Tuesday, July 29, 2008

pets...and apple pie in July!

Our farm has been without a dog on the farm for the past while...the deluxe dog-run has been empty for months. Not any more!

Bentley arrived over the weekend...a two-year old well-behaved mastiff. He may be bigger than the the girls, but he is a gentle giant.

Last night they all came across the fields to show Bentley the lay of the land.
Everyone is pleased as punch with the new dog...
and we hope he'll be around for a long time.

Other news from the farm...

...the yellow transparent apples are about ready for picking!

They are the absolute best pie apples (nice and tart)...and make wonderful apple sauce. Jeremy & Broni have lots of apples on their two little trees this year...my wee tree just got planted, so I'll have to wait awhile for golden apples over here.

But if you have a hankering for apple pie...pick up some yellow transparent apples at your local farmers market...and make up a fresh apple pie. Use your favorite apple pie recipe...or try a pan of 'apple pie squares'...

...and enjoy the best of the season.

I couldn't believe my good fortune when I found yellow transparents at the market a few weeks ago. I made up a pan of apple pie squares...they slice, stack and freeze beautifully. We enjoyed them quite regularly while on our road trip...and had the last two slices last night.

So that's my recommendation...try good old-fashioned yellow transparents and have apple pie in July!

Have a great day...


  1. Judy, the dog is beautiful. I have a hankering for a dog again too but .. well, we'll wait a bit yet.
    oh. . and I picked up some transparent apples just the other day too, I'm fixing to do some baking with them. I agree they make the best apple pies.

  2. apples won't be ready here for awhile.....but that pie sure does look good

  3. Bentley is just gorgeous! What a big, beautiful dog!! I love big dogs! I bet he's having a great time running around!
    Oh the apple pie squares look delicious! I'm gonna have to try that one out when it cools off around here!
    Take care!


  4. What a cute dog and such a cute picture with the girls.
    The apples are beautiful. I have never heard of them before. I will have to see if we can get them around here.
    I am definitely keeping your apple pie squares recipe. It looks delicious.

  5. Bently...I love the name and it fits him just fine. I've not heard of transparent apples...they look like our golden delicious...I'll have to look closer at the grocer for them...the pie sounds yummy :)

  6. You'll love that new dog.
    I have Drift for two weeks and I think we're all falling in love with him.
    Who know's? Maybe we could have joint custody???

  7. Hi Judy, I must have visited your other blog earlier! This one is lovely too.
    Thanks so much for the info, I now have a lovely signature (so pleased with it!!) :-)

  8. Bentley looks like a happy dog!

    Judy , we love apple pie and your squares look fantastic! When we go upstate apple picking in September I'll be looking for yellow transparent apples and will try your recipe! THANKS!

    Pat in NY

  9. Bentley looks like a wonderful dog. Does he always wear that great big grin? The kids look pleased as punch to have him along for the ride.

    The apple pie squares look yummy and I am snagging the recipe now. I love yellow transparents, too, but haven't seen any yet.

  10. What a handsome pup he is Judy...how fun to a have a new member of your family...have fun with Bentley.

    Your apple squares look so good and I was just thinking a scoop of vanilla ice-cream would taste soooo good with that. Yum!

  11. now Judy, I need a translation, what are transparent apples, please? They must grow under another name here. I wonder if they are Golden Delicious?

  12. mmmm, I wonder if I can get them out here? Anyhow, if not, Granny Smith it is. Might try a pie this weekend! thanks for the inspiration!

    Also, beautiful dog! He looks gorgeous!


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