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On This Choosy Tuesday – Let’s Slow Down A Little and Have A Caramel Apple

Today, I chose to share some thoughts about my blog and a favorite thing.  If you read earlier posts, I had a New Year’s goal of slowing down a bit.  In my previous life I was a sales person and if you are in sales, you must have lots of self discipline.  I think I have carried that over to my present life in a gung ho way.  I told my husband I wouldn’t have so many projects and set extreme goals for me.  So far I am enjoying it and as I sit here writing this, I do not feel stressed or rushed and I am going to enjoy the moment.

I have decided for the New Year that I want to share more pictures with you.  I live in a community where the mountains of North Carolina are in the distance and I have seen them many times as I was driving and thought, wow, I should take a picture of that.  This year I do plan to snap more pictures.  I have looked at pictures on many of your blogs and said, “Wow, I wish I could do that”.  Well, I can, if I will just stop and take the time to do it. That is what I plan to do and share some of the shots with you.

I started my blog several years ago and I want to include favorite things as part of sharing the Southern culture and include food traditions too.  Today, I am starting that by sharing, one of my favorite things at the moment.

IMG_1667Some of you may know this is a pottery bowl for baking an apple.  This was given to me by my friend, Barbara, recently and I kept it out on my kitchen counter as part of my décor.  I did intend to use it to bake apples for us when I found the time.  I have started doing this and use it in the microwave. I just love pottery and to think someone took a lump of clay or mud and created something so pretty that is also useful.

As it has been extremely cold here, I have used the bowl to make baked apples for us and it is a very warm and comforting desert.  Here is what I do.

Microwave Caramel Apple

Peel and core one large apple.  Place cored slices in the bowl in the same shape as an apple.  Microwave on high for 3 or 4 minutes.  Check the apple after three minutes to see if it is soft and microwave in 30 second increments until completely cooked and soft.  I added Smucker’s sugar free caramel topping on our apple as my husband is diabetic.  However, you could make your own caramel or buy the caramel ice cream topping in the store.  Also, if you aren’t lucky enough to have one of the apple bakers, you could prepare the apples the same way and put them in a small microwaveable bowl and cook them.

We have enjoyed this warm, delicious, comforting desert over the last few days and I think we will continue to make this dessert over the winter months.

I look forward to sharing favorite things and favorite pictures with you over the next few months.  In the past, I have been so disciplined and controlled by my ToDo list that I haven’t done that many fun things.  I plan to change that this year by having a shorter ToDo list and tackle my projects one at a time.  That will give me more time to share things with you and that is absolutely one of my favorite things to do.

Thanks for stopping by!

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