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Friday, October 22, 2010

THE LAST APPLE IS PICKED

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Flurries here in the north.  The first signs of snow.  Quickly we realize what that means:1.  The obvious - winter is quickly approaching.  Brilliant.       

2.   All indoor games are dragged out of the "craft closet".  Who am I   kidding - it's a junk room.


3.  Last year's  DVD's are dusted off and in the distance a voice says, " Oh wow Mom, I didn't know we had that".


4.  There better be hot chocolate in the cupboards. (And for some of us a bit of Baileys, or my new favorite from the Pinnacle - ice cider cream liqueur.)


5.  Hanging around the outdoor fire pit.  I am happily raising pyro's.


6.  Stacking logs outside the front door for the indoor fireplace, which is sadly followed by:


7 . Dusting, dusting and more dusting.


8.  The pleasant chanting throughout the house -  It's too cold, I'm hungry, I'm bored, and my personal favorite - I'm leaving.
9.  Snacking and not having to worry about a bathing suit.     


10. The euphoria of planning for the winter vacation IN THE SOUTH.


But as the cool weather approaches - relax,  - put on a pot of coffee or brew some tea and enjoy these scrumptious muffins.



APPLE STRUDEL MUFFINS:       



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped apples
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  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 12 cup muffin pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar and eggs until smooth. Mix in vanilla. Stir in apples, and gradually blend in the flour mixture. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin pan.
  4. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture is like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over tops of mixture in muffin pan.
  5. Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to sit 5 minutes before removing muffins from pan. Cool on a wire rack.

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