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An apple a day keeps the doctor away September 10, 2010

Filed under: Appetizer Recipes - Sometime it can be the whole yummy meal — celebrationgoddess @ 6:43 am

Time to go apple picking!

FOODIE FRIDAY – (enjoy a new recipe to try this weekend!)

Creamy Caramel Dip Recipe


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Assorted fresh fruit


  • In a bowl, beat cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Add the sour cream, vanilla, lemon juice, milk and pudding mix, beating well after each addition.
  • Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Serve as a dip for fruit. Yield: 3-1/2 cups
  • Homestead Orchard – Apples, blackberries, raspberries, rhubarb
    11802 Charles Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: 815-338-7443. Email us at: donburda@comcast.net. Directions: From I-90 (Illinois Tollway) go north on Route #47 approximately 12 miles to Woodstock. Continue on #47 through business district going north a few more miles to Charles Road stop sign. Turn right and go 1 mile to Orchard!  From McHenry going west on #120. Go to the “Greenwood” stop sign, but do not turn left on #120, continue going west on what is now Charles Road. Homestead Orchard is a mile and a half on the right. And for a map to our farm, Click here. Open: 10 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday and 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday during apple harvest season. We also offer our own honey & beeswax candles.
    See comments about this farm here!
  • Knoll’s Apple Orchard and Vegetable Farm – Apples, home grown produce
    15211 Saint Patrick Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: 815-337-2334. Also called Knoll’s Vegetable Farm and Apple
    Orchard. Open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. They have a Farmers Market, on farm sales,  and Pickyour-own. Payment: Cash, only. (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: October 03, 2008)
    See comments about this farm here!
  • Lang’s Orchard – Apples
    17411 Secor Road, Woodstock, IL 60098. Phone: (815) 568-7547. Email us langs@langsorchard.com.  Directions: From rts. 47 and 176 take 176 west about 4 miles to Franklinville rd and turn rt. Go 1.7 miles on Franklinville rd to Secor Rd and turn left. Proceed to Farm. Click here for a map to our farm. We are open September, October. Our hours are: Daily 10 am to 5 pm. Closed on Thursday. Our store features fruit spreads, local honey and arts and crafts.
  • Heinz Orchard – 1050 Crest Road (corner of Crest & Atkinson), Green Oaks, IL 60048. Phone: 847-770-3449. Email: heinz.orchard@yahoo.com. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Crops are usually available in September, October. Open: See our website for current hours. Payment: Cash, only. Our family-run orchard is the closest to Chicagoland and has been welcoming individuals and families for over 40 years. We don’t charge for admission or parking, and there is no minimum-per-person charge. (ADDED: September 02, 2008) (UPDATED: September 05, 2009)

” Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” – Martin Luther
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”…but why? Do you really know what makes an apple so special? Why is it that we never hear an orange or a banana a day keeps the doctor away?

Apple contains Vitamin C. They prevent heart diseases because apples are rich in flavonoids. They are low in calories. A regular size apple has between 70-100 calories. Eating an apple when craving for candy or chocolate can make the desire disappear since apple in itself contains sugar, but gives you only ¼ of the calories. They prevent cancers. Apples target multiple cancers such as colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer in women. Apples contain phenols, which have a double effect on cholesterol. It reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol. They prevent LDL cholesterol from turning into oxidized LDL, a very d,angerous form of bad cholesterol which can be deadly. They prevent tooth decay. Tooth decay is an infection that seriously damages the structure of your teeth, which is caused primarily because of bacteria. The juice of the apples has properties that can kill up to 80% of bacteria. So there you have it, an apple a day also keeps the dentist away!

On average, Americans consume around 20 pounds of apples a year, which comes to around 1 apple a week. Unfortunately, while an apple a week is better than nothing, it is nowhere close to being able to extract all the advantages apples have to offer. Eating apples is part of balanced and healthy diet than will increase your longevity, so why limit yourself to only 1 per week?

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!