the autumn harvest of apples is underway. Soon, the markets
be overflowing with a wonderful variety of new crop apples.
trying to find fresh apples close to home, I often reminisce about
visiting apple orchards while on vacation in
North Carolina and
. 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
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
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
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
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
the right task, click here.
is a great cake recipe which you might even consider healthy.
often think of apple pie, but apple cake is also wonderful and
great way to welcome the fall.
family was thrilled with this moist and flavorful cake. And it
really easy too - which is always a great bonus. Click here
for the wonderful recipe.
I was reading The
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
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
knows the number of our days, and we cannot add or subtract any from
them, but we can control the quality of our
cannot control the circumstances that the Lord allows into our life,
but we can control our reaction to them. We cannot control
genetics, but we can control how our body responds to those
genetics. As for me, I am even more firmly committed to
my journey towards Healthy Eating and Vibrant Living by keeping animal
products off of our table.