In Celebration of Three Years…a Gift for Each One of You

 

Apple Garland

 

When I think about it now, it seems silly that I was nervous. That my heart was racing. That my stomach was fluttering. But three years ago, I had never done this before. I had never put anything I’d written out into the World Wide Web.

And I didn’t know whether those little bits of me I put up for public scrutiny would be embraced or laughed at.

But here I am, three years later, still pushing the publishing button on La Pomme de Portland. Still sharing my thoughts, my photographs, my experiments in the kitchen.

As women, we sometimes get a bad rap for our “supposed” lack of support toward other women. I’ve heard it whispered that we let our insecurities overrule our caring nature, which prevents us from reaching out to genuinely encourage one another.

This has not been my experience.

I feel humbled today by the number of women, as well as men, who have gone out of their way to encourage me. Sometimes when I look back at what I was writing and photographing three years ago, I think, “Now, those were some amazing friends to be able to see past that.”

 

Apple Tart

 

My life is different today than it was three years ago. My life is busier, yes, but my life is richer now, because of people.

Because of the people I have been fortunate to have in my life and to meet along the way of this little journey I call, La Pomme.

Some of you are vocal about your visits to La Pomme, and others of you prefer to silently slip in, take a quick look around, and quietly step back out. I am grateful for every single one of you.

To celebrate my Three Year Anniversary, I wanted to give every one of you a gift. Not draw names from a hat for a gift or two, but to give something that every person who visits La Pomme could have.

So, I created the desktop wallpaper you see pictured at the top of this post. I hope each of you will accept my small gift and download it onto your computer. (See links below.)

I hope you will enjoy the simple beauty of the apples. I hope the quote inspires you. And I hope that each time you look at it, you’ll know that it’s my way of saying thank you.

Thank you for your encouragement.

Thank you for spending bits of your precious time here on La Pomme.

Thank you for enriching my life.

Cheers,
Carrie

 

A Little Pair of Apples

 

Apple Garland Desktop Wallpaper

This project ended up being a larger undertaking than I had imagined (isn’t everything?) and I’m not the most techy gal around so with much humility, I present you with four sizes of desktop wallpaper. The extra large looks great on my widescreen iMac, and the small and medium sizes both worked on my tiny laptop.

If you aren’t sure which size to pick, go to this site, What is my screen resolution?, and it will tell you the size of your monitor and then, you can choose one of my sizes below that’s closest to yours.

Extra large: 2560 x 1600 (widescreen)
Large: 1920 x 1200
Medium: 1680 x 1050
Small: 1280 x 800

If you have any feedback for me on how this worked out for you, I’d love to hear about it.

 

Humble Apple Tartelettes
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Course: dessert, breakfast, snack
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Serves: 9
Of course, in honor of my Three Year Anniversary there also needed to be a sweet something made with apples. The warm buttery crust, the snap of the apples, and the sweetness of the caramel-like sauce is like pulling on wool socks and wool sweaters and curling up with a cat. I think I ate half of the tartelettes myself from the last batch I made. They really are best eaten soon after they come out of the oven, still warm, with tea, coffee, or vanilla ice cream. If they last another day, pop the stragglers in your toaster oven or regular oven at 350 degrees for a few minutes to bring back the crispness of the crust.
Ingredients
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 2 med, baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced (Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Granny Smith) about 4 cups
  • juice from ¼ lemon
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch or two of nutmeg
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • small bowl of water
  • turbinado/coarse sugar
Instructions
  1. Pull your puff pastry sheet out of freezer and set it on a plate on your counter to defrost for 30-40 minutes.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Line a cookie sheet or two with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
  4. Peel and core your apples. Cut them into approx ¼ inch thick slices.
  5. Put apples in a medium bowl, pour lemon juice over them. Gently mix and set aside.
  6. In a high-sided skillet, melt butter over med-low heat. Whisk in your brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and stir until all is combined.
  7. Pour your apples into the butter/sugar/spice mixture and gently toss to coat evenly.
  8. Remove from heat and set aside.
  9. On a lightly floured surface, roll out your puff pastry to approx 15 in x 15 in. Cut into 9 5×5 squares. Doesn’t have to be exact…squares, rectangles, it all tastes good.
  10. Place squares of dough on prepared cookie sheets.
  11. Lay about 6 apple slices on each square leaving ¼ inch around the edges.
  12. Roll the edges over and pinch the corners. If the edges won’t stay rolled, dab the dough with a little water.
  13. Drizzle each tartelette with extra sauce if you’d like.
  14. Brush the edges with the egg.
  15. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until edges are nicely browned.
  16. Sprinkle with a bit of turbinado sugar for sparkle.
  17. Enjoy, my friends!

