Recipes, Weekend Excitement, Sewing

October 4th

The Fall-inspired recipes continue to pour in. Thank you! Today, Miss Katy (who certainly needs a blog already!) sent this yummy dessert idea:

Apple Pear Crumble:
You can make this crumble with almost any fruit, using similar quantities and adjusting for sweetness. Serve it warm, in shallow bowls.
3 medium baking apples (such as Braeburn or Empire), peeled and thinly sliced
3 medium ripe pears (such as Bosc), peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13×9-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, mix apples, pears, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour into the prepared baking pan, spreading evenly.

Topping (I usually make almost double the topping because I like a lot of topping. I also reduce the flour a little bit and up the oats and brown sugar a little.)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/3 finely chopped walnuts
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2 Tablespoons light-brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the fruit mixture. Bake until the fruit is tender and the topping is golden, 40-45 minutes. Let cool until just warm, then serve.
Yield: 8 servings.


If you need some additional recipe greatness, I highly recommend checking out the San Francisco Chronicle’s list of their best recipes during the last 20 years. I regularly make recipes from their food section and this list is impressive. I am going to make several of these for a dessert platter I am preparing for this weekend’s festivities.

Weekend Excitement:
I’m not going to play coy — I’m thrilled to be attending this year’s Tequila Stakes Croquet. I’m going to meet a slew of bloggers I know simply via comments and email, and entice them with baked goods while kicking their asses at croquet. If that doesn’t sound like an awesome way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

I’ve been busy with a few Fall aprons. The first is for a friend I cook with. Her sister lived in Africa and is dating a man from Cote d’Ivoire. She a fellow fan of the African animal motif.

Giraffe apron front

It is giraffe fabric and a touch hard to see. Pockets on the front…

Giraffe apron back

and patches on the back.

And I made an apron for my coffee shop buddy AJ. He’s the hedgehog lover. I used that fantastic printable fabric for this one and included the recipe on the pockets.

Hedgehog apron
Recipe pocket

Cute little hedgehog.

Africankelli tag

They say we’ve officially had our last day of 100+ degree heat and to expect cool weather this weekend. Yahoo!


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13 Responses

  1. So jealous about the tequila stakes croque! You’ll have to tell me how it is. Maybe I’ll tag along w/ you next year. 😉

  2. Yumm… that sounds so good! And croquet is so much fun, what a great way to spend a weekend.

    The aprons are adorable! I love the hedgehog one. Did you know that I had a hedghog as a pet (Spud)? They are actually really cute and fun. I love their little faces!

  3. love the aprons. and very cute idea of printing his favorite recipe on it!

  4. Kelli your always so busy, how do you find time to do all the stuff you do!!!

  5. omg the hedgehog is fabulous! i have a plush hedgehog that’s been with me since i was a child…his name is humphrey the hedgehog! 🙂 maybe that’s when my love of animals w/persona began. and we were in the 90s today, too. where ‘o where is fall??? i’m tired of my warm weather wardrobe!

  6. Will you explain how you printed the recipe on the fabric? And where did you have your labels made? The aprons are great.

  7. I hope to meet you at the TSCT this weekend…I’ll look for you.

  8. I made your pistachio sugar cookies yesterday and took them to a friend last night. We both loved them (not all the cookies I made found their way to her, instead I ate a few first in the interest of ensuring they were okay [grin]). Another friend is bringing me freshly-picked apples so your apple pear crumble recipe is perfect timing.

    The aprons are adorable. I like that you planned the fabric choices based on the recipients’ interests–very thoughtful.

    Oh, the croquet sounds like fun. My husband and I play this a lot in our backyard and really enjoy it. Have a good time–I know you’ll have instant friends due to the food offerings.

  9. It’s Blogger Croquet!
    Soon to be sweeping the nation.

    And Amanda, you can tag along any time! I know you have your reunion the same night, so you probably won’t want to get a tipsy before your big event.

  10. where’d you get those nice labels? did you make them?

  11. I’ve never seen this fabric you are talking about. That is so cool. Did you buy it at a regular fabric store?

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