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Jonny Appleseed Day


Thanks to Dawn at By Sun and CandlelightI was reminded of Johnny Appleseed's birthday (the 26th, this Wednesday). We decided to make an impromptu day of it. We had so much fun. We read Johny Appleseed by Will Mosesand looked at his Great-Grandmothers art work. We had an apple tea. We did soft-pastel drawings of apples and a fun craft. Paper quilts called Apple Core. We just used the template below and cut out papers and glued them till we filled a page. I printed up small version using wallet size on my printer. For a dinner we cooked baked apples and apple sausages with caramelized onions.

I wanted to say that my quilt represented Grandma Moses (right), Aubern'es her favorite colors (middle) and Chloe's is half her girl side and half her tomboy side (and her inner-struggle ;-) left). I think this may become a tradition. This is the type of day I homeschool for !!!!!


Baked Stuffed Apples

4 apple's cored

1/4 cup softened butter, 1/2 stick

1/3 cup rapadura sugar (it has a molasses flavor) or brown sugar

5 dried figs, cut into small cubes

1/8 cup raisin

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 cup toasted, chopped walnuts

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon and ground ginger

Pre-heat oven 350%

In a bowl mash together everything but the apples. Fill the core of each apple with butter mixture. If extra make a mound on top of apple. Drizzle each apple with a bit of maple syrup and 1/8 cup of water. The water will help the sugars not burn.

Bake uncovered 30 minutes or till apples are tender. 



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What a fun apple day you had! The stuffed apples sound perfect for the cold and wet days we've been having lately - thanks for the recipe!


I'm loving the quilty craft. I can't wait to use it with my children. I'm visiting today because of a link from By Sun and Candlelight. I'll be visiting often. :)


Ah, those are the type of homeschool days I most miss now! Thanks for letting me share in yours Clarice.
Mmmm, baked apples season is here!



All your photos just made me feel very cozy, and want to go bake those apples! I bet that smells heavenly when baking.



I had a wonderful visit here this evening. I love the audio book suggestions. Hubby had them going too on his way to work all the time. The apples look yummy. I'll give them a try are those Gala's?



What a wonderful Autumn Treat!

Makes my mouth water just looking at them.

Jill 00

Laura at Blame It on Paris

I haven't had a chance to do much visiting of other blogs since school started back, so I am catching up on all these creative ideas--and great recipes!

A great way to celebrate Johnny Appleseed...


How fun to have a Johnny Appleseed day, Clarice! The baked apples look so yummy!
P.s. I love how you call the bread and egg a "Toad in the hole!" Too cute!


I remember the first time that I had a baked apple. I came home after school one day, in 2nd grade and my mom had made them for an after school snack. They were so good.
Thanks for the happy memory, and the recipe too!


oh, it all sounds so wonderful,
I must find some chicken sausages while I'm out today...
you have the loveliest things to do here.
Happy Autumn to you, Clarice.

Susan P.

Oh Clarice, what funnnnnn!!!! I wish I could have joined y'all;o)


Oh, goodness. Those baked apples look so good! Thanks for the inspirations! We have a bowl full of apples I may have to hide to bake some...


Who knew??? Apples are great this time of year.

Mary T.

I think we'll be having your apple sausage recipe sometime this week. Andrew will be in heaven! I also see a paper quilt in my future too, I love Chloe's idea of showing her different sides. Very Creative!!

Junie Moon

When I was a small child we celebrated Johnny Appleseed with songs, planting apple seeds ourselves, eating Johnny Cakes, and so on. Over the years, I sadly forgot about this and am so appreciative of your lovely reminder. It sounds like you celebrated in wonderful and mindful ways.

The Fairy Godmother

I had never hear of Johnnie Appleseed before stumbling upon your lovely blog, thankyou.

Gumbo Lily

What a beautiful apple-y day you made. I think it's so nice to be able to change plans to an impromptu tea or dinner or craft day. It's a blessing to everyone in the home to enjoy a little spontaneity.



I just discovered your blog. It's wonderful!

karla nathan

I can't wait to see the "little corner" you have ready to show for our party on Tuesday. I just wish we all got to eat one of those baked apples while we were partying!

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