Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  Our apple trees are usually loaded with apples to make so many different things with them.  I enjoy freezing apple sauce, canning apple juice, apple butter, apple pie filling, and also making some fresh baked apple goodies.  

Loaded Jonathan Apple Tree



My kiddos also love eating them, so it makes for an easy snack!  Just pick one off the tree and start eating!

Farmkid eating apples

As far as baked goods go, first up this year was my Aunt Darlene’s Apple Nut Coffee Cake.  She is an amazing baker, her cinnamon rolls are the best, but this coffee cake is a real winner too!  Plus it’s so easy to make!  It takes about 10 minutes to get it in the oven and about 30 minutes to bake it and your whole house will smell amazing!

Apple Nut Coffee Cake

I love this coffee cake for breakfast, but it is sweet enough that you could serve it as a dessert with some whipped cream.  It’s also a nice thing to take to potlucks, church breakfasts, brunches, etc.  Here’s the recipe!  Enjoy!

Apple Nut Coffee Cake
Serves 9
  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 cup sour cream
  6. 1/4 cup shortening
  7. 1/2 cup sugar
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  10. 1 cup peeled, diced apples
  11. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  12. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  13. 1 tablespoon margarine
  14. Nuts (optional)
  1. Combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt) and set aside.
  2. Cream the sour cream, shortening, sugar, egg, and vanilla with a mixer.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Stir in the diced apples.
  5. Spread into a greased 9x9 pan.
  6. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, margarine, and nuts (optional) and sprinkle over the batter.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the pan.
  1. This can be eaten for breakfast or as a dessert with whipped cream!
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Sara Ross

Sara grew up in south central Nebraska, in a little farming town called Elwood. Her family was in the insurance business, so between the two she’s been around agriculture her whole life. After high school, Sara went on to get her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and accepted a job with RCIS, the nation’s largest crop insurance company, as their trade show consultant. She traveled all over the country, but calls the Commodity Classic farm show “her favorite”, and it is no mystery as to why. She met her husband, Kevin, at that show in 2006. Together, Kevin and Sara are the sixth generation to farm the land that they live on outside of Minden, IA where they raise 600 acres of corn, soybeans, hay, pasture ground and approximately 80 head of cattle. In 2008 Sara went to work for her dad at their family insurance business, The Home Agency. She is currently their Marketing Manager. In 2010, she became involved with CommonGround which is a group of farm women who want to start conversations with their urban counterparts about what it’s like on a farm and how their food is grown and raised. She’s gotten to meet a lot of consumers through this grassroots program who are genuinely interested in learning about food and agriculture. This led to Sara starting her own blog, SarasHouseHD.com where she talks about family, food, and life on a farm. Sara and Kevin had their first son in 2010 and their second son in 2012. They love growing up on a farm and would ride in the tractor with their dad 24/7 if we let them! In between being a farmwife, a mother, a marketing manager, a CommonGround volunteer and a blogger, Sara loves to talk about what it’s like on a farm and to share recipes with others. In her spare time, her hobbies are traveling, photography, snow skiing, crafts, hunting, and reading. You can follow her on Twitter (@sarashousehd), Facebook (Sara’s House HD) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/sarashouseh