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5/24/13

focus on life: reminisce - week 21

Sally at The Studio Sublime takes us back...far back in my case...to our childhood for this weeks photography series "Focus on Life" prompt:

"Have you ever been in the middle of a busy day and all of a sudden you run across a certain baked good, candy, flower or an object catches your attention and you are sent right back to your childhood?

This week capture what takes you back to moments past and reminisce a little."

I'm living far away from my early years in Wisconsin, so most of the week I struggled with context in regards to childhood memories and my surroundings. Nothing triggered a thought until this morning when I reached for ...an apple!


Next to cheese, apples are a pretty big deal in Wisconsin, at least as I remember it. We had a few apple trees in our backyard that stood in as a jungle gym. The apples were really yummy too.


I remember caramel apples as a special treat; bobbing for apples at the annual neighborhood Halloween party and pink applesauce that my Mom made by stirring cinnamon red hots in the applesauce while heating it on the stove. She served it along side juicy pork chops and scalloped potatoes.

And my very favorite memory was learning how to make apple pie from scratch, pie crust and all, in sixth grade, in our 1830's country kitchen in a house that used to be a stagecoach inn. Perfect for five kids, a sheep dog and a goose! Happy memories for sure!

Read more memories of the past at The Studio Sublime.



25 comments:

  1. What delightful memories. From something so basic comes something so meaningful

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    1. That's a good point, Patty! An apple is as simple as it gets, lol! Thanks for visiting :-)

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  2. Stirring cinnamon red hots to make the applesauce, never heard of that, I'm curious!

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    1. Yes, it adds an extra bit of yumminess! Once the applesauce is hot she would add enough red hots to turn the applesauce nice and pink when they melted. And it added a sweet slightly tart flavor that is very pleasing.

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  3. Until NB I've always had some sort of apple tree in the yard that produced something small green and marginally edible... I remember picking them one year and ending up with a fridge full of ants... the cold didn't slow them down at all!

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    1. Wow, the visual on that is nightmarish. :-) I remember staying overnight at a friend's house and after eating an apple at bedtime, in my laziness and ignorance, I set the apple on the floor by the bed to throw away in the morning. Yep, you can guess what happened. Ever since I've been a stickler about cleaning up after eating!

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  4. Oh what beautiful memories - and awesome photos, too!! Wow - an 1830's stagecoach Inn,...how cool is that?!!

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    1. Thanks, Shel. Living in that house in the country was really idyllic. We have moved a lot but that's the one place that captured my heart, even as a grade-schooler.

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  5. Apples, cherries and cheese! I live in WI now. Don't like it much but here I am. Great post!

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    1. I don't remember the cherries, but that's probably because I'm not much of fan of them. :-) I had to live in Indiana for a few years, as an adult and it took some getting used to after living out West for many years.

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  6. What a healthy memory! Apples and oranges have a special place in my heart too. Our parents would stuff the toes of our stockings with them at Christmas to take up some room. We knew when we reached the apple that we had reached the end of stocking goodies!

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    1. That's a pretty nifty idea Paula! Thanks for stopping by :-)

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  7. What a fun house to grow up in! I'm not sure there's anyone on earth that could say they don't love apples! I forgot about the cinnamon hots in the applesauce! My Mom used to do that, too.

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    1. I also made applesauce that way for my kids too. But no pork chops as we were vegetarian for most of their growing up years!

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  8. What a wonderful memory - and I love the idea of stiring red hots in the apple sauce - going to have to give that a try!

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  9. ... as American as apple pie - is that how the saying goes? something like that. I never could get excited about apples. Always more of a pear, orange, berry eater. But then you don't hear about great memories like these with orange pie :)

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  10. Oh that sounds wonderful! apple pie, bobbing for apples .... caramel! I grew up in Oregon, and apples were a big deal. Washington State apples or "delicious" as they are called in the market. They are not as common on the East Coast, but when I see them .... it takes me back. A good apple is so delicious!

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  11. On your second phot I love how you left a few apple seeds on the plate with the sliced apples. Great photo.

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  12. I still live in apple country in New York, but certain varities of apple can do it for me. Good post!!

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  13. Debi isn't it cool how even the simplest things can trigger wonderful memories? Your stagecoach inn house sounds like a great place to grow up.

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  14. Such happy memories--all triggered by this wonderful apple! I'm intrigued by the story of your stagecoach inn house.

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  15. I think we are intrigued by your stagecoach inn house. It really does sound like a cool place to live. And I love apples, with cheese melted on them, with chocolate, dipped in caramel........thanks for the memories.

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  16. What an amazing place to live! We had a huge red delicious tree in our yard too...loved those apples! There is nothing like them any more.

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  17. You make me hungry for fresh applesauce. New York has wonderful apples in the fall and some years our ancient trees have lots of fruit. I especially like it that they have never been sprayed. great image of your home and love your apple pics.

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  18. nothing like an apple pie made from apples grown on your own tree. de-lish!

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