Apple Picking

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This past weekend we made a family trip to Weston Red Barn Farm, a nearby orchard located in Weston, MO. The rain came pouring in on Friday night, cooling down the air and providing a beautiful Saturday Missouri morning. One benefit of having children who are all three early risers is that we almost always get a timely start on the day. Saturday morning was no exception. We arrived before the crowds and had the whole place practically to ourselves.

This was Scarlett’s very first time picking apples and she absolutely loved it. Porter being the oldest was definitely the more experienced, veteran picker of the group. True to his personality Porter took his time, only selecting the finest, most ripe, apples. Drew ran through the orchard giggling, kicking his heels, and imitating the orchard mascot, a huge, red rooster.  Scarlett spent the majority of her time eating the fallen apples off the ground and coaxing her brothers into picking the apples she could not reach. She was very determined to carry her own basket and took pleasure in being included in such a “big kid” activity.

We all worked up quite an appetite apple picking and stopped for lunch on our way home at a relatively new destination, Green Dirt Farm Creamery. I had been dying to check it out after hearing rave reviews from friends– it did not disappoint. The little retail store reminded me of something you would see on State Route 29, the primary road providing access to all of Napa, CA.  The bistro sells a variety of cheeses, ice cream, deli sandwiches, and local Kansas City libations. I had an heirloom tomato salad with fresh goat cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The cheese was literally churned down the road on the actual Green Dirt Farm. You should check them out at

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The kids and my in-laws then spent the rest of the afternoon dicing our hand-picked apples and turning them into fresh apple pie. My husband and I took advantage of a kid-free afternoon while the kids baked up a storm with their grandparents. We returned home just in time for warm apple pie, a la mode! I would include a photo–but the pies were devoured before there was time to document the outcome. I am, however, including the recipe. Enjoy!

Apple Pie Crumble


1 frozen deep dish pie crust

  1. Filling
    3 Jonagold apples (cored, peeled and sliced into 1/4″ wedges)
  2. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  3. 2 tbsp ap flour
  4. 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. Topping
  8. 1 1/4 cup ap flour
  9. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  10. 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  11. 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  12. 1/4 tsp salt
  13. 1/2 cup butter (melted and cooled)


  • Preheat oven to 425°

    Combine all Filling ingredients & let sit for 10 minutes

    Whisk together all dry ingredients of Topping; pour butter over mixture & stir until blended

    Pour apple mixture into pie crust (may be heaping) & cover with crumble topping

  •  Bake for 20 minutes; reduce heat to 375° and bake for 40 more minutes (cover with foil loosely halfway through to prevent topping from burning)
  • Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving

  • I hope you all had a good weekend!






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