When we lived in Florida, apple season didn’t really exist more than ‘SALE on Apples’ at the grocery store.  I was not raised apple picking and had never even seen a real apple tree before moving up to Northern Virginia. 

I’m happy to say that we are going apple picking! I’ve learned something with having a large(r) sized family though – we don’t pick a ‘small’ amount of anything. 

We hate waste.  A family of 6 eats A LOT – and costs A LOT.  I really try not to waste food.  My kids are still tiny and we already take out an entire pan of (gluten-free) chicken and veggie baked ziti in one meal.  That being said, everyone has different tastes.  Some kids like apple sauce, others hate it.  Some like cut apples, others don’t.  I even have one who won’t drink apple juice.  So before we go picking apples next week, I need a plan for the thousand apples we will be returning with. 


Fresh red apples in wooden box. On wooden background. Top view


Note: We just returned to the world of ‘Gluten-Free’ for my son who has issues with it. So I’ll be subbing King Arthur’s gluten-free flour whenever possible – and egg substitutes due to his egg allergy. So basically, my recipes will vary greatly from all of these delicious ones.  I won’t lie though, I’ll be making gluten-filled, egg-filled versions for my husband and I.   Whatever, I’m a horrible mother.


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Apple stuffed chicken


Apple ribs in the slow cooker

RIBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.......   delicious, messy, ribs.


Apple and honey pork chops

I really love things that can be thrown in the crockpot.


Apple pork tenderloin (wrapped in BACON)



Apple cinnamon energy balls



Apple fries

Pie dough, cinnamon and apples - all fried? YEP.  You will need a food processor for this one!



Apple sauce


Apples dipped in chocolate

These are not at all bad for you (wink) and will be a perfect after school snack.



Stuffed Apples



Apple muffins



Apple pie



Apple cinnamon rolls 




Apple chips

These actually ARE healthy!



Apple Fruit Leathers - not sure if my kids will eat them, but I will!



I’ll be washing all of this down with these:

Apple Cider Mimosas

I mean, apple cider and champagne? Why not.




If I STILL have apples left over, I'll be following this easy recipe on FREEZING them!



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