Summer Abundance

The piece of apple cake I just ate was delicious. Writing this post is a diversion to edging over to the table for another piece, like we all did after dinner this afternoon. Ed started it by cutting a big square smack-dab from the center of the pan after devouring his first piece, then our visiting friend cut out a corner piece for himself and before I could think my hand had placed another helping on my plate.

The cake was made with the last of the apples from our tree. The Gravenstein sapling we planted fifteen years ago has provided us with an abundance of apples for eating out of hand, saucing, pies and cakes and apple leather. Its only drawbacks is that the apples have a short shelf-life.DSC05458Please, step into our garden.
DSC05491The green beans have been tender and flavorful. Jars have been filled and processed for winter eating.DSC05494The first ripe ears of corn were eaten this week.DSC05499The broccoli is almost finished. It’s best eaten raw to savor its deliciousness.DSC05500 The peppers are adding zing and crunch to our meals.

DSC05509 DSC05511Missing are pictures of the cherry and Early Girl tomatoes we’ve been eating since early July. The Romas and Beefsteaks are just ripening. Soon they will be drying or roasting in preparation for winter sauces. Potatoes are being dug as we need them. The beets will be harvested by Wednesday. This week we will plant carrot, leek, spinach and beet seeds for winter crops.

As Ed and I ride our bikes in the evening we pass a vacant, For Sale, house. A few days ago I spied the russet gleam of apples ripening in an old tree at the corner of the property. There will be more pies and cakes in our future.

And Decadent apple rolls! Like these scrumptious bundles of juicy goodness.

DSC05482Recipe? Why, of course. These are a modification of the ones that Pioneer Woman wrote about.

How I make them:
Home made crescent rolls. If there’s time, otherwise the store bought ones work fine.
24 crescent rolls (instead of 16, there’s plenty of room for 2 dozen)
4-5 apples. You’ll want to make lots. 
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup of sugar
1 teas vanilla
1 – 7 oz, or 8 oz* (237ml) can of Mt Dew (or any citrus soda)
Brown sugar

Lightly butter a 9×13″ pan. Sprinkle a handful or two of brown sugar over the butter.
Peel and slice each apple into 8 pieces. Put one – two slices onto the wide end of each crescent roll wedge, roll up and place into buttered pan.  Tuck the extra pieces of the apples in the spaces between the rolls.

Dump the sugar into the melted butter. Stir until just blended. No need to completely dissolve.
Stir Vanilla into the melted butter/sugar.  Pour evenly over the apple rolls.
Pour the soda pop around the edges of the pan and between the long rows of rolls.
Sprinkle cinnamon over everything – amount according to your tastes.
Bake at 350F for 35 – 40 minutes.

*If you can’t find that size use a 12 oz can and drink the 4 ounces. 🙂 This isn’t exact science. The second time I made these Ed brought home some 7 oz cans which I found to be a perfect amount in the 9×13″ pan.


Monday morning, ETA  During the two months of silence WordPress changed their format, including disabling comments. Which I didn’t realize until this morning. Comments are now enabled. I love blog appropriate comments. 🙂


Author: Wanda J

I never dreamed my life would be entangled with fiber and the tools used to produce fibery items. When I bought a boat shuttle used in weaving Ed looked at it, decided to make a better one and the rest is history. For a decade he made shuttles, crochet hooks, knitting needles, until his spindles became so popular that he had to devote his time to making them, as well as Walking Wheels. Free time is spent reading, trying to coax food from the ground, and playing in the creek near our place. I love long walks and camping far from crowds. Playing a fiddle beside a stream or with good friends brings sweetness to my soul. Sundays are set aside for worshiping God with our small Quaker meeting.

6 thoughts on “Summer Abundance”

    1. We had moles, or something, creating dirt volcanoes everywhere when we first planted. Fortunately the poison we put down all the holes must have either done the trick or persuaded them to move on. One of my blueberry plants died when its roots were eaten and we had to replant some of the beans but it seems we intervened in time. It’s rather ironic that we used poison to stop the creature as we’re passionate about organic gardening.

  1. Your apple rolls look so good! And the cake sounds good too. We have been enjoying green beans too, which are growing in a half-barrel like the one in your picture. There are just enough for meals, but not enough for canning. In the barrel I don’t have to bend down to pick them. And the zucchini I planted has done very well, almost too well, as zucchini tends to do. It will be hard to go back to store bought stuff when winter comes. There are apple trees in my neighbourhood that are on private property but no one picks the apples. Any fruit that fall on the sidewalk or boulevard is mine for apple pies and applesauce!

  2. It all looks so wonderfully yummy! What a treat all your hard work will be in the middle of a cold winter! Thanks for taking us on a garden tour.

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