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September 25, 2013

Time for Apples!


Michigan is enjoying one of the best apple crops in many years.   These are my new favorite Honey Crisp apples.  They are both a great eating apple and an excellent pie apple!
 
Once again I'm using my new favorite "Buffalo Plaid" tablecloth from Williams Sonoma (clearanced) but this time with these rooster accented placemats.   

 The napkins were a sale item from Pottery Barn 
a little while ago.  I decided to use them as a visual accent so I popped them in the glass.

I got these Honey Crisp apples up at the Farmer's Market and made the best apple pie I can remember in a long time! They are a little softer than the Granny Smith's I usually use so you can cut back on baking time a few minutes so they don't turn into mush.  My recipe is 6 apples, peeled, cored & cut into slices. Put apples in large bowl.  Combine 3/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1 1/2 tsp. of Apple Pie Spice. Mix those ingredients and toss over the apples in the bowl.  Gently work the apples to get coated and whatever is left that didn't stick gets poured over the apples once they're in the pie pan.
I used the Pillsbury pie dough for my pies.  I prepare the pie dish with the first layer of pie dough, then put the apples in.  I dot with several tabs of butter. Cover with the top layer and bake at 450 for 15 minutes to set the pie crust, reduce to 350 for up to 45 minutes.  When you see the bubbling it's done.


Pie does not last long in this house!  This one got a little extra brown but it was still good.

Farmhouse Rooster (in Dijon) placemats from Williams Sonoma (clearanced).  It's pretty large but it does allow for all the dishes, silverware and drinkware to fit on it....which can help keep the tablecloth clean!

The dinner plate was from Cracker Barrel (2 yrs. ago) and has no pattern name.

The golden yellow plates are from Pier 1 Imports around 2 yrs ago

The bowl and coffee mug are called the 
Madison Collection by Home Essentials and Beyond

 A table for two which is the norm around here!

The brown (beer) bottle with sunflowers was an idea I got about 5 years ago from a small store we had in town.  They wanted a lot for them so I never bought one. Theirs had the artificial water in them, but I opted out on trying it.   My husband had some special beer given to him and I latched onto the bottle because it had the exact look I wanted.  About the same time I saved the bottle I was at Pier 1 and saw these new sunflowers in stock. I liked how real they looked so I grabbed them.  It's super simple and until that brown bottle showed up I just never got around to it.

 This is where it usually resides. 

Time to make more apple pie!

Thanks for coming by!

I'm joining 
Cuisine Kathleen for her
Let's Dish
Apple Theme Challenge
and
Tablescape Thursday

35 comments:

  1. The pie looks delicious - and I love the placemats!

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  2. Very pretty table, Liz! My table is set for two these days also. We picked some apples this passed Sunday and I need to get cracking on making stuff with them. I also want to use some to simmer on the stove with some cinnamon and vanilla to make the house smell nice. {I picked way too many for two people!}.

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  3. I love your table for two dear Liz. I know you visited me, and saw I did mine for two as well, as mostly it is only for TWO! Very pretty dinner plates and big roos as centerpiece. Big hugs,
    FABBY

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  4. Liz, Your table is lovely and the rooster placemats are sooo cute! The pie looks yummy.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  5. Such a pretty table, Liz. I love both plates!

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  6. What a beautiful table Liz. I love the table linens and the rooster in the center.

    Cynthia

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  7. Very cute place mats and your rooster is such a great centerpiece. Those are some yummy apples. You can't beat the flavor.

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  8. This theme tonight is making me crave apple pie- your photo now has me drooling! Cute table! I like those plates from Cracker Barrel, I haven't been to a Cracker Barrel in a while and there is one right by me.

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  9. I love your plates Liz, I didn't know Cracker Barrel sold plates! And the ones from Pier 1 are beauties too~I love how you made the golden yellow work with your apples, and of course the white rooster and checked cloth set everything off so perfectly!
    Jenna

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  10. This table is so smart, and that pie has my mouth watering because I skipped dinner. I don't think we regularly see Honey Crisp down here in the stores, although I have seen them somewhere. Maybe I will cruise through Whole Paycheck and see if they have any? I really like your tablecloth, too.

