How About Them Apples?

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Our launch team recently headed to the local Louisburg Apple Cider Farm for a fun day. I had been advised by friends at work that this place was on the must-see list in the KC area for the fall.

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We didn’t spy any apple trees, but we did see lots of picked apples ready to go. The apples were housed in a pen and were soaking in water. They bobbled and bobbed until they rode a little ramp up into the mill.

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Then came the mashing and grinding part.

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Those babies were pulverized.

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The finished apple mush was sent out through a pipe to some other location. Then we walked over to the other building where you could see this…

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Hot apple cinnamon donuts!  Did I tell you that I like donuts?

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These things were hot and delicious and totally full of vitamins and fruit. So, they were so good for me!

Then we got thirsty, so we had to buy an apple cider slushy. Ohmygoodness!

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Barely got a pic before I sucked the whole thing down.

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Here is some of our group enjoying donuts and cider slushes.

We then explored the country store and had to take home more apple products.

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Andy Murry is the dog and baby whisperer.  Here he is with our cute new friend, J:

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While some of our group headed to the pumpkin patch and corn maze and hayride, the rest of us drove about 3 miles down the road to a local winery.

We shopped around the store and walked around the grounds a little bit. Then we enjoyed Food Truck food again. Today’s option was a Spanish Tapas truck.

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Andy and I shared some paella and chicken-bacon croquettes. Not bad.

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Come see me next October, and we can celebrate apples and more!

One of my favorite fall recipes is the Toffee Apple Dip. I didn’t learn about it until we moved to Alabama. Here it is if you need a little deliciousness for your apples:

Toffee-Apple Dip

Southern Living DECEMBER 2006

Yield: Makes about 3 cups
Prep time: 5 Minutes

Ingredients
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 (8-oz.) package toffee bits
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Stir together all ingredients until well blended. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

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