Since this is the last day of September, also known as *Apple Month* around here, I’m squeezing in one last apple recipe!
When my girls were wee little ones, one of our favorite outings was what we called “go visiting”, where we would call up a friend or grandparent or church member, and ask if we might drop by to say hello and share a treat. Little children love to go into the homes of others. I think seeing another house and face, and getting to show off their cuteness to people who eagerly welcome them into the front door, is so exciting for children. It was so precious to hear their little voices ask, “Mommy, may we go visiting today?”
Today we had the pleasure of visiting! The girls have three sweet sister friends- Madelyn, Sydney, and Emma- whose Granny lives with them. We have enjoyed getting to know Granny and thought she and our Nonie would make pleasant company for each other. So after school today, my girls and I picked up Granny and her grandgirls, and headed over to Nonie’s house to go visiting. These two ladies hit it off and had plenty to talk about from the start. Aren’t they beautiful (above)!
These three girls above are dear friends to my girls. And the sisters below still melt my heart.
It was a gorgeous fall afternoon for friends to be together! Nonie lives on the back of Joel’s parents’ property, so they share a lovely yard, perfect for gathering.
For as long as we remember, we have always been served *Pa Peppers* any time we visited Nonie and Pa. I’ll share a post sometime just on Pa Peppers and how they came to be! The children always know to expect a Pa Pepper when we arrive and today Nonie did not disappoint. I was going to take a picture of all the girls with their Pa Peppers but when I came back out with my camera, they had already slurped them down and stacked their cups! Must have been real yummy!
In addition to Nonie’s Pa Peppers, we took some apple cookies and I’d like to share the recipe with you.
(makes about 48 cookies)
2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups finely chopped apple
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
Cream sugar and shortening and add the beaten eggs and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and then add into the sugar mixture until combined. Stir in the apples. Scoop onto a cookie sheet (greased or lined with parchment) with a 2 Tbsp. scoop. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Drizzle with browned butter icing (recipe follows).
BROWNED BUTTER ICING
6 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
4 Tbsp. milk
Brown the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat and then remove from heat. Whisk in confectioner’s sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Adjust milk to make the consistency such that it can drizzle.
When I got back home, this little guy and I had our own visit on the porch. And of course, apples cookies on the front porch call for a glass of iced apple tea! As you can see, Wilton’s apple tea disappeared before I even sat down.
Well, friends, this concludes Apple Month! Next week I’ll share about some very important family birthdays!
Happy First Day of October tomorrow.