Giant Caramel Dark Chocolate Covered Apples

I made this for Brian’s birthday this past weekend.  He sometimes asks for a pie of some sort but the apples are so beautiful right now I’m glad he selected this for dessert.

3 large honey crisp apples
1 bag of Kraft caramels
1 bag of  Ghiardelli dark chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla or vanilla bean paste

Wash apples and set them on parchment paper. Microwave the caramels and corn syrup on medium power at 30 second intervals until the caramels melt. Stir in vanilla. Spoon over the apples then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave on medium power at 30 second intervals until melted. Spoon over the cooled apples. At this point, you can also add nuts, sprinkles, candies if you like.  Brian likes his plain.  A quarter apple is the perfect serving size.

A Sauer Success

The sauerkraut I made this summer with cabbage from our garden is really delicious!  It’s going to be an annual process here on the farm.  Those are James Beard nominee Craig Deihl’s handmade bratwursts in the pan.  We’ve managed to snag three of his artisan meat shares this year, despite the fact that his restaurant is 6 hours from here and he doesn’t ship.  If you’re within striking distance of Charleston, SC, it’s an amazing treat!


Chicken feathers can be just beautiful.  I can’t have a peacock *pout* so these have to suffice for pretty birds around here.

Garlic Time

Tis the season again.  We just filled two raised beds with garlic.  If you want to give it at try, grab some from your kitchen and plant individual cloves about 2 inches deep with the pointy side up.  Wait six months.  Enjoy!

Set Your DVR

Tomorrow night at 10PM on Bravo (October 24th) check out Life After Top Chef.  You’ll see two former Top Chef All Stars contestants visit a sheep farm in rural SW Virginia.  The episode is titled Shear Today, Gone To Marrow.  You might see someone you know…. just sayin’


Fog rolls off our pond and up the driveway and beyond.  So pretty… and creepy.


This is how we watch TV.  Bindi’s not happy unless her hiney is in someone’s face.

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