My darling hubster had a birthday, and we were so glad he was well enough to eat his cake! My kiddos made the cake all by themselves! All I did was go to the store to buy more cocoa powder. And they worked so nicely together in the kitchen! Bobby was thrilled with his homemade wrapping paper that the kids decorated and with his disc golf set. I see lots of walking in our future. :) They also started basketball practices and have their first games on Saturday.
I am one of the moms that adores having my kids home from school. Sure, they have their moments of crazy but I am always sad to send them back to school. The 6:00 alarm doesn't help matters. As Christmas break was winding down the weather was ramping up and we were hit with a "polar vortex". Our pipes under our downstairs bathroom froze. No shower, no toilet, no sink. We still had water for laundry, dishes, and other necessities until the pipes thawed. Then we had water gushing under the bathroom, which of course means we had to turn all of the water off. Our wonderful next door neighbors let us shower at their house and I called a local plumber. He came as quickly as possible and found 3 splits in the pipes and replaced them in just a couple of hours. I am quite happy that we found a local guy as the regular big business we usually use couldn't come for 2 more days. The plumber that came also closed our vents under the house (that we didn't know we had) so it would stay a bit warmer.
|Yes, the laundry is piled on the couch..at least it is clean and folded! :) The pic of me and Bobby is the last in a series where he was trying to kiss me but our child kept snapping crazy pics.|
The kids went back to school yesterday after 2 snow days were used due to no heat in classrooms, frozen and busted pipes, and school buses that wouldn't start. I started teaching 2 classes and Bobby is healthy and back to work. All in all quite a start to the year! But, you didn't come to read about that! You came to read about Baked Apples Stuffed with Fruits and Nuts!
This was a fantastically simple and delicious recipe! I haven't been to the grocery store in a few days so that was the last apple in the basket. I think it is a Rome apple but it could be Jazz....I don't think it is a Gala. Anyway, I think Honeycrisp would be really good. One of the directions for this was to mix fruits and nuts together with honey and some spices. I happened to have an unopened bag of Sahale Snacks Maple Pecans with Walnuts, Cherries, Cinnamon. I didn't feel the need to run out and pick up any extra nuts since this was already mixed together. If you like butter you will love this. After hollowing out the apple I put a little butter in the bottom, stuffed in the snack mix, topped with more butter, poured some apple cider into the pan, scattered more butter and the apple peels into the pan and stuck it in the oven to bake. Every 15 minutes for an hour I scooped some of the cider/butter mix over the top. At the end you could boil the rest of the sauce so it would thicken but it was already starting to brown so I called it good and poured it over the top of the apple. I am pretty sure my kiddos would have liked this and my hubs may have too but it was my lunch so unfortunately for them they don't get any. Of course, I may make it again and they will like it! :) Make sure to check out the LYL to see how other Doristas enjoyed this recipe!
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