Apple Picking Time!

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Last weekend we went apple picking with my in-laws. I love U-pick patches and this one is always a hit for my family. Cider Hill Family Orchard is just a few miles west of the Legends shopping area in Kansas City, Kansas. We really like going here and it works great for the kids. We were on a time crunch this year so we weren’t able to enjoy all the extras that the orchard has to offer, but we did get more than enough apples to bring home. I really need to write down how many apples we buy so I can remember it the next year. I always get too into it and forget to stop picking! 🙂

Here is our link to last year’s post that will tell you more about Cider Hill. In this post you can also find a link to the most amazing Apple Fritters and our recipe for homemade applesauce.

This year I made my applesauce a little different. My crockpot was being used to make Apple Butter so I made my applesauce on the stove. I chopped up a bunch of apples and cooked them on the stove top. My apples did not produce enough juice on their own, so as they cooked down so I had to add some water to the mixture. Once the apples were very mushy, I put them into my food mill and ground them into a very smooth consistency. I did not add any sugar or cinnamon to my applesauce since my family is used to the natural applesauce from the store, but you could add either to taste if that is what your family prefers.

This year I definitely learned how valuable the right tools are to make your life so much easier and more efficient. After last year’s bushels of apples I promptly put a food mill and an apple peeler/slicer on my Christmas list. Thankfully I received both and they made a world of difference this year. I will never again have to peel that amount of apples by hand! My wrists are not killing me this year!

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We highly recommend the apple peeler/slicer/corer! Look how easy it makes it:

Side note, tonight I taught the 3-5th graders about the most important tool God has given us, His Word. The Bible is our instruction manual; without it we have a hard time making decisions or knowing what is right and what is wrong. But if we spend the time reading the Word, memorizing the Word and praying we will make our lives easier and more efficient. So if you find yourself beat up and tired make sure you have invested in the right tools to help make your life so much better!!

Now back to cooking. I got this Apple Butter recipe from a friend and it is amazing! She canned it, and I am going to freeze mine.

This Apple Dumpling recipe is one of Nate’s favorite apple recipes. It is best when served with Breyer’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream!!

What is your favorite apple recipe? I still have a lot of apples left, so please share!!

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