Today's Wonder of the World is...the Apple!
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Oh apples, you're so tempting in all your juicy lusciousness!
No wonder you get a bad rap!
It's really not fair.
First Eve and Adam's apple...
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No, not that one! Though it's only there because Adam's apple got stuck in his throat!
The Fall of Man by Goltzius
Not the apple's fault! In fact, the Bible just calls it a fruit! Not an apple!
Who knows...the serpent could have tempted Eve into picking a banana! An orange! A pear or persimmon.
Let's not blame the apple.
(And thanks Goltzius. I'd always pictured Adam as a dog lover, not a cat man.)
You too, Disney.
Walt, why couldn't you have made the evil queen poison Snow White with a bad pear? Or a baguette? Or a Rice Krispie Treat?
For the love of all that is good in the world, why must it always be the apple?
My family absolutely LOVES apples! Except for Sam, my youngest, who says they just smell too apple-y.
It's apple picking time in the Carolinas, and most of us are enjoying every minute of it.
We're not picky. We love them all--Pink Ladies, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Winesap, and Rome. Even those tiny ugly apples that make such good applesauce!
In fact, we've eaten so many that we're starting to happlelucinate!
Know what I mean? I'll be driving along, and I'll look up at a street light and see this!
Flickr photo by SangeethaCan
Do know what else I love?
Flickr photo by Ploughman
My sweet sis-in-law Leah gave me a Pampered Chef apple slicer/peeler/corer for Christmas one year because she knew what apple lovers we were. I thought it was a nice gift, until I used it.
Then IT CHANGED MY LIFE!
Well, not really. But it made it more fun! And easier.
Turn the handle and it peels, cores, and slices apples into spiral rings!
We've even gotten that thing out during children's birthday parties and you should see the kids go wild! Everybody wants a turn and it tricks them into eating healthy food!
End of commercial. (Someone really ought to pay me.)
Of course, the only problem is that the peel is so thin that you can't really throw it over your shoulder to read the initials of your true love.
Oh well. You'll just have to find a fortune teller instead. Or maybe date people.
And if you find someone you like an awful lot, you should make them one of these.
Flickr photo by DigitalHowie
Unless you're a bad cook.
Then you should just go to a carnival and buy one of these.
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Do you know what the French call candy apples? A pomme d'amour. A love apple!
Oh, those romantic French.
I have so much amour for apples that I might even go to etsy, HERE, and buy them all sweaters.
Photo by handmaidenbc
Very chic, apple!
I like dried apples too.
When I was little, I used to make dried apple dolls.
Flickr photo by Amanda SLC
Though mine never turned out that well. My doll ladies always had big liver spots on their faces.
Speaking of dried apples, have you ever eaten dried apple stack cake?
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Oh my sweet Lord, those are delicious.
Both my grannies used to make them.
Now I have a wild craving. I will have to go to Kentucky and beg my aunts to make me one.
And hey! There are roadside apple stands all along the way!
But I bet they don't have this kind.
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Those are atises, (ati?) also known as custard apples.
Hmm. I'll keep an open mind, but they look a little scaly to me.
That's okay. As the Osmonds said, "One bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch girl..."
(By the way, Donny, it's a good thing I'm not the grammar police! But then I did choose the title for this post. Don't tell anyone.)
Have a wonder-full Wednesday, y'all!
And tell me all about your apple love. What's your favorite kind?
And what about the bad rap apples get? Can you think of any unsung good apples?