Thursday, September 23, 2010

It's Just Me and My Apples and Sky Watching through the trees...

The Empires are ready this week.
They are so red, they almost have a purple hue.
Pure sunshine has done wonders for their skin.

Did you know that
Quercetin is found only in the apple skin.
The skin also contains more antioxidants and fiber than the flesh.
We're eating these apples all up
~ skin and all ~
since they've never been sprayed with anything except
Some interesting facts about quercetin.
Quercetin is a flavonol that constitutes the major bioflavonoid sources in the human diet. The glycoside form is readily available in dietary plants such as teas, onions, apple and buckwheat. Quercetin is thought to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties. In vitro data suggest quercetin may have anti-cancer effects, but more clinical study is needed to explore this potential. No significant adverse events have been reported for this product.
It's found in teas, onions, apples, buckwheat
Research is seeking more evidence of Quercetin's help with
  • Allergies
  • Cancer prevention
  • Cancer treatment
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Inflamation


The anticipation is great!


oh look at them all!


~ thank you God ~

apple blossom 4.24.2010

...Some really good apple quotes...

"Almost all wild apples are handsome. They cannot be too gnarly and crabbed and rusty to look at. The gnarliest will have some redeeming traits even to the eye."
-- Henry David Thoreau, Wild Apples

"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
-- Martin Luther

"We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ interesting ~
Contrary to popular belief, there is no mention of an apple as the forbidden fruit in the Bible. It is referred to as "fruit from the Tree of Knowledge" with no specification as to which kind of fruit. It was Hugo Van Der Goes who first implicated the apple as the forbidden fruit in his 1470 A.D. painting, The Fall of Man. After that, it became popular to depict the apple as the forbidden fruit.

My favorite is from Jane Austen
"Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness."

Eat Apples and Be Happy
smiles to all of you
And please go visit  skies around the world
There's a showcase of the best sky views from around the world this week

{apple info from Sloan-Kettering Institute}


Diana said...

Those are some gorgeous apples Maria! You've planted a seed in my head today. I have a spot for an apple tree! Love Di ♥

Farmgirl Cyn said...

We have 2 apple "trees"...or perhaps I should say "apple sticks"! Planted about 6 years ago, 5 out of the 7 have died. Have i told you about the winds here at the farmette? YIKES!
For the very first time we have an apple. Yes....ONE apple!
Our favorite saying around here lately has been...
How do you like THAT apple?"
I am planning a blog post about my apple!

Blessings to you and yours, Maria!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Now I really want that apple tree in my backyard. All the itching insects always kept me from planting one (or two or three... ;)
Sweet quotes to join your beautiful pictures, Maria. The first en second photo are stunning!
My children can dream the 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away'.
Have a most wonderful Wednesday, sweet friend, do enJOY the sweet apples on your classroom windows!! xxxxxxx

Barb said...

I see lots of yummy applesauce in your future, Maria. And, quite possibly, some apple crisp!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

We've had apple cake, apple sauce, fried apples and raw apples. Another trip to the orchard is coming very soon. Don't you just love this time of year?

Marg said...

This is a special time of year...the harvest of apples...and making fresh apple cobbler is a favorite with a tiny scoop of ice-cream...
That's looks like a beautiful tree.

koralee said...

Oh are one blessed girl. I would so love to have an apple tree in my backyard..I need to get to the apple barn and pick up a bunch...along with some pumpkins!!!

Hugs for a great is my early start day so I am off and flying already.

This weekend will be put aside for doing NOTHING!!! Yahoo.

Thank you for the encouraging words regarding will be a sad/happy day tomorrow. We are off to the airport at 5am!

love you! xoxoxoo

francis said...

Sweet Maria How I wishe I could visit you with all the children of my class . Bringing with us a wonderful basket ..... and soft flanel pieces of cloth to polish the apples so shining .......
They are so beautiful , the coulour is amazing . Your blog always gives me so much joy .
Thank you sweet friend

Gloria said...

Oh, Maria! What a lovely post! I love all of your beautiful apples (& photos of them). Your apple quotes were just the sweetest addition to all of this beauty.
We have two gala apple trees transplanted in our backyard from seeds our son-in-law, Mike, saved and started in a pot. I hope they continue to grow. I am so excited to eat any apple from them.
p.s. I love your new photo on your sidebar of you with your apple tree! So pretty!

EG Wow said...

I love apples and wouldn't think of eating them without the skin. :)

Mar said...

Beautiful apples and enjoyable post.

My SkyWatch

Kim, USA said...

I can't forget this quote "an apple a day keeps the doctor away". Love your post very informative and happy weekend!
The sky

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

freshly picked apples ~ autumn has arrived

Wanda..... said...

Your apple tree and post are beautiful, Maria. Isn't it a great thing to pick and eat an apple from your own yard! Think of all the treats you can make! I really need to go get an apple now.


Rosie said...

Oh your apple trees are Magical...he truly has blessed you with a tasty treat. I bet you make a few jars of apple sauce and many a pie...YUM...
How is school going dear one?...I'm sure you are savoring each and every moment....
and on that note,'s Friday! Enjoy your weekend dear heart, you deserve it.

Cathy said...

Great apple and apple tree photos and interesting information Maria. I guess that's why they say "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."