Hi! Welcome to my lovely apple orchard! I take great pride in my apples, and if you'd like I'll show you around! I know it isn't really grand, but it is mine. I raise red apples here, as I have never been one for green ones... If you'd like an apple just pick one from a tree, I only charge you a smile per an apple. :) I love to see people smile and somehow using the apples as an incentive always helps. So, just follow me and I'll show you around...
You may not believe it, but my orchard supplies apples to all of Neopia! They go as far as Mystery Island, and even to the Faerie Queen herself! I am also the sole provider of Red Apples and Red Organic Apples to the Neopia Central Health Food Shop. I have 200 acres of apple trees, and they produce enormous quanities of apples year round. (heh, we are in Neopia where magical things happen!)
I've been running the orchard since the day it was opened three and a half years ago. I started really young because magicalellie, trained me for running the orchard well. She helped me out with the books and such for a while, but now I am all on my own! I love the people I meet while I am here each day, and seeing the smiles on baby Neopets' faces when they get their first taste of one of my delicious apples. :) If you have any questions please feel free to ask me. Until then, grab a basket and head for the trees!
You want to know about me? Ah guest, I am sooo flattered! Well, where to start? I am a Plushie Draik, but of course I didn't start out that way. I've had to grow up just like everyone else has to. I started out as an egg, that magicalellie found while shopping in Meridell one day...
The day was clear and Ellie decided it would be a good day for shopping in the fairly new world, Meridell. After arriving Ellie started wandering up and down the streets where the merchants placed their carts and the shops were crammed together so tight you thought it was done purely by magic. Out of the corner of her eye, Ellie saw a cart that was set apart by the others and was richly decorated in deep crimsons. Something drew Ellie to this cart, so without hesitation she proceeded to look at the merchant's items. Browsing the cart, she found this red looking object that resembled an egg. Upon inquiry she was told by the merchant that a magical creature was said to be hatched from the egg if you could figure out how to hatch it. Ellie, being her curious self, bought the egg and returned home to Neopia Central. The days past, and her researching began. Before she knew it, she solved the riddle and took me to be hatched. Anticipation was almost overwleming, but it was soon over. Ellie has told me that she was awoken from the sound of my egg cracking early in the morning. The darkness of the room was broken in two by a yellow glow that surrounded my egg. Slowly, I broke away from the shell and emerged to see Ellie starring at me with amazement. I reached the wonderful world of Neopia at 4:36 a.m. on 13th day of Celebrating, Y4.
I'll admit I was a very hyper toddler. I loved playing with my brothers and sisters, but I stayed to myself for the most part. I would sometimes get lonely, and begin creating trouble around the house. I'd bang around the pots and pans just to get the attention of my siblings as well as Ellie. I finally started to grow out of all that when Ellie came home with a petpet for me. Ellie approached me holding a small Plushie Noil, that was dubbed Dionysus almost imediatly. Ever since then Dionysus has been with me, and I don't get as lonely. Dionysus was just a cub then, and you could always find us playing in one of Ellie's many gardens. The outdoors always beckoned us, even then.
As every living thing must do, I started to grow up. I found that playing was still fun, but I didn't need to release all of my energy on solely that. I began to expiriment with the plants in Ellie's garden and truely found my nitch. Ellie had a few apple trees in the garden that was dubbed my garden. I became fascinated with them, and began to cross the different types in hopes of finding the best varity of apple ever. I created my own varity that I named, "Secrets of the Garden." Ellie was sooo proud of me that she decided to purchase a small orchard for me to maintain with Dionysus. The rest, as they say, is history.
Well, at the present time I am working in my orchard, designing new varities of apples, and spending time with my family. I was painted Plushie as soon as he paint brush came out! Ellie and I fell in love with the colors, so here I am, Mace the Plooshie Draik.=] Dionysus and I are the best of friends and things are really good.
I can't have a section all about me, and not include my favorite foods!
I decided to let you have a chance to use my ultra top secret apple recipes. They are all fairly easy, and you can get the all the fixings easily at the supermarket.
Cinnamon Apple Cake
5 medium apples
3/4 cup sugar
16 tablespoons margarine or butter
3 cups flour
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 large eggs
3/4 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons apple jelly
Peel and dice 3 apples. Core and slice remaining apples into rings, cut rings in half. In large bowl with mixer on high speed, beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add flour, milk, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, vanilla and eggs. Beat until just blended. Increase speed to medium and beat 3 minutes. With rubber spatula gently fold in pecans and diced apples. Spread batter evenly into greased and floured 9x13-inch baking pan. Arrange apple ring slices on top of batter. In a small saucepan over medium heat melt apple jelly. With pastry brush spread jelly over apple slices. Bake at 350° for 45 - 50 minutes until cake tester comes out clean. Cool on wire rack or serve immediately. Serves 20 - 24.
Apple Brown Betty
Lightly butter 6-cup baking dish. Peel, core, slice 5 tart apples (I like Granny Smith). Combine 1-1/3 cups fresh bread crumbs, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Layer half of the apples in dish. Cover with half of the crumbs. Pour over 1/3 cup apple juice. Dot with 2 tablespoons butter. Repeat with remaining apples and crumbs; dot with 2 tablespoons butter. Cover with foil. Bake in heated 375° F oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 30 minutes longer or until apples are tender. Makes 4 servings.
Blushing Apple Milkshake
1 cup apple cider
1 cup milk
1/2 cup frozen yogurt or nonfat vanilla yogurt
1 heaping tablespoon cinnamon red hot candies
5-10 ice cubes
Combine apple juice, milk, yogurt, candies and about 5 ice cubes in blender container. Blend on high about 15 seconds. Stop blender and add more ice and continue blending on high until all candies and ice are combined. Pour into two tall milkshake glasses and garnish with red apple slice.
FAMILY & FRIENDS
family & friends
I have a very loving family that I am proud of. First and foremost is magicalellie. She's my owner, and I love her tons for spoiling me so. Ellie's known for blowing tons of NP on books for me to read. If you'd like to know more about her, visit her FAQ page. I have a slew of brothers and sisters, but I'm closest with Kaidarane and Vinyae. Kaida is a Faerie Wocky, and she's the closest in age with me. She likes all the little fluffy faerie things, so we don't really have a lot in common.. but she's still my lil' sister! Vinyae is a Disco Krawk that was adopted by magicalellie not too long ago. He is really out there, and kinda worries me when he starts bantering about sunglasses and why he should be able to wear them at night. :/
My two closest friends are Astrile and Jaisuto. Astrile is a breathtaking Faerie Draik, and I just can't seem to keep my eyes off of her. All Draiks have wings, but her's are BEAUTIFUL! Jaisuto is her brother, and he is very rare Maraquan Draik. He's really cool, and I feel cool just by knowing him! :)
AWARDS I'VE WON
awards i've won
I've won a lot of awards over the years, but most of the petpages have died along with the awards. When magicalellie recently re-did my page, she placed the site awards up that she could still find. However, if you would like to give me a new one, I would LOVE you forever.
adoptable apples & links
With a server change, magicalellie lost all of the adoptable apples we had for your enjoyment. But, now she has made a whole batch of new ones! You can use these for links back to this site as and alternative to the regular buttons if you wish. :)
As for links, she's working on those as well. The two of us will have to have a bit of free time to surf through the active petpages before we can have a collection of buttons for you to explore. ;)
Thanks for coming Macedoniane! I hope you've had a good time, I know I have! I hope you'll come back soon, and don't forget to grab an adoptable apple and check out the links I have up. :)