Lattin’s Apple Cider Mill:
A confession: For most of my life, I haven’t been much of an apple girl. I was never that girl that “went for an apple” when hunger struck. So, when I found myself living in the nation’s mecca for apples, I was shocked by the empty apple butter jar that sat in my lap only 48 hours after buying it.
I was hooked. I was officially an apple girl.
Bri was the one who helped me convert when he planned a quick trip to the local apple cider mill that so conveniently sat down the street from us. We left that day with apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, a raspberry preserve filled doughnut, a cherry pie + of course, more apple butter.
There is something so satisfying about embracing the cooler seasons. The older I get, the more I yearn for them; the more gratitude I have for their arrival and their time while they’re with us — rain, snow, wind, hail and all.
That day at the apple cider mill could’ve been like any trip to a farmer’s market or grocery store, but it lit me up and has kept me warm as the heavy rains set in here.
I’m constantly reminded of how important it is to give yourself permission to indulge in the simple acts of joy and I’m so grateful that on a beautiful, September day in WA, I decided to give apples another chance.
A+A Afternoon Snack:
After working hard to help re-balance my adrenals and thyroid, I found myself in an elimination diet. The outcome was bittersweet — I felt better than I had felt in YEARS, and once I added gluten back in, that was no longer the case. This was a big deal for me. The Italian girl who swore she would “never not eat bread… I mean, baguettes” found herself giving up gluten without a second thought because I had reached the stage in my life and wellness “journey” for lack of a better word that feeling good was majorly important and choosing not to eat a certain food meant more room for creativity.
In walks the A+A Afternoon Snack into my life. Rice cakes became a real close friend to me during my elimination diet and once apple-butter came into my life, it was the happiest of unions. I was already indulging in brown rice cakes with almond butter on top with apple slices, but the apples were always slipping off and magically into my puppy’s mouth (much to her delight). Soon, I was spreading apple butter on top of the almond butter (without apple slippage) and looking quite forward to every afternoon from there on out.
1 Brown Rice Cake
1-2 tbsp Almond Butter
2 tbsp Apple Butter (always amazing if found locally and/or homemade!)