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It's Apple Season!
Finally, the autumn harvest of apples is underway.  Soon, the markets will be overflowing with a wonderful variety of new crop apples.  While trying to find fresh apples close to home, I often reminisce about visiting apple orchards while on vacation in Georgia , North Carolina and Tennessee .  I remember being absolutely amazed at the varieties of apples available; each apple with its own unique flavor, texture and purpose.  It was wonderful walking through the fresh air barns, bursting at the seams with the fall crop and being able to grab any variety of apple we wanted and try it.  I never imagined that a "fresh off-the-tree" apple would taste so different than the ones which had traveled hundreds or thousands of miles to get to our local market.  We had a grand time that year picking out our favorite apples and then trying to figure out how we were ever going to get all of them home.  We gorged ourselves on apples and still had bags and bags of apples stashed in every nook and cranny of the van for our trip home.  Every year I wish we could go back and go "appleing".  There is nothing like cool weather, fresh apple cider and the beautiful fall colors to get me in the mood for cooking up some tasty apple dishes.  For more on how to pick the right apple for the right task, click here.

Recipe: Apple Cake
Here is a great cake recipe which you might even consider healthy.  We often think of apple pie, but apple cake is also wonderful and a great way to welcome the fall. My family was thrilled with this moist and flavorful cake. And it was really easy too - which is always a great bonus. Click here for the wonderful recipe.
I was reading The China Study today and ran across some very interesting information.  I sometimes wonder if I am being a little too obsessive or odd about my choice to eliminate all animal products from our diet.  Then I read information like what I read this morning, and I am so glad that the Lord led me in the direction He has.  Study after study confirms the more than 8,000 statistically significant associations between various dietary factors and disease that The China Study eventually produced.  These associations  show over and over that our health is greatly affected by the number of animal products we consume.  Even relatively small intakes of animal-based food are associated with adverse effects.  Only the Lord knows the number of our days, and we cannot add or subtract any from them, but we can control the quality of our life.  We cannot control the circumstances that the Lord allows into our life, but we can control our reaction to them.  We cannot control our genetics, but we can control how our body responds to those genetics.  As for me, I am even more firmly committed to continue my journey towards Healthy Eating and Vibrant Living by keeping animal products off of our table.
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