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  11. What a lovely table, Liz. Those placemats are great...anything with chicken/rooster is always A1 with me!
    Have a wonderful week...

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  12. Tables for two are the usual thing here now, too, and I do love to set them. I'll have to see if that tablecloth is still on clearance! And honey crisp and lady crisp are two of my favorite apples--crunchy, not mushy, and flavorful. Linda

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  13. Love this table. Your creative use of color is great for an apple table.

    - The Tablescaper

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  14. Cute, cute, cute. Love the tablecloth and the white dishes with green apples. Very clever creating.

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  15. Honey crisp are a favorite here too. I can tell you that pie wouldn't last long in this house.
    Your table setting is lovely. Happy Fall!

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  16. Liz, I love your table with the rooster placemats and cheery golden yellow accents! Honey Crisp apples are my favorite variety too!

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  17. LIz, this is really, really pretty. I always love checks! That pie looks great too, I've been wanting to make an apple pie, now you've really got me wanting one. I noticed your curtains in the background, I really like that pattern. Take care - Dawn

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  18. Liz - great table! Those honey crisp apples look so good, as does the apple pie! What a clever idea to use that beer bottle for flowers. I love seeing creative uses for everyday items - thanks for sharing that one!

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  19. First time here Liz! love it! your plates are beautiful! Happy first week of Fall from Pennsylvania......

    lois

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  20. Love the checked tablecloth Liz! It's the perfect base for your gorgeous table for 2. What a great and simple idea to use the beer bottle and sunflowers for a centerpiece!

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  21. Liz, what a lovely table with the rooster standing guard. Love the yellow salad plates as well as the Cracker Barrel dishes. Your new napkins are so pretty also. Joni

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  22. A very cozy table for 2! You've used my favorite vessel for your sunflowers. Nothing beats a botle(s) for arranging blooming things.

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  23. Hi Liz - The apples, the sunflowers, and the blue - it's perfect! Hugs, Holly

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  24. Hi Liz! I love the layering of your table with the cloth, placemats and pretty dishes. The centerpiece I so simple and perfect. Your apple pie is making me want to make one soon...mmmmm!

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  25. Hey Liz,
    Thank you for your kind comments.. I have a bag of Honeycrisp apples in the refrigerator right now..They are our favorites next to Pink Lady..I am your newest follower..I like your table..that it is set for two..and your brown bottle with sunflowers...A beautiful fall/apple table..I especially like the way you put your napkins in the glasses....it makes a little bouquet...
    Love, Mona

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  26. The navy checks look great with that apple green! I really like that color combo. And adding sunflowers really makes this a wonderful seasonal table.

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  27. Sure looks inviting!! I love your table and that pie wouldn't last long at my house either.

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  28. I want to come and have coffee and pie with you! The table and chairs look very friendly and the pie sounds wonderful. We don't eat pie in our house due to dietary issues, but I think I'll make some baked apples for supper without the crust. Beautiful table once again.

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  29. Your table is very pretty, Liz. I like everything about it, the colors, the rooster, the sunflowers, the mix of plates, tablecloth, well, everything....Christine

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  30. Love each of your dishes. A fun and sweet apple table. And that pie looks amazing!

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  31. Such a pretty table! I love the sunflowers with the blue. Honey crisps are the best, but hard to find for me. Oh, your pie looks wonderful too!

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  32. Hi Liz! I love the honey crisp apples, but have never made pie with them. I will give it a try since you recommend it. Such a pretty table. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  33. Hi Liz! Your table is a refreshing alternative to red! Honey Crisp and Gala are my new favorite apples. LOVE your brown bottle with the sunflowers, and the white dishes and rooster are the perfect backdrop for those beautiful apples!

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  34. This is very pretty! I like the pattern mixes with the gingham tablecloth and floral napkins, and the color scheme also. The rooster and sunflowers are also a nice touch. Great job!

    Katherine

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  35. Beautiful! Love this place setting, especially those CB plates...

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