October 31, 2010 by Ellen V
Our weekend has been ultra productive, and we haven’t even had trick-or-treaters yet!
Eric and I had absolutely no plans for our Saturday, and we accomplished everything on our to-do list by 2:00 p.m. or so. This includes washing walls. Clearly we were getting bored. At around 3:00, Eric insisted we get out of the house, so I suggested checking out a very popular area apple orchard, The Elegant Farmer. Neither of us had ever been before, but it seemed like a good excuse to get out of the house. We were a little disappointed with the high prices and our own tardiness (by the time we got there, close to 4:30, a lot of the fun was shutting down), but we did come home with one of the best caramel apple’s I’ve ever tasted as well as a half-peck of Apple Seconds. That’s right–for $7 we got 10 lbs of the not-quite-so-pretty homegrown apples.
I got to work this afternoon peeling and chopping so I could try my hand at some homemade apple sauce. I quadrupled a classic Betty Crocker recipe (using 16 apples vs. 4 in the original recipe), which calls for a little water, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. I chose to cook them in the slow cooker rather than the stove top because, well, I feel like everything tastes better when it comes from the slow cooker! We’ll also dry some slices for snacks in my food dehydrator while we’re sleeping tonight.
And now, I have Pandora on a Halloween station as we prepare for the costumed children to wander our neighborhood this afternoon. A great fall weekend!