Fall is upon us. With that comes the harvest of our crops and the crops of others. We got given a 10 pound box of apples, and what better thing to make than apple sauce. I could have made some apple pies, but I decided to go with a liquid version of the dessert.
Adam and I pealed until our hands hurt. It's a different generation we are in now. I know old ladies who peeled potatoes, carrots, apples, etc. until their hands bled, and it wasn't from cutting themselves! At least that's what their stories claimed.
I'm thinking that I need to toughen up and suck it up...
Then, we threw the apples into a big pot and boiled them down. I added 1/4 cup of water just to cover the bottom of the pot at the beginning. The juices from the apples are more than enough to keep them from burning.
Then came the good stuff. Cinnamon and nutmeg permeated the house. The thought crossed my mind to start decorating the house for Christmas at that point.
Maybe, just maybe, that's a little premature to get started on that task...
To top it all off, I added some good old Canadian maple syrup. I don't think you could have a better combination of flavours, as that.
Just as I thought it would be, I had liquid apple pie. I don't think those jars of apple sauce are going to be around for long. Next year, we will have to go for 50 pounds of apples. As long as we have an electric apple peeler. It is the 10's after all. That just doesn't have the same ring as the 1900's, where they had to peel everything by hand.
On the note of apple pie flavour, Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend. I love Thanksgiving. I am a very thankful person, and I have A LOT to be thankful for.
Maybe it's cliche to say family and friends, but seriously. I have an amazing family, and some wonderful friends. I moved around a lot in my younger years, so to have a solid set of friends is really special to me. My family is the best family one could have.
I also am thankful for food. We are so lucky to have a plethora of it, and I am really excited to share a weekend of feasting with both friends and family. Wine, pie and turkey. Can't ask for much more!
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