Simple beauty first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day!
I love the green heart in the middle of this leaf!
To help us get into the fall spirit, the kids and I took a trip to Apple Hill a couple of weeks ago.
We had some treats (apple turnover and apple strudel):
Visited some farm animals...
...including a "plaid" chicken (in the words of my five year old)...
...walked a hay maze...
...and came home with a box of apples, pears, squash, cider, and mulling spices:
I bought three kinds of apples: Gala (for eating), Fuji (for applesauce), and Granny Smith (for pie or crisp).
I used the Fuji apples for this applesauce and they were perfect. I don't usually eat a lot of applesauce but my kids do (one of their favorite breakfasts is oatmeal with applesauce and raisins). This sauce is so good, though, that I added some to my morning oats too.
It tastes just like apple pie- yum!
Easy Crockpot Applesauce
Makes about 32oz.
About 10 sweet apples (Gala or Fuji work well), cored chopped (you don't need to peel them)
~1/4 to 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice (or more water)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
- Place all ingredients in your crockpot and stir to coat apples with cinnamon. Cook on high for several hours (4-ish) until apples are very soft.
- Turn off the crockpot and let apples cool until they are no longer steaming hot. Pour into a blender and blend until smooth. If you prefer a chunkier sauce, mash the apples with a fork or potato masher instead of blending.