Friday, January 10, 2014

{FFWD} Baked Apples Stuffed with Fruit and Nuts

It's Friday, Friday! :) That means it is time for French Fridays with Dorie. After this week there are only 63 (I think) more recipes until Around My French Table is completed. Of course, I have missed quite a few recipes so I should do some catching up. It is only the 10th of January and we have already had a lot happen. Christmas Eve (yes I know, that was last year) Little Man had a stomach virus that I got and then Bobby got. He was still recovering New Years Eve and was able to eat. Our friends Travis and Sara had us over for a fun evening! Turns out her dad was in the Navy and living in San Diego at the same time my sister was born at Balboa! Small world!

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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14 comments:

Renee said...

Great family photos. Glad you liked this one. It was really easy to make!

Kathy said...

Hi Karen, First Happy Birthday to your husband! Sounds like the kids did a great job with the cake and gift wrap.
And your baked apple looks delicious! I’m sure your kids and husband would have enjoyed it! Have a great weekend!

Geraldine Saucier said...

Great idea using the Pecans with Walnut, Cherries, and Cinnamon mix. I have had it and it is delicious. Hope you have a nice weekend.

Diane Balch said...

Glad you enjoyed your kids and apples…sorry to hear about the pipes.

Liz Berg said...

Glad to hear you had a nice break...despite being sick. And your get kudos for making this without a trip to the market :)

Guyla Mayo said...

Karen, 2014 is off to quite a start for you and your family! That polar vortex reeked havoc on lots of people, didn't it? Glad things are getting back to 'normal'. Glad you enjoyed your apple; we did too! I have some catch up cooking to do too. Happy Birthday to Bobby!

Betsy said...

It must be "husband birthday week"! Mine had his birhday on the 9th. Happy Birthday to Bobby! Sorry you had so much inconvenience from the polar vortex. It was colder than usual, and so windy, but that's not totally unexpected for this part of the world. Seems like a rare occurrence where you are. As for the apples, what a stroke of brilliance to use Sahale snacks to fill the whole. I LOVE those. One of my favorite discoveries when we were in Seattle. I haven't been able to find them locally, except a giant bag of one flavor, at Costco. I want more variety!

Teresa said...

I'm impressed that you got to this, considering everything that was going on! Glad it sounds like everything's back under control and that you all had a great birthday celebration with your husband. This was a wonderful recipe that I'll definitely be making again.

tricia s. said...

I am with Betsy on loving those Sahale snacks. I knew they would be yummy but they were off the charts. I think I finished half a bag before I left Seattle (hangs head in shame...). Great use of the ready made "filling". Glad you liked the apples and glad you came out of the polar vortex unscathed. Stay warm !

Adriana said...

I admire your willpower. My Sahale bag made it to Puerto Rico after IFBC, but didn't last for a week after that. I looked for that same blend at Costco and the health food store that carries them but wasn't lucky. I hope everyone enjoys this when you make it again.

Cher Rockwell said...

This weather did cause its share of troubles. We dealt with the frozen pipe thing, but fortunately we didn't have to deal with splits (whew).

These apples were just the thing, weren't they?

Cakelaw said...

I loved reading all your news and seeing the photos. I envy your lovely sauce - I forgot to baste my apple and all the sauce had caramelised on the bottom of the pan.

Mary Hirsch said...

Your Post was exhausting, Karen. I feel your pain about those frozen pipes. It does put a damper on running a household efficiently. After all my East Coast and midwestern friends going through the "polar vortex", I feel guilty complaining about -17 degrees in Colorado. We have a drier, kinder cold if there is such a thing. I am amazed also that you got you apple made. Make it again, please for the entire family. It's good. Happy New Year.

Christy said...

Happy belated birthday to your husband! Glad you were able to find a local plumber and get everything back online.