 

Comments

  1. Congrats on 3 years! I enjoy reading your posts as them come through the reader.

  2. Love my new screen saver. So proud of all you’ve created for yourself!

  3. Patty Weightman says:

    Congrats on three years Carrie! I love la Pomme, it has brought beauty into my life! Thank you for the apples, I have it up!
    Here’s to many more years!
    XOX, Patty

  4. Jennifer Sigl says:

    Congratulation talented friend! You are a true inspiration.

  5. Happy Three Years! Very pretty pictures.

  6. Debbie Battey says:

    Carrie – I love all your posts, pictures and recipes – I don’t always write but I always enjoy. I’ve recently purchased the two ingredients I was missing to make the breakfast cupcakes, so I’ll let you know how it goes over here – my only question is can I also call them dinner cupcakes if the need arises? : )
    One more thing – my husband was cruising around Powell’s Books with his sister who was visiting from CA last June, and he came across the 1859 magazine with you on the cover. I knew about it from your posts, but he didn’t and he bought it for me and was so excited to bring it home and show me, knowing how I enjoy La Pomme. Cheers to three years!

    • Debbie you can call them any kind of cupcakes you want if it helps “sell” the healthier stuff. And tell your hubby thank you. What a sweet guy! And thank you to you too for reading La Pomme over the years. That means so much. xo Carrie

  7. Betty Cook says:

    Thanks for La Pomme Carrie. As you know, I’ve loved all of your posts right from the start. XOXO

  8. Congratulations on 3 years Carrie! Your blog is so enjoyable and I look forward to reading posted updates, recipes and beautiful photos. Your gift to us is appreciated, thanks!

  9. Just discovered your blog from Sandy’s Harry & David post! I love finding other Portland bloggers and am looking forward to exploring your site. Love the wallpaper and am downloading it right now! Congrats on three years :)

  10. Happy 3rd Blogiverssary!! Your site is absolutely stunning and your photography is a true inspiration. Look forward to the next 3 years!

  11. Ellen Saunders says:

    Thanks so much for the beautiful picture for my computer “wallpaper”! Just gorgeous. And I just made your apple cake recipe (yum) – so it is very fitting!
    Also thank you for sending me the magazine – I was so thrilled to get it!
    I always enjoy reading LaPomme.. great ideas, beautifully expressed.
    All the best,
    Ellen

  12. Beautiful photos! Thank you so much for being so genuine and thoughtful. I always feel inspired and validated when I read your blog.

  13. Congratulations on three years! I love your blog, and frequently post your recipes on Facebook for my friends to enjoy. And thanks for the apple garland wallpaper – I just posted it as my screen saver, and it’s beautiful.

    Have a great fall and I can’t wait to see what you post in the upcoming months!

    • Sheila, thank you for your thoughtful comment and for generously sharing my posts with your friends. Means so much. Thrilled you are enjoying the apple garland wallpaper. Cheers!

  14. Thank you so very much for all your do to share your talents with us. I have come often to read, and have found comfort, or a good laugh, or just a feeling of sisterhood. God bless you and your family.

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