Sunday, August 5, 2012

Apple Days...

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My parents have an apple orchard. 
 Growing up every summer we made apple juice, applesauce, apple crisp,
 apple pies, apples pies and apple pies.

My dad's favorite kind of pie is, you guessed it
Apple.
We got quite good at making an apple pie.   Sometimes they needed more sugar, or needed to be cooked a little longer.  Everyone seemed o.k. with sampling our efforts,

Eight people can wipe out a pie in one evening, and since there were plenty of apples, we got to make another one the next day!


So...

To carry on tradition, (and to help use up all those apples!) every summer, my children and I make juice, applesauce, and pies also.

Vintage basket, pottery bowls, antique linen and a farm table.
I love to use all of these.


We add sugar and spice to a big bowl of apples and bag them up and freeze them.

We had a good time working together.

But...
as one of my sisters said
"that looks too pretty to be an apple day,"
I will show you what really went on. ;)
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We set up camp in the kitchen.  It was a little cooler and there were no flies.

We have three of these peelers.  The make the job go a lot faster.

Mixing in the sugar and spice and a little flour too.
(you also have to cut all the bad spots out.)

My helpers.

I'll leave you with a pretty picture or two. 
 And don't feel bad for the kids, they like to do this.

We did have fun with our photos shoot. :)

Apple Days
 
I am sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday.
Thank you Courtney for hosting.
 

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)




5 comments:

ferne said...

I love this post and look forward to some apple days in my future. We have planted a small orchard of mostly heirloom apples in the mountains near Redding. We only have 3 apples on our little trees for this year, not enough for pies but it is a start. I only have on peeler and am looking for a press because some of apples are cider apples. Can't wait!

Priscilla Carpenter said...

Beautiful pictures! I really appreciate the behind the scene shots too. Looking forward to a trip to Apple Hill.

Melissa Martin said...

I can't wait till the end of Sept/first of Oct! that is when the apples are ready around here! Last year we went to the orchard and had cider donuts and fresh apple cider, and picked a whole bushel of apples! Chris was having way too much fun with the apple picking pole thingy! I can't wait to do it again this year!

Anonymous said...

Another delicious apple treat (IMO): peel and slice apples with a mandoline, 1/8 to 1/4" thick, place in single layer on a well greased baking sheet. Lightly brush with real maple syrup and lightly dust with cinnamon. Bake at lowest oven temp (mine is 225) for one hour. Turn apples over and bake for another hour. Remove from baking sheet into container. They become a crisp apple chip as they cool.

This is time consuming but a delicious treat, especially if you have free apples.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

What a great post. It reminds me of my grandmother canning peaches. The apples look delish.