All about apples

October is a great time to go apple picking. Here are a few things to know about apples.


Why encourage kids to eat apples:

Apples are rich in minerals, including boron, which helps maintain energy and strengthen bones. Pectin and other fibers contained in apples, also helps with kids’ digestive system, including regulating bowel movements.

When and where to find the best apples:

Apples are available all year long and are grown in all 50 States but October is the key month for apple-picking in the North-East. Most apples in the United States are grown in Washington, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and Virginia.

 How to choose the best apples:

Choosing the best apple is going to depend on what you intend to use it for: snacking, baking, applesauce? In general, pick apples that are firm and avoid the ones with cuts or bruises. Check out RecipeTips’ chart to find the apple variety most suited to your recipe.

 Apple ideas:

Apples can add a nice crunch to a salad, paired with goat cheese. They also make a wonderful snack drizzled with honey or covered in peanut butter. And, of course, let's not forget the famous apple pie.

 Did you know…

You already know that there are lots of different kinds of apples but did you know that you can find thousands of different varieties in the United States alone? Fuji, Gala, Pink Lady, Braeburn, Red Delicious, McIntosh and Granny Smith are among the most popular. What is your favorite?

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Apple turnover (chausson aux pommes)

Walk in any authentic French bakery and you will find the chausson aux pommes right next to the croissants. With this easy recipe, you can enjoy this little piece of France in your home or your lunch box.

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To make 4-5 little turnovers:

  • Puff pastry

  • Apples (2)

  • Vanilla (1/1 teaspoon)

  • Sugar (1 tablespoon)

  • Four (2 tablespoons)

  • Egg (1)


1 small pan, 1 large glass, 1 knife (a rolling knife works great)* , 1 fork, 1 spon, 1 baking sheet, 1 spoon, 1 brush.

Make it:

1Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.Grease the baking sheet.
2Wash and cut 2 apples, removing the core.Wash the apples.
3Place the apple pieces in a pan over medium heat.
4Add the vanilla, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of water.Add the vanilla, sugar and water.
5Cover for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary to avoid sticking to the pan.Stir.
6Meanwhile, sprinkle flour on a flat surface before layig the puff pastry sheet.Sprink flour on a flat surface.
7Use the glass and knike to trace 4-5 round shapes.Trace 4-5 round shapes with the glass.
8When the apples have finished cooking (12 minutes), use a fork to mask them gently.Mash the apples.
9Crack the egg in a small bowl and use the brush to trace around each puff pastry disk with the egg wash.Use the brush to trace around each puff pastry disk with the egg wash.
10Scoop the apple mash in the center of each puff pastry disk.Scoop the apple mash in the center of each puff pastry disk.
11Fold the disks in half, making sure to seal the edges.
12Brush egg wash on the entire surface.Brush egg wash on the entire surface.
13Use the fork to make markings on the surface.Use the fork to make markings on the surface.
14Bake for 15 minutes.
15Turn the pastries over and put them for another 10 minutes, reducig the heat to 350F.
16Remove from the oven and let cool. Enjoy!

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Apple candle

Give your home a nice Fall touch with this easy apple candle.

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What you need:

  • 1 apple
  • 1 small candle
  • 1 knife 

Put it together:

With the knife, make a small hole at the top of the apple. Insert the candle inside the apple. Light up immediately or keep for up to one week.

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All about grapes

Why grapes are good for kids:

Grapes are an excellent source of energy for kids because they are rich in natural sugars (glucose and fructose). They are also full of water, carrying, vitamins C and B, as well as plenty of minerals. With their high water and potassium content, grapes help remove toxins from the body through better urine flow, which make them a great ally for our kids' kidneys. 

When and where to find grapes:

Grapes are synonymous with Fall with the prime season spanning from August to November. Different regions produce different varieties of grapes. No surprise, California is one of the main sources of grapes in the United States but other major grape-growing regions include  Washington, Oregon, New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

How to choose the best grapes:

For the freshest and juiciest grapes, look for grapes that are firm and plump. The stem should be flexible (not brittle).

Grape ideas: 

- Frozen treat: Pop a few grapes in your freezer for a few hours for a nice frozen treat.

- Savory snack: Serve grapes for happy hours by rolling them into goat cheese and layering some nuts. 

Did you know...

 Salicylate, which is naturally present in grapes, is one of the main chemical components of aspirin. So, if you are allergic to aspirin, ask your doctor how grapes consumption might affect you.

Grapes and flax seeds face mask

This mask was inspired by Lush’s Cosmetic Warrior face mask, which uses grapes for their ability to moisturize and thoroughly cleanse skin. The glycerin and honey help prevent dry skin and give it a nice glow.

What you need:

Makes 2 face masks:

  • 7 grapes
  • Glycerin (½ teaspoon)*
  • Flax seeds (1 teaspoon)
  • Honey (½ teaspoon)

Combine all the ingredients in the blender and let rest for a few minutes for the flax seeds to expand.


After combining the ingredients, apply the mixture to your face for 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a towel. Your face will be sof and refreshed!


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White chocolate grapes

Grapes are a September favorite! And it does not get easier than dipping your green grapes into white chocolate for a yummy snack to carry around. You can make this snack in a matter of minutes. Make the night before school and let it rest overnight. Just add it to your lunch box in the morning for a nice little treat.

