Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Little House on the Prairie: Apple Pie in the Orchard

"Ma was busy all day long, cooking good things for Christmas. She baked salt-rising bread and 'Injun bread,' Swedish crackers, and a huge pan of baked beans, with salt pork and molasses. She baked vinegar pies and dried-apple pies, and filled a big jar with cookies, and she let Laura and Mary lick the cake spoon."
- Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder

Disclaimer: The pictures you are about to see in no way actually represent the weekend our families spent together recently. The photos look so peaceful. Let me assure you that thirteen children running around the yearly hoopla that we call "Grandma Camp" is anything but. So, being the thoughtful and dutiful daughters that we are, we dumped our kids in our saintly mother's lap and ran as fast as we could to the orchard, or more appropriately: Heaven.  It was an idyllic setting for an apple-themed feast in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Ma's dried apple pies.


We baked a homemade apple pie...

. . . set the table with these lovely thrift store finds, mixed with our ma's precious china . . .

...monogrammed apple placecards, using a gold permanent marker...


. . . And hung words in frames from the trees . . .



(We used some fall-themed words because this seemed like a perfect feast for apple harvest time)

Wouldn't you like to join us for a slice? They are very reasonably priced, after all :)

Finally, I would just like to bid adieu to Mrs. Wilder.  I want to thank her for the quiet moments this month when I have read to my little ladies about Charlotte the doll, and felt thankful for the simplest things. For the way I have seen their eyes light up when we talked about maple candy. Mostly, for the excitement in their eyes that started in mine many years ago. There's some sort of magic in her books that snuck into my heart as a child, and I haven't been able to let it go after all this time. 

Now, I hope you will stay with us in the coming month as we venture into a land of fairies and marvelous mischief: Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."


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35 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I've enjoyed the journey with Mrs Wilder also. I'm currently reading Little House in the Big Woods to my kids for the first time and I see the magic in their eyes also. Love it.

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  2. An inspiring and perfect wrap-up to the Theme... I imagine Laura and her family smilling with your lovely homage.
    In Portugal we didn't get to know the books when you did. Only later and after we surrender to the sweetness and inspiration of the tv show.
    Your series brought back sweet and lovely memories.
    Thank you!
    Teresa

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  3. Love all the photos! Almost makes me want Summer to be over and for Fall to arrive, almost but not quite... The frames hanging from the trees are just beautiful. What a great Grandma to host 'Grandma Camp'! Have a wonderful day. ~ Jamie

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  4. I have enjoyed the posts about my homegirl Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her home with 'Manly' in
    Mansfield MO is only a short drive from my hometown. I have visited it several times, and have always enjoyed revisting her world through the museum there. Thank you for your take on her books, through all your charming posts.
    I love this apple pie post........looking forward to fall and apple pies.....and cool days. : )

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  5. An idyllic setting indeed! I ADORE your monogrammed apple placecards! What a bargain your slices are too :)

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  6. Gorgeous post! I have very similiar glasses-- mine are a bit deeper, but that same deep green. And those dishes! Wow! SO cool!

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  7. Love those books! I read every single one. Great tribute and yummy looking apple pie!

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  8. I've been dying to read little house on the prairie tommy daughter lately! Dying! That was just a magical little post I just read. Thanks for that!

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  9. What a delightful post. I'm a fan of Little House on the Prairie and love the idea of sitting down with a piece of that yummy apple pie. Thanks for sharing........Sarah

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  10. Love, love, LOVE this!! Liz

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  11. This is so beautiful! The orchard setting is just perfect. I think I could sit there all day!

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  12. Beautiful orchard setting! Lovely summer colours. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  13. These are the most wonderful pictures ever! You created magic indeed!

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  14. Well, aren't we smitten with your pictures in the orchard! So cute....and that apple pie looks absolutely delicious :) We both read and re-read Laura Ingles Wilder over and over as kids ~ bravo for your fun post today!!
    Karla & Karrie

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  15. This is like a fairytale! I really appreciate all the work and creativity that went into this fabulous orchard event! I would like 2 slices of that gorgeous pie!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. Truly idyllic. Congratulations on a fantastic post.

    I found this through Thriving on Thursdays. I have linked in bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Have a great week.

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  17. What a beautiful setting! Almost fictional it's so unique. Really enjoyed your post.

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  18. I enjoyed this post and seeing all your gorgeous photos. The apple place card is so creative. I wish I could just dig into your pie, and those frames are so "appealing!" Ha! Couldn't resist that.

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  19. How wonderful! This is my first visit but won't be my last. I am going to have to go back and read more.

    I love Little House books. I love the simplicity yet such hard work in their lives.

    So nice to meet you. God bless, Amy Kinser

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  20. What an idyllic setting. It makes me long for autumn. Simply beautiful.

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  21. Absolutely beautiful! I love your photos. Great setting, those colors are so gorgeous!

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  22. This is Melissa @ Daisy Mae Belle. LOVE this!!! That setting is amazing! And, all of a sudden I have a craving for some apple pie!

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  23. Oh how beautiful! The orchard setting is so magical.

    Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. I found the rooster pillow on ETSY for $25 a few years ago. I haven't been able to find anything like it since....I wouldn't mind having 17 more myself ;)

    Have a wonderful night
    Michele

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  24. I am loving the framed words and the monogrammed apples! So creative and beautiful! Thanks for linking up to The "Autumn Décor" Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!

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  25. Oh, this is marvelous! I am going to have to go back to read your prior posts - this one is beautiful - I love your inspirations. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday - you will be featured in this week's post.
    God Bless,
    Kathy

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  26. I just can't get over how incredible this is!! Every time I come over here I feel like I'm reconnecting with my kindred spirits ;-) and it is such a feast for the soul. You girls are so talented and creative and we appreciate you sharing this at Inspiration Friday last weekend. We will be featuring it this week!
    Vanessa

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  27. Gorgeous outdoor eye candy! Especially the writing on the apples. Sublime!
    Brenda

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  28. This is like something out of a dream. Love the idea of hanging the words from frames in the trees. Perfectly eloquent touch!

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  29. How gorgeous! I love the sweet, simple touches of fall.

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  30. This is stunning. Found you through WWC. New follower!

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  31. What a beautiful setting! So pretty! Love the frames hanging in the trees, great idea!

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  32. I love the monogrammed apples-are they edible with the permanent marker? I wonder if Micheal's has food decorating pens that would work on the slick surface of the apple's skin? They look beautiful!

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  33. I love everything about this- Laura Ingalls, the setting, apples and the table. great job. featuring this tomorrow in my weeky wow's.

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  34. Wow, this is truly a beautiful setting. Happy fall.

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