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Trying to remember that there is always a reason, always something that makes you smile during the day- recognizing the event, person or situation that made you smile will make your day seem that much better.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Smell of Fall

Apple season has come early this year. One of our traditions with the nephews is picking apples. We always end up with far more apples than any of us know what to do with and this year is no exception. I think we ended up with close to five bushels of apples to split between all of us. We brought home almost two full bushels. The problem, I HATE peeling apples. More than doing just about anything. Luckily, my hubby doesn't feel nearly as strongly about peeling apples as I do. Also luckily, I remembered I have one of there:

of course I didn't remember that I had it until he was halfway done with the apples that he was peeling last night, but at least I remembered. I do love the smell of cooking apples. Apple pies, apple crisp, apple sauce, apple butter, apple bread, applesauce cake....I love making it all. I walked in the house tonight to the smell of cinnamon and apples simmering away in the crockpot waiting to be canned for apple sauce. Unfortunately that five quarts was only about an eighth of a bushel so there will be lots more in my future. The smell of cooking apples and the chill in the air reminds me that fall is right around the corner- which means fresh, crisp air, beautiful foliage and lots of baking--definitely puts a smile on my face.


  1. I am making this weekend after we visit the farmer's market - it sounds so good - Do you have a favorite recipe? Any hints perhaps? I eat a ton of applesauce but would rather make my own. YAY! We will freeze the excess tho' as I am not canning right now. Thanks!

  2. Skippy-
    My applesauce recipe is not really a recipe- I fill up the crockpot with apples- diced pretty small. Put in probably about 1/2 cup of apple cider (cause I don't use sugar in it- you can use apple juice or sugar to taste) and because i like mine with cinnamon I put a couple of shakes of cinnamon in the pot- I usually cook on low overnight- the apples should cook down and then i use a stick blender to break it up - i did learn that you shouldn't cook the apples all the way down cause they overcook for applesauce- but it's the perfect start for apple butter- which I make the same with a little bit of nutmeg and ginger and just let cook for about 12 more hours- it is key to keep the cover of the crockpot tilted off a bit so that the steam can escape...I am horrible at recipes- sorry...
    I LOVE this website too:
    they have all kinds of really awesome recipes...

  3. Mmmm, i bet it smells SOOO good at your house! I am thinking about trying to make some just for the smell haha :)
    Thanks so much for crossing your fingers for me!!! :)