Wednesday, October 28, 2009

An Apple a Day

On Sunday, my sister in law, Logi, our friend, Briar, and I all set to work on doing some preserving with the bushel and a half of apples that I had waiting for us in my cold room.

We set out to make applesauce and apple butter.

We chopped.

We peeled.

We stirred.

We boiled.

We spiced.

We mashed.

We food-milled.

We made a mess.

We canned.

We enjoyed.

And then we sat down on the couch, ate pizza and wings and vowed to never move again.

In all, we ended up with 28 pints of unsweetened (or, I should say, just very very slightly sweetened) applesauce and 18 half pints of apple butter, which is actually more reminiscent of deliciously spiced applesauce because it didn't really thicken up the way apple butter is supposed to.

Either way, it was a successful and enjoyable day. More than once during the day, I realized how blessed I am to have other women in my life who enjoy doing these kinds of things with me. I don't get to see Briar very often, but there were so many times this weekend that I was reminded how similar we are and how much of an encouragement she is to me. And, Logi, well, I see her all the time but she continuously rocks my world!


Gwen said...

Oh my! I get tired just peeling and chopping enough apples for a pie. My hat is off to you both:)

...::Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

Sounds wonderful! :)

Red Velvet Cake...oh wow! Let's see, it's basically a chocolate base that has vinega, red food coloring & buttermilk added to the mixture. I know that sounds nasty, but it makes it taste SO GOOD (imho). I've seen several recipes for Red Velvet Cake made from scratch before, which I'm sure is even better. It tends to be a rich and fudgy chocolate flavor and not too sweet...which is probably why it is often paired with Cream Cheese or Sweet Icing Drizzle, etc... :)

Hope this helps!

New England Girl said...

I've said it before, but I'll say it again: I so wish we lived closer!! These are exactly the types of things I love doing, but sadly none of my girlfriends share the same enthusiasm for such projects. Everything looks so delicious and it sounds like you guys had so much fun! :)

katie said...

yum! wanna send some of that my way??

Annie said...

oh yum!!
you are always making something delicious girly!!
& pizza and wings, now i'm hungry for that!

Jackie said...

Good for you! I hope to one day be able to do that, but with the Peanut, I am kinda busy. Maybe when she is older? :)

Lindsey Carver said...

I am so impressed by you! And I LOVE apple butter. My friend's mom makes peach butter, and she used to let me have my own jar that I could eat straight out of when I went over there. I don't know anyone perosnally that cans. I find it amazing!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Would you be willing to share the recipe for those cream cheese pumpkin muffins? They sound delicious! Jackie

Kristin said...

I can't wait to try them!

Taryn said...

Good work chica! I am sorry your apple butter didn't firm up. I scorched mine a bit- so it is definitely dry! ha. But still good. Way good.

Denise K. said...

Mmmm...these look absolutely wonderful!!! Are you selling any??? You could make a fortune and I would buy some today!!!! Miss you sweet Lucy Marie!!! :-)

Lucky in Love said...

You're unbelievable you know?

I've never had apple butter :) And could I get that peeler please? Thanks.

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