Apple Dumpling Bread

As the community thinks about giving thanks to the people in their lives that have made a difference, we often think of gathering, food and drink. What are some of your favorite traditions around the holidays?

Welcome fall with this incredibly delicious apple dumpling bread recipe from Chef Robert Mills. You can have this for breakfast or dessert or any time of day. Click here to watch the video. Enjoy.

Apple Dumpling Bread 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 pounds medium Honey crisp apples, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dough:

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3-3/4 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Cider sauce & glaze:

  • 4 cups apple cider, divided
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided

Directions:

  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, melt butter. Add the next 6 ingredients; stir to combine. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until apples have softened and released their juices, 10-12 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer apples to a 15×10-in. rimmed baking pan; spread into a single layer. Add cider to Dutch oven and bring to a boil; cook, stirring, until juices thicken and reduce to 1/2 cup, 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat; add vanilla extract. Pour over apple slices; cool completely. (Filling can be made 24 hours in advance and refrigerated.)
  2. For dough, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, sugar, oil, salt and 1-1/4 cups flour. Beat on medium speed until smooth, 2-3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  3. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into an 18×12-in. rectangle; spread apple mixture to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up the Dough and Apples and place in  a greased 9×5-in. loaf pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°.
  5. Bake until well browned, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours. For cider sauce, bring 3-1/2 cups cider and brown sugar to a boil. Cook, stirring, until sauce is reduced to 1 cup, about 25 minutes. For glaze, beat confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and enough remaining apple cider to reach desired consistency.
  6. Add remaining butter and vanilla to cider sauce. Cook and stir until the sauce thickens. Cool slightly. Drizzle sauce and glaze over bread.

Grat·i·tude 🙏🏻

Gratitude or gratefulness, derived from the Latin word gratus, which means “pleasing, appreciative,” is a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or a similar positive response expressed by the recipient of kindness, gifts, help, favors, or other sorts of charity, to the giver of those gifts.
 
What is amazing about this attitude is the power it has to help us live our best life. Click here to join Natalie and Kathie for a fun chat around connecting with gratitude today. Enjoy!

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Benefits of Dancing For Health:

  • Heart and lungs health.
  • A gain in muscular strength and endurance.
  • Better aerobic fitness.
  • Strength and muscle tone.
  • Weight loss.
  • Stronger bones, less osteoporosis.
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Click here to participate in the class now.

5 Quotes To Inspire Carefreedom Living

“I am no bird, and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ~ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

“Everything that happens to you matters to me.” ~ Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels

“Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” ~ Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” ~ Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

4 Refreshing Drinks To Finish Summer 😎☀️🍹

Here are four summer drinks that will refresh your day. Special thanks to Pick Up Limes for the great recipes. 

Enjoy!

Peach Thyme Iced Tea

Ingredients

Lemon tea

4 cups (960 mL) boiling water, ideally around 185°F (85°C)

4 white tea bags 

3 lemons, juiced

Peach thyme syrup

6 ripe peaches, pitted and roughly chopped

10 sprigs fresh thyme

1 cup (240 mL) water

⅓ cup (80 mL) maple syrup 

Drink assembly

1½ cups (166 g) ice cubes

½ peach, sliced

4 small sprigs fresh thyme

Directions

To a large jar or bowl, add the boiled water and tea bags, and let it steep for 8 – 10 minutes, then remove the tea bags and let cool off. Once cooled off completely, stir in the lemon juice.

To a saucepan, add the peaches, thyme, water, and maple syrup. Bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat.

Once boiling, reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the peaches have started to soften, use the back of a wooden spatula or tamper to mash the peaches to release their juices and flavours.

Place a sieve over a bowl and strain the peach mixture. Using the back of a spoon, press out as much liquid from the mixture into the bowl as possible. Let this cool off completely. Note: no need to throw away the peach puree that remains in the sieve. You can either eat it as is (it’s like eating applesauce!) or add it to a smoothie.

