Friday, September 26, 2008

Johnny Appleseed Friday Five!

Singing Owl tells us that today, September 26th, is Johnny Appleseed Day! In honor of this legend who traveled west planting apple trees (and apparently did some preachin' along the way), here are the questions:

1. What is your favorite apple dish? (BIG BONUS points if you share the recipe.)

It's hard to pick a favorite, but my grandmother's apple crisp would be right up there. Since I want those big bonus points, here is her recipe:

10X7 pan
Slice 3/4 full with apples, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water

Topping:
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup melted butter

Mix thoroughly, put over apples and bake 30 minutes or more. Double when you use a large pan and bake 45 minutes.


And, hoping for even bigger bonus points, I'm sharing a picture of my grandma:


2. Have you ever planted a tree? If so was there a special reason or occasion you can tell us about?

I've planted a few trees over the years -- mostly when we've moved into a new house (with a new yard). My favorite part of planting (for some inexplicable reason) is digging the holes into which the trees are placed.

3. Does the idea of roaming around the countryside (preaching or otherwise) appeal to you? Why or why not?

The idea of roaming around the countryside sounds wonderful (sign me up!!!), but preaching would not be a part of it. (Can I substitute eating instead?)

4. Who is a favorite "historical legend" of yours?

Just to annoy RevSS, I'm going to say Hillary Clinton.



5. Johnny Appleseed was said to sing to keep up his spirits as he travelled the roads of the west. Do you have a song that comes when you are trying to be cheerful, or is there something else that you often do?

When the Empty Nest Hiking Club is hiking through the woods, I sometimes start humming (and/or singing) the Happy Wanderer. (Must be my German roots.) I can get especially obnoxious with the "Val-deri, Val-dera, Val-deri, Val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha" part.

24 comments:

"PS" (a.k.a. purple) said...

ginormous bonus points for the picture of your grandmother.

Sally said...

What a great picture of your grandma!!!

Processing Counselor said...

Love the picture of your grandmother. And the recipe. Who would have thought of graham crackers on apple crisp? Valeree..

Auntie Knickers said...

Yup, you get lots of bonus points (what do we get for them anyway?) And I'm with you -- eatin', not preachin'. The Happy Wanderer song is a favorite too.

Chilly Fingers said...

I like Hillary! And, I KNOW the Happy Wandered...I annoyed several of my friends with that one when we actually hiked a mountain together!

Presbyterian Gal said...

I know! Let's go roam the countryside and hike to all the trees you've planted, singing The Happy Wanderer all the way! Then we can end up at your grandma's house to devour some of that Apple Crisp as we write to Hillary and tell her about all the fun we missed!!!

Good times.
(yummmmm Apple Crisp)

Rev Honey said...

I remember that song...nice play!

dust bunny said...

I love apple crisp...
I LOVE the picture of your grandma...
And...Hill-a-ry! Hill-a-ry!

Presbyterian Gal said...

Oops, that would be "all the fun SHE missed".

*shakes head at self*

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

oh for grandmas! you barbarab b... obnoxious? why now... that's just silly! how could one of america's primetime crime solvers be obnoxious?

Mary Beth said...

Thanks for the Grandma pic! and I may try the recipe for my spouse.

Jiff said...

What fun!
You and your grandma rock!

EmJayDee said...

I posted a different Hillary. Yours allegedly said she was named after him - but she was born BEFORE he climbed the mountain.

Jan said...

That was funny about Hillary! And Serena.

Rev Kim said...

Mmm, the apple crisp souns great! Love the picture of your grandma.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I love the grandma photo. The recipe sounds good but verboten!

Mrs. M said...

I sang the happy wanderer in 4th grade choir!

Rev Honey said...

I have lots of these breakfast-y types of recipes b/c my parents run two bed and breakfasts in NE Ohio!

Singing Owl said...

LOTS AND LOTS OF BONUS POINTS FOR YOU!

Graham cracker crumbs in an apple crisp! I love the sound of that, and I'm going to try it!

David said...

I thought Carole King was going to be your number 4 :)

Barbara B. said...

LOL David!
Another fine choice though. :)

Rev SS said...

LOL! Great play. And Carole King would have been her #4 a year ago, I'm sure, David. :)

mompriest said...

hee hee hee - good play!

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