9th Month Blog Progress Report

9th Month Blog

And just like that, I’m now on my 9th-month blog progress report.

October was a great month for me in terms of traffic. Not a whole lot but for me, it’s still great and I am happy with it.

I was able to put more time fine-tuning my schedule between my full-time job and blogging, which gave me a system to stick to. Which also means waking up earlier and going to bed later.

It’s a sacrifice but I got my eyes on the price.

If you’ve been following my income report, you already know why I’m sharing my blog income progress report. If you’re new, you can head over to my First Blog Income Report to learn more.

Details and stats of a 9 month old blog. Check out this 9th month blog report.

By having been on the blogosphere for a few months now, I can say that it is possible to make money from blogging, not EASY but POSSIBLE.

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Now let’s dive in.

What’s New At MWP

For October, there are few highlights to note.

MWP Has Now A Premium Theme. I am so excited to say that I finally got a new theme for MWP. A premium theme does make a huge difference.

I have more room for customization and most importantly, it loads FASTER. If you’ve been putting off upgrading to a premium theme, don’t wait any longer, check out these affordable premium themes.

No 10th and 11th Month Blog Progress Report. As I’ve mentioned in my 8th-month blog income report, I will work harder on my 9th month, so hopefully, my hard work would carry over through the holidays.

And I did. I was able to create content that will get me through the end of the year.

The reason why I will not be publishing the 10th and 11th-month progress is because of the holidays. Most of my time will be spent with family, friends and not to mention it’s the busiest time at work.

As a result, there will be less time for blogging, so there will be not much to report.

Now on to the numbers.

Here are details on a 9th month blog progress report.

9th Month Blog Progress Report

Here are my stats for the month of October.

Pageviews And Visitors

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The number of page views and visitors made October my best month yet. I kid you not, it was hard work.

Pinterest continues to be the main driver for traffic this month. If you want to know more about how to make the most this season with Pinterest, check out this post.


Organic Search Progress

9th Month Blog Progress Report

My organic traffic is starting to go uphill in the chart, which is actually encouraging because I was starting to get disappointed with my SEO techniques.

If you are wondering where I get the stats, I use Semrush. I don’t have the paid membership. The free features are good enough for me for now.

Social Stats

I am very pleased to say that I was able to meet all the goals that I set for this month. Not sure if they contributed to the increase in traffic but it still feels good to meet goals.

PlatformSeptemberOctober
Twitter8,0268,230
Facebook1,2091,554
Pinterest5,5355,691
Instagram503524

Financial Stats

INCOMEAMOUNT
Surveys and Apps2.74
Display Ads61.53
Affiliate Income6.92
TOTAL71.19

Unfortunately, although the traffic is up, the revenue is down, which is a bummer. However, it is better than zero.

I use the companies listed below and they make up my monthly expenses. They offer free trials if you are interested to try them out. Just click on the link.

LinkAmountWhat You Get
Tailwind14.99Get $15 to get you started
Smarterqueue19.9930-day FREE trial instead of 14
Convertkit2930-Day Free trial
Canva12.95The Free version which works just fine but can try their Pro account FREE for 30 days
Total76.93

I use Siteground for my blogging platform but it was already prepaid during my first month so I do not have to worry about it for the rest of the year.

I also prepaid my Grammarly Pro subscription so I am good for one year.

My total expenses this month is more than usual because of the premium theme, P.O box renewal and the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit.

FINANCEAMOUNT
Income71.19
Expenses232.28
REVENUE-161.19

Not looking good but I hope to learn more from the blogger’s toolkit so I can be a better blogger.

Goals And Tasks For The Rest of the Year

This year is flying by so fast that I cannot believe there are only two months left before we get into the New Year. Exciting but scary at the same time.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the holiday season is the busiest time for me so most likely I will not be able to put more time on blogging. However, I still like to have some goals to work on.

So here are my goals.

Update Old Posts. I usually try to write four blog posts but since I already have prescheduled posts for the rest of the year, I will work on updating old posts.

Write A Guest Post. I was not able to write a guest post on the month of October due to time constraints. I am hoping to write one this month.

