Thank you, as always, for your supportive comments on my weigh-in post. I swear that every day is not as gloomy – I do have time to enjoy my life (sometimes a little too much perhaps 😉 ). I’d rather focus on the good stuff and as I’m eating the fruits on my labor (literally, right now!) I figured it would be fun to share the apple picking pictures from this weekend with you… and then of course show you the first thing I made with apples from my loot! Ready?
It was a gorgeous Saturday morning – crisp air, a little windy, but lots of sunshine. Perfect for a day on the orchard! After a little detour to an orchard with no apples (yeah…) we finally found ourselves at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, MA… and it was OPEN. That’s a good sign.
We enjoyed the viewed for a minute…
… grabbed our apple picking bags and made a quick bathroom stop [I’m telling you this because well… see for yourself. I had to… Adam waiting for me while I’m in the bathroom. Priceless. Sorry, honey – it’s for the blog!! 😆 … and on that note, I’m pretty sure he will never hold my purse ever again. Thank you, Tiffany, for this priceless photo nonetheless. Totally worth it!]
… and then it was time to apple pick!
Hey, does anyone see any apples here? Um, this could be trouble.
After a bit of climbing and jumping (the boys did the dirty work 😉 )…
… we somehow managed to get a lot of apples. Yay!
Wait, what’s that?
Ahha! I guess we could have just “picked” our apples from here, but that’s just not as fun.
Say hello to a few friends…. Such cuties!
And finally, FINALLY, I tried my very first apple cider donut!! I figured they were fresh enough. 😉
My thoughts? Exactly what I thought they’d taste like. I shared this one with Adam. It was good but not earth shattering. I’d rather eat a healthy muffin. And that’s exactly what I did when I got home that night!
Apple cranberry bran muffins (recipe below)
This recipe makes 12 muffins (~130 calories each). I made 6 regular, and 3 double-sized so I could use my fancy tulip papers. Doesn’t this guy look like he came straight from a bakery? I think so. 😎
Mom and dad 😉
I made them with apple sauce instead of oil and was afraid they’d be dry. Nope – amazingly moist with such tender crumb.
Apple Cranberry Bran Muffins – makes 12
- 1.5 cup wheat bran
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup apple sauce
- 2T plain fat free yogurt
- 1 egg
- 1t vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1.25 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 2t ground cinnamon
- 1t baking powder
- 1t baking soda
- 2/3t salt
- 1 apple, diced
- 2/3 cup fresh cranberries
- Preheat oven to 375* and spray or line a muffin tin
- In a medium bowl, combine wheat bran and buttermilk. Soak for 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine apple sauce, yogurt, egg, vanilla and brown sugar.
- In a separate bowl, whisk flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add bran mixture to wet ingredients.
- Gently fold in dry ingredients into wet until well combined.
- Fold in apples and cranberries into the muffin batter.
- Divide batter into 12 muffin cups, bake for 16-18 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes in tins; cool on wire rack thereafter.
I will be making these muffins over and over again. They deserve to go on the favorites list.
What’s your favorite MUFFIN recipe? What’s your favorite APPLE recipe? I still have quite a few apples left….
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