To assemble the drinks, divide the ice cubes between your glasses. Then pour one part peach syrup to two parts of the cooled lemon tea mixture into your cups. Stir it, garnishing with peach slices and fresh thyme. Enjoy!

Grapefruit Rosemary Spritzer

Ingredients

Flavoured syrup

2 large grapefruit

2 cups (330 g) fresh pineapple chunks

6 large sprigs fresh rosemary

½ cup (120 mL) water

⅓ cup (67 g) granulated sugar 

Soda

1½ cups (360 mL) grapefruit juice

3 cups (720 mL) carbonated water

3 cups (333 g) ice cubes

Optional garnish

grapefruit wedges

rosemary sprigs

Directions

Start with zesting the grapefruit. Reserve the zest for later.

To a medium saucepan, add the juice from the same grapefruit, along with the pineapple, rosemary, water, and sugar. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook uncovered at a gentle simmer for 10 – 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Next, we can add the grapefruit zest to the saucepan. By now the pineapples should have softened as well, so using a wooden spoon or wooden tamper, mash the pieces of pineapple to release its juices and flavour.

Place a sieve over a bowl and strain the mixture, using the back of a spoon to press out as much liquid from the mixture into the bowl as possible. Let this cool off completely, first on the counter, then in the fridge.

To make the drinks, divide the ice between the glasses and for each cup add 1 part of the flavoured syrup, 1 part grapefruit juice, 2 parts carbonated water. Garnish with grapefruit wedges, and rosemary sprigs, and enjoy!

Ginger Mint Lemonade

Ingredients

1 Tbsp (6 g) freshly grated ginger

20 (13 g) fresh mint leaves, or more as desired 

3 lemons, juiced

3 cups (720 mL) water 

2 cups (222 g) ice cubes

2 Tbsp (30 mL) agave syrup, plus more as desired

Directions

Wash the ginger, and grate it into a pulp. Gather the pulp into your fist and squeeze with your hands over a pitcher to extract the juice. Discard the pulp. Note, the more ginger you use, the spicier the kick. If you want a subtle ginger flavour, just cut the ginger into slices and add to the mix, instead of grating and squeezing.

Add the mint to the pitcher, and using a wooden spatula or wooden tamper, give the mint a mash. We want to bruise the mint leaves slightly, just enough to extract some of their flavours into the drink.

To the pitcher, then add the lemon juice, water, ice cubes, and agave syrup. Stir it all, and serve immediately. Add more syrup if the drink tastes too tart. Cheers!

Pink Lemonade

Ingredients

1½ cups (225 g) frozen raspberries 

¼ cup (60 mL) maple syrup, or more as desired

4 lemons, juiced

4 cups (960 mL) cold water

2 cups (222 g) ice cubes

Garnish

fresh mint leaves

fresh raspberries

lemon slices

Directions

Add the raspberries and maple syrup to a saucepan on medium-high, cooking for 3 – 4 minutes. Keep the mixture at a gentle simmer, and as the raspberries start to soften use the back of a wooden spatula or tamper to mash them up.

Place a sieve over a pitcher to strain the raspberry mixture, using the back of a spoon to press out as much liquid from the mixture into the bowl as possible. Let this liquid cool off completely.

When cooled, stir in the lemon juice, cold water, and ice, and give it a stir.

Garnish with lemon, mint and fresh raspberries if desired, and enjoy!

Let The Good Times Roll!

E-bikes have become quite popular in the last two years, especially with seniors and it’s no surprise!

Imagine cycling with your kids, grandkids & friends, like you used to,  even with a bad knee. You still have to cycle, but when you need a boost to assist you, it’s there.

We recently talked to a Wellings of Picton member, Greta, about why she loves her e-bike. “I can go anywhere and for a longer distance. It keeps me active and smiling! It was really fun to see Rachel (General Manager) take it for a spin. I was lucky to get it back!”

Tracy Reid, of Fitness Powers, demonstrates how easy it is to ride one, and we thought you would enjoy this article from bicycling.com on the benefits of using one on your overall well-being. Watch Tracey’s video here

Happy Trails!

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