Create An Editorial Calendar. With the New Year coming up, I like to have my post ideas in place so I can start working on them. I am so bad with tasks that if I don’t put dates on them, they will never get done.

There you have it!

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Things To Do In Shawnee National Forest

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Discover the lesser-known Shawnee National Forest Attractions.

Most often than not, people in Illinois actually do not spend their weekend getaway in Illinois. They go to nearby states like Wisconsin or Michigan.

But today, I will share with you our road trip to the Shawnee National Forest, together with some tips on how to have a fun frugal weekend getaway without going out of state.

You will be surprised how many things to do in Shawnee National Forest.

When you think about Illinois, you’ll imagine boring flat land with too much traffic. However, when you drive further down to the southern part, you’ll find that it’s not that flat after all.

During my birthday weekend, my husband and I decided to have a road trip and spend it exploring the southern region. I have always wanted to check out the Illinois version of the Garden of The Gods (the original is in Colorado) so I was so excited about this trip.

It ended up being an awesome birthday weekend. The Shawnee National Forest has more to offer than just the Garden of The Gods. And to top it all, we even managed to stay under our budget, you can do it too.

So let’s dive in on how you can have a fun frugal weekend in Southern Illinois, particularly in the Shawnee National Forest.

Prepare For The Road

Before we go on a road trip, besides saving for a travel fund, we make sure we do some preparation, so we don’t end up wasting time and money.

Here are some things you can do after you book your accommodation.

Research

First, do your research. List all the activities that you want to do and areas you want to check out.

Map Out Your Itinerary

Mapping out your itinerary ahead of time will save you gas and time. So, the next thing you will do is to plug all the locations on the map. I usually use Google Maps. Then group each activity based on location.

Since Shawnee National Forest spans over 289,000 acres of land, it is recommended to group your activities between the east and west side. In our case, we spent our first day exploring the east and then west the next day.

Drive Your Most Efficient Car

If you happen to own more than one car, choosing to drive the more fuel-efficient vehicle can save you a lot of money. Sedans usually are more fuel-efficient than SUVs.

Some of the roads going to the state parks are rough roads, so make sure to slow down to make it easier for your tires and drive carefully.

Double-check your emergency equipment before you leave home, just in case you need them.

Use App To Save On Gas

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know that I love apps, especially if they can save me money. I drive a lot for work, so I have to find the apps to save on gas.

That’s why I got so excited when I found out about Gas Buddy. This app shows the cheapest gas near me. I love Costco gas, but I am not always near one, so Gas Buddy makes it convenient.

Pack Snacks

I don’t know about you, but I get hungry during road trips, and those snacks from gas stations are not cheap, they’re ridiculously expensive.

So, better pack as many meals as you can, you’ll thank yourself later. You can also pack snacks for your hikes.

Download Entertainment

Long car rides are the perfect times for busy couples to catch up and have serious talks about the future. However, at some point, you’ll run out of things to talk about.

Audiobooks, favorite songs playlists, or podcasts can help make the drive seem shorter.

Things To Do In Shawnee National Forest

The southern region boasts some of the amazing southern Illinois state parks located in the Shawnee National Forest.

Here are some of the best places to check out during your visit.

Garden Of The Gods

This amazing geological formation is the most common reason why people visit the Shawnee National Forest. It is a short hike, about a quarter of a mile and it offers stunning views.

I would recommend going early in the fall to check out the changing colors. We went during the first week of October and we were able to see some.

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Garden of the Gods-Shawnee National Forest
Garden Of The Gods-Shawnee National Forest-By My Worthy Penny
Garden of the Gods-Shawnee National Forest

Camel Rock

Make sure you don’t miss spotting the camel among the rock formations. The Camel Rock is a part of the Garden of the Gods, and it’s not easy to miss.

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Camel Rock-Shawnee National Forest

Bell-Smith Spring Recreation Area

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Bell-Smith Spring Recreational Area-Shawnee National Forest

The Bell-Smith Spring Recreation Area is suitable for an all-day hike. It has a total of 8-mile interconnected loops, ranging from easy to moderate and marked as yellow, blue, white, orange and black.

