Wednesday, October 10, 2018

When Life Doesn't go According to Plan

That title could actually apply to quite a few things in our lives, I'm sure, but in this case there is no deep meaning. Simply stated, the meal of pork, sweet potatoes and apples that I intended to bake got waylaid by life events - and then I ended up using the ingredients separately in other meals.

So today you get the other part of that post - the part where I exchange all things pumpkin spice for all things apple spice.

Honestly, I love pumpkin. My absolute favorite muffins are the amazing pumpkin harvest muffins I get at the farmer's market. They are pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips, raisins and walnuts and they are happiness in a muffin wrapper.

Pumpkin spice lattes are not my thing. I'll take a maple latte over pumpkin spice any October day.

And honestly, even if you love pumpkin spice, aren't some of the creations just a little bit over the top. I mean pumpkin spice peeps? Isn't that sacrilegious or something?

Or what about this????

So recently, I was shopping in Whole Foods, and it looked like pumpkin spice had exploded. There was pumpkin spice EVERYTHING!!!!

But hidden amongst the pumpkin delights, were some clever apple treats.

How about these apple cider cookies for starters?

Wouldn't they go well with a cup of this apple cider tea? (Okay, if you look down, you'll see the trio included pumpkin spice tea as well).

And then there is the autumn staple - apple cider donuts!!!!!!!!


Oh, and remember that apple tree from my church yard?  Look at it this week!

I spy a nest!

Apparently we love apples here at the cafe. A quick count showed over 80 posts with apple in the label!

Since I should share a recipe - you could always check out my apple (pumpkin) lentil soup, though with temps in the high 80s (and 95% humidity) it's not feeling like soup weather here.

So what do you do when life doesn't go according to plan?

I try to remember that it's all God's plan, not mine, but yeah, I need to keep working on that.

And speaking of that - I found these new-to-me apples in the market. SOOOOO good! They taste like a mix between apples and pears..

Announcing Envy.

Doesn't that seem like a biblically fitting name for an apple?


  1. I've heard the Envy apple is wonderful!

    And we're going a little overboard with pumpkin spice, aren't we? But I haven't had an Abbott's Frozen Custard pumpkin cone yet, so I must get down there and splurge... because pumpkin custard is amazing.

    I love apple mixes, too. I am an apple lover. I have a bushel of Honey Crisps that are waiting to be made into something and there's been no time... but next week, maybe? Can some homemade applesauce? We'll see what time allows.

    I'm always happy when apples end up on health food lists because they're sooooo good!

    Next time I come to the city, we must go get something apple or pumpkin or something together.

    1. Oh, I hope you get to Abbott's! Even God took a day to rest.

  2. I love apples and pumpkin. Although I feel the pumpkin craze has become a little joke. I'll let the others experiment with pumpkin spice popcorn and I will enjoy my pumpkin spice latte and pie! I also have some apples we got in WI I haven't had time for yet. The plan is to turn them into a small batch of apple sauce!

    1. That's the thing, Katie. I do like pumpkin, but it has become so over the top. Good luck with the apple sauce.

  3. I think I've seen the Envy apples at my grocery store, Mary Cate, though I don't think I've bought any. Unless I used them as part of my apple pie last Thanksgiving and just forgot.

    I do love most things pumpkin spice, but I'll pass on both the latte and the popcorn. Give me a muffin, cookie, scone and I'm good.

    And you're right about apples ranking right up there with pumpkin. Thank you very much for making me crave cider donuts. Sigh. If only I could return to my favorite cider mill in Michigan every fall.

    1. They're SO good, Mindy. Really crisp. Not too sweet.