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August Means Apples

August can be a stifling month in the South. Our air conditioners are crying. Our kids are crying because school is starting back. Our vegetable gardens are over it and begging to be composted. BUT August also means apples, the official gateway fruit from Summer to Fall. Apples are the precursor to Pumpkin Season, which begins immediately on September 1. I love both apples and pumpkins, but the Pumpkin People can't be stopped. They must have a full three months of pumpkin worship and nothing less.


My little fam is planning to spend some time in Blue Ridge at Honey Hollow this weekend and I'm hoping to hit up Mercier Orchard for some apples that I can convert to my favorite apple-based food, caramel apples. While we're there we can go by the cafe and the market and snap a few photos of the sunflower fields. I'm grateful for all of the outdoor activities in Blue Ridge - it's one of the main reasons that mountain tourist destinations haven't taken the same hit as other travel destinations during the pandemic. Our family plays it safe - we vaccinate and mask indoors, which makes spacious, outdoor locations even more appealing these days. I hope the sunflowers are taller than me because I love that. Weirdly, I feel the opposite way about corn.


I found a super simple, three ingredient caramel apple recipe to share. (Allrecipes is my favorite recipe site because it's just average people submitting things - no "curated content.") You can use wooden chopsticks from your takeout orders instead of craft sticks. You can also get wild and roll your caramel apple in chocolate chips, nuts, sprinkles, etc. I like a Granny Smith apple for these because I'm both sweet and sour but you do you!


Ingredients: 6 apples, 1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels (unwrapped), 2 tablespoons of milk


Step 1:

Remove the stem from each apple and press a craft stick into the top. Butter a baking sheet.


Step 2:

Place caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave 2 minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool briefly.


Step 3:

Roll each apple quickly in caramel sauce until well coated. Place on prepared sheet to set.


As the kids say, Bone Apple Tea!




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