Bushels of Fun

 
When you think of fall, does the scent of apples come to mind?  How about the sound of an apple being plucked off of a tree?  If it does then you will like going to an apple orchard where you can pick your own apples!  The pleasure of harvesting your own fruit is great!  Picking a bright red, green, or yellow apple, taking a big bite, and enjoying every juicy, sweet taste is exciting.  Apples are packed with lots of nutrients.  Try finding a local orchard near you! Visit this link to find one that is close:  http://pickyourown.org/MDbalt.htm 

You can add apples to a lot of your favorite foods.
  1. Chop apple slices to top your salad.
  2. Try using apples in your coleslaw.
  3. Bake apple slices to make apple chips.
  4. Make your own applesauce.
  5. Add chopped apples to your chicken salad sandwich.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, try this healthy-er dessert!

Apple Crisp
Serves 8

Ingredients
4 apples (medium)
1/4 cup oatmeal (quick cooking)
1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup margarine

Instructions
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.  Grease the bottom and sides of a square 9 x 9 baking pan.
3.  Remove the cores from the apples.  Slice the apples.
4.  Spread the sliced apples on the bottom of the pan.
5.  Cut the margarine into small pieces and put in a medium-sized bowl.
6.  Add the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
7.  Using two knives, cut the margarine into the mixture until it looks like small crumbs.
8.  Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the apples.
9.  Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.

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