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Bell-Smith Spring Recreational Area-Shawnee National Forest

We started late since we did the Garden of the Gods first so we were not able to hike all the trails. If we have to do it again, we would dedicate one full day in this area.

The highlights of this recreation area include the Boulder Falls, Devil’s Back Bone, and The Natural Bridge. Dut to time-constraint, we were only able to hike to the Natural Bridge and Boulder Falls.

Be aware though that the part of the road going to this recreation area is a rough road and can be hard on your wheels. Make sure to drive slow.

Some of the trails can start or end with you having to negotiate steep stairs so plan accordingly.

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Bell-Smith Spring Recreational Area-Shawnee National Forest
Bell-Smith Spring Recreational Area-Shawnee National Forest-My Worthy Penny
Bell-Smith Spring Recreational Area-Shawnee National Forest

Some of the trails also cross over streams and shallow ponds. Waterproof footwear is a must if you want to venture through the woods.

Natural Bridge

The Natural Bridge is part of the yellow trail, which is 1.5 miles. Along the way, you will pass ponds and some amazing rock formations. Don’t miss the rock that resembles a pyramid.

Southern Illinois, where the Shawnee National Forest is located is nicknamed “Little Egypt”. As you explore the area, you will notice that most places and landmarks are named after places or things in Egypt. Therefore, a rock that resembles a pyramid fits the picture.

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Bell-Smith Spring Recreational Area-Shawnee National Forest
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Bell-Smith Spring Recreational Area-Shawnee National Forest

The yellow loop continues and will take you to the bottom of the bridge, which I heard is a spectacular view. We did not continue on because we wanted to hike the blue trail to the Boulder Falls.

Boulder Falls

The hike to the Boulder Falls is a little more challenging than the Yellow Trail. At some point, we struggled to find the path. It is a longer hike so make sure you have enough water with you. I use this water bottle on all our trips. It maintains the temperature of the water for hours, which is perfect during the summer.

Much to our disappointment, we did not find any waterfall. It was pretty dry when we got there. Probably the best time to go there is just after a strong rainfall.

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Bell-Smith Spring Recreational Area-Shawnee National Forest

Cave-in-Rock State Park

Cave-in-rock is another stunning area to check out. It is located along the scenic Ohio River. As you walk along the trail, you will notice boats and other river sceneries.

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Cave-in-Rock State Park-Shawnee National Forest

The 55-foot-wide cave was carved out of the limestone rock by water thousands of years ago.

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Cave-in-Rock State Park-Shawnee National Forest
Cave-in-Rock State Park-Shawnee National Forest-My Worthy Penny
Cave-in-Rock State Park-Shawnee National Forest

Heron Pond

The Heron Pond is yet another awesome nature that is worth checking out. It is located in Little Black Slough, the largest state-owned natural area in Illinois. The drive to this area involves a graveled road of about 1.5 mi. It is a highlight of the Cache River State Natural Area.

Although the trails are not handicapped accessible, it is still a pretty easy hike. The trail is a mile round trip and has some informative signs along the way about the wildlife and geomorphology of the area.

At the end of the trail, you will be rewarded with an amazing view of a wetland full of water tupelo and bald cypress trees. Some of them are actually among the oldest trees in Illinois.

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Heron Pond-Shawnee National Forest
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Heron Pond-Shawnee national Park
Heron Pond-Shawnee national Park-My Worthy Penny
Heron Pond-Shawnee national Park

The area has a floating boardwalk, which allows you to get up close to the swamp. You can keep a lookout for all kinds of wildlife like snakes, herons, frogs, river otters, rabbit,s and more.

We spotted a snake and some frogs while admiring the area. It was absolutely stunning and I admit it was one of my favorite trails.

When we got back to our car, it started pouring. It was the day we were driving back home so we decided to head home early since the rain will make it hard for us to check out the other places.

