Wanted: A Plethora of Apple Ideas for Autumn Days

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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” as the saying goes.  Of course, at our house we eat apples more for their delicious taste than for health reasons.  Baked in a pie, sliced and dipped in peanut butter, or devoured fresh from the tree, apples are a kid (and grown up) favorite at the Fleck house.

There’s also apple fun to be had beyond eating them. We look forward to our annual trips to the local apple orchard each year.  Pulling the little red wagon around, gathering our favorite varieties, and enjoying some time at the orchard store are a part of the year’s rhythm we never miss.

We do a fair bit of crafting with apples, too – from apple stamped tee shirts using the actual fruit, to arts and crafts inspired by the apple.  It is a versatile, wonderful material to work with.

The Apple Star

Take an apple round and red
Don’t slice down
Slice through instead
Right inside it you will see
A star as pretty as can be!

I know we aren’t the only ones who love apples and want to celebrate and enjoy apple season. And, I know I’m not the only mom of littles who is sometimes on the lookout for fun themes and craft ideas to do with her kids.

So, I thought it would be fun to create an apple round-up:  a plethora of apple ideas for the Autumn days ahead.

I’ll get us started with a few apple crafts and recipes that I have discovered. I’d love it if you’d leave me a comment or a link with your favorite apple ideas, too.

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A Plethora of Apple Ideas

Apple Crafts

Apple Recipes

Apple Printables and More!

Have you got an apple idea to add to this list?

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. http://ohsheglows.com/2011/09/15/slow-cooker-apple-butter-911/

    Apple butter!
    We are big fans of apples here. My son finally got the hang of eating a whole one and now I can’t buy enough!

  2. Thanks for linking teach your tot’s apple theme! All this apple talk makes me ready for fall. We are still having 90 degree temperatures where we live though!

  3. Kara,
    We just picked Friday – 3 bushels in the garage, and we’re going again in 3 weeks! 😉

    Here are some ways for preserving apples – I highly recommend the applesauce fruit rolls. And grain-free apple flax muffins. No apple crafts though, sorry.

    :) Katie

  4. Here’s an apple unit I did with my daughter last year when she was in preschool: http://www.morethanmundane.com/2010/09/04/all-about-a/
    It has lots of apple books, crafts, etc.
    Krissa´s latest post: Meal Plan Monday {9.26.11}

  5. I also make apple sauce in the crock pot all the time: http://www.morethanmundane.com/2010/11/12/easy-crockpot-applesauce/
    Krissa´s latest post: Meal Plan Monday {9.26.11}

  6. And we just read How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, and loved it!
    Krissa´s latest post: Meal Plan Monday {9.26.11}

  7. Applesauce for sure. Also, apple juice! Spiced apple cider and apple jelly as well. Apple crisp, apple fritters, apple & cheddar on toast, sauteed apples & onions, apple cake, apple bread and muffins, and of course, apple pie!

    Or, if you prefer, hard apple cider or apple wine!

    Now I feel kind of like the shrimp guy from Forrest Gump! :)
    Mellie´s latest post: Crochet Mitts!

  8. Ohhhhh apples! We are huge fans…my favorite apple recipe is for Apple Crisp Muffins. They are coffee shop quality to be sure! http://thewrightstuffforus.blogspot.com/2010/09/apples-apples-everywhere-top-secret.html

    Also, we LOVE to make a creative lunch with apples and lunch meat which can be seen here…http://thewrightstuffforus.blogspot.com/2009/09/fun-for-lunch-or-snack.html
    Thanks for the neat “link up”! Looking forward to all of the Apple Creativity!!
    Gretchen´s latest post: The Haircut…

  9. We make applesauce and apple crisp a lot this time of year. My 13 year-old has learned how to make apple crisp herself and makes it nearly every day. I make applesauce about every other day. We have a friend who doesn’t spray her apples and they had a bumper crop this year so we have two big boxes of apples currently waiting for all sorts of treatments! We also freeze them for later in the year — some peeled and chopped in two-cup portions for apple bread and some just cut in chunks with their peels for applesauce (I use a food mill to remove the peels after cooking).

    We also bob for apples sometimes, which is harder than it sounds!

    One of our favorite traditions is actually for crab apples though. Almost nobody uses these gorgeous little fruits and it’s a shame because they’re loaded with antioxidants and they make the prettiest, tastiest cider. Here’s a recipe our family invented for crab apple cider: http://www.examiner.com/green-culture-in-mankato/easy-crab-apple-cider
    Alicia´s latest post: Fall fitness: 20 fun ways to get moving with your kids

  10. I love a good apple recipe! Here’s some of mine:
    Apple Puff Squares: http://www.cookcleancraft.com/2010/05/apple-puff-squares.html
    Apple Sultana Chews (cross between a cookie and a granola bar!) http://www.cookcleancraft.com/2010/09/apple-sultana-chews.html
    Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes http://www.cookcleancraft.com/2010/06/apple-and-cinnamon-pancakes.html

    Yummy, yummy apple!
    Narelle @ Cook Clean Craft´s latest post: Booster Seat Revisited

  11. With just about every child I’ve done some sort of project that involves an apple and seeds. And I always use this little verse:
    Inside an apple
    God plants a little seed
    So we’ll have as many
    Apples as we need!
    Annette´s latest post: Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!

  12. Now I’m in the mood for apple bread! This isn’t the healthiest recipe ever, but it makes a good annual fall treat: http://thepocketchronicles.blogspot.com/2011/09/in-mood-for-comfort-food.html

    I’m excited to try the apple butter recipe Samantha shared. So many recipes, so little time!
    Kristina´s latest post: In the Mood for Comfort Food

  13. My favorite apple recipe- cabbage, blue cheese and green apple salad-http://www.ifood.tv/recipe/danish-coleslaw
    But double the apple! :) Yum.
    debbye´s latest post: How To Parent The “Right” Way and Baby Sleep Tips by Brenda Nixon

    • We do a lot of juicing in my family so apples are a staple fruit in our house. Spinach-carrot-apple has always been a winning combo. :)

  14. Clove apples were a new one for us this year – inspired by an excerpt out of Little House in the Big Woods.

    Here’s the link to my post on this subject.

    Cari´s latest post: Clove Apples


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