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Orchard Applesauce

on October 12, 2013

I went on a date yesterday. With my Ozzy. ❤

It’s nice to get out every now and then with just one kiddo… it’s almost like a break. One 2 year old instead of one 2 year old and a baby for an hour in the sunshine?  OK! I’m in!

It was the perfect temperature for an Autumn outing!

It was the perfect temperature for an Autumn outing!

A little bright for pictures, but the sunshine was much appreciated!

A little bright for pictures, but the sunshine was much appreciated!

We checked out where the apples grow.

We checked out where the apples grow.

And what this fountain was all about.

And what this fountain was all about.

Then went inside to do a little shopping. Yes, this is a kid cart!

Then went inside to do a little shopping.
Yes, this is a kid cart!

We purchased some fresh apple cider and two, half pecks of apples – one Gala and one Honey Crisp. Yum!  Ozzy also picked out a pumpkin for himself and one for Baby Danny.  We rounded out our purchase with some fun cookie cutters in the shape of a train, a tractor, and a snowflake.  We can’t wait to get creative with those!  We’re gonna try something called Kid Cakes with them first.  Stay tuned for recipes!

When we got home it was lunch and naptime.  After his nap, we got to work with some of our apples to make homemade applesauce.  Guess how many ingredients we used?

One. Uno. Eins. (I took three years of German in high school and still had to look up that spelling.  I was the kid in German III who listened to classmates speaking.  Then, tugged on their shirts and said, “Hey guys, what did you just say?!”  Not my strongest subject.)

If you're feelin' a little crazy, add some cinnamon on top for a total of two ingredients!

If you’re feelin’ a little crazy, add some cinnamon on top for a total of two ingredients!

All you do is peel, core, and chop the apples into chunks.  Then, simmer them in about an inch of water until they are super soft.  Lastly, mash them with a potato masher – you don’t even have to drain the water out first!

This Pampered Chef apple corer is helpful, but not necessary.

This Pampered Chef apple corer is helpful, but not necessary.

As is this potato masher, but again, not necessary.  A fork or hand blender work, too.

As is this potato masher, but again, not necessary. A fork or hand blender will work, too.

To get your kid cook involved…

Have him arrange the apples from smallest to largest.

Have him arrange the apples from smallest to largest.

And build an apple tower!

And build an apple tower!

For