Today was fun. Full of good feelings. Totally made up for yesterday’s disappointment and discouragement.
I set off in the morning for Lowe’s in Sacramento (we have a Lowe’s locally but they don’t have as much as the store in the Big City.) Lowes is my home away from home now. I feel very comfortable in Lowes, and in fact, I can find a lot of stuff in there that their own employees can’t find :) They should hire me.
Anyway, I had decided to change the tile for my shower (remember, I was being extra thrifty the day I shopped for bathroom tiles.) So I got those tiles and then headed up the hill to Apple Hill. I’ve been champing at the bit to go to Apple Hill. Its just a fun place to visit, its beautiful up there this time of year, and hello? Apple Pie!…
I had the idea to buy my favorite apple pies to give to some of the people who have really helped me a lot during this renovation. Also, I wanted to try an apple donut. Several of you talk about them, and I’ve never gotten one, if you can believe it. They look so plain… So that was my first stop. And you guys are right. SO yummy. It wasn’t really apple-y enough for me. I think I need to teach them how much apple you can actually add to a baked recipe.
Next stop was my favorite produce stand. They have apples plus.
What? Do you think that’s a lot of produce for one girl? It was such a bargain, I couldn’t resist! Those boxes (tomatoes, little sweet potatoes, and Pink Lady apples) were only $1.99 each.
And then it was on to find my pies! I picked up the map of Apple Hill, and I noticed that the farm I wanted to get this pie from was not listed. Uh oh. So I drove a different way, and I stopped at one small farm to see what they had, and to ask if they knew if this other farm was still in business. Well, they didn’t know about the other farm, but THEY had the kind of pie I was looking for–Apple Blackberry Sourcream Pie. I tasted a sample, and that was it–just as good as the original. Got my pies and set off for home.
It was so fun to give a pie to Debbie, my “babysitter,” and to J. the contractor, and then to MLG, who very kindly came over at the end of a hard workday to help set the sink. I have another pie to give to Noah’s trainer, who volunteered to keep Noah an extra week (she actually said I was doing her a favor–he has a girlfriend there that he was keeping company.) SO FUN. You can tell that I still love good food, and sharing that good food with others is something I really enjoy.
BTW, the name of that pie might sound familiar, because I figured out how to make a lower calorie healthified version of it–my Apple Blackberry Sourcream Pie in a Bowl. Check it out. Its a really tasty treat.
And lastly, I have PJ to thank for this recipe. She changed up a recipe she had found on the internet, and I used her version and changed it up just a little bit. I had never made or eaten a baked apple in my life, if you can believe it. I made it before I went to Apple Hill, and honestly its as good as the apple pie I had today. Its Crockpot Baked Apples!
And that’s the way its going around here today. It looks like I might have a couple of real sinks by the end of tomorrow! I won’t know what to do with myself!