Monthly Archives: November 2012

Thanksgiving . . . And An Apple Pancake!

I love this time of year when we p a u s e . . . . to reflect and bring the words to what it is we are thankful for, the many blessings in our lives.   

This week I have so much to celebrate!  Wonderful gifts!  It was one year ago that I put up my first post and Fresh And Simple began!!  THANK YOU friends, family, clients, colleagues and people of the universe I don’t even know for following along!  I appreciate your comments and encouragement, that you give a recipe now and again a try, and mostly that you stay connected!   

This blog has allowed me the opportunity to share my passion for writing, for food, for healthy & mindful living,  and for people and relationships and how they all come together in life.  It has been my JOY! 

I’m also celebrating my Godmother, Lill’s 95th birthday today!  She was in town last week for a visit and we laughed and ate good food and Mick played the violin for her.  She’s legally blind in the state of Colorado.  Macular Degeneration.  But can you believe she still logs a couple of ski runs each year!!  She’s my role-model!  Check her out . . . .

I’m also celebrating my sister Gretchen’s new book,
Coffee Break for Quilters
A Patchwork of Original Poems  
She’s also one of my role-models!  Her poems will touch your heart . . .  make you laugh, cry, breathe and celebrate the beauty in life.  You can check her book out here –    

I think I finally figured it out!  Life is like a kaleidoscope!  A couple of months ago I mentioned a bumper sticker I came across that read, Life is like a corndog, I don’t know why but it is.  So the other day when I was pondering my next post, and just couldn’t make up my mind (which happens frequently), I had the idea that for me, life is like a kaleidoscope – colorful, engaging, full of shapes and sizes . . .  and like a kaleidoscope,  with the smallest of movements one beautiful design seamlessly moves into a new place to create a new design, equally brilliant and beautiful!  When I look through a kaleidoscope I think, now that’s beautiful, oh my gosh look at that, wow that’s cool – kinda like in life . . .  what a great idea, and there’s another good idea, and another  . . . . you know what I mean?! 

So that’s how it goes for me in life, and when I’m getting ready to put some thoughts together . . .  and sometimes I get stuck in all of the stuff because EVERYTHING is connected.  But I’ve found that clarity comes in the doing.  Once I’m able to just begin, a theme emerges . . . .  and today I’m THANKFUL  and I want to CELEBRATE!!   

So a few weeks ago when we turned back the clocks, Mick and I had an extra hour Sunday morning.  With PK out of town we thought we’d roll up our sleeves and make the apple pancake I’d been promising him for some time.  It seemed like the perfect fit, with it being apple season and all!  I first enjoyed this pancake at a Bed and Breakfast 20 years ago!!  I’ve changed up the recipe a bit trying to reduce some of the fat.  It serves 4-6 people . . . . perhaps something delicious for out of town guests . . . .  

Here’s the pancake “setting” on top of the stove (just before I add the topping and put it in the oven) . . . . 

And here it is just out of the oven before we dig in!  Mick made the quilted pot-mitts (as he calls them) . . . . with a little help from Aunt Gretchen!

I wish you and your families all a peaceful, blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving!  Thank you for following Fresh And Simple, I’m so grateful for you!    Joy!  Heidi

Apple Pancake
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or, if you prefer all-purpose)
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1/2 cup lowfat milk
1/4 cup light cream
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 large apples, thinly sliced (we used a Fugi and Braeburn)
2 tablespoons brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
2.  Mix the flour, white sugar, salt, eggs, milk, cream and 1 1/2 tablespoons of melted butter together in a 2-quart mixing bowl and set aside.
3.  In another bowl combine the brown sugar and cinnamon for topping. 
4.  Brush a 10-inch ovenproof skillet with oil and place over low to medium heat.  Pour in the batter all at once and cook untl “set”.  The edges of the pancake will begin to pull away from the sides ever so slightly and you’ll see the pancake starting to firm up. 
5.  Lay the apples over the top, completely covering the surface and sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon topping over the apples.  
6.  Pour the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter over all and bake in 400 degree oven for 6-8 minutes.