apples?

We planted two apple trees last year, and they are both still alive, though one seems to be doing better than the other. It was a REALLY hot summer and I think that they got more heat and less water than they wanted.

Forgive this terribly-lit photo:
This apple tree got scorched? or something, only looking about half okay

This one is the one that is not doing as well. It doesn’t have any fruit and part of it looks like it just got scorched.

This apple tree got scorched? or something, only looking about half okay

Parts of it look okay, though, with green leaves growing on normal-looking (as far as I can tell) wood.

This apple tree got scorched? or something, only looking about half okay

You can see the contrast there. I’m not sure what to do about it – need to do more research. If anyone knows more about this, please share!

Happily, the other one has several teensy little apples, so it’s at least trying!

A couple of wee apples on this tree

It’s definitely a tiny start, but baby steps, right?

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pork loin with apples and brie

We picked up a pork loin yesterday morning and then I forgot to do anything about it until it was an hour or so before we were going to want to eat dinner. OOPS. Intarwebs to the rescue! I realized that we had apples and brie on hand and I thought that those two things might go well with pork, and then found this recipe which looked mostly doable. We didn’t have any honey dijon, but lucky for me, Susan told me how to make our own! Who knew?

pork loin with brie and apples

K got to work cutting up the garlic, apples, and pork, and I prepped the spices and honey dijon.

pork loin with brie and apples

pork loin with brie and apples

Look at those apple slices! You can tell K cut them since they’re all nice and even. (They would not look like that if I did that part.)

Susan’s recipe for honey dijon:

  • 1/2 tsp Dijon
  • 1 dollop honey
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • then drizzle in 1 tsp olive oil while whisking

pork loin with brie and apples

Here the pork has cooked on one side so far, in the oil and honey dijon.

pork loin with brie and apples

After the pork has cooked awhile on each side and has reached at least 150 degrees, it comes out of the pan and gets a slice of brie on top. The apples and garlic got a lovely thyme-y flavor. I could have eaten a ton more of the apple. I even cajoled K into having brie on his and eating a couple of the apple slices!

pork loin with brie and apples

Yes, we believe in the generous pour at Casa Heathen.

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