Other Landmarks Worth Checking Out

Ponoma Natural Bridge

The trail leading to this natural bridge is only 0.3 miles and is considered to be easy. The bridge is about 90 ft long and is made entirely of sandstone.

Rim Rock Recreational Trail

Hiking the Rim Rock Recreational Trail will take you through an Old Indian Wall, rock stairway, a narrow passageway rough massive cliffs, and huge boulders.

Jackson Falls

The trail going to the fall is about 3.7 miles and is considered moderate. Aside from the beautiful waterfall, Jackson Falls also offers the best rock climbing spots for enthusiasts.

Best Places To Eat

Our hotel offers daily breakfast and we packed food for our hikes. So the only time we go out to eat was for dinner.

There are not many places to choose from but most of the places that we went to, serve really good food. And the best part is, they were not expensive.

The Red Onion

This restaurant was the very first place we checked out for dinner. It was a cozy restaurant, and they were quite busy. However, we were seated relatively quickly.

They served our food pretty quickly, and everything was delicious. All in all, it was a very satisfying meal for an extremely reasonable price. We even took home a good pie.

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The Red Onion
The Red Onion-Shawnee National Forest-My Worthy Penny
The Red Onion
The Red Onion-Shawnee National Forest-My Worthy Penny
The Red Onion

I think the portions were good, more than enough for a couple who hiked all day.

Vienna Diner

Another place that we checked out on our way home was Vienna Diner. It was quite a busy place on a Sunday. They have pretty good reviews on yelp on all of their food but I was craving for pizza.

And their homemade pizza did not disappoint.

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Vienna Diner

Best Places To Stay

I think the best accommodation if you want to enjoy the outdoors to the fullest is camping. Shawnee National Forest offers a variety of camping experiences from primitive backpacking to a developed campground.

If camping is not for you, then cabins are great alternatives. There are quite a few to choose from, but the most popular one is the Shawnee National Forest Cabins. It is the closest to the Garden of the Gods.

However, if you are like me who is not much into camping but doesn’t want to pay a lot for accommodation, then you might want to opt for hotels or motels. I was able to find a hotel for a reasonable price through hotels.com. That is about 30 mins to the Garden of the Gods.

There you have it!

Shawnee Forest Frequently Asked Questions

Is Shawnee National Forest worth visiting?

Yes! If you love nature, hiking, and exploring new things, then Shawnee National Forest is definitely something you should visit.

What town is near Shawnee National Forest?

Shawnee National Forest is located in Illinois and the nearest town is Shawnee. You can get there by car, bus, or train. It’s about 1-hour drive from Chicago.

What is the best part of Shawnee National Forest?

The beauty of the forest is what makes this area so special. From the breathtaking views of the mountains to the lush green forests to the amazing waterfalls, Shawnee National Forest has it all.

Does Shawnee National Forest have a lodge?

At the time of this writing, there is no lodge within the park. But there are several lodges nearby that offer lodging options like Best Western Plus Shawnee Inn & Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites

Where can I hunt in Shawnee National Forest?

There are several areas where you can go hunting. One of them is the Shawnee National Recreation Area which is also known as the “Garden of the Gods”. This is a beautiful place with plenty of trails for hikers and bikers.

There are a lot of things to do in Shawnee National Forest and it offers a great outdoor experience for outdoorsy people. We were only there for three days and definitely, it was not enough time to explore the whole area. We would definitely go back again.

Are you excited for the things to do in Shawnee National Forest?

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Things To Do In Shawnee National Forest

Top Christmas Gift For Aunt And Uncle

Top Christmas Gift For Aunt and Uncle

Your must-have list of the best Christmas presents for aunt and uncle.

Make Aunt and Uncle happy with this Christmas gift ideas. #giftforauntanduncle

You are here because you probably have a cool Aunt and Uncle, and you wanted them to feel special this Christmas season.

If you are having a hard time coming up with the best Christmas Gift for Aunt and Uncle, I have some ideas for you.

But first, before we get into that, here are some tips when shopping during the holidays.

✔️ Avoid the stress of last-minute shopping by planning ahead.

✔️ Include holiday gifts on your sinking funds to help you stick to your budget.

