A lovely day off
This is my favorite spot in the world, except maybe Venice, but that's really a different paradigm, eh?
I was the only one to bag any turkeys and this is as close to being shot that any of them got!
There were these amazing trees just covered in Spanish Moss.
And here's a lovely view from the top.
We saw some abandoned mines, either Mercury or sulfur, I don't know which.
And my favorite tree to look at (as opposed to my favorite tree to smell: California Bay Laurel): Madrone.
The bark peels off naturally to reveal incredible smooth red branches underneath.
Yes, it's as smooth as it looks. I could just stare at it and run my hand over it all day.
Back we went to Chez Romi where a traditional holiday tantrum was thrown by #1 Son. It was gotten over and then we had a non-traditional meal of BBQed tri-tip (how Californian of us!), sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top, pilaf, and my grandmother's invention: Apple Goo. It's a kind of crazy-sweet and gooey apple dumpling that you can only really eat once a year if you want to avoid being diabetic. It was delicious and we were all stuffed afterwards.
And in the tradition of thankfulness and sharing...here's the recipe! I've never know anyone who didn't just love this stuff, and people used to invite me over just so I'd make it. So now you can make it and not have to put up with me, too. :)
Grama's Apple Goo
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Cut 2 medium tart (sharp) apples into very small pieces (if yours are sweet, you can add about 1 tsp of lemon juice after they are cut)
have on hand: cinnamon and sugar mixture
sheet cake pan measuring approx 9" x 13"
Prepare one recipe of plain pastry using:
2 cups sifted pastry flour
2/3 cup shortening
3/4 tsp salt
ice water as needed (added at end)
Place sifted flour, shortening and salt in bowl. With two knives, cut shortening cross-ways into flour until the mixture looks pebbly.
Add enough ice water to make the dough hold together when squeezed gently in your hands. Mix the dough completely but do not over-mix. The pieces of shortening make the pastry crispier. Divide the dough into 4 portions and roll each out, cutting each quarter into 4 sections (a total of 16 sections). Place approximately 2 T of apple in the center of each section
Fold each square of dough over apples into a triangle, and fold up edges. Pinch dough together so that no apples will escape.
In a saucepan, combine:
1 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup
4 T butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1-1/2 cups water
and bring to a boil. Boil together 3 minutes and then pour mixture over apple triangles in pan. It will look like this:
Let sit for about ten minutes, until it looks like this:
Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes, until top is golden brown.
Let sit for at least 45 minutes before serving. The longer it sits, the better it is.