I'm a designer who also takes photos, cooks, bakes, and explores. Constantly seeking new adventures.
Initially I was somewhat sad after Labor Day because summer was coming to a close. Fortunately that sadness didn’t last long, as one of my favorite seasons is picking up! Fall is fantastic for me, the smell of the air, the leaves changing, sweatshirt weather, boots, and of course, the food. I’m obsessed with pumpkin things (like most people) but what I get even more excited about is fresh apples. Chad’s parents have a few apple trees, as does his uncle and sister, and they had LOTS of apples this year, so we took several pounds home. I’ve been eating about 2-3 apples a day, but we still have quite a few left, so I decided to make some simple, quick apple topping for pancakes, waffles, ice cream, and well, anything else apple goes well on.
Easy Apple Topping
5 medium apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp honey (or more to taste)
2 tbsp lemon juice (keeps apples from turning brown)
Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan and heat over medium/medium high heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and cover, cooking for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until apples are tender.
It’s basically stovetop apple pie filling. This really was super simple and delicious. I didn’t add a lot of sweetener because I like the natural taste of the apples and the flavor of the cinnamon and nutmeg. Needing to sample my work, I topped a Van’s Ancient Grains Gluten Free waffle with 2 heaping spoonfuls, some plain vanilla yogurt, and a bit of cinnamon. I think I’ve found my new favorite breakfast.
So a friend’s cat, Vader, is at our house while he’s away doing super fun Army stuff in Missouri. While we’ll only be living here for a few more weeks, it’ll be nice to have a kitty around. He was dropped off yesterday and hid under the bed in the spare room all last night and today. Finally, he came out on his own and ran down the stairs.
He’s still freaked out about his new surroundings, he’ll let us pet him and whatnot, but he’s very jumpy and doesn’t like to be out in the open, he always finds something to hide under. His current biggest fear: every light fixture in the house. I mean EVERY damn one. He will crawl out of hiding, look up at whatever light is near him, panic, and crawl back under whatever shelter he can find. Hopefully he gets used to the apparently terrifying light fixtures, otherwise it’ll be a long damn wait until October when he can go back to his actual home.
I want to take a photo of him and post it, but in his current state of scared-shitless-of-ceiling-lights, I don’t want to freak him out any more by bringing a camera into the mix. Updates to come.
Strangely I’ve accepted the fact that lately I just kind of float through life, existing. It’s like some days are a constant state of “whatever”.