DIY edible gift – Canning Applesauce

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What to do with all these apples?! Why, make apple sauce of course! We have a started a fall tradition of going apple picking and while we always get what we call fancy apples (for eating),  we also learned that getting “seconds” or the less perfect apples that go for cheaper are PERFECT for making apple sauce! While you have to pick through lots of apples to find the best, and you always end up with a random mixture, they work awesome for a really well rounded apple sauce.

Here’s what we used (although we ended up doing this several times) 🙂

…about 12 pounds of apples..

… 2 cups apple cider…

That’s it! It’s so easy and so tasty! It ended up making 7 pints of apple sauce. And no sugar added! The apples were perfect by them selves. We had a mix of jonagolds, pippin, braeburn, fugi, and others that I can’t even remember! It helps to have a mix of sweet and sour.

You can also add cinnamon if you like that flavor (we did for one or our batches) about 1 tbl was perfect!

It also helps if you have an apple peeler/corer and of course if you are canning it, you will need a canning pot and jars.

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All we did was peel, core, and slide the apples…

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And then put them in a giant pot!

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We added 2 cups of cider and just let them cook down! It think it probably took about 30 minutes to cook down. We continued to stir and then when it looked like a smooth consistency and there weren’t many chunks left we scooped it into the sanitized jars to can!

We filed the jars with 1/2 inch head space and processed for 15 minutes.

So tasty!!

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This also makes a great hostess gift or holiday party favor!  Happy canning oh and Happy Halloween!!!

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Fall project: Polka dot Glitter Painted Pumpkins DIY

I have a fun, easy fall project with you! Polka dot glitter painted pumpkins!  Fun fall home decor! I’ve seen a lot of photos lately on pinterest and in magazines of pretty painted pumpkins, so I thought I’d try to make my own! And I’m so happy with how they turned out, I thought I’d share!

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All you need is…

..paint..

..mod podge or glue..

..glitter..

..paint brush..

..paper plate.. (to catch all the extra glitter)

..and it helps to have these foam pouncers like these… but you could do with out too…

OH! and PUMPKINS!!

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Just use the glue and pouncer for your dots, and then (over a plate) pour on the glitter! Then fold the plate in half to pour the glitter back in the jar. Or use the paint brush and paint to paint designs on the pumpkin!

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PS – the glitter dipped mason jars will be available on my ETSY shop soon!!!

Fall baking fun!

I love fresh fruit and berries (hence all the jam I make) but I also love to bake with them! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE baking in the fall. Just something about the smells of cinnamon and sugar and the warmth of the oven… and though I’m not usually a cooking blog, these all turned out pretty good so I thought I’d share. Most of the recipes I found on Pinterest or cookbooks I have, so I don’t take credit for them! Enjoy!

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Blackberry Scones (recipe is for blueberry, but I used blackberries)

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Peach Cobbler

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Apple Crisp (sorry we ate it before I got a photo!)

Pomegranate Muffins

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Blueberry Crumble Muffins  (recipe below)

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This recipe is adapted from a recipe in a cookbook I have called Food For Family and Friends by Ryland, Peters and Small which can be purchased here.  Makes 12 muffins.

Muffins:

2 1/4 cup flour

3 Tbl baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs, beaten

1 stick unsalted butter melted

3/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup whole milk

1 1/4 cup  raspberries (I used blueberries)

Crumble:

3/4 cup flour

5 Tbl butter, chilled and cut into pieces

2 Tbl sugar

3 Tbl slivered almonds

Preheat the oven to 375. Line the muffin pan and grease the surface of the pan where the muffins will rise and stick.

For the crumble, putting the flour and butter in a food processor and pulse briefly. Put in a bowl and add sugar and almonds and crumble it together.

For the muffins, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt into a mixing bowl. In another bowl mix the eggs, melted butter, sour cream, and milk. Wisk. Pour the wet into the dry and and add the blueberries and fold until combined.

Pour into the prepared muffin pan and fill to the top and then add the crumble. Bake 25 minutes at 375 and then Enjoy!!