Guest blog by: Midge
“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.” — Jane Austen
This excerpt was taken from the SEPTEMBER 2012 ISSUE OF MOLLY MAGAZINE which helps you to organize your pantry, save money and more! ALSO, be sure not to miss out on all of the fun links to recipes and learning activities I have shared at the end of the blog!
Lately, I have been eating, sleeping, and dreaming about . . . APPLES!
Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather cools down and chilly breezes can be felt as I walk to the mailbox each morning. In the afternoon, our local park is abuzz with soccer coaches’ whistles and the quiet hum of laughter filled children playing and running. An occasional fall rain shower brings the smell of the wet street and dying grass to your senses. It is also the season of Thanksgiving and apples!
My mother and father-in-law came for a visit recently. They brought three buckets full of small apples from their apple trees at the ranch. I have never had that many apples in my home before and had no idea what to do with them!
One look at those apples and I knew that I was not going to let any of them go to waste. I opened a cookbook and picked out a recipe that called for the largest amount of apples with the least amount of other ingredients and got set to go to work. I used an apple peeler/corer we received as one of our wedding gifts (and yes, this was the first time I used it!). I peeled, cut, sliced, and then repeated the process until I was tired of turning the crank on my new kitchen gadget. Finally, I piled all of them in the slow cooker with a few other sparse ingredients; and then let it cook for about 8-10 hours.
The reason you don’t see the recipe included in this letter is because it did not quite turn out the way I intended! It was supposed to make apple butter but instead it was more like apple sauce. The good news was our little one year old Sarah ate it like a champ (unlike the CARROT BABY FOOD DISASTER)! And my husband, a big fan of apple butter, had four helpings at one setting. Compared to my one small spoonful, I started to feel like I was wimping out on enjoying those apples!
After all was said and done I still had 2 ½ buckets full of apples left over and had met at least three little worms in the buckets in addition to the worm which managed to get stuck in my dishwasher (don’t even ask). I remember drawing book worms as a kid on my reading reports. I guess I never thought that this idea had to originate from somewhere!!! It came from my apple buckets!
Help! I want to make or create something special with all of these apples. Fall is the time for apples and apple pies but if I have to eat them all in the next month or two, I fear I will never want to look at another apple again! How do you store your apples? What are a few of your favorite apple recipes? My husband keeps saying that he has a hankering for an apple crisp dessert. Do you have a great recipe to make this?
Midge, the real live book worm
You can find Molly’s response here: SEPTEMBER 2012 ISSUE OF MOLLY MAGAZINE
MORE APPLE RECIPES AND FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB…
Caramel Apple Salad from Life with Moore Babies
Tree to Table Applesauce with no added sugar! From Training Happy Hearts
3 apple recipes plus tips for kids in the kitchen from Kids with Food Allergies
Crafts and Fun:
Torn Paper Apple Tree from 3 Dinosaurs
Apple Pie Scented Play Dough from To the Moon and Back
Melted Crayon Leaves and Apples by Life with Moore Babies
Nature Study ~ Apple Trees from Mom’s Heart
FREE apple calendar cards from 3 Dinosaurs
A Week with Apples from Mercy is New