Recipes:
The Fall-inspired recipes continue to pour in. Thank you! Today, Miss Katy (who certainly needs a blog already!) sent this yummy dessert idea:

Apple Pear Crumble:
You can make this crumble with almost any fruit, using similar quantities and adjusting for sweetness. Serve it warm, in shallow bowls.
3 medium baking apples (such as Braeburn or Empire), peeled and thinly sliced
3 medium ripe pears (such as Bosc), peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13×9-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, mix apples, pears, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour into the prepared baking pan, spreading evenly.

Topping (I usually make almost double the topping because I like a lot of topping. I also reduce the flour a little bit and up the oats and brown sugar a little.)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/3 finely chopped walnuts
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2 Tablespoons light-brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the fruit mixture. Bake until the fruit is tender and the topping is golden, 40-45 minutes. Let cool until just warm, then serve.
Yield: 8 servings.

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If you need some additional recipe greatness, I highly recommend checking out the San Francisco Chronicle’s list of their best recipes during the last 20 years. I regularly make recipes from their food section and this list is impressive. I am going to make several of these for a dessert platter I am preparing for this weekend’s festivities.

Weekend Excitement:
I’m not going to play coy — I’m thrilled to be attending this year’s Tequila Stakes Croquet. I’m going to meet a slew of bloggers I know simply via comments and email, and entice them with baked goods while kicking their asses at croquet. If that doesn’t sound like an awesome way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Sewing:
I’ve been busy with a few Fall aprons. The first is for a friend I cook with. Her sister lived in Africa and is dating a man from Cote d’Ivoire. She a fellow fan of the African animal motif.

Giraffe apron front

It is giraffe fabric and a touch hard to see. Pockets on the front…

Giraffe apron back

and patches on the back.

And I made an apron for my coffee shop buddy AJ. He’s the hedgehog lover. I used that fantastic printable fabric for this one and included the recipe on the pockets.

Hedgehog apron
Recipe pocket

Cute little hedgehog.

Africankelli tag

They say we’ve officially had our last day of 100+ degree heat and to expect cool weather this weekend. Yahoo!

~K