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Take Hwy 51 North from Madison, go straight onto Hwy 22, turn east (right) onto Hwy 60 almost immediately. Drive 2 miles and go North (left) onto Kroncke Road. We're just over a mile on the left-hand side.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Apple Berry Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays this year.  If you are like me and still have some parties to attend…here’s a fun little salsa to bring with!

Apple Berry Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Diane Lapacek

Cinnamon Chips

4 (7-inch) flour tortillas

1 T. granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400-degrees.  Lightly spray tortillas with water.  Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over tortillas.  Using a pizza cutter, cut each tortilla into 8 wedges; place in single layer on pizza stone or cooking sheet.  Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.  Remove to cooling rack; cool completely.


2 c. apples, peeled, cored and chopped

1 c. strawberries, sliced

1 kiwi, peeled and chopped

1 small orange

2 T. packed brown sugar

2 T. apple jelly

Place fruit in a small bowl.  Zest and juice orange.  Add orange zest and orange juice, brown sugar and apple jelly to fruit mixture.  Mix gently.  Spoon into chilled bowl.  Serve with cinnamon chips.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas from Lapacek's Orchard! Enjoy this beautiful and wonderous day!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Recipe Sunday - Quick Apple Dumplings

Happy Sunday before Christmas! With all the last minute gift giving, cooking baking, and maybe even gift making I thought it would be nice to share a quick recipe for you to enjoy this week.

Quick Apple Dumplings
Kathryn Lapacek

2 large apples, peel, core and cut each apple into 8 wedges
2 tubes crescent rolls, divided into 16 crescents
1/2 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 can Mountain Dew soda

Wrap 1 apple wedge in each crescent, beginning at the narrow end. Place in a 9x13 pan. Melt butter, add sugar and cinnamon, stir well. Pour oven dumplings in pan. Pour soda over top. bake 45 minutes at 350-degrees.

Note: Serve warm or cold, with or without whipped cream or ice cream.

This recipe and more fabulous recipe can be found in Farm Fresh Recipe's from Lapacek's Orchard found at Kim's Crafty Apple or our Apple Store in the fall.
Sunday, December 13, 2009

Recipe Sunday – Amish Apple Grunt

With all the snowy weather I thought today is a great day to turn on that oven and do a little baking.

Amish Apple Grunt

Diane Lapacek


1/2 c. sugar

2 T. butter

1 egg

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 c. sour milk or buttermilk **

1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 c. apples, peeled and sliced

Cream sugar and butter together.  Add egg and mix.  Add flour, salt, baking powder, milk and vanilla.  Mix all together.  Add apple slices and pour batter into a greased 8 x 8 pan.


6 T. brown sugar

1 1/2 T. flour

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 1/2 T. butter

Combine all ingredients, mixing until it forms coarse crumbs.  Sprinkle over apple batter.  Bake at 375-degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.

NOTE:  Serve hot with a scoop of ice cream. 

**If you don’t have buttermilk, substitute 1/2 T. vinegar plus milk to equal 1/2 cup.


If you have been enjoying these recipes week after week and would like to see what the rest of our cookbook has to offer you can purchase Farm Fresh Recipes from Lapacek’s Orchard at Kim’s Crafty Apple.  Just click HERE!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Happy St. Nick’s & Recipe Sunday – Tangy Ham in Cider

Happy St. Nick’s everyone!  The girls were excited to wake up and see that St. Nick had come to fill their stockings last night – they must have been good!

Here’s the recipe for this week.  This is great to warm your house up and make it smell delicious!

Tangy Ham in Cider
Kim Lapacek
3-lb ham (or larger; whatever fits in your slow cooker)
4 c. Lapacek’s Apple Cider
1 T. Lapacek’s Mulling Spice
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. ground cloves
Place ham, cider, mulling spices and Worcestershire sauce in slow cooker.  Cover.  Cook on Low 9-10 hours.  Remove ham from cider and place in baking pan. 

Take a quarter cup of the juice from the slow cooker and mix it with the brown sugar, dry mustard and ground cloves to make a paste.  Add more juice as needed.  With a spatula, spread the paste on the top of the ham.

