Homemade Applesauce

A few weeks ago, we went apple picking with our friends to Wilklow Orchards, their family owned apple orchard.  Since we picked 2 very large bags of apples, I decided to make homemade applesauce and can it.  I didn’t really use a recipe, I just kind of  made it up as I went along.

Sterilizing Jars

 Firstly, I sterilized my jars.

Peel & Finely Chop Apples

Then, I peeled and finely chopped my apples.  Depending on how much applesauce you want to make, will dictate how many apples you need to cut up.  I cut up an entire large bag of apples to make one soup pot of applesauce.  Remember the apples are going to cook down a lot.

Add Sugar & Spice

You can add as much or as little sugar & spice to taste.  For the entire pot, I added about 1 Tablespoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice (a nice mix of spices for applesauce) and a 1/2 cup of sugar.

Simmer on Low Heat Until Desired Consistency

 Simmer the apples in a COVERED pot (allows apples to steam) on low heat until desired consistency (DO NOT ADD ANY WATER).  I like my applesauce chunky so after a few hours and a few passes of the potato masher, I canned mine.  My pot wasn’t quite full and I got 4 3/4 pint jars (larger than a jelly jar) of tasty applesauce.


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On Vacation

Posts will be slim if none next week as we’ll be on vacation.  I will be weighing in at Weight Watchers down in Virginia, so keep your fingers crossed for me! Until next week, friends……..

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Every 20 Minutes???

Parenting Magazine reported in its most recent issue (Oct. 2009) that:

The average toddler melts down every 20 minutes.

Uh-oh!  I’ve got 2 and we’re embarking on a 6+ hour drive to Virginia on Saturday.  Thank heavens for the portable DVD player and the stash of new stuff I’ve got for the kids.  I’ve got a backpack for each of them in which I’ve packed a few special snacks as well as various new toys/books picked up online or at the Target dollar spot.  I’ve also purchased a few new DVDs so the kids will be watching never before seen movies/cartoons.  Not to mention, I purchased them each a new toy for when we arrive at our destination.  Hopefully, this will help prevent at least a few meltdowns along the way.

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The New & Improved Candyland

While The Destroyer napped, CheezWaster and I decided to combine our afternoon snack with our game of Candyland.  This also greatly reduced the number of M’s that I could eat (must be mindful of our WW points!) - that is unless I play cheat like CheezWaster!  Whenever he would land on an M&M free space, he would look at me with those puppy dog eyes and say, “Mama, there’s no M on this space.  I go to the next {insert color here} space?”  How could I resist?!


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Homework Exhaustion

On Tuesday, I was a bit surprised to see that CheezWaster came home with homework…..from nursery school!  It was just one ditto, however, it asked the children to trace over the words blue, red and yellow - 3 times each! (you know the dot form letters that teach you how to write?)  I thought this was a bit advanced since 1) the kids have not done any writing in class yet, 2) I’m sure there are kids in his class who don’t know how to write any letters at this point and now you’ve begun to ask them full words with which to start off . 

In any event, CheezWaster and I sat down at the table yesterday while The Destroyer napped.  We used colored pencils to go over the words (due to lack of instructions on the ditto).  After the first “blue” word, CheezWaster turns to me and says “Mama, I’m too tired to do this.  This is too much work.”  Classic - Rebelling homework in the 2nd week of nursery school!

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