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It’s apple harvesting time at the Henry Homestead. We have three dwarf apple trees. Only two are producing right now since the third was just planted a couple of years ago. We gave up on two beautiful but frustrating dwarf nectarines trees which had only produced once in 20 years and replaced them with the third apple tree. It’ll be a few more years before I let apples mature on it. Even as we share many of the sweet fruits with the birds and rabbits, these trees produce all of the apples I’m willing to deal with, lol. Most will be sliced, dehydrated, vacuum sealed, and frozen for winter snacks. But I’ll also blanch and freeze some slices for pies. You’ll find my favorite apple muffin recipe below.

On to jewelry! Crystals, of course, come in varying hues of red. Gemstones in possession of the same include carnelian, coral, ruby, and garnet. Red is a bold, vibrant, energizing and motivating color. We are drawn to it. It is said to provide confidence and determination. Associations also include passion and sexuality. It is a very popular color; my F250 is a rich ruby red! SOoo, I’ve given you links to some of my creations that incorporate the lovely red we associate with apples! AND I’m offering a 10% discount on any of the listed pieces/sets for one week. The discount will be automatically applied at check-out.  Take advantage of this offer. And give my muffin recipe a try!






Apple Pecan Muffins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place cupcake liners in muffin tins - this makes approx. 32-34 muffins

Whisk together:
1 cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup rice bran oil (you can use canola, but from what I read rice bran oil is much healthier)
½ cup very soft butter (preferably grass fed)
1/4 cup apple cider
3 large eggs (organic, free-range for me)
2 tsp vanilla

Whisk together in a separate bowl:
2 cups flour
1 cup oat flour (just process oatmeal)
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp all-spice

Add dry ingredients to wet and stir together with spatula just to blend. Over mixing will make the muffins tough.

Fold in:
3 ½ cups peeled, chopped apples (around 2 very large)
1 ½ cups chopped pecans (you could also use walnuts)

Scoop into muffin cups - about 3/4 full - they won’t rise a great deal.

Bake 25-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the middle of one comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pans to finish cooling on wire racks. Great warm or cold.

1 comment

  • Beautiful and yum!!!!


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