✔️ Do not wait until the last minute to avoid impulse buying.

✔️ Avoid getting lost in the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping by opting to shop online from the comfort of your home.

✔️ And if you are shopping online, make sure you are using Rakuten to get cashback from your purchases.

Now, let’s dive into what to get for Aunt and Uncle for Christmas.

Best Christmas Gift For Aunt And Uncle

When buying gifts for your Aunt and Uncle, consider something that will benefit them both. You will not only save money but also you will save time. And you will not run the risk of having one’s gift better than the other.

Weighted Blanket

Do not make Aunt and Uncle feel left out. Get then the gift that will provide the warmth and comfort of a hug. Help them sleep feeling comfortable and wake up feeling renewed.

Aunt And Uncle Christmas Tree Ornament

These ornaments will make a nice and thoughtful adornment to their Christmas tree, which they will cherish forever. They are aluminum ornaments and shatter-resistant, which makes them last for a long time.

Keepsake Hands

Surprise Aunt and Uncle with this unique Christmas gift. A DIY plaster casting kit for a pair of hands that they can use to mold and cast a one of a king keepsake, their hands.

Alexa

If Aunt and Uncle love technology then they will love Alexa. Introduce Alexa to their home through the Echo Plus smart home hub.

Through this device, they can control their compatible smart home devices, voice control their music, and more.

Ring Doorbell

Add a safety layer to their home through this video doorbell. The Ring Video Door Bell features live video, motion-activated alerts, and two-way talk. They will be able to see, hear, and speak to visitors from anywhere.

Personalized Last Name Established

Let Aunt and Uncle enjoy this customized name wooden signs that they can add to their home decor.

Digital Photoframe

Preserve all their fun memories and have them on display through this digital photo frame. The plug and play feature makes it very easy to use, just plug the SD memory card and it will automatically play the photos.

Personalized Coffee Mug

These mugs would make a perfect Christmas gift for Aunt and Uncle especially when they’re customized with their names. These ceramic mugs are both microwave and dishwasher(top rack) safe.

The designs are professionally printed so they will not peel or wash away.

Photo Calendar

A photo calendar would make a great gift because it will not only display important dates but also important memories that will brighten up their day.

This desk photo calendar is professionally designed and printed with fade-resistant ink. It comes with a wood stand, perfect for displaying your photo calendar.

Covid Ornament

Gift Aunt and Uncle the perfect ornament suited for the year 2020!

Personalized Charcuterie Planks and Beer Flights

Have your Aunt and Uncle serve their guests in style with personalized charcuterie or beer flight serving trays. You can choose from four styles and gift sets.

Custom Travel Maps

If your Aunt and Uncle love to travel then this will be the perfect gift for them. They can cherish their travels by personalizing the map with any specific locations in the world.

Matching Christmas Couples Shirts

Add some fun to Aunt and Uncles’s holiday with these matching shirts that they will definitely love. They come in unisex size.

Christmas Couple Pajamas

There you have it! Those are some of the best Aunt and Uncle Christmas gifts.

Final Thoughts On Aunt and Uncle Gifts For Christmas

Finding the best Christmas gifts for Aunt and Uncle should not be so hard. You just have to consider what will benefit them both and what can make them feel special. A bit of customization always does the trick.

So what are you getting your Aunt and Uncle for Christmas?

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Quick And Easy Caprese-Stuffed Chicken Breast

I think you will agree with me when I say that it is not always easy to make a delicious dinner when you work 9-5. Most often than not, you just want to lay on your couch and put your feet up when you get home. However, this quick and easy Caprese-stuffed chicken breast will make your life easier.

You will be serving your family with a tasty dinner and the next thing you know, you will be getting your much-needed rest.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Quick And Easy Caprese-Stuffed Chicken Breast

Main Ingredients

4 8-oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
½ t. garlic powder
4 oz. fresh Mozzarella cheese, sliced thin
1 large tomato, sliced thin
12 basil leaves, julienned
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 c. chicken broth, preferably organic
1 c. balsamic vinegar 

Directions

Place the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 350°F.

