Saturday morning, as usual, I was walking down the halls of our beautiful Town Square Media studios when I met with one of my Kickin' Country comrades, Alan. We started chatting about weekend plans when I mentioned that I was taking the kids to the Country Apple Orchard just south of Sioux Falls.

That's when he asked the most intriguing question: "Have you ever put apples in the Crock Pot?"

"What? Are you serious?"

He rattled off a quick recipe and I had to ask again, "Are you serious?"

Alan missed his calling as a sales professional because I was immediately sold on the idea.

I asked him if he would mind sharing the recipe with us so here is what he sent me:

After your trip to the orchard, wash up 6 apples, peel a strip around the middle of each apple, all the way around. The core the apple but don't go thru the bottom.

In a small bowl, melt 1/2 stick of butter, then stir in cup of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of craisins.
Stuff each apple with the mixture and set in bottom of Crock Pot. Add 1/4 cop of water to bottom.
Cook on low for a few hours..watch so they don't explode from overcooking.
Serve warm apple with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream...it will rock your weekend..I promise.
Alan

Fast forward to Tuesday night: You are right, my friend, it rocked our weekend and here's the key phrase for parents: The kids loved it!

"Craisins" was not a typo. It's a mixture of dried cranberries and raisin sold in pouches(Ocean Spray) at your favorite grocer. That little useful nugget of information could have saved me countless trips to the cupboard for late-night chocolate. Who knew? Thanks, Heather!

Well, there you go and thanks for sharing, Alan!

Oh, and if you are looking for a great time to spend with family I've included a map to the Country Apple Orchard near Harrisburg.

One more thing, pick up a jar of that delicious apple butter!

Dan Collins

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