Written by Jennifer Sill

The Apples are ready a little early this year. I love apples. Especially warm apples – like in pies or crisps…

I also LOVE to take my family out to pick apples. Most times we just pick enough for us to eat during the next week. This year I may pick lots more!! I’ve been inspired by recipes on this site! Scroll down to see what I’m talking about!!


Last year, my family toured an orchard. I learned that it is best to keep your apples in the fridge. We had always kept them on the counter. Now they go in the ‘crisper’ drawer.


Want fresh apples? There are a TON of orchards out there. (No matter where you live)  Here’s a list of Nebraska Apple Orchards. Head on over to the one closest to you!! (Just enter your zip code to find one close to you.)


Also, now is the time to plan to go to Nebraska City’s Apple Jack Festival. It is a 40-year old apple harvest tradition. The festival has also been counted in the Top 10 Fall Festivals in the country. It is September 14-16. Click here for more information.


I think I’d like to pick enough for an apple pie this year. (Maybe even an apple crisp or apple muffins.)  I’m inspired by this site. (Cheesy – maybe. True – yes.)  I’m not a great baker (like Leslie, Rachel or Jennie), but I’m gonna give it a shot.

Check out these two apple pies and the apple muffins posted here on HVFH:

(Click on the titles for links to the recipes.)

 Sugar Crunch Apple Pie

Apple Muffins 

Flat Apple Pie

Hope you find some time to head out to an orchard! Have a great weekend.

Jen Sill

For nearly 15 years Jennifer spent her time clawing her way up the chain as a television producer and newsroom manager. She's helped create and produce newscasts and talkshows. Just as she was realizing some of her professional goals, she decided to give it all up for a family. Although Jennifer has lived in Miami and L.A., she has always called Nebraska home. She always knew she wanted to raise her children in the Midwest. Jennifer is now trying to find her way in a new world. She may be frenzied and frazzled sometimes, but she would not give up being a mom to her almost four year old and her almost two year old for anything.