Whenever it starts to feel like I fall, I immediately want anything apple. Well, I want anything apple anytime of the year. Seriously, I chose it over chocolate. And it is the only fruit I like warm. But when it starts to feel like fall, and the kids go back to school, I start thinking about apple pie, apple crisp, apple bread, apple muffins. You get the idea.
And some time ago I found a great recipe for Crumb Apple Pie. You can find it here. Some will say that apples are too much trouble. The peeling, the coring, the slicing. But I have it down to a science. And forget about the pie crust. Pillsbury and just about anyone else make a perfectly fine crust. I prefer the deep dish pie crusts.
So I got the apples all sliced up and into the pie and was getting ready to start on the crumb topping when I realized I FORGOT the white sugar in with the apple. So I thought, shit. How am I going to get all of those apples back in the pie crust? But the sugar is important so I dumped the apples back in the bowl, added the sugar and started piling them back in the crust. And then I mixed up the crumb topping.
A word about cutting anything into cold butter. Don’t bother. I have an immersion blender, KitchenAid, and I use it to make any of my crumbs, crisps, anything that needs to be mixed with cold butter. It came with a mixer, pulse type attachment and that puppy works like a CHARM. Comes out JUST FINE every time. No more doing it by hand with a fork or my fingers.
So the crumb topping went on, the pie was covered by foil and into the oven it went. The foil will come off about halfway through. This is going to be on the high end (or even over) of the cook time considering how many apples I packed into that crust, but it will be worth it. And one more thing to add to my obsession with breakfast food. What? Come on, it’s fruit! The finished product:
I have been considering investing in a new laptop, in support of my new blogging career of course. Since I have no illusions about making a living by blogging, I can’t really call it an “investment in the business.” I just want to be able to blog (and surf) from anywhere. Couch. Bed. Tub. Closet (not really). Anywhere.
And wouldn’t you know that we are now in the midst of tax-free weekend in NC. I won’t be gearing up any chitlins to send to school and I am not a teacher. But there is no reason why I should stay home on tax-free weekend. Unless they ask for some sort of parent ID. Is there such a thing as a breeder ID card?
So the question is whether or not to pull the trigger on a new laptop and save the tax? It was going to depend on my level of patience and the process I needed to follow to get the new laptop. How long would the lines be at my local Apple store? Would I really want to stand in the line with everyone else? A line full of parents and (potentially) their bratty and ungrateful kids who think their hot shit cause they are about to go off to college. Or the younger kids, screaming for another iPad cause the new ones are better and have Skype. How many iPads does one family really need (we have ONE).
Ah, but remember I said it was going to depend on those factors. Until the Marketing Genius’s (probably promoted from the in-store Genius Bar’s) sent me an email. An email from heavan. That said I could order ONLINE and still take advantage of the tax holiday. No Lines. No Stores. No Traffic. No Parking. NO KIDS!!!! And no more questions.
Maybe if I send a link to this post to Steve Jobs and the Apple Genius’s , they will send me a laptop. I don’t expect to make a living at this, but a perk here and there would be OK! I have no shame….
UPDATE: I did go by the Apple store to compare the 11 inch and 13 inch laptops. The line at 10:30 (they opened at 8:00) was TWO AND A HALF HOURS long. I am new to this blogging thing and next time I will be sure to take a picture while I am there!