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One of the first things I think of when Fall is approaching, is our annual family tradition of visiting the apple orchard.  We began this tradition several years ago, when the kids were very small.


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We pack up the car with a wagon, baskets, picnic essentials and hands ready to pick!


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It is such a fun family activity.  Everyone is on the hunt for the perfect apples to add to their basket! We stroll the rows of beautiful trees, enjoying the warm California sun.  We each have our favorite variety, and we love to see the collection of beautiful apples we go home with.


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We stop for a little picnic to sip on some of the fresh apple cider they sell on the farm, and we start to think about what delicious apple treats we’s like to bake at home. I like to pack a cozy blanket and some melamine plates and glasses (HomeGoods has tons of them), to keep things worry free.


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This year, the kids decided it would be Maple Glazed Apple Blondies! They taste like sweet apple pie, with a warm maple icing. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

Blondies
– 2 cups all purpose flour
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 cup butter, softened
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1 cup dark brown sugar
– 2 large eggs
– 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Apple Filling
– 2 large apples, chopped finely
– 2 Tbsp brown sugar
– 1 Tbsp butter
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Maple Glaze
– 2 Tbsp butter
– 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
– 1/2 cup powdered sugar
– 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 and line an 11×7 pan with tin foil (or spray with pan with cooking spray).


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Apple Filling:
Step 1: On med-low heat, cook apple filling mixture for about 3-4 minutes. Pull off heat and allow to cool.


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Blondies:
Step 1: Cream butter until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add in brown sugar and granulated sugar, and mix until well combined.

Step 2: Add in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

Step 3: Add in salt and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.

Step 4: In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and cinnamon together. Add to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.

Step 5: In the bottom of the pan, spread half the blondie batter evenly, using a spatula (or your hands–batter is very thick, so I prefer to spread with my hands).

Step 6: Spread apple filling all over the layer.

Step 7: Top with remaining blondie batter and spread evenly.

Step 8: Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.

Maple Glaze:
Step 1: Melt butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon over low heat. Once melted together, pull off the heat. Sift in powdered sugar, and whisk until fully combined. Allow to cool for 8-10 minutes so the glaze can thicken.

Step 2: Allow bars to cool for about 10 minutes, then pour the glaze over the bars and allow it to set.

Step 3: Slice into squares and enjoy!


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I used a classic white cake stand and dishes to showcase these pretty little treats.  A few colorful napkins and rose gold utensils, created a warm and cheerful fall display. HomeGoods has so many great items to make serving any treats look even better! From cocktail napkins, to small serving plates, or even fun straws- you never know what you will find.


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A simple family tradition that holds many special moments and memories to last a lifetime.  It’s always fun to look back over the previous years to see how much the kids have grown too.


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Do you have a favorite Fall family tradition? I’d love to hear yours! If not, maybe I’ve inspired you to start one of your own too!


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Amy is a paid blogger who created Crazy Chic Design.  She enjoys sharing ways to affordably decorate her own home, as well as client projects.  


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