October 13, 2017 Adventures Family Living Simple Living Well 18

 

Crisp and cool, the breeze glances off my face as I move quickly in an effort to generate a bit of warmth.

“Mom, mom, moooooom!  Hand.”

AR Jr. hustles along, reaching to grab my hand as we shuffle through the tall grass.  The overcast sky threatens to open up at any moment, but we brave on.

 

Where to?  Our apple trees of course!  The round yellow, pink and red apples are round and plump, hanging precariously on the end of the crooked branches of our trees.  It is apple time!

 

Apple Saturday

 

Colorful apples from our yard!

 

This was the scene that played out last Saturday.  Mr. Adventure Rich was at work so AR Jr. and I were enjoying a blustery, autumn afternoon at home.  While playing outside earlier in the day, I realized I had neglected to check our apple trees in a few days.  So, AR Jr. and I tromped on down with a bag in tow, ready for apple picking!

 

Re-entering our house, I realized I was in a bit of a pickle.  I hoisted the bag full of apples up onto the dining room table, looked at them and thought:

“How are we going to eat all these apples before they go bad?!?”

 

Homemade Applesauce!

 

 

A quick consultation with the oracle named Google gave me an answer.  I asked Google to supply me with “Easy Healthy Apple Recipes” (I typically start all of my recipe searches with “Easy”…) and the response set me into action.  Slow-cooker applesauce it is!

 

After peeling, coring, and chopping the apples, I set the crock pot to work and four hours later, I found a delightfully warm apple cinnamon aroma wafting through the air.  Magical!

 

The Apple Challenge

 

Pre-applesauce prep

 

I challenge you to have an apple a day in ANY format you choose.  Bonus points if you can pick your own apples (does a local farm have a U-Pick service?) or find apples at a local farm market and make your own apple treat!

 

Apple Pie…

 

Caramel Apple…

 

Apple Strudel…

 

Apple Muffins…

 

Homemade Applesauce (recipe below!)…

 

Apple Cake…

 

… just a plain apple?

 

Tis the apple season, you know 🙂

 

Bonus: Homemade Slow-Cooker Applesauce

 

 

Ingredients:

— 10-12 Apples

— 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

— 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon

— 1/2 Cup Water

— 1/2 Cup Sugar or Honey (optional- I tried a batch with and without the extra sweetness!)

 

Applesauce heaven!

 

Recipe:

Step 1:   Peel, core and chop apples into chunks

Step 2:   Toss apples with the lemon juice, water, cinnamon and honey/sugar (optional)

Step 3:   Cook on High for 3-4 hours

Step 4:   Mix and mash the soft apples.  If you prefer a smoother texture, feel free to put the sauce through a blender!

Step 5:   Enjoy… especially when it is nice and warm 🙂

 

Using the apple peels for a tasty baked treat!

 

What are your favorite apple recipes?

 

Have a great autumn weekend!

 

Always an Adventure,

Mrs. Adventure Rich

 

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