Apples. So many variations. Remember that time at the Corvallis Farmer’s Market and they had all the different varieties to try, like an apple flight? Ones we’d never even heard of! And they really all tasted so different! Kinda blew my mind. But, alas the baby is not the size of an apple, but just the seed!
Which is funny to compare it to the size of an apple seed because how many times did you tell your kids not to swallow the seeds because they’ll grow in their tummy? Oops, look what mom did now! I actually probably sound certifiably crazy right now! But, I know you get it! And if you could have heard the conversation I had with Carter over this pregnancy, I don’t think I confused him too much! Lets just say he wasn’t thrilled when he actually thought he may be a big brother! #fakenews 😉
Okay, back to the apple. What a lovely surprise to be gifted this beautiful basket of apples from Nana. This jump-started my brainstorming. I made spiced apple butter from these apples, and left a small jar for your oldest 😊
Trying to find recipes that not only incorporate the pregnancy food, but also have shelf stable ingredients and are mailable has been a fun adventure. Hopefully by now you’ve received ‘Week 4’ in the mail. I told the sweet girl at the post office (who really is pregnant) that I wouldn’t make her take a picture with me everytime, ha! According to the USPS calculations it will take 3 days to get to Alaska…. not quite sure where… and who knows when it will actually reach you. Which I’m sure will be variable throughout the year, depending on weather and who knows what else.. Bears and wolves maybe? But, isn’t it the USPS that works through everything? According to Wikipedia, the post man’s oath “Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Dark Of Night Shall Stay These Couriers From The Swift Completion Of Their Appointed Rounds.” Maybe this was written before 1959, before Alaska became a state.
I decided to make my granola that you like so much, adding in dried apples. And since I couldn’t use butter, I substituted coconut oil instead. After my first taste tester (Maya) just declared it was the best granola I have made yet, I’m excited to share it with you! Don’t worry, my other taste tester 1.5 miles away is 100% on board also being my weekly Guinea pig 😉. And he did text me after his granola drop off and declared it a great midnight snack!
Granola with 🍏
Preheat oven to 250 degrees
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
In large mixing bowl, mix together:
2 cups oats
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2/3 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup cashew pieces
1/3 cup pecan pieces
1 cup dehydrated apples, chopped
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
Mix liquid with dry ingredients. Once mixed, spread evenly onto cookie sheet and bake for 90 minutes. Let cool. And just try to stop eating it!! Double dog dare you!😜
I hope this package made you giggle, was pretty proud of my packing hacks and how much fun to mail a box full o’ nuts 🤪