John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) was born on September 26, 1774. John Chapman was a deeply religious person He was known to preach during his travels. According to legend, Johny Appleseed led a simple life and wanted little. He rarely accepted money and often donated any money he received. It is believed that he died on March 11, 1845, from what was referred to as the “winter plague”. The actual date of his death has been disputed.
The popular image is of Johnny Appleseed spreading apple seeds randomly, everywhere he went. In fact, he planted nurseries rather than orchards, built fences around them to protect them from livestock, left the nurseries in the care of a neighbor who sold trees on shares, and returned every year or two to tend the nursery. Although apples grown from seed are rarely sweet or tasty, apple orchards with sour apples were popular among the settlers because apples were mainly used for producing hard cider and apple jack. In some periods of the settlement of the Midwest, settlers were required by law to plant orchards of apples and pears in order to uphold the right to the claimed land. So Johnny Appleseed planted orchards made for popular real estate on the frontier.
Celebrate today with an APPLE! Apple and peanut butter for a snack, applesauce, or apple pie for desert…or heck, go outside and plant a Apple Tree!
Here are a Couple of My Favorite Apple Recipes ~Charlene
This one is great for the Summer BBQ Parties. Something a little Sweet to end the day, or even as a snack. Can Pre-Wrap them so they can go on at any time.
Grilled Carmel Apples
Add Your Favorite Nuts if you want
Add Cinnamon or Nutmeg if you want
- Heat Grill. Fold four 18×12-inch pieces heavy-duty foil crosswise in half; spray with cooking spray. Cut apples in half; remove cores. Cut each half into 4 wedges. (Or can do in the oven)
- Place 4 apple wedges in center of each piece of foil. Drizzle 2 tablespoons caramel topping over apple wedges on each piece of foil. Wrap foil securely around apples.
- Place foil packets, seam sides up, on grill. Cover grill; cook over medium-low heat 8 to 9 minutes or until apples are crisp-tender. Open packets carefully to avoid steam; caramel will be hot. Serve immediately.
Here is another Recipe, simple ingredients that add up to an awesome and easy taste!
Baked Apples with Oatmeal Streusel Topping
a little over quarter cup melted butter or margarine
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup flour (can use Gluten-free!)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of ground ginger
pinch of salt
- Slice apples in half with a large knife, then scoop out the seeds and stem parts with a melon baller.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together
- Fill and top apple halves with the mixture.
- Bake at 350* until tops are golden brown and apples swell, about 30 minutes.
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