I know… Halloween is over… you’re starting to hear snippets of Christmas music on the television (usually attached to commercials; shameless but effective)… you are starting to hum a few snippets here and there… and are thinking about how the front porch should look – white lights? or the big glowy vintage ones??
It’s a slippery slope. Once you start down it, you’re up to your tookus in tinsel, and from there? You forget, FORGET to get out your Charlie Brown Thanksgiving dvd. AND you forget to make the Thanksgiving hand-into-turkey art with your boys… AND then, you actually forget to create your Pinterested Within an Inch of Its Life Gratitude Jar.*
You blew right by Thanksgiving; took one Halloween and two Christmasses and decided to call it good.
NOT GOOD. Thanksgiving is the BEST. No endless Every Kiss Begins with Kay’s commericals. No moral dilemna about Santa vs. Jesus…
And NO I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS. That right there is reason enough to be really thankful.
Just sit with your feelings for a minute and really hunker down for Thanksgiving, mmmk?
Do Fall-y things. Like:
And then, you can also stir up a batch of this:
Oh my word. They are shamelessly simple to make AND they taste like apple pie sans the crust (which granted, is yummy, but if you don’t have a lot of time… this will DO. REALLY. “That’ll do.” **)
5-6 TART apples (Jonathans are the best. Or Granny Smith)
2-3 fat tablespoons of bacon grease (don’t freak out)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon (or more) cinnamon
1 pinch or so nutmeg
This so needs to be done in a proper cast iron skillet, preferably one you have made umpteen breakfasts in for years and years… I’m just sayin’.
So, peel or don’t peel, your choice (I peeled half) and slice up your apples into fairly thin wedges (too thin, they melt away, too thick and they won’t caramelize). Get your grease melted (and yes, you can substitute butter if you must, but if you listen to your Momsie, you keep a container of bacon grease in your fridge for such occasions. It is piggie butter. I know, that’s kinda much, isn’t it? But you don’t want to get me started on bacon grease. That merits a whole post on its OWN).
Throw apples in grease, stir in the brown sugar and pinch salt and lemon juice. Saute for about 5 minutes or so on medium heat. Cover and let simmer gently for about 5 -10 more minutes. Test with a fork for your desired softness. Take off heat, stir in cinnamon and nutmeg. I also added just a tidge more lemon juice to brighten.
Serve warm with a small scoop of ice cream. If you need a crunch, crumble a bit of graham cracker or nilla wafer in…
Snarf it down, watch your toddlers attempt to lick the bowls clean, fight over last caramelized apple bits with husband…
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**This post was sponsored by BACON. What else?
I am refusing to acknowledge that stores – like even Target – have already begun the push to take money from me. I won’t walk past the Christmas displays until after Thanksgiving. And if Public Radio is playing Christmas music, I’m going to KVOB or KBBE. I swear! On my Honor as an Injun of the Wannabe Tribe!
Have some home grown apples in the fridge and might just try your recipe, My favorite apple warm up is a butter, granny smith, raspberry and graham cracker crumble I modified from a Burt Wolf receipt. It’s a lot more work than your Apple pan fryer. But I haven’t cooked enough bacon in my cast iron skillet.
Oh my… That sounds lovely!! I admit, I do prefer a crumble with the apples, but this is great in a pinch for time and a constant request from wee one for “wats for da dessert?”
What I wouldn’t give for a bowl of that?
It’s seriously yummo. I made it one day when I wanted something sweet after dinner but didn’t have time for full on dessert – thought they’d be ok, but so GOOD! It’s the piggie butter, I tell you.
I do love fall. We did leaf rubbings over the weekend and I just loved how creative the kids were this year! Thanksgiving really is the best!
I agree – a holiday to celebrate family and gratitude! Amen to that!