Bake at 375-degrees for 30 minutes, or until the paste has turned into a glaze.
Sunday, November 29, 2009

Recipe Sunday – Blueberry French Toast

Papa made French Toast this morning for Cedi’s 3rd birthday (I know!  So old already!) so this recipe seemed fitting for today.

Blueberry French Toast

by Linda Finn

Egg Mixture

12 slices day-old bread (no crust)

2 (8-oz) pkgs. cream cheese

1 c. blueberries

12 eggs  (***On a side note, Jared found TEN eggs from the chickens on Friday!  We’d been getting maybe 1 to 2 a week for a long time…,now TEN!)

2 c. milk

1/3 c. maple syrup

Layer the following:  Place the bread, cut into cubes, in a greased 9x13 pan.  Cut cream cheese into cubes and place over bread.  Top with blueberries.  Beat eggs, milk, and syrup and pour over bread.  Cover, chill for 8 hours.  Bake at 350-degrees for 25-40 minutes, or until light brown and set in the middle.


1 c. sugar

2 T. cornstarch

1 c. water

1 c. blueberries

1 T. butter

Make sauce by combining all ingredients in a 2 quart sauce pan.  Simmer for about 3 minutes or until slightly thickened.  Serve warm egg mixture with warm sauce. 

Saturday, November 28, 2009


I’m up early about to head out for the Craftacular in Madison, WI, today.  I should have done a really good teaser blog to this but I just haven’t had time as I’ve been making LOTS of new, great things for it! 

If you are in the area you should definitely stop by!  There are going to be OVER 60 local artists!  A perfect spot to finish up your holiday shopping.

To read more details go to:


To visit stop by:

Madison Masonic Center
301 Wisconsin Ave
Madison WI 53703

Hope to see you today!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Recipe Sunday – Pumpkin Gingerbread

Later than usual but I didn’t forget.  This looked like a great recipe for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.  Since we will be closed starting Thanksgiving day, Frank and Diane have decided to keep the store open Monday through Wednesday from 12 to 5.  Make sure to stop in to stock up on pie pumpkins since Libbey’s will be running low this year!

Pumpkin Gingerbread

Diane Lapacek

2 1/2 c. all purpose flour

1 c. granulated sugar

3/4 c. wheat germ

1 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 c. pumpkin puree

1 (12-oz.) can evaporated milk

5 T. oil

1 lg. egg

Preheat oven to 350-degree.  Lightly grease bottom of 9x5 inch loaf pan.  Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.  Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, oil and egg in medium bowl; mix well.  Add pumpkin mixture to dry ingredients; stir until moistened.  Pour into prepared pan.  Bake 60 to 70 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Today’s the Day for the Handcrafted Hoedown for the Holidays!

017I can’t believe it!  After all the anticipation and leading up to a fabulous craft sale for the Holidays the day is here!  We’ve spent the last few days transforming my mother-in-law’s shop into a great little boutique for fabulous handmade goods.  I managed to take a few snapshots last night to give you all a sneak peak at some of the amazing items we have for sale.  Since it was dark they didn’t all turn out the best but I think you’ll get the gist of it…018 019 020 021 022 023 024  026 027   030 Hope to see you!  The hours again are today, November 20th from 9 until 6 and tomorrow, Saturday, November 21st from 9 until 5.  (PS…My mom, Jared and I were up early making CIDER DONUTS for the sale too!)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Recipe Sunday – Apple Pie in A Jar

This is a popular canned item that we sell all apple season long in our store but we also have it included in BOTH of our cookbooks since it’s such a customer favorite – Apple-tizing Recipes and Farm Fresh Recipes.  I thought I’d share it with you today…the weather is perfect for canning!

Apple Pie in a Jar

by Bev Walters


28 c. sliced apples

4 1/2 c. sugar

9 c. water

1 c. cornstarch

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. canning salt

1 c. cold water

1 T. lemon juice

Peel and slice apples into mild salt water.  Drain and pack into 7 quart canning jars.  Bring sugar and 9 cups of water to a boil.  Combine cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  Mix with one cup cold water until dissolved.  Add this to sugar mixture.  Cook until bubbly.  Remove from heat.  Add lemon juice.  Pour over apples, leaving 1 inch headspace and using a knife to remove air bubbles and distribute juice.  Seal and process 20 minutes in hot water bath.  Use one jar of pie filling for an 8 or 9 inch pie.

