Illinois Family Reading Night – Nov. 19

Check out these activities & snack recipes for a fun Family Reading Night! Find links to books you can read online or watch as a read-a-loud plus kid-friendly snack recipes & activities.

All About Apples

Find a bushel full of resources and hands-on activities for learning all about apples! McLean County (IL) teachers can request ag mags and apple activity kits for their classroom: Click here

Online Reading Materials

Ag-tivities

Books to Read – set up a FREE account on www.openlibrary.org to read these online books for FREE!

Apple Recipes to Try

Virtual Field Trip to Braeutigam Orchards

Braeutigam Orchards from Illinois Agricultural Assoc. on Vimeo.

Click here for the Q & A

More Apple Videos:

IL AITC Virtual Teacher Training

Check out all that Illinois Ag in the Classroom has to offer with this line-up of virtual teacher training sessions!

McLean County teachers who complete at least one workshop will receive a FREE book & materials to implement the lessons in their classroom!!

All sessions are FREE and will be conducted via Zoom. Sessions will also be recorded & can be viewed on your own schedule.

Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 AM

  • June 2: View From the Cab: An Overview of Illinois Ag in the Classroom
  • June 9: Legen-dairy Lessons about Milk and Moo-re
  • June 16: STEM and Leaves: Innovative STEM Lessons with an Ag Connection
  • June 24: Scrambled States of America: Ag-Themed Books for Every State (in conjunction with the National Ag in the Classroom Virtual Summit)
  • June 30: The 3-Legged Stool: Finding Classroom Connections with Ag Sustainability
  • July 7: Plowing Through Our Past: A Look at the History of Ag in Illinois
  • July 14: Don’t Be a Bad Apple: Tasty Apple-Themed Lessons That Pack a Crunch
  • July 21: Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About: Engaging Pumpkin-Themed Texts and Lessons

Special 5-hour Mini-Conference:

  • July 30: The Cultures of Agriculture: Exploring the Diversities of Food and Farming (9:00-noon and 1:00-3:00 with help from Illinois Commodity Groups)

Register Here

Farm Fresh Podcast: Ag in the Classroom

Connecting kids to the farm and helping them understand where food comes from is a major part of the Ag in the Classroom program. Find out about all the activities plus grant opportunities for teachers in this Farm Fresh Podcast featuring Bridget Caldwell, McLean County Ag in the Classroom Coordinator.

For 6-12 grade teachers interested in applying for an Ag Science Grant from McLean County Farm Bureau Foundation, click here.

Listen every week for the Farm to Table segment on WJBC Radio Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.

What’s Cooking Wednesday: Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch Apple Pie

How do you like your apple pie? For me warm & a la mode is the way to go. I think ice cream is especially delicious atop a slice of Dutch Apple Pie, which features a crunchy streusel topping instead of pastry crust.

My mom always bakes this pie inside a brown paper grocery bag – an old fashioned technique that helps steam the filling and keep the top from browning too dark. I’m a little gun shy, however; as the bag could catch fire if it comes into contact with the sides of the oven or one of the elements.

In all the times my mom made this pie growing up, it only happened once. My dad happened to be home at the time and responded to the fire call from the kitchen when the paper bag began to smolder because it was too close to the top element. Mom grabbed the fire extinguisher, but dad said, ‘No, that will ruin the pie!”

Instead he pulled the pie out of the oven with leather gloves, ripped the burning bag off the pie and stomped out the fire with his boots. Yes, he managed to save the pie from becoming a burnt sacrifice…a story he’s still proud to tell many years later.

And it should give you an idea of how delicious this Dutch Apple Pie is, that it would cause my dad (who is also a volunteer fireman) to attempt such heroics.

To avoid such excitement, I just cover the pie with an aluminum pie pan to achieve a similar effect.

Dutch Apple Pie

Ingredients

Single Pie crust – purchased or homemade

Filling:

  • 3-4 large baking apples (about 5 cups)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice (optional)

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter

Instructions:

To make filling:

  1. Peel and core apples. Cut into bite size chunks.
  2. Stir in sugar, spices, flour and lemon juice until apples are coated. Let sit.

To make topping:

  1. Cut butter into sugar and flour with a pastry blender.
  2. Mixture should resemble coarse crumbs.

To assemble the pie:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place crust in a 9 inch pie pan.
  3. Pour apple filling into the center.
  4. Sprinkle topping over the topping and press lightly to cover the apples.
  5. Fold edge of crust over and pinch to form fluted edge.
  6. Cover pie with an aluminum pie pan (upside down) and place in the oven. Bake at 425 degrees for 1 hour. Uncover for the last 5 minutes.

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