Thursday, September 30, 2010

My house smells like apples!!!

Wow, that was one long break I just had from blogging! The summer and start of school was really a little bit more crazy that I thought it was going to be. While I have been reading your blogs everyday, I haven't been keeping up on my own. So finally this week I decided to get back at this. To start it off I have spent the week learning how to can things. It's been years since I have done it and thanks to my neighbor Kate who asked to do it with me I have figured it out.

We took the boys apple picking the other day and it was a lot of fun. Of course they filled up those bags so quickly that we weren't actually there that long!

I have made applesauce many times but have never canned it so that was the first thing to try. It was very easy and came out great. I even made another batch of strawberry applesauce too that turned out to be my favorite. My kids request a lot of cinnamon in theirs so that is why it looks very dark! This is Aiden helping to peel the apples! He had so much fun but I think he ate more than he peeled!
Today I made apple butter. Again very easy but mine too forever to thicken and in the process made a mess of my stove, floor, range hood, etc. Next time I will use the slow cooker! The final result is so yummy though so it was worth the work! I hope that you are enjoying the fall and apple season too!