Now you can just fill your pie any time of the year for fresh apple pie or heat some mix up and put over ice cream!  Yummmy!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Holiday Craft Fair – TODAY in Middleton, WI!

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If you are in the Middleton Area and are missing the crafty display in the back of the apple store…make sure to stop by my Aunt Becky’s Holiday Craft Fair. 

I was there yesterday morning and took pictures of the fabulous collection of handmade goods. 


Some of the things you’ll see are: today 013hand-crafted fall and winter decorations, today 020fused glass jewelry, today 022fused glass bottles and bowls, ornaments, greeting cards, candles, today 016handmade baskets, today 014purses, totes, pillows, today 015quilted/embroidered wall hangings, table runners, today 018towels, today 012jewelry from theApple, today 030baked goods and treats!

Complimentary coffee and refreshments.

Where: 7100 Spring Hill Dr., Middleton, Wisconsin

When: Saturday November 14, 2009  -  8:30 am - 4:00 pm

today 008 today 009  If you want to bring your kids I’m sure Becky will find them some fish food to feed to the fish they normally have in their backyard pond.  Due to winter weather they bring them in to a big tank…kids LOVE them!  (Trust me…feeding the fish beat out Build a Bear in my kid’s answer to ‘what did you do today?’)today 011 today 031today 074     As you can see…I only have a small fraction of the jewelry I make listed on my etsy store, theApple.  It’s good that I have a lot of inventory though…I still have three more sales to make it through!today 017  today 019    today 023  today 025  today 027 today 028      today 071     I hope you can find some time to stop by!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

More on the Handcrafted Hoedown for the Holidays

I’m sorry I’ve been a bit absentee on this blog lately.  Things are slowing down at the apple store but picking up with my other businesses (KimsCraftyApple and theApple).  If you want to keep up on my other going-ons you can always check out my other blogs:  www.kimscraftyapple.blogspot.com (about my crafting world) and www.onebeermom.blogspot.com (about my fabulous and adorable kiddo’s).

I also haven’t been writing much because I honestly haven’t been doing much for the orchard.  If you stop by you’re most likely to see Diane, Frank or Jared working the register…I have been given some time to create thing and complete some custom orders.  I’ll be around again though…no worries!

Here are a few more artists that are going to be at the sale in just over a week!  Wow!  It’s really coming up fast!

Once again my husband’s aunt, Becky, will have her beautiful baskets at the sale.  092 I didn’t have any pictures of her baskets from her but I took some pictures of baskets I’ve purchased and gotten for gifts in the past.  I absolutely love them!  I have one really big one (pictures above) that she gave me for my baby shower…perfect for all the kids toys, oh and Capri likes to use it as a boat sometimes too…088 This stair basket is great to put things in that have to go upstairs…stylish and helps to keep the clutter down.  090 This magazine basket is great for just that…magazines…and whatever else you may want to put in it!  I just love the colors!  I’m excited to pick out my basket for this year!  Becky started basket weaving in 1994.  She also dabbled in macrame in 70s (I have to throw in that this was before I was born!) everything from plant hangers to cheerleader, frog, cowboy, gingerbread boy/girl  She also did some crocheting - lots of dollies and enjoyed cross stitch for a few years.  Her main focus now is on her baskets…and they are truly beautiful. 

A beautiful local potter, JennyBlasenPottery will be bringing il_430xN_94378277yarn bowls and mugs, plates and bowls to the sale.  il_430xN_68521339I purchased one of her mugs last year and it is so amazing!  It makes drinking coffee even more fun!

il_430xN_63360329A new addition to the sale this year is Cait from TieBeau.  She will be bringing headbands made from men's neck ties.  No one every will be walking around with the same head band as them.


Her line is called Tie Beau and my line of evening wear headbands with extra sparkle and accessories is called Tie Beau Tuxedo.

I have a few more people to feature in the next week so tune in again to meet more artists from the hoedown!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Recipe Sunday – Scalloped Apples

Sorry that I’m so late posting the recipe today…I just got home from Quilts by Barb’s 2009 Quilt retreat.  I had a great time and learned a lot of new things!  I’m definitely looking forward to next years!


