There are a lot of things in life that require patience.  One of those things is vacationing with my parents.  It’s been about 5 or so years since I have went on a vacation with them.  My dad emailed me back in August asking if I’d drive them & another couple we’re related to, to the airport because they were going to San Francisco, Napa Valley, Yosemite, down the Pacific Coast Highway, and all these wonderful places.  I was immediately jealous, but told him I’d take them to the airport.  About an hour or so later he called me, and suggested I just tag along and go with them!  I wouldn’t have to pay for hotels or the rental car, just my airfare & meals.  HECK YEAH!

So, fast forward to October 3rd, we headed out west!  Overall it was a good trip because I had only seen Southern California, and not the northern area.  BUT, this trip required a lot of patience!  We had lines to wait in, like when we went to Alcatraz. (click any of the pictures to see the gorgeous full size photo.)

It took a LONG time it seemed to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge & back.

It took a while to get to Monteray.

We had a hike to get down to see the General Sherman, world’s tallest tree, a sequoia.

It took HOURS to get into Yosemite.

While the views were gorgeous, it took HOURS to drive down the curvy Pacific Coast Highway.

We drove for miles and miles and miles to get to Point Reeyes lighthouse to watch our last sunset over the ocean. (Only to get out there, and realize we then had to walk to see the lighthouse, which we weren’t sure if we’d have time to do before the sun set!)


I will admit, the patience & the waiting paid off at every gorgeous site we saw.  Just look at these beautiful sights.
Another thing that requires patience is this recipe.  Apple chips!  I actually found this recipe while reading my google reader on my iPhone while out in California!  It is a recipe from Gourmet magazine, posted on thekitchn’s website.  I think I would of went crazy if I didn’t have my iPhone to keep me occupied when I got really bored.  For this recipe I followed thekitchn’s suggestion of using cinnamon instead of cumin for a sweeter snack!  I definitely recommend you try this out, but just be prepared, it takes a lot of patience to wait for these to slowly cook!  I’ve made these twice, once with a granny smith, and once with a red delicious.  I think I prefer the granny smith version the best, but any apple would probably taste great!



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Apple Chips

adapted from Gourmet

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 medium Granny Smith apple

Directions:

Preheat oven to 200°F and line a large baking sheet with baking pad or parchment.

Sift together confectioners sugar and cumin twice to evenly incorporate. Sift half of cumin sugar evenly onto baking sheet.

Cut apple crosswise into very thin round slices (about 1/16 inch thick) with slicer. Arrange 20 of largest slices nearly touching each other on baking sheet, then evenly sift remaining cumin sugar over apples. (Reserve remaining apple slices for another use.)

Bake slices in middle of oven until pale golden and beginning to crisp, about 1 1/2 hours. Immediately peel chips off pad and cool on a rack.

(note, mine took more like 3 or so hours to cook until they were crisp, but that's just my oven probably)