Carefully butterfly each chicken breast by running a sharp knife horizontally through the thickest part, being careful not to cut all the way through.

Pro Tip: Place one hand on top of the breast to stabilize and hold the knife parallel to the work surface while cutting.

Quick And Easy Caprese-Stuffed Chicken Breast

Open each breast so both halves lie flat. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired, and sprinkle with the garlic powder.

Quick And Easy Caprese-Stuffed Chicken Breast

Divide the fresh Mozzarella, tomato, and basil among the 4 breasts. Fold the breasts in half to form a pocket around the filling. Secure with long wooden toothpicks, if desired, to hold the filling in place while cooking.

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large oven-safe skillet. Add the stuffed chicken breasts to the pan and cook until the chicken is nicely browned and releases easily from the bottom of the skillet, approximately 4-5 minutes. Carefully turn and repeat on the other side. Season the breasts with additional salt and black pepper, if desired.

Quick And Easy Caprese-Stuffed Chicken Breast

Add the chicken broth to the skillet and place skillet in the preheated oven. Roast for 12-15 minutes before carefully removing the hot skillet from the oven and check for doneness by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the breast. (The temperature will continue to rise several degrees after it is removed from the oven. The safe internal temperature for chicken breasts is 165°F).

Quick And Easy Caprese-Stuffed Chicken Breast

While the chicken is roasting, prepare the balsamic glaze by heating the vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently until the vinegar is reduced to about 1/3 of its original volume and reaches a thick, syrupy consistency. Remove from heat and keep warm until ready to serve.

To serve, place a stuffed chicken breast on each plate and drizzle with the balsamic glaze. Pair with a fresh side salad, roasted vegetables, and/or your choice of sides. Enjoy your Caprese-stuffed chicken breast!

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Homemade Baked Cinnamon Apple Crisp

Homemade Baked Apple Cinnamon Crisp

If you are looking for some homemade apple recipe then look no further. This homemade recipe will definitely satisfy your cravings. The baked cinnamon apple crisp is not only delicious but also healthy. It is free of refined sugar and gluten.

Pro Tip: Choose the right kind of apple. Granny Smith or Pink Lady are usually the perfect kinds for this recipe. The firmness will hold up well to the heat of baking without turning mushy. 

 Prep time: 20 minutes

 Cook time: 45-50 minutes 

 Serves: 4-6

Homemade Baked Apple Cinnamon Crisp

Main Ingredients:

 6 large apples, cored, peeled, and sliced

 1 T. fresh lemon juice

 1/3 c. real maple syrup

 2 T. 100% apple juice (sugar-free)

 1 t. ground cinnamon

 ½ t. ground allspice

 1½ t. fresh thyme leaves

 ¼ t. salt

Homemade Baked Apple Cinnamon Crisp

Ingredients For The Topping

 1/3 c. almond flour

 1 c. old-fashioned rolled oats

 1/3 c. almonds, sliced

 3 T. unsalted butter, melted

 1/3 c. honey, preferably local 

To Serve: (Optional) 

 Served best with vanilla bean ice cream or freshly whipped cream 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F and place the top oven rack in the center position. 

Grease an 8” x 8” baking dish and set aside. 

 Toss apples with fresh lemon juice in a large non-reactive bowl.

Homemade Baked Apple Cinnamon Crisp

Add maple syrup, apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, thyme leaves, and salt. Toss to combine and set aside. 

Homemade Baked Apple Cinnamon Crisp

Mix all the topping ingredients in a separate bowl and stir until oats are thoroughly coated. Set aside.

Pour apple mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Spread the topping evenly across the top in a uniform layer, as well. 

Homemade Baked Apple Cinnamon Crisp

Place baking dish into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. 

If the top layer is nicely browned, cover dish loosely with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning. Continue baking for another 15-20 minutes or until the apple crisp is nice and bubbling. 

Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes.  

Best served warm and with some vanilla bean ice cream or freshly whipped cream if desired. Enjoy your Baked Cinnamon Apple Crisp!

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