Sep 5, 2012
It may be hot still....
But it's fall in the kitchen! We went apple picking and managed to get enough to put some up for winter. The orchards around here are in dismal shape, most are rotting on the branch or just look awful, it made for a time consuming hunt to find the good ones! All we get here due to our climate are Red and Golden Delicious, but I'll take what I can get and live vicariously through those of you who live far enough north to get the coveted Honeycrisps!
We ended up with 2 pecks, or what weighed in at home as right at about 20 lbs. I would love more, but the condition of the apples along with the heat, humidity and mosquitoes had me quitting early! Maybe another weekend I'll get more.
I finally relented and bought an apple peeler/corer/slicer.
I spent the evening making apple pie filling to preserve. Maybe my family will actually get more than one apple pie out of me this fall if all I have to do now is open a jar and dump it in!
This was only part of it, I had to do two batches or my poor burner would never be able to heat up that big pot!
Now that I have the peeler/slicer, I'm able to get the thin slices I prefer for pies. I like my pies to have almost no syrup in them so they will pack into a pie nice and tightly with these. The last time I made a pie I didn't have a slicer and tried to get them thin with a paring knife, ugh... never again!
Apple Pie in a Jar - bring it on, winter!
We were invited to a Labor Day cookout at a friend's house, so I also made an Apple Crisp, my first one ever.
It didn't end up looking like my grandma's, but I guess it turned out okay anyways -
here is the pan an hour later... hmmm, of course it could have been awful and they were just being nice, they are nice people after all :)
a quick trip to Open House for Loch to meet his new teacher and see his desk -
then yesterday they were off! Can you hear me shouting for joy? I'm not being mean, they wanted back in school as much as I wanted them there. This unbearable heat has made for some cooped up and bored children, and a frustrated mommy. I love fall, always seems like time for a fresh start.
Marley took no time at all in getting back into her school bus waiting schedule.
I sat around in shock for a bit in the morning, then I figured I better get a plan together quick before they came home, so all I got done was jarring up some Apple Butter than had been going in the crock pot. With that, all the apples are now dealt with.
Enjoyed a truly local summer dinner. Although only the bread and onions here are mine, I was able to source the corn, potatoes, butter and pastured pork sausage from a local farm. I didn't even realize it until we sat down to eat, but it certainly makes me smile to think that everything on my plate came from my own town.
Happy Back to School all you other mamas out there, enjoy!