Here’s the recipe I chose from the ‘Farm Fresh Recipes from Lapacek’s Orchard’ Cookbook:

Scalloped Apples

by Karma Lapacek


6 med. apples

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 T. lemon juice

1/4 c. water

3/4 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. flour

1/3 c. butter

Preheat oven to 400-degrees.  Pare, core and slice apples.  Place in buttered shallow casserole dish.  Combine spices, lemon juice and water.  Pour over apples.  Work sugar, flour and butter together until crumb-like consistency.  Sprinkle over apples.  Bake at 400-degrees for 30 minutes.


***SIDE NOTE*** If anyone has any metal cookie cutters (any shape) that they are looking to get rid of please drop them by the orchard or send me an email…I’m looking for some!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Handcrafted Hoedown for the Holiday’s – Soaps and Candles!

For the third year, Jen Geerdts will be selling her wonderful handcrafted soap at the Handcrafted Hoedown for the Holidays. I have many customers that come in each year and stock up because they love it so much!CIMH2103 This year, Jen will be offering even more scents and varieties than usual (both of her boys are in school full time now…) Here’s the list of scents for this years 2009 Handcrafted Hoedown for the Holidays:

Honey Oatmeal Soap - nutritive and appetizing
Clove Soap - warm and spicy
Cinnamon Seed Soap - exfoliating massage bars
Frankincense and Myrrh Soap - a great gift for wise men
Pumice Soap - abrasive and cleansing to smooth hands and feet
Candy Cane Soap - peppermint scent to wake you up
Lavender Soap - always a favorite, traditional and calming
Christmas Tree Soap - balsam fir scent refreshing and definitely ChristmasCIMH2110

New this year to the Hoedown is CJ’s Country Classics and her fabulous Soy Candles! She let me try a few samples and I absolutely love them…they are great smelling and burn very nicely.

smlcandletinsmlTo find out more about what she has to offer check out her website: www.cjscc.com

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Additions!

128-1Yup, it’s true! We recently added some new additions to our Kroncke Road Orchard – SEVENTEEN chickens (12 Rhode Island Reds and 5 Barred Rocks)! So far, so good.136-1 Rhode Island Red133-1 Barred Rock

We got them from my neighbor at the Sun Prairie Farmer’s Market – Rainbow Hill Farm. These chickens are ‘old’ and are not producing eggs like they needed them too so we took them in! They are free range chickens and so far we haven’t had any issues (knock on wood). Even the dogs and cats seem to have accepted them as their new friends. I just love having random chickens run by me…this city girl is really turning into a farmer!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Handcrafted Hoedown for the Holidays – Looking for Jewelry?

The Hoedown will be a one shop stop for all your jewelry needs this holiday season!  173 Not only will you see some great jewelry from theApple…a lot of what you’ve seen in the apple store this season and more that I’ve been working on this week and will continue to create up until the sale.


I have a few new additions to our jewelry artist line up besides myself this year.

One new comer is Julia Jiannacopoulos.  She has a variety of items for the show:  lightswitch plates,Craftacular_030 metal message boards, Craftacular_035clock-purses, peace ornaments, napkin rings and Craftacular_011jewelry.   Most all of her work is one-of-a-kind using upcycled materials: vintage jewelry and materials, found objects and cultural ephemera.  I know that I’m really excited to see the rest of her things!

I will also have some adorable bottle cap necklaces from StorylineDesignsil_430xN_95646250 Just visit her shop to get even more of a sneak peak!

OddStuffByXanthe will be bringing some adorable scrabble tile pendants along with many other fun items!

il_430xN_93867703 I will also be selling some fabulous jewelry from BlueHillByHand.  BlueHillByHand is the company that purchased my candy drop ring design and is selling it wholesale.  BHBH-135 I also do contract work for them in my off-season for many of their earring designs.  I had fun picking out a collection of goods to offer at the sale.  I only have a few of each style so don’t wait too long to make it out to the sale!

sherbetthumb These are just a few of the fun jewelry items that you will see…I just want to get a taste of excitement in your mouths for all the possible Christmas Gifts you can buy for friends, family, even yourself!  Can’t wait to see you in just a few weeks!

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