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.