My canner is put away for the season! After countless batches of jam, salsa, applesauce and others, I am finished! This is my second year of canning and even though it is a lot of work, I so enjoy the finished product!!
With our three bushels of apples, I've been busy canning the applesauce, apple butter and the apple pie filling. A number of my apple canning recipes have come from Sandy over at the Reluctant Entertainer!
All the hard work now, pays off in the future. It is wonderful, come Christmas time, to grab a couple jars of my homemade goods and package them for gifts!
Monday, October 19, 2009
I have had this "Hope Chest" for over 20 years! It is one of those pieces of furniture that I can't get rid of. Mostly, just because it is a great storage unit. However, it is quite dated!!!
So, I made some quick changes! The first thing that I did was change out the handles. So long brass! The next thing that I did was change the fabric top. This was so easy!! It only took about thirty minutes to unscrew the top, cut out some fabric and staple it on. No sewing involved!!!
This is actually the second time that I changed the fabric. I found this print at the Calico Corners outlet and I was so excited, that it had the red that I love! I'm still thinking about possibly painting the wood cream, but at this time, the fabric change makes a new statement!
Monday, October 12, 2009
First there was strawberries, then blueberries, followed by raspberries and now apples! Our family loves to pick and consume fruit!!! I'm almost embarrassed to admit this, but this was the first time we picked apples! I can't believe it, especially since they are so easy and FAST to pick!!
A friend told me about this great place to pick apples and they have so many great fall activities for the kids. We even got to take a tractor ride out to the apple fields. My girls thought this was just awesome!
Here is my youngest, helping with the applesauce! I'm sure this will be the first of all the great apple foods including apple pie, apple crisp, apple cake and just plain snacking!
What is your favorite type of apple and what is your favorite recipe? Currently we are big fans of the Gala apple.