Thursday, September 13, 2007

Sweet yesterday

Okay, sit back and get comfy. This is going to be a long one.

First I just have to say how thankful I am for all of your kind words. I have been receiving so many sweet emails from so many of you. It really makes my day to know you are reading, and enjoying.

Yesterday we went somewhere that is very special to my family..... Rocky Ridge apple orchard. It is very special to us for many reasons. It is where Frank proposed to me six years ago. It is where we took our engagement pictures, and picked up lots of pumpkins, mums and corn stalks to decorate our reception site. But, most of all, it is where we have gone as a family so many times, and watched the kids run and play. We love it here.

First we filled a bag with a bunch of these...

We then headed off to the orchard. Anna likes to ride, which is good because Addison likes to pull!
And Jack...well, Jack likes to eat!

After picking and eating, and eating and picking, we went to play in the pumpkins.

So much to see, so much to explore....

Tractors big...

and small............

a huge barn full of hay, and the best rope swing you will ever see. When you walk in the second barn, there are shelves stocked with bread, pies and turnovers. I only wish you could smell the apple, cinnamon goodness. There is an island filled with big glass containers that hold fresh baked cookies, rows of jewel colored honey sticks, antiques for sale, hot cider.
We are regulars here for lunch, and as I walk in with my three kids, who are so excited, they reach the honey sticks before the door slams behind me (ooops) I can never tell if the lady behind the counter is happy to see us or not.
After a few hours, we came home, put the babes to bed and Addison and I got to work.

We decorated outside.....

and in....

and then we made this............

Applesauce! This is another recipe that we have been making for a long time. My mother used to make it for me and my sisters. It is so wonderful, and if you have a slow cooker, you must try this recipe. It fills your house with the sweet smell of apples for days!
Peel and quarter apples, I usually fill my pot to the top.
Sugar, for a full slow cooker about 3/4 of a cup will do. (I use brown sugar, but you can use white,raw organic, any kind you would like, even honey would work)
Cinnamon, a couple shakes
Nutmeg, a couple shakes, or a couple grates if you have fresh
Cloves, a good pinch
You can also add those tiny cinnamon, red hot candies. I love to do this, but did not have any today. They turn your applesauce red, and taste so good!
Cook on low for about three hours.
I hope you all have lots of sweet yesterdays.

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