Father's Day on the Delta Farm and Winery Trail + a Recipe for Apple Crisp

Oh hey there coffee. I need all of you this morning. I like coffee. A lot. Especially on Monday mornings. We're like best friends. Coffee cheers me up and makes me a better person to be around. So we all win when I drink coffee. How was your Father's Day weekend? It was a beautiful day here! I took my Camero out for a ride along the river. The car that my dad and my grandpa helped me restore 14 years ago (wow time flies! now I feel old now). It seemed fitting for Father's Day though. My dad is the one who got me into classic cars. When I was 15 years old I wanted a brand new mustang. Doesn't every kid want a brand new car on their 16th birthday? I wanted a yellow sports car. Haha, I was dreaming. But my dad did take me to a classic Goodguys car show and I decided I LOVED 1968 Cameros. They just looked so cool and strong. This was before I was even into CrossFit, but it seems fitting now. My dad ended up finding one and bringing it home for me when I was 15. Talk about a piece of junk though! It needed a ton of work. But my grandpa had a big shop and a paint booth and I spent every holiday and summer vacation throughout high school restoring it. They wouldn't work on it unless I was out there working on it with them. It was mine. And now? Well now I appreciate it more than ever. Had I just been given the brand new yellow sports car I wanted (granted I would have loved it, don't get me wrong) there's no way I would have appreciated it the way I did and the way I do now, 14 years later.

So I live in the Delta which is a part of California surrounded by water. It spreads from Sacramento to Stockton to Pittsburgh (you might have to look at a map) and I'm just along the river about a half hour from Sacramento where there are a bunch of farms and vineyards. It's beautiful, and it's sort of crazy that it took me 30 years to truly appreciate it. I guess there's something about growing up in a small town and wanting to get out and travel. But now I see what an incredible place it is. So while we were out driving along the river we stopped at a few spots along the Delta Farm & Winery Trail. First we stopped at a new winery that just opened, Grand Island Vineyards, where they have free tastings (that's right, FREE tastings!) and a huge outdoor area with lawn games like bocce ball and corn hole and even a giant jenga. It was awesome, and the wine was really good. We bought a couple bottles, the Gewürztraminer and the Riesling. My mom really likes sweeter wines, and although I'm typically not a fan (I actually don't even like white wines most of the time), these were actually really good.

We made one more stop at Scribner Bend because I wanted to get a bottle of their sparkling almond wine for a sangria recipe I want to make for the Fourth of July. It's a beautiful little winery along the river and every weekend in the summer they have live music and they make pizza in their brick oven. It's super cute. I'll be sure to share my sangria recipe with you soon!

When I got back home I made a pie for my dad because that's what he wanted for Father's Day. He's pretty picky, and he seems to be getting even pickier as he gets older! So when he asked for a traditional crisp with sugar and butter and flour, I obliged, because it was Father's Day, and not Ashley day. This is a very similar recipe though and this ones paleo. I served it with homemade vanilla ice cream and it was delicious.

Apple Crisp
Prep 15 min
Cook 45 min
Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For the apples:

  • 6 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the topping:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter or ghee (cold)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Toss the apples with coconut sugar and cinnamon
  3. Lightly grease a 9" pie pan or baking dish and pour in the apples
  4. Prepare the topping by adding the almond flour, coconut flour, walnuts, coconut sugar, cinnamon and butter to a food processor and pulsing until a dough forms
  5. Crumble the dough over the apples and sprinkle with coconut sugar
  6. Bake for 45 minutes