Monday, January 2, 2017

Apples, Apples, Apples...

My Happy Canning Helper

It seems like I have bazillions of unfinished and not-even-started posts!  I know if I don't get them up, it will be like those things or events never even happened.  My memory is the *pits* and I rely on the blog to remind me of what I need to add to our yearly photo-book.

Anyway, back in September/October, we enjoyed preserving a LOT of apples.  What a BLESSING!  From our own cooking apple tree we harvested, processed and filled, as many quart jars as we had with apple pie filling!  Also, after tasting dried cooking apples that a friend gave, we dried our the last of our home-grown apples.  They are so good!  Abigail calls them "pulley apples" and the other kids call them "apple driers". :)

Measuring So Carefully!

Towards the end of October, our church held their annual "Apple Day".  This is the second time that we have enjoyed spending the day working alongside our church family, processing a huge amount of apples. The apples were delicious!  About half were juiced and the other half made into apple sauce.  We brought home 18 litres of apple juice and two 5 kilo buckets of unsweetened apple sauce!  Praise God for this bounty! 

In the days following Apple Day, Meg and I canned *many* jars of apple sauce.  We froze the juice to enjoy over the course of the next few months.  The fresh juice is so amazing and tastes 100 times better than any juice I have ever bought from a store!

Over the Christmas period, we gave away some juice as a gift, thawed and drank some fresh, and also drank two bottles of it hot and spiced!  Our local farm shop was stocking mulling spice teabags.  It smelled so good as it simmered on the stove top.  I would have kept it there all day, if it wouldn't have evaporated!  We enjoyed the spiced apple juice, but most of our family still preferred it fresh. :)

Meg Spent A Lot Of Time Learning In The Kitchen Over Christmas.
She enjoyed A Perk Of The Job; Being Able To Be The Taste Tester!

Another Batch Of Drying Apples

Some Of Our Preserved Harvest
(Plus A Half Finished Dress For Meg.  
I Loved The Autumnal Fabric - Brown/Red with Gold Vines)
Both Little Girls Dresses Are Finished Now

Our Cute Supervisor!

Mulling Spice Bag

"He that gathereth in summer is a wise son:
but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son

 that causeth shame."
~ Proverbs 10:5

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