Tea Time Tuesday- Apple Pie Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Apple Pie Edition!

The weather has taken a turn here in Michigan, so we are enjoying all things “fall”… from fun fall decor to apple pie. We have lived in this house for a little over two years now, but never used our original wood burning fireplace before this week… I can’t believe we waited this long to fire it up! It has been amazing snuggling up in front of the fire with Ryan, the kids, and our two fur babies. Julia and her dog Henry even fell asleep in front of the fire the other night, which just melted my heart.
I couldn’t ask for a more amazing start to September! A girl and her dog certainly make for so many amazing memories, and I am so thankful I get to witness them.

Featured Poem

After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost

My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.
And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall.
For all
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it’s like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep.

Featured Recipe

This week Jack decided he wanted to make apple pie with the apples he picked from our friend’s yard! (Thank you Miss Tracy for sharing the apple wealth.) To make your own apple pie you will need:

Dough and Filling:

  • Dough for a double crust 9-inch pie (homemade, frozen, or refrigerated)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 1/2 cups peeled, chopped cooking apples
  • 1 (16 oz) jar applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Crunch Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature

You can find the instructions for Paula Deen’s Crunch Top Apple Pie here. This is the most amazing apple pie ever!
Word of caution: if you use homemade applesauce you may need to use a little less than the recipe uses… It won’t ruin the pie to use the amount called for, but it is a bit runnier when we use my grandma’s homemade applesauce.

Our Table

This morning we broke out some of our fall decor. It is always fun changing things up a little in the house. We also rearranged our sitting room so we could all be around the fire, which meant our fern (that by some miracle I have not completely killed in over a year) had to find a new home in our dining room.
Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Apple Pie Edition!

I really hope you try out this recipe. I promise you will NEVER want to go back to another apple pie recipe again after devouring this one!

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Tea Time Tuesday-Brownie Edition

Welcome to  Tea Time Tuesday!

This week for Tea Time Tuesday we are talking all about “brownies”… The kind you eat and the folklore! Do your kiddos know what a brownie is? Mine didn’t, so we read a little about them here. Since a lot of our featured poems are fairly short, we are also reading a few selections from Emily Dickinson or Edgar Allan Poe each week. I think during our next library run I will pick up a few different poetry books to switch things up a bit.

Featured Poem

Brownie by A. A. Milne

In a corner of the bedroom is a great big curtain,
Someone lives behind it, but I don’t know who;
I think it is a Brownie, but I’m not quite certain.
(Nanny isn’t certain, too.)

I looked behind the curtain, but he went so quickly –
Brownies never wait to say, “How do you do?”
They wriggle off at once because they’re all so tickly
(Nanny says they’re tickly too.) 

Featured Recipe

The kids made my favorite brownies this week. I found this “Bombshell Brownies” recipe a few years ago, and it is the ONLY brownies I will make now.

To make your own Bombshell Brownies you will need:

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

You can find the recipe here on allrecipes. They are so easy to make and taste way better than a boxed mixed… And don’t forget about how amazzzzzing your house smells while they are baking (yum)!

Our Table

As you can see we kept our table very simple this week (and I snuck in a few pictures of ALL of my kiddos-shh!). We like our brownies fresh out of the oven, so we served up in the kitchen to avoid making a big mess.

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Tea Time Tuesday

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday… Strawberry Jam Edition

I don’t know how it is possible, but August is here and we celebrated with our very first poetry tea time. For years I have been talking about starting this tradition…. However doing and saying are two very different things! I am so happy that I finally stopped being the slacker that I am and kicked off August in this fun way. Check out what we did this week for Tea Time Tuesday below.

Featured Poem

Strawberry Jam by Adine Stephens Clark

WOULDN’T YOU LIKE TO STEP ONE MORE TIME
THROUGH GRANDMA’S KITCHEN SCREEN DOOR,
SMELL THE AROMA OF JAM SIMMERING
AND TASTE HER HOT BISCUITS JUST ONCE MORE ?

Click here to read the rest of Strawberry Jam.

Featured Recipe

Strawberry Freezer Jam
To make your own strawberry freezer jam you will need:

  • 2 cups crushed fresh strawberries
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 (1.75 oz) package dry pectin
  • 3/4 cup water

We followed the instructions here. This jam was easy to make, and my children loved putting it on warm biscuits. They are also looking forward to trying it on ice cream tomorrow afternoon.

Our Tablescape

Julia, Jack, and I went on a “thrifting” mission to find the perfect dishes to use during our Tuesday Tea Times and we were lucky enough to find a silver teapot and lazy susan serving tray! Unfortunately, we were not able to find enough teacups and saucers, so I ordered this set off of Amazon.

We paired our strawberry freezer jam with fresh baked biscuits, strawberries with cream, and a variety of cookies (Yes, store bought… No judging!). I wanted to keep this week’s menu fairly simple to ease into our new tradition, but in the upcoming weeks I plan on having the children prepare an entire meal for us.

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