Honeycrisp Apples

Honeycrisp Apples

I had my first Honeycrisp apple of the season today, gang. Yes, I know they have been "in season" for quite some time now, but I just haven't been able to justify the $2.99/lb price tag when a prefectly delicious Gala could be purchased and consumed for a fraction of the price.

But today, while at lunch, the stars had aligned and, lo and behold, Honeycrisp apples were on sale! I picked out a perfectly-shaped, rose-hued apple and took off toward the register. I made it about five steps before I dropped the pristine fruit, bruising it badly. So I did what any normal person who is only a halfway-decent individual would do: I picked it up, placed it neatly on an empty shelf without telling anyone, and went back to find another apple. The second apple was not nearly as perfect, but it was still a mighty fine specimen, and it did not have a bruise.

My Honeycrisp apple was supposed to be my 3:00 snack, but it was taunting me from the corner of my desk. It made it until 2:00 before it met its demise.

This is what a Honeycrisp apple looks like in the process of being demolished, just pleading for me to finish the job.

It was crunchy, it was sweet, it was juicy and perfectly tart. It completely squashed the craving I had for Sour Patch Kids right at that moment. As Goldilocks would say, it was juuuuuusssttt right.

If you know anything about Honeycrisp apples, you know how it is impossible to eat them without splashing everything around you with their juice. You also know your hands will be unbelievably sticky by the time it's finished.

This is an example of what will happen to your gorgeous, brand new computer screen at work when you eat a Honeycrisp apple while seated directly in front of it. When this happens, wipe it up quickly and hope that no one in the IT department has witnessed.

Now that I have consumed my first Honeycrisp apple (and now that temps are back down in the 60s in Milwaukee), Fall can officially begin. In fact, to keep the Fall theme going, I just finished off a cup of pumpkin spice chai tea - divine.

Tonight, I'm taking my first stab at creating vegan chocolate chip cookies! I'm going home to Ohio for a friend's (of 22 years!) wedding, and giving a ride to another friend who happens to live in Milwaukee, whose sister lives in my hometown (does this make sense?). My roadtrip buddy just had a birthday, and is vegan, so I thought I'd surprise him with special cookies. I've made vegan meals before, but have only baked a vegan treat/dessert once. I bought special, vegan (and expensive) chocolate chips just for the occassion. Cross your fingers for me! A blog post could result.

Have you ever baked for a vegan before? Are you vegan? I follow a few vegan baking/cooking blogs and have a ton of recipes bookmarked, but just have never got around to doing anything with them. Let me know if you have a tried and true recipe!

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