has been invaluable for tomatoes and apple butter. Sometimes I make a batch of applesauce and leave some of the skins on, but for apple butter the food mill works fantastic. I have been doing a mixture of freezing in jars and water bath canning for the sauce and the butter.

For a variety of applesauces, try adding in a chinese five spice blend or a little zested ginger. If you have pears, try a combo sauce.

Here’s another great resource for water bath canning.

The following sites have some great apple recipe inspiration.

NaturallyElla

Gluten Free on a Shoestring

Infusing liquors is another way I like to preserve seasonal fruits. Blackberries, cherries, apples, and foraged persimmons work great for infusions. Here’s a great post about infusing liquors.

Another favorite … Gluten Free Spiced Apple Crisp

IMG_8142

It’s always more fun to peel apples with friends!

IMG_5018

Apple Breakfast Pie, gluten free, dairy free (adapted from my sister-in-law’s recipe)

This is similar to a dutch baby pancake but I like to make it ahead, double the recipe, and place it in the refrigerator overnight to marinate and bake in the morning + it makes the morning breakfast an easy one. I use a combination of almond flour and brown rice flour, but feel free to experiment with your own flour blend.

INGREDIENTS

4 eggs

3/4 c. canned coconut milk (or another non-dairy milk)

3 T. maple syrup

1/2 c. almond flour

1/4 c. brown rice flour

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. sea salt

1/4 c butter, melted

4 apples, peeled and sliced

DIRECTIONS

Mix together the eggs, milk, and maple syrup. Add in the flours, cinnamon and salt. Add in melted butter to the mixture. Place sliced apples in a pie plate coated with coconut oil. Now add the mixture on top of the apples. Cover with wrap and refrigerate overnight.

(if you’re doubling the recipe just use 2 pie plates and divide the amount of apples and mixture between them)

In the morning preheat the oven to 400 degrees. I take the apple pie out of the refrigerator while the oven is preheating. Bake for 25-30 min.

Drizzle with a little maple syrup or raw honey for serving.(optional).

Enjoy the beautiful Fall weather!

Julie

NEST… family nature hikes | with five and one

family-nature-hikes-summer13

Well, I don’t seem to have much time these days for blogging, but scheduling time outdoors is always at the top of my list. Join us this fall for a couple of hikes at local Kansas City trails.

FALL FAMILY NATURE HIKE SCHEDULE

Here are some great nature resources from the Children and Nature Network and the following articles are great motivators to engage in more nature based activities.

NPR article on children and screen time

This is always a great article to revisit. The Hybrid Mind

Enjoy this last bit of summer!

Julie

NOURISH … with nature’s twizzler + a raw beet salad recipe

Life is amazing and full lately! School has begun and I’m beginning to sift through all of the fantastic images of our time together growing food, cooking, creating, and traveling as a family over the summer break. One constant in our garden is this chinese red noodle bean that I have posted about before. It’s one that I should really start carefully seed saving from since you never know when the seed will become unavailable. We grow it in a pot on our terrace for easy access and the kids like to just eat it raw from the vine. This year I also added it to our larger garden and we have named it “nature’s twizzler”, our unprocessed version of a twizzler. It tastes nothing like a twizzler, but you would think that it was actually candy the way my kids tear off the bean and eat the entire pod, seeds and all. My favorite way to make it is with sriracha sauce or a sweet chili sauce that I posted last year here. Here are a couple of other recipes from our local New Roots for Refugees farmers (who I actually bought my first chinese red noodle bean from several years ago). I haven’t tried these recipes yet, but they look very tasty.

IMG_7143 IMG_7647 IMG_7051 IMG_7642

One other vegetable that we always have in the garden are beets and as a matter of fact I just popped more seeds in the ground today to get a fall crop of them. The kids all love beets and a favorite way to make them this summer has been this raw beet salad.

IMG_6735
IMG_6980

RAW BEET SALAD

2 large beets, peeled and shredded (you can wear rubber gloves when peeling if you are concerned with purple hands)

2 carrots, peeled and shredded

1 apple shredded or thinly sliced into match sticks (green apples work nicely, but any apple will do)

1 t. grated ginger

DRESSING

1-1/2 T. raw honey

1 t. balsamic vinegar

1/4 t. salt

1/2 juice of a lime

DIRECTIONS

Set aside the shredded beets, carrots, apple, and ginger. Mix together the dressing and pour over the beet mixture. This can be eaten right away but the taste gets better after the flavors marinate.

Enjoy!

Julie