Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Finding Fall: Apples and More Apples

I always feel like fall is finally upon us when we pick the apples off of our tree. Then we make apple pies, apple sauce, apple juice, apple cake, apple crisp and anything else we can think of. We lost half of our tree due to a thunderstorm with high winds early in the summer and I didn't know how we would fair this fall with apples. But we picked one laundry basket full of apples so far!

I've been processing basket in little bits. First with apple sauce (recipe below!), then with apple pie filling. I am always intoxicated by the smell of apples and cinnamon. Is there anything that smells more like fall? Other than crisp mornings and slowly decaying leaves?

For the next few weeks, I'll share with you the answer to that question. As I seek to find fall and live fully present and embrace this season.

Easy Crockpot Apple Sauce

10 peeled, de-seeded, quartered apples
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar (I use a bit less, but the kids like it with this much sugar)
3/4 cup of water
1 tsp. lemon juice

Add the apples to the crockpot with cinnamon, water, lemon juice and sugar to the crockpot. Cook on high for 3 hours or until when stirred the apples fall apart. Stir until desired consistency. Let cook for 15-30 minutes more to thicken up.
Freeze or process as desired.

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