I wanted to show my appreciation for a very small act of kindness the Farmer Sr. did for me today. I was raking hay (big surprise) and I had to get through a really tight set of gates in our back field. It involved a lot of manoeuvring, forward and reverse on the way in and I was not looking forward to the way out.
Just as I was almost in the field, he showed up behind me in the baler and guided me through the last few feet which I greatly appreciated. As I was raking, the hay wasn’t dry enough to bale yet so he turned around and left. Once I was done, I was headed back up to the gates of hell and I saw him sitting there in the buggy waiting for me to help guide me through again. Butter my bread that was one of the nicest things anyone has done for me in a really long time. The fact that he thought about me enough after he left to come back and help me through again just made my heart melt. As I was headed down the driveway to the next field I decided I would pick some fresh apples from our tree and make him some sugar-free apple turnovers.
The other day, I had a comforting conversation with a very good friend of my Grams and she said something so warm I will never forget it. I was going through some emotions when I was there with her so I don’t remember her exact words but it was to the effect of “it only takes a minute to do something kind and we all have a minute”. Today, Dad, you thought of me in that minute and so I want you to know your kindness never goes unnoticed. I always see the little things you to do help everyone else in our lives and I tell the world whenever I get the chance.
Not to be outdone, the Farmer’s Mum is also a very kind and generous person. I know exactly what she’ll say to me if I come into the house with apple turnovers for the Farmer Sr. and nothing for her since she doesn’t like apples so I made her something too – Sugar Free Banana Oatmeal Muffins.
1 recipe, single serving pie crust
3 cups apples (I used fresh apples from my tree which are smaller than normal store apples and it took 9-10)
1/2 cup water
2 tsp cinnamon
1 TBSP splenda (or any other sugar substance you like, sweeten to taste)
Core and dice all the apples, I leave the skin on because I don’t mind it and it gives you a lot of added fibre. Add them to a saucepan on your stove with the water, splenda and cinnamon and stir constantly on medium heat for about 10 minutes. The apples will become soft and turn into a sauce but they’re not as saucy as canned pie filling. They will soften up more when they’re cooked as well too. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
As the filling is cooling, make the pie crust and roll the dough out into as much of a rectangle as you can. Cut the dough into 8 equalish sized pieces and add a large spoonful of filling into the middle. Fold the dough over and seal on the edges then place on a greased cookie sheet. Brush the top with a little butter, shake on a bit more cinnamon and throw them in the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes (keep an eye on them, oven temps vary) at 350F.
As you can see from the pic, mine are WAAAY less than perfect looking but they taste good and that’s all that matters. Remember, it only takes a minute to do something kind and we all have a minute. Best, Kim.