The Bolinger Family went to the apple orchard on Monday night!!! I know, I know, I’m slightly behind on the blog….. Again, the extracurriculars are kicking my behind and I’m sticking to that as my excuse! Just tonight, our entire family was overjoyed that soccer practices (plural) were rained out for the evening – CANCELLED! So, we spent a lovely, rainy, relaxed evening at home!
Back to the orchard though – it was a nice, windy evening. Not too hot, but not really cool either – let’s go with “moderate.” The sun was in and out of the clouds, so we had some interesting lighting for photos!
Gregg helping Alex pick an apple – such a sweet moment!
Can you tell she’s excited??!! Without going into frustrating detail, Alex was finally able to join the Girl Scouts, and this was her first field trip with the troop. It was the Bolinger Family’s first time going to an apple orchard!
So, we were giddy with excitement!
AND, giddy with an ornery zeal!
Yes, we have some ornery boys in the family – I was NOT the one behind the camera for this photo – ahem, Mr. Bolinger……! Silly, gross boys!
I set my sights on this gorgeous Johna-Gold apple at the tip top of the tree…. it took a little bit of effort, but on tiptoes, and with arm outstretched, I got that apple!
I found lots of apples! And, my sweet husband took some awesome pics at the orchard, so you can actually tell that I was present at a family function!
Looks like the handsome hubbs was having a good, apple-pickin’ time too!
A close-up view of some Georgia Black Apples – they weren’t ready for picking yet….. but apparently you can tell when they are ready because they turn such a dark shade that they look black – hence the name!
Are these apple blossoms?? They were on the apple tree, but I’m not sure what they’re purpose is? I had someone ask what this is…. not sure….. just know that it’s amazingly beautiful.
So, what to do with our Great Apple Harvest? Well, we usually just eat apples raw. These orchard apples were still pretty small and they’re quite tart. Sounds like the perfect kind of apple for baking! I’m not a big “pie person,” so my compromise is to make an apple pie/crumble dessert .
Coring and slicing apples aplenty!
Bowl full of apple slices – aren’t they so tiny and cute?!
Mixed with sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Sittin’ all delicious in the pie crust awaiting the crumble.
Crumbled successfully – ready for the oven.
Baked and bubblin’
YUMMO!!!! I loved the apple filling – slightly tart but supremely sweet! The crumble was amazing and added some crunch to the very tender apples. And, with all of that flavor exuding itself, I hardly even noticed the pie crust, which is the part of the pie that I usually have a problem with, and which is also why I’m not much of a pie person. I thoroughly enjoyed the pie/crumble dessert combination and would definitely make this with our next Great Apple Harvest!