Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Bad Dogs, Autumn Colors & Apple Cobbler

Autumn is a second spring and every leaf a flower.
— Albert Camus

There's a very good reason why I named Bad Dog what I named him.

Take last week, for instance, when he had the entire house to choose from and decided to hurl in my bedroom slipper.

The Dog Whisperer says this is all my fault. I know that.

Since I'm the one writing out the check for obedience training, couldn't you keep that to yourself?

So far, Bad Dog is not learning any new tricks. But, I have discovered he's much less destructive when he's sound asleep!

So we took a long walk before (yet another) storm set in...

This time of year I miss the bright red Maples of Minnesota. Autumn in Utah is fleeting and mostly golds and yellows. In Minnesota, the apple harvest makes Autumn a very special time.

Apple pies, apple tarts, caramel apples. There are hundreds of varieties of apples, and millions of wonderful apple recipes. But, this is all I care to know:

Pink Lady Apples go in the backpack.

Granny Smith Apples go in the Cobbler. (They're tart and crisp and better for baking.)

And, the dog? Well, he generally goes in the lake.

Apple Cobbler Recipe:
5 large Granny Smith apples
1 package spice cake mix
Dash of cinnamon
Sprinkling of sugar
1 16 oz. jar unsweetened applesauce

Thinly slice apples and place in a square baking dish. Add cinnamon and sugar to your liking. Sprinkle spice cake mix over the apples. Pour applesauce on top of this delightful mess. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Gobble the entire thing before the kids come home from school.

* Maples grow easily in high altitudes. So do apple trees.


Wunx~ said...

He is a fine and excellent NobleDog. He was probably thinking it would be easier to wash your slipper than your sofa.

And speaking of apples, do they have real McIntosh apples in Minnesota. I miss them from my childhood in Michigan.

eleKtrofly said...

what a cute pup.

i'm going to try that cobbler recipe-- we have a lot of apples growing wild out here.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos. Can't wait to try the recipe, I love easy ingredients. Now, if I could just get someone else to peel and slice the apples. KC
PS I'm with Wunx, it could have been worse and he is a great dog.

Anonymous said...

Didn't bad dog eat your pear tree? is that why you're making APPLE cobbler? :) - ann

Anonymous said...

Kate - we have a maple growing. It's so pretty. You can grow them here in PC. - kris

Anonymous said...

admit it, K. you'd be lost without that crazy mutt. can you teach him not to fart?

thismngardener said...

I love the way you shoot him from front on, and nose/face are a bit distorted!!
McIntosh in MN-mostly they talk about Jonathan, Honey Gold, Honeycrisp, Haralson, and too many others to name. I think McIntosh are offered at some orchards but are not signature varieties. I am from Chicago and loved McIntosh growing up.

Anonymous said...

McIntosh apples kick ass.