This past weekend, we packed up our big black van and headed towards the fields to pluck ripe apples from all the trees. The kids were counting down for 2 weeks and with some threats of rain, prayers could be heard at bedtime pleading with God to NOT let it rain on apple picking day!!
He answered the prayers of the kids and the day turned out to be just perfect!! The last time I walked on those fields, my belly was huge and Miss. Penelope was almost ready to meet the world. This weekend, she sported the most cutest furry boots and a pink bow and enjoyed the fresh air.
We came home with a huge bushel and we about ate our weight in apples.
After we gave some to my Aunt down the block, and everyone had some for snack... and a huge tray of apple crisp was made, we counted about 100 apples left. They are everywhere. I left them all on my counters. If they are in my way, they will be cooked and used quicker.
Today I have 2 crock-pots going. I really need more but for now, the 2 I have will do. Perhaps my Santa-baby will surprise me with another one under the tree ;)
Anyway, today applesauce is on the list. This recipe is quick and easy and should put everyones fears to rest about making "homemade applesauce."
Mine is simmering away and we will partake tonight. Something warm in our bellies on a cool september night.
5 apples peeled, cored and cut into small pieces.
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
Mix the sugar, cinnamon and apples together and place in crock pot.
Pour in 1 cup of water
1 tbs lemon juice.
Cover and simmer on low for 6 hours.
Isn't it easy?? Applesauce can be made in all sorts of ways but I am trying this recipe today and will try another one tomorrow.
My Aunt Diana will be coming over later this week for canning lessons and HOMEMADE APPLE BUTTER!! I can't wait!!
Tons of apple goodness coming from my Little Red House to last us thru the cold harsh winter! (HA!)
Who says you can't bottle up the seasons??
and in crock-pot corner #2... homemade beef stew for tonight.