Friday Five: Johnny Appleseed Day

Singing Owl is hosting the RevGals Friday Five today…
Raise your hand if you know that today is Johnny Appleseed Day!
September 26, 1774 was his birthday. Johnny Appleseed” (John Chapman) is one of America’s great legends. He was a nurseryman who started out planting trees in western New York and Pennsylvania, but he was among those who were captivated by the movement west across the continent.

As Johnny traveled west (at that time, the “West” was places like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois) he planted apple trees and sold trees to settlers. With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew. A devout Christian, he was known to preach during his travels. According to legend, Johny Appleseed led a simple life and wanted little. He rarely accepted money and often donated any money he received to churches or charities. He planted hundereds of orchards, considering it his service to humankind. There is some link between Johny Appleseed and very early Arbor Day celebrations.

So, in honor of this interesting fellow, let’s get on with the questions!
1. What is your favorite apple dish? (BIG BONUS points if you share the recipe.)
Here’s a favorite – great for an autumn breakfast:
Apple French Toast Cobbler
1 8-oz. loaf French Bread
4 eggs
1 C milk
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
6 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1/2 C brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp melted butter
Slice the bread into 1-inch slices, lay in cake or pie plate. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, baking powder and vanilla. Pour over the bread, turning to coat completely. Cover and let the bread stand until all the liquid has been absorbed.

Grease a 13 X 9 pan. Place the sliced apples in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over the apples. Arrange the soaked bread over the top. Brush with the melted butter. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 25 minutes. Serves 8

2. Have you ever planted a tree? If so was there a special reason or occasion you can tell us about?
We have planted many trees for many reasons, but probably the most precious was the tree we planted in loving memory of the child we lost to miscarriage.

3. Does the idea of roaming around the countryside (preaching or otherwise) appeal to you? Why or why not?
I look forward to roaming, but not so much around the countryside. I look forward to the day when the Captain and I will cruise around the mitten of Michigan, stopping at the port towns along the way. Don’t think I’ll be preaching, but maybe writing, who knows?

4. Who is a favorite “historical legend” of yours?
Wow…hate to copy, but the “West Wing” President Bartlett and his staff rank pretty high with me.

5. Johnny Appleseed was said to sing to keep up his spirits as he traveled the roads of the west. Do you have a song that comes when you are trying to be cheerful, or is there something else that you often do?
I often sing or hum when I am cheerful. This is the song that has been running through my head lately…

Oh, and the answer to the bonus question LutheranChik asks – favorite variety is Honey Crisp!


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. "PS" (a.k.a. purple)
    Sep 26, 2008 @ 08:34:00

    The recipe sounds absolutely scrumptious…I am making a copy for myself. Thanks so much.


  2. Auntie Knickers
    Sep 26, 2008 @ 10:35:00

    I also copied the recipe; the only problem with it is that it serves 8 and there are usually only 2 of us, and we would probably eat it all! As for your song — I’m more from the Good Day Sunshine/Feelin’ Groovy era myself so I wasn’t familiar with it, but it certainly gives the same feeling as those two. I loved the announcer’s comment about the hair, as it made me think of the early Beatles (whose hair was quite conservative in comparison) and how shocked and dismayed their hair made some people. (And they were called “Moptops” which would be a much better name applied to ELO!)


  3. Barbara B.
    Sep 26, 2008 @ 10:50:00

    Mr. Blue Sky!!! I love that song!And, I’m not a great cook, but I am going to have to try your recipe.


  4. Rev Kim
    Sep 26, 2008 @ 10:51:00

    Great play! That recipe sounds scrumptious, and I’ve copied it too. Thanks for talking up the honey crisp apple. They had them at Costco the other day, but neither of us had heard of them and we didn’t want a dozen apples that we weren’t sure we would like. Next time we’ll get them!


  5. zorra
    Sep 26, 2008 @ 22:20:00

    Well, I’m sorry to see that we have #2 in common. On a happier note–great recipe!


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