Green Apple Frings

One of my grandmother’s is round and roly.
The other tall and string-bean lean.
The round one, inspiration behind my baking obsession.
Oft worried. Sometimes sighing. Always willing to hear my good gossip.
The tall one talks, but is quiet, too.
A farmer’s wife. Mother of two handicapped children and three other’s
who’ve been blessed {and impressed} by her constancy.
They are good grandma’s.
I wouldn’t trade them for wooden nickel’s
or a golden buffalo chip.
Still, I’ve always thought it would
be nice to have a
sassy grandmother.
You know,
those little old ladies that are
with their
little voices
ne’er aged wit.
And, they
almost always
with a
southern drawl.
Saying things like,
“Oh, honey. You ain’t got problems.
Lemme tell you about probems…”
“With medication, a cold lasts one week,
without it, seven days.”
I suppose
the only way I’ll
get a granny
like that
in my family tree
is to become one
I figure I’ve got about
forty years
to perfect
my southern accent.
Green Apple Frings
If you enjoy indulging in All-American fare such as apple pie & a burger with onion rings, you’ll love this simple twist on two classics. Slices of green apples are paired with sweet pancake batter and clumps of powdered sugar, then fried to crisp perfect. The tang of the softened apple, the sweet dusting of powdered sugar will remind you of summer days at the State Fair, dining on funnel cakes and corn on the cob. Positively perfect for breakfast, lunch or barbecue season.


*1/2 c. pancake mix
1/4 c. milk
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 T. brown sugar
1 c. powdered sugar
2 green apples
*Core & slice apples. In a medium bowl, mix together pancake mix, milk, cinnamon & sugar. Dip apple slices in pancake batter, then coat well will powdered sugar. Fry in a skillet of canola/vegetable oil heated to medium heat. Once browned, flip and cook other side, then transfer to a cooling rack. Serve dusted with powdered sugar. A great accompaniment to ham & potatoes, or black bean burgers.

A few weeks ago, I discovered these antique kitchen gadgets and was immediately smitten. If you can ignore the chintzy packaging, what you have are some adorably fun, old-fashioned tools that one simply must have in their kitchen. A heart spatula? porcelain handled donut cutter? malt measuring cup? heavyweight apple corer? Seriously, how have we all gotten along without these things for so long? That apple corer up there is how I got my Green Apple Frings to be adorably cored.

I want you to have some of these fabulously vintage tools in your kitchen, too! That’s why I’ll be snail mailing one of you a big, brown package of these great gadgets. Recipient will be chosen at random.

To get in on the gadget giveaway,just leave a comment on this post. {Isn’t free stuff FUN?!}

92 Responses to “Green Apple Frings”

  1. Jen says:

    I want to try the gaddets!

  2. DeBie Hive says:

    The best gadgets in my kitchen are the ones passed down from my own sassy grandmother! Love this! I have to tell you that I have made the rainbow cake and OMG, perfection! Love your blog!

  3. Little Miss Baker says:

    You leave me inspired every day! I hope one day I can meet you haha that sounds so odd but I just love your stuff to PIECES! Keep it up girlfriend. You make my eyes and belly very happy :) xo

  4. Lilly says:

    Your blog is the most adorable ever. Original and funny and just sweet.

  5. The Cookie Girl says:

    Oh Man, I have to try this. I was just saying the other day I wanted to pick apples and bake all day. It felt like Fall to me.

    I have a great Summer BBQ giveaway on my newest blog if you are interested.

  6. apparentlyjessy says:

    You are totally going to be a sassy grandma! I can tell!
    I really like the idea of apple rings… ingenious!… and they look so yummy!

  7. Lunch Buckets says:

    The only thing better than free stuff is …. well, nothing.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Just hope I don’t end up being one of those sassy grandmas who cusses like a sailor and runs out the front door stark naked.

    We need some old fashioned tools to make those Frings, Miss Cupcake! Oh, pick me! Pick me!

    You’ve got some great lookin’ recipes on this web site!

  9. momser says:

    I am dying to make these. I know my dad and husband would love them with pork chops.

  10. Mom2BJM(Amy) says:

    Apple fritters are awesome! Maybe I can convince my family to try some= I haven’t made them ever – last had them??? who knows, sometime when my mom made them!

  11. Moxie says:

    My great-grandma was the sassy one. My grandma is much more reserved. The stories I hear about the great-gran are priceless!

  12. The VIPs says:

    made your chocolate chip cookies- loved them. made the quick and easy ramen pad thai- so delish! Thanks so much for posting your saucy and sassy recipes for us to enjoy. I’d love to win some kitchen gadgets! (fingers crossed)

  13. Shelley says:

    Was led to your blog a couple of weeks ago. Very fun! I enjoy your light and bright perspective on life and food! Thanks!

