Since our kids were small we've planned a trip each year to visit Eckert's Farms to pick apples in the fall. The kids are almost all grown up now, but they still love to go and enjoy all of the activities, good food, and apple picking. A few pictures of this year's trip follow. It was a cold and drizzly/rainy day, but we still managed to have fun. Christian's pig, Lindsey Loham won the first pig race, and his daddy's pig won the pig olympics for the USA. The Presson family had a good showing in the pig races!
Now, it's time to do something with all of those apples. Apple Dumplings are a family favorite. It usually takes a full day to make enough to freeze for tasty treats all winter. This is a time consuming dessert, but trust me, it's well worth the trouble.
4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
Add milk to make a soft dough. Roll out and cut into squares. Fill each square with apples and cinnamon sugar. Drop into boiling water for 20 minutes. Remove and allow to drain. Serve in a bowl topped with melted butter and cinnamon sugar.
If you are planning to freeze these for future use, remove them from the boiling water and allow to drain well and cool. Place in freezer bags, and freeze for future use.
A trip to Eckert's is always full of fun for the young ones, teenagers, parents, and grandparents. . Christian was wide-eyed and just took everything in. He was looking into the Parakeet Experience Cage in this picture. There were so many of them. There are pony rides and carnival rides too. One of our favorites is watching the pumpkin lobber. Go check it out for yourself.