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  • Grapes
  • White chocolate


Small pan, parchment paper*

Make it:

Melt the white chocolate on low heat for a couple minutes. After rinsing the grapes, just cover them (partially or totally) in white chocolate. Now just let rest in the fridge for a couple of hours or more. Enjoy!


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Brown sugar peach scrub

Peaches are a natural moisturizer. To prepare this very easy scrub, use your ripe or bruised peaches and combine brown sugar to smooth out the skin for beach ready legs.


  • 1 ripe peach (no need to peel it)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Cut the peaches in small dice. Mash the peaches into a small bowl. Mix in the olive oil and brown sugar.


Apply the scrub to your legs and massage gently in circular motions. Let sit for a minute and rinse off in the shower or the bath.

Peach perfect cookies

The cinnamon sugar sprinkle enhances the soft peach flavor for a satisfying summer treat.


To make a doze cookies:

  • Peaches (3)
  • Eggs (2)
  • All purpose flour (2 cups)
  • Vanilla yogurt non-fat, low-fat or full-fat (1/3 cup)
  • Butter at room temperature (3/8 cup)
  • Sugar (1/4 cup + 1/4 cup for sprinkling)
  • Baking powder (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Salt (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Nutmeg (1/4 teaspoon)


1 cookie sheet, 1 large mixing bowl, 1 small mixing bowl, 1 whisk, 1 fork, 1 tablespoon, measuring teaspoon.


1Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.Grease the baking sheet.
2Wash and cut the 3 peaches.Wash the peaches.
3In the bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, nutmeg, and baking powder.Whisk all the dry ingredients.
4Work in the butter using your fingers or a fork.Work in the butter using your fingers or a fork.
5Add the eggs and yogurt. Stir.Add the eggs and yogurt. Stir.
6Add the peaches, stirring until everything is combined.Add the peaches, stirring until everything is combined.
7Scoop the dough onto the cookie sheet using a tablespoon. Each cookie should be about 2 tablespoons and be 1 inch apart.Scoop the dough onto the baking sheet.
8In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and 1/4 cup of sugar.In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and 1/4 cup of sugar.
9Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar onto the cookies.Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar onto the cookies.
10Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until they are golden brown.
11Let cool for a few minutes and serve!
All about peaches

Why peaches are good for kids:

Peaches are a good source of fiber, vitamins A, C and E and antioxidants. Like prunes, peaches can help with constipation. The beta-carotene contained in peaches is great for eye-sight, nourishing and protecting the retinas.

 When and where to find peaches:

Peaches peak in July-August but are available from May to September. Peach trees like sunlight, which is why most peaches com from California, Georgia and South Carolina. In fact, Georgia is often called the Peach State and you can find many street named after the fruit in Atlanta.

 How to choose the best peaches:

Look for peaches with deep yellow or creamy background. They should have a nice aroma when you smell them . Contrary to popular belief, red tones are not an indication of ripeness. The flesh should be slightly soft when pressed. 

Serving tip:

To peel a peach, place the peach in boiling water for 20 seconds. Take it out of the water using a slotted spoon and plunge it into cold water. The skin should come right off. 

To pit the peach, slice around the peach and twist the two halves apart.  Remove the pit.

More peach ideas:

Marshmallow Peaches: Cut peaches in half and replace the pit with a marshmallow in each half, sprinkle with a little sugar and grill until lightly browned. 

Peach Melba: Serve your peaches with ice cream and a raspberry sauce.

Peach slasa: Mash pieces of peaches and add to a salsa to add a little sweetness and remove the tanginess. 


Cantaloupe crepe cake

Cantaloupes are everywhere this summer and, while delicious by themselves, thay are also an unexpected healthy addition to classic desserts.

This homemade cantaloupe jam pairs great crepes. For a twist on traditional crepes, make several crepes at once and mount them into a cake with layers of the nutritious cantaloupe jam.


  • Cantaloupe (1 full cantaloupe)
  • Honey (drizzle)
  • Flour (2 cups)
  • Eggs (4)
  • Milk (2 cups)
  • Butter (1 tablespoon)
  • Salt (one pinch)


One frying pan, one mixing bowl, one sauce pan, one spatula, one omelette turner, one hand blender.



1Make the crepe dough: mix the flour, eggs, milk, butter and salt and let sit.Mix the flour, eggs, milk, buttr and salt.
2Heat a sauce pan with 2 tablespoons of water.
3Cut the cantaloupe in 1 inch cubes (removing the rind).
4Add the cantaloupe cubes to the sauce pan.Add the cantaloupe cubes to the sauce pan.
5Stir for 8 minutes on medium heat or until the cantaloupe softens.
6Blend with hand blender for one minute.Blend with hand blender for one minute.
7Add a drizzle of honey and remove the cataloupe jam from the heat.Add a drizzle of honey.
8Heat the frying pan and grease the surface.
9Pour the crepe dough to cover the entire surface of the frying pan with a very thin layer.
10Wait 1-2 minute until the bottom is golden and flip the crepe with the omelette turner.Flip the crepe.
11Wait 1 minute or until the other side becomes golden and set aside on a plate.
12Cover the entire surface of the cantaloupe jam.Cover the entire surface of the cantaloupe jam.
13Repeat, making 3 more crepes an layering them on top of each other with jam in between.
14The cake is ready to serve!