Saturday, October 22, 2011

Days of Chores and Applesauce

This weekend is one of my work weekends.  But I have the morning off for a change, so I am hurriedly doing 4 loads of laundry, a little light cleaning, feeding the kids pancakes for breakfast, and making applesauce.

Thursday was the farm share pickup, as usual, and next week is the last for the season.  I will miss it, as always.  The share (my half) was: 12 apples, 1/2 of a bowl of tat soi and arugula, 3/4 lb. potatoes, 1/2 quart of carrots, 2 cabbages, 1 cob of popping corn (we will NOT repeat last year's mistake of popping it in the microwave), some mustard greens, a bunch of dill, and 2 squashes - 1 butternut and 1 red kuri.  I plan to use the cabbages and dill to make my father a whole huge batch of toorshi next week.  He decided he wanted more than one jar a year!

While the kids slept this morning I chopped up those 12 apples and boiled them with 2 cups of water.  The the food mill came out and I ran all the apples through, ending up with a very unappetizing color of sauce.  Not really yellow, but certainly not pink.  Sort of an unpleasant green.  Cinnamon fixed that right up!  I added about 2 cups of sugar to the whole batch as well, and ended up with 2.5 quarts.  Of a lovely light brown, smooth and appetizing applesauce.

Tomorrow may consist of: working, planting my Jerusalem artichoke tubers (a birthday present from my sister), Halloween costume construction, and more applesauce.  It all depends...

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