There’s not enough hours in the day to wear all of my hats, but I am trying.
These days I spend a ton of time in my kitchen, it’s still ridiculously hot in Los Angeles so I am envious of everyone who is roasting and baking up a storm already. I am still grilling and making salads for dinner, because guess what? When you live in a 100-year-old house without air-conditioning turning on your stove is the furthest thing from your mind. I pretty much have lived in shorts and a tank top for the last three months but dream of riding boots and sweater weather.
In the meantime, I prepare for my son’s 1st birthday coming up in two weeks! I am trying not to go nuts, because he’s 1 and won’t remember. But we must celebrate, because he’s 1!!! We effing made it.
At the moment, I’m focused on apples. It’s harvest time and apples are filling up the produce aisles and replacing peaches and summer berries. We are going with a fall harvest theme for Grey’s birthday and so I am in the middle of coming up with a caramel apple dipping station. I basically want to create a place where people make their own caramel apple that they can take home with them. Their party treat, essentially.
My mother raised her eyebrows at this idea, I think she wonders what’s so fun about guests making their own food. But hey, I don’t think she’s done Korean BBQ, am I right??? That’s fun stuff.
Apples I would have to say land very low on my favorite fruit list. Nothing against them, they just seemed a little … meh.
But at my day job, I’ve been working with a farm in Oregon , who grows heirloom apples and lemme tell you that my perception on the apple has undeniably changed.
I have a new respect for the apple and have been happily munching away on Honey Crisps, Cortland Apples and even had the pretty Pink Pearl that is a shade of rose inside. Love it! I almost don’t miss my summer fruits. Almost.
I have a few ideas for a caramel apple station, getting some of the smaller Granny Smith apples, their tart taste will balance the sweet of caramel. For toppings, I’m thinking nuts, chocolate (duh!), dried fruit, white chocolate, cinnamon sugar, red hots, shaved coconut, pumpkin pie and apple pie spice, trail mix and maybe I should get candied bacon? What do you think? Any ideas?
I always knew that one of the fun things about becoming a parent would be rediscovering my inner kid. And putting together a birthday party with popcorn balls,caramel apples and a pinata is making me feel about 8-years-old again!