German Apple Pancake

Mommy: Do you know what day it is? Chorus: No. Mommy: It’s Pancake Day. Chorus: Pancake Day! Wow! Can we have pancakes? Mommy: We’re going to have an apple cinnamon pancake. Chorus: Yay! Yummy! Top Gun: Mommy, we need more than one pancake! Mommy: We are only making one pancake. (Chorus silent. Probably planning how… 

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Brown Sugar Cake with Prunes and Apples

Brown Sugar Cake Recipe with Prunes and Apples - Andrea Meyers

This week marked the end of the first quarter for school and the teachers had work days to prepare report cards and attend staff development. Oh, how I remember those days! Even though I was an early adopter of electronic grade books—I kept all my grades in ClarisWorks spreadsheets on my first Mac—I always had… 

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Mint Apple Jelly

The mint bush continues to thrive, even with some killing frosts in the past two weeks, which just amazes me. Supposedly the plants grow best in wet soil with partial sunlight, though this bush has grown in a south-facing garden with full sun and has far exceeded my expectations. I have to trim it frequently… 

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The Daring Bakers Make Peter Reinhart’s Pizza Napoletana

Andrea Meyers - Minced Fruit Pizza

I remember seeing Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice for the first time at a bookstore the year it was released. The striking photo on the cover immediately grabbed my attention and I heard my own voice say aloud, “I want to make bread like that.” The book did not go home with me that… 

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Apple Cinnamon Crunch Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Crunch Muffins Recipe - Andrea Meyers

Weekday morning breakfast is usually a quick affair for us with leftovers from the weekend or perhaps cereal with fruit. But today we woke up to ice on the roads and an announcement that schools were closed, so I decided to do something fun and make muffins. The recipe comes from Michael’s mother, a variation… 

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Oven-Roasted Applesauce and Apple Butter

Oven-Roasted Applesauce and Apple Butter - Andrea Meyers

Homemade applesauce and apple butter are wonderful treats for any age, and my boys particularly love them. I grew up enjoying my grandparent’s homemade apple butter, which they faithfully canned for many years. They are both gone now, and I never did get the recipe from them, but I keep hoping that a relative will… 

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Cranberry Apple Raisin Crisp

Cranberry Apple Raisin Crisp - Andrea Meyers

Nothing says fall like a fresh apple crisp made from apples you picked yourself, so last weekend we drove to Tarara Winery and hit the orchards. Fujis and Staybrites were ripe for picking, but the Granny Smiths were all gone, as were the Honey Crisps and Empires (my personal favorite). The boys had a great… 

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