Saturday, September 24, 2016

Autumn Apples

Autumn Apples @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”

~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Autumn did seem to arrive suddenly this year. It was on the first day of autumn during our brief morning walk that Leif brought the apples to my attention.

We have two ornamental crabapple trees (I think that’s what they are—I’m a poor naturalist), but one decided to grow an apple tree from the graft site at the base. Half of this tree is now crabapple, and half is apple. Surprise! It is a young tree, and this is the first year we’ve received a small crop of apples. The kids were delighted and had apples for morning snack after drawing them in their nature journals.


Apple Pie @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

Lola immediately searched her books and found How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. She read through it, stopping to sing her continents song on the map page (naturally integrating her CC Foundations memory work, hurrah!). This book is similar to another favorite, Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle.

While traveling the world to gather ingredients for apple pie may be a bit unrealistic, I love that she knows where and how we get ingredients. She has picked fruit, ground wheat for flour, and watched a how-to video on milking cows (we’ve had cows grazing in our field before, but it’s more difficult to find someone with milking cows!). Next on our list are gathering eggs (maybe we can bribe Aunt Holly) and churning butter.

Bowl of Apples @ Mt. Hope Chronicles


We had to make an apple pie, of course, so Lola helped me pick apples this morning and we managed to get a pie made.

Hot Apple Pie @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

[Now, for the realistic version: I did manage to get the pie made, even though I’m sick with a cold and all four children were disobeying and I finally told the two youngest to leave the kitchen because they were driving me crazy. The apples were little and a pain to peel and slice. I also managed to peel the skin off my finger and slice my thumb with a cardboard box. My crust turned out so flaky that it didn’t hold together well. I tried to use a form for cutting out cute little apples on the top crust, but they just looked like holes. After baking, the crust was browned, but the apples weren’t soft, and everything fell apart when I cut into it. The kitchen (and house) looked like a war zone. I ended up going back to bed to avoid it while the kids watched television instead of doing what they were supposed to be doing. The end.]


Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you for writing both versions. This Mama of many thanks you that your sweet memory making times are similar to how mine go sometimes, too! Warmly,
Julie Z

Anonymous said...

Love the disclaimer at the bottom! Makes me feel not so alone when our baking ends up the same way. Love your blog. We are a CC family too. One in Challenge 1, one in Challenge B and one in F/E.
I especially enjoy reading about how you are navigating the Challenge classes.

Many thanks,

Priscilla said...

Oh, the real version is all to familiar in our house too! Hope the pie still tasted good!

katharine said...

Thanks so much for your breath of fresh air. Oh the homeschooling life.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha! Welcome to my life!

Melissa said...

Gorgeous photos as usual, but the last "realistic version" was truly the best part! It actually made laugh out loud because it's an all too familiar scene. Thanks for getting real :)

Anonymous said...

My husband is still laughing at the "real" version of this post! Thanks for an uplifting behind-the-scenes peek. Our home exactly!