It's almost time to get the kiddo's apple picking shirts ready for the big event! One of the most anticipated family outings of the year is the annual trek to a local orchard for apple picking. Luckily there are several outstanding orchards in the St. Louis area offering a variety of apples including Jonathans, Green and Red Delicious, and even Granny Smith! The orchards also have several fun activities for the family to enjoy during your visit. Some offer face painting for the kiddos, sack races, and a petting zoo too. The entire family loves the hayride to and from the orchards as well. The apples are amazingly big and so very tasty! The perfect ending to the perfect day is making an apple pie! I always make a mess of the pie crust, and since it frustrates me terribly I now use an already made refrigerated pie crust. The Pillsbury "perfect apple pie" recipe is my favorite. It's very easy and kid friendly too. Here are some other super ideas for the bushels of apples you bring home: Bring one to your teacher. He or she will love it! Get a special family tree tote bag and fill it with apples for Grandparent's Day. The adorable apple family tree tote from Zoey's Attic can be specially made for grandma and/or grandpa and it can also be personalized with all the grandkids' names. And, you can even get a sweet apple birthday shirt and have an "Apple Of My Eye" themed birthday party with one of the games being apple bobbing! The children will love it! What does your family do with all the apples after a fun day at the orchard?