Apples, apples, apples

Sometimes I used to wish I lived in the Northeast so I could get cheap apples in the fall. I really wanted to can applesauce, apple pie filling, apple butter. But I didn’t think I would ever live in the Northeast. Really. I NEVER EVER IN MY WILDEST DREAMS EVER THOUGHT I WOULD LIVE IN NEW YORK OF ALL PLACES!! I’ve been here almost 6 weeks. And I’ve picked apples. Lots of apples. And that makes me happy. 🙂 🙂

What am I doing with all those apples? Kenny is consuming a fair huge amount of them on his juice fast (see Father’s Daily Bread for more info. on Kenny’s diet). We’re also eating apples every day. Novella the fruitarian is loving it! With the rest I have made applesauce twice and baked apple pie oatmeal. I’m hoping to make an apple cake, an apple pie and more applesauce. I may even make some apple butter. Apple butter on raisin toast. Mmmmm. Yep. Gotta make some apple butter. 🙂

The first applesauce I made was too sour. I then added too much sugar and it was too sweet. We still ate it, though. 😉 Then I got a Taste of Home magazine in the mail and low and behold it had an applesauce recipe in it. I made it last night and it was perfect! The only problem is that we can’t get the applesauce smell out of the pan. Our spaghetti tonight tasted a little fruity. Oops!

This recipe is from the October 2011 edition of Taste of Home and was contributed by Deborah Amrine of Fort Myers, Florida.

Chunky Applesauce

8 cups chopped peeled tart apples (this was about 8 medium apples or about 3 1/2 lbs.)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla extract (I totally forgot to put this in but the applesauce was still GREAT)

In a Dutch oven, combine apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 30-40 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Mash apples slightly if desired. Serve warm or cold.

The other recipe we have enjoyed is the Baked Apple Pie Oatmeal. Oh my. I’m not sure I can ever eat regular oatmeal again. This oatmeal is the BOMB! It is SOOOOOO yummy. Novella the oatmeal hater didn’t like it but hey, I can’t please everyone. I got the recipe from Sweet Country Life.

Hopefully there will be more apple recipes to come this month. After all, this is the month for caramel apples!

Blessings to all and hope you can find some cheap apples to play with!

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