I just got back to Tuscaloosa after a wonderful fall break at home. I got to surprise everyone by coming home a day early (I had to keep a secret from them all and it was so difficult). Ben and I carved pumpkins – our fall break tradition – and spent a day visiting his mom in Memphis, riding her horses, and roasting marshmallows for s’mores. And of course, we went to Las Brisas for chicken, cheese, and rice (yes, thats the meal and exactly how you order it). My mom and I got pampered with pedicures, I got my hair updated for fall, and I spent some time in the kitchen with my meme.
Because it was fall break, I couldn’t think of a better time to learn how to make Meme’s apple crisp – my favorite fall dessert. The featured image is of the original recipe she has, but she has made tweaks of her own throughout the years (as all great bakers do). We went by her own recipe that is only documented in her head – and now here. Enjoy & Happy Fall!
Meme's Apple Crisp
A sweet, tart, perfect-for-fall dessert.
- 6 apples (I used Fuji but you could use Gala, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, or a mixture)
- 4 TBS sugar
- 1 TBS + 1 TSP cinnamon
- 3 cups brown sugar
- 1.5 cup flour
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/2 TSP salt
- 1 cup butter
- Butter a 9×13 pan.
- Pare and dice apples. Place diced apples in bowl.
- Combine 4 TBS sugar and 1 TBS cinnamon to sprinkle on apples. Mix to be sure each apple slice has the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
- Place apples in an even layer along the bottom of the pan.
- In a separate bowl, combine 3 cups brown sugar, 1.5 cup flour, 1 cup quick oats, 1 TSP cinnamon, and 1/2 TSP salt.
- Slowly mix in 1 cup melted butter to complete the topping.
- Knead topping mixture with hands until it is moist but crumbly.
- Crumble the topping over the apples in the pan.
- Bake at 350 until topping is golden brown (about 40-50 minutes).
- Serve warm à la mode.
For an even better apple crisp mix in 1 cup of powdered milk in the topping.
Let me start by apologizing that I have been non-existent in the blogosphere lately. With UA Homecoming thrown on top of my already packed class and work schedule (along with apartment and internship hunting), my last few weeks have been a whirlwind. However, the good news is: I am back (hopefully) and I have a lot of post ideas brewing.
During these past couple weeks my obsession and anxiety with the approaching season has not subsided any; it has only increased. The weather has finally started to cool down (it’s still a high of 80 almost every day, but that is progress), it is officially October, and I have hit midterm time.
The Tide is traveling to my home state, Arkansas, this upcoming weekend to face off against the Hogs. I am taking advantage of the away game and Ben (my boyfriend who lives 300+ miles from me) is getting to come visit! In preparation, I am coming up with some fall date ideas for us (and you too). Enjoy!
- Pick out the perfect pumpkin at your local pumpkin patch
- Drive around and have your own fall test tasting game – visit local coffee shops & bakeries to taste all of their seasonal specialties and rate them
- Go for a hike somewhere new & take along your four-legged friend
- Pick fresh apples at a local apple orchard
- Build a bonfire & roast s’mores (live in an apartment? make s’more indoors)
- Snuggle and watch a movie marathon (one of the best classic movies set in fall: You’ve Got Mail a.k.a my mom’s favorite movie)
- Make homemade hot chocolate & don’t forget the marshmallows – want to get creative? Use this to create different flavors!
- Have a football watching party, just the two of you, filled with typical game day food
- Do good: make a grocery store run to get your favorite canned goods and drop them off at a local food bank, visit the animal shelter and donate food / toys, or clean out your closet and donate the clothes
- Create a shared fall bucket list – make it for all the fall seasons to come
- Enjoy a picnic in the crisp fall breeze
- Make caramel apples (from the ones you picked in the orchard)
- Get the ingredients to make your favorite soup – or make a new soup that could be your favorite soup as a couple!
- Carve a pumpkin (I always save this one for Fall Break)
- Walk through a corn maze or haunted house hand-in-hand
- Make a blanket fort – maybe even tell ghost stories
- Bake – a pie, a cake, muffins, cookies, anything!
- Go to a carnival or fall festival & don’t pass up the candy apples
- Find a book in Barnes & Noble, grab a PSL, and read together
- Fall in love
Okay the last one is cheesy, but I couldn’t resist! What are your favorite fall dates? Let me know in the comments below or personally through the contact page! Also, share this post with the photo below (it is perfect for Pinterest).