This assignment was from a few weeks back. We had tons of apples from the orchard, and E was to help make the grocery list for the week, estimate the costs of the items, shop for the items, and then compare the actual prices to her estimates. We decided to focus on our apple abundance, and pulled down several cookbooks that we like. E looked up apples in the index, read through the recipes, selected three that she liked, and called out the ingredients to me. If we didn’t have those ingredients, or didn’t have enough on hand, she wrote them on the list, and went from there. I thought her numbers were way off – but in the end, they all evened out and she was just ninety-eight cents off her total. The added bonus of this assignment? A new favorite recipe – Apple Chunk Double Gingerbread. We’ve made it at least a half dozen times since then, and she can’t eat enough. We’re making more this weekend – I’ll post the recipe. It’s a winner.
As for those caramel apples…I’m going to have to go with the store bought ones – or just slices of fresh apples with caramel, and leave the mess to someone else.