Friday, September 24, 2010

Apple Butter

4 1/2 lbs. tart cooking apples, cored and quartered
(about 14 medium)
3 cups apple cider or juice
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
Combine apples and juice in a heavy stockpot. Simmer, covered for about 30 mins.
Press through a food mill or sieve.
Return pulp to stockpot. You should have about 8 1/2 cups.
Stir in sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice.
Simmer uncovered for about 1 1/2 hours until mixture mounds on a spoon.
Stir often.
Ladle into hot half pint canning jars.
Process in a boiling water canner for about 5 minutes.
Makes about 8 half pint jars.
Note: Leesa and I put our pulp spice combo in the crockpot on low for about 6 hours. I had to remove the lid for the last 2 hours and constantly stir to get it to thicken up.
We also tripled the recipe and had no problems.
This was soooooo yummy mixed into cream of wheat this morning!
If you have other good uses for apple butter let me know.
This is the first time I have ever made it or eaten it.
I can't believe what I have been missing.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I heart Apples!!!!

I love this place!
I wish I could live here.
Luckily, it's only 5 minutes away and owned by the nicest people.
They let me visit often.
Apple trees and an amazing view.

30 lbs of the most delicious apples on earth.

What to do with the most delicous apples on earth??
Make the most delicous apple upside down cake........EVER!!!!!
I got the recipe from the coolest blog.
If you like to cook, it's a must see.
She makes it easy.
Visit here.
Scroll to the bottom of the page.
Pause every few photos to drool.
Then you can print this amazing recipe.
Your loved ones will thank you.
Maybe they will thank me.

PS: I am going to try apple butter tomorrow. I will let you know how it goes.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sweet Luau!

A sweet Hawaiian journal for a sweet Hawaiian girl!

Miss Kendall writing in her journal.

Avers and the birthday girl!

Hula Hoop contest.

Designer punch by Joni.

Flower shirt I made for Aver's to wear for the party.
I made some matching hair clips as well.