cooking/baking


Started the day with a 22 mile bike ride in the country

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Followed by some picking of natures candy on the side of the road

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And now some knitting

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My kind of Sunday.

I’ve noticed a lot of questions out there on how to make applesauce. Seriously it’s so easy. All you need are apples,  sugar for sweetening ( optional),good size pot for the stove, food mill, and bowl. You will also need jars with lids or some type of container. First you will core the apples leaving skin on. Slice apples and toss into pot for the stove. Fill that pot right to the top and cover you can add a little water to the bottom of the pot but that’s up to you, set temp no higher than med and stir often to prevent burning to the bottom. After about 15min turn temp down to a simmer. Continue cooking until all apples are soft and it’s ok if you’re starting to get a soupy consistency. Time will depend on apples used and how big you cut them. The softer the mixture the easier it will be going through the food mill. Next remove from heat and I usually place my hot pot on a cutting board. Scoop out and put in your food mill which should now be over your bowl.Once you’ve “milled “all the apples  apple sugar to taste if desired and than pour into your container of choice. I prefer mason jars of various sizes leaving head room for expansion to avoid breaking when freezing. Let the jars COMPLETELY cool before freezing and also make sure to keep one jar in the fridge for eating.This last batch was made with Cortland Apples which I’ve never used before, I usually use Macintosh. The difference I noticed is texture being thicker, color more yellow than pink, and flavor. Still very yummy though. Now on to a batch of Pumpkin Choc Chip cookies per request from the Volleyball team for an after game snack tonight.

It’s raining, cold and dreary. There’s two huge bags of apples on the kitchen table. A perfect day for some apple sauce making, apple muffins baking, some quilting and knitting. Of course that’s after all the daily domestic duties get done and a work out of 2-3miles gets run.

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With days feeling a little more like fall, and with school starting next week I’ve found myself in the kitchen quite a bit. You know trying to make some things ahead for those crazy evenings when I still want to make sure they have a healthy dinner.. Making tomato carrot soup using Amanda’s recipe and her pasta sauce.There was also some requests for Tea Cake Cookies so of course  a Mama needs to keep her little ones happy and a double batch was soon cooling on the counter.Two new kitchen toys where brought home too. One for meI’m so excited to start canning but also a little overwhelmed. I’m thinking pickles are going to be my first item to try. Keep your fingers crossed;) The other toy was for them but Dad and I get to benefit from it to:) How cool is that? Miss teenager found it while I was looking at the canning stuff and so we figure hey why not. WELL it makes the best, egg mc’muffins  ever.  Not to mention it’s something they all can use themselves.  I would love to hear whats been going on in your kitchens.

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We’ve been home for a week already and I miss it so much. There’s just something about the ocean, the beach, and Maine itself that is just so soothing to all of us. I can’t believe we have to wait a WHOLE entire year to go back again. Until than I will look at our pictures many,many, times. As a matter of fact they are currently on the screen saver in the kitchen. I will share some of our pics from this years Maine trip. First up our days on the beach.

Another favorite thing of ours is searching for sea glass and although he won’t admit it I know he enjoys it too. Not to mention isn’t a picture worth a thousand words…um yea I would say he was busted:) He did find a coveted piece/color of glass and in order for her to have it a little something was required.At fourteen she’s not always as forthcoming with the hugs for Dad so hey I’m not above a little bribery and look it worked.Hubby and I also got to take a late night walk on the beach.

Another highlight was an evening in Portland for dinner at The Corner Room which was yummy and a special book signing.Any guesses who I may have met? If you said Amanda than you’re correct.but not only did I get to meet this sweet, down to earth, fantastic person, but her Husband Steve,Calvin, Ezra, and baby Annabel. My kids even thought it was such a fun time and I even was able to capture Andrew having fun and making new friends while listening to some tunes.These two people are so friendly and it was truly one of the best book signings I’ve been to yet. Their new book ,The Rhythm Of  Family is a must have, there’s everything in this book from, cooking, crafting,knitting, and family things.. A true vacation highlight for me to actually meet someone in person whom you’ve read about in blogland for years and have that person be even nicer than you imagined is just wonderful.

I also was able to get everyone to stand still long enough for our annual picThanks Mom and Dad for another wonderful vacation.

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