  14. theballardgirlsandboy says:

    Kay, seriously LOVE this recipe! I’m drooling, and if it wasn’t past midnight,I’d probably be making them right now. I love the part about Grandma too, it feels good to think of her, especially in her cooking days. In her kitchen, on those green counters, and burnt orange oven.

  15. kathleen says:

    loving your site . . . found via cjane. also love anuthing vintage . . . thanks! :)

  16. Angi says:

    love the blog. love free stuff…

  17. sharpasatack says:

    Hooray for gadgets!

  18. Sophie says:

    What a treat! Having a sassy grandma would be somethin’ — both my grandmas are on the mellow/sweet side :).

    A give-away involving antiques?! I’m in! :)

  19. Lisa Loo says:

    I always hesitate to comment on your blog because I can never think of anything to say except, “Amazing! You are one of the most creative people ever! Did you know I am up for adoption? I LOVE your blog!” And after a few okay–many times of that you are probably thinking either–creepy stalker–or very unimaginitive human. Sad but true.

    But, these tools are beyond great and will fit nicely in my drawerless garage door kitchen. Pick me!

  20. Tami (Pixeltrash) says:

    I have a feeling you will have no problem perfecting that drawl!
    The apple rings look great! Yummy for breakfast for sure!

  21. Carolyne says:


  22. laurie says:

    You are awesome! I just found you recently and have been loving every post since! I tried your strawberry cuppies – YUM! Thanks! Can’t wait to see what’s next and for making me want to try it all out!

  23. tara says:

    Great find! The recipe looks great and just may have to try this tomorrow.

  24. Kerri says:

    First of all, yummy. Second of all, the gadgets look darling. And usable. So send them my way!

  25. Beth says:

    I love antique kitchen stuff!

  26. Caronae says:

    I love green apples! And we do need more old-fashioned kitchen gadgets, and old fashioned deserts.

  27. Tom and Mel says:

    fun giveaway Brooke! and you know what? My Grandma is a sassy, southern Grandma! straight from Georgia! You made me feel even more lucky to have her! Those apple frings look delicious!

  28. kkicks says:

    Love the eye candy on your blog. Sometimes, my food talks to me too!

  29. BJHBHBB says:

    Mmmmmmm… love the apple rings, so yummy! And I am absolutely obsessed with old fashioned gadgets!! pick me!!! i’M SASSY!

  30. Laura says:

    I’m new to your blog and I love it! You’re so witty and fun.

  31. Dacia says:

    I’m going to have to make those! So yummy looking!!

  32. Cristine says:

    You’re killing me. Those look and sound AMAZING!

  33. Evensen says:

    The tools are awersome – I’ve never been able to find anything like that! Cool

  34. csuzanne says:

    love these!!

  35. flamegoddess65 says:

    i don’t have a sassy grandma either. BUUUUT something tells me that if i ever have kids, i’ll be the sassy gma!

    i HAVE to have that spatula!!! :D it’s sooooo cute!!! and so are your apples :)

  36. Jennifer says:

    I came over from C-Jane and I absolutely love you both!

  37. Karyn says:

    Love apples, fried stuff, and gadgets! Oh happy day!

  38. Ashley says:

    I actually do have a sassy grandmother who upon seeing her new house, has famously been quoted saying “Roberts don’t live in small spaces”

    Roberts is her maiden name from over 50 years ago.

    How’s that for sassy?

    Perhaps I should send her some apple rings to cheer her up!

  39. Em says:

    where does one find the antique gadgets? I looked online, but haven't had any luck.

  40. samsmom says:

    I made these for an after-church treat today! AMAZING! They were a hit.

  41. Mourad says:

    Thanks Susan B. and bentobird! :)Planet Pink – that’s great to know! I haven’t seen them there, aalculty I don’t think I’ve ever seen any Sassy feeding items there (like baby spoons and whatnot) but maybe they will be a new item. I’ll be keeping an eye peeled for sure.Greetings Karen! I’m glad you found me too! :)I haven’t had an issue with the Sassy box leaking. However, my daughter’s lunchbox allows her bento boxes to sit flat, not up on the side – so that might help. But the inner box lids are very tight fitting. I don’t think any heavy liquids, like yogurt or cottage cheese woud leak, but things like juice from canned fruit or watery applesauce might. The Sassy box is dishwasher safe, but if you plan to use the inner boxes for potentially-leaky things I would recomment you don’t put the inner pieces in the dishwasher. My inner dishes have warped ever so slightly from that and the lids do not fit as tightly as they once did. It’s not a big deal for me since I don’t use the inner boxes that often, or when I do it’s just to make sure things like grapes don’t jump out of their proper spot. :)

  42. Tip top stuff. I’ll expect more now.

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