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The early fall is truly magical.

These days I love to revel in all the pleasant impressions that this time of year evokes in me.

I love the calm… as if everything is coming to rest after all the hard work.

I’m excited when I see first signs of the glitter party that nature is going to throw soon.

Also, I love to go for long walks and enjoy the nice and warm days.

And if I didn’t sleep so late I’d definitely enjoy the crisp and cool mornings.

Hm, you can’t have everything, I guess.

 

But most of all, I enjoy the fruits of this season.

Like apples, for example.

In my world, there’s nothing more wonderful than the smell of apples and cinnamon coming out of the oven.

That’s why I end up making all sorts of apple-cinnamon creations these days each year – Apple Crisp being one of my favorite.

Yum!
 
 

The ingredients are simple and economical.

And that’s great.

 

Now I invite you to have a look at what crazy stuff was going on in my kitchen…
 

1. First, I preheated the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
 
2. I placed all the ‘topping’ ingredients into one bowl – namely the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, salt, oats and walnuts.
 
Okay, maybe it wasn’t that crazy.
 
 

3. Using a fork, I combined them all just until this crumbly mixture had formed and no large pieces of butter were visible.

The topping is finished.

Easy!
 
 

4. Then I grabbed six medium apples.

These are Golden Delicious.

Also Empire, Gala, or Braeburn are especially good in this recipe.
 
 


5. I peeled, washed, cored and sliced them.
 
 

6. And then I cut the slices into 1 inch (2.5 cm) chunks.
 
 

7. To make the filling, I placed the apples, the lemon zest (I used dried lemon zest) and the sugar in a larger bowl…
 
 

8. …and tossed it to combine.

Mmmm… can you smell that?

Instant home!
 
 

9. I am brushing a dish with vegetable oil here.

Instead, you can butter the dish or just spray it with some cooking spray.

Also, although I used a slightly larger dish, I recommend to use a 9 inch (23 cm) deep dish pie plate or an 8 x 8 x 2 inch (20 x 20 x 5 cm) baking dish.

 
 

10. Fill the dish with the fragrant apple filling.

 
 

11. And, using your fingertips, spread the topping evenly over the apples.
 
 

12. Pop it in the oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until bubbly and the topping is golden brown.

 
 

13. Remove from the oven, place on the cooling rack and let cool for about 30 minutes.

Then dig into it with a spoon and check whether everything is all right.
 
 

And if everything is perfectly all right, and it definitely will be, proceed to another step – fill a bowl with some more spoonfuls of this flavorful, juicy and crispy wonder.

Add a nice, fat scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

Or two.

Or four.
 
 

And have a great time!
 

If, by any chance, you end up with some leftovers, refrigerate them and reheat them before serving.
 
 

Enjoy!

 

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Once, a few months ago, I used to be a normal girl.

A normal girl with a mild obsession with all things strawberry.

Then, one day, an evil force let me spot and learn a way how the strawberry smoothie can be prepared at home.

SINCE THEN, my life has never been the same.

SINCE THEN, a single day wouldn’t pass in my house without a rumbling sound of the blender and the strawberries flying left and right (mostly right, I guess).

SINCE THEN, my life has become one huge addiction.

The Strawberry Smoothie – my blessing and my curse.

To top it all, just when I thought the things couldn’t get any more serious, my boyfriend became a victim too.

It was yesterday when he asked me: “What do you think – how much of this is a person allowed to drink?”

I am not sure if I should show you this, but here’s the way to the most gorgeous drink of them all:
 
 

These are the ingriedents.

I usually use canned strawberries since I need to eliminate the seasonality factor.

BUT, you can definitely use fresh strawberries as well – in that case use about 1 pound (500 grams) of those and raise the amount of sugar to taste.
 
 

Welcome to my blender.

Beware of the flying objects, please!

1. Anyway, start by pouring the strawberries into the blender.
 
 

2. Add the yogurt, sugar and lemon juice.
 
 

3. Then try to find as much ice as possible.

The picture above is trying to point out that different shapes and sizes are perfectly all right.
 
 

4. Pulse a couple of times and that’s it.

Really, really easy.

I guess that’s another aspect which makes this whole thing so addictive.
 
 

Then, IMMEDIATELY, fill your glass, …
 
 

… drink it up and swoon for awhile.
 
 

Then wake up and have another glass.

And so on and so on…

Enjoy, dear friends.

(This recipe makes about 5 cups of a luscious beverage.)
 

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Just Teasin’

Before…
 
 

… and After.

This was my dessert today.

I hope these pictures will make you go running to your kitchen and munch on something yummy.

Because that is the point of this blog …to keep you (and me too) well fed.

Have a nice Sunday.

Love,
Petra

 

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Cherry Obsession

Let the cherry obsession continue…

To me cherries look like the most optimistic fruit there is.

Kiwi, for instance, doesn’t look so optimistic – it looks rather geeky and obscure.

And bananas – they look mischievous, I think.

To me, at least.

Oh, and then there’s a pineapple – a little ‘show-off’ (don’t you think?) but very friendly looking.

I could go on like this…

Because I’m weird.

And now you know it.

But what I really wanted to do was to praise cherries here.
 
 

The greatest benefit of cherries is that you can use them to prepare the most delicious Cherry Pie.

Are you with me?

Are you?

Do you love fruit most in a pie form?

Of course, then there are other great benefits too.

Cherries contain pectin (a soluble fiber) that reduces cholesterol level.

They also are an abundant source of antioxidants – and these are good.

They slow down the aging process.

And we all want that, right?

On top of that, they are rather strong natural painkillers.

 
 

I hope I’ve teased you enough to go and get yourself some cherries at your earliest convenience.

They’ll make you happy.

I just know it.

And have a wonderful, cherry-full week.

Love,

Petra
 

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early-fall-treats-A

Managed to gather all these beauties today.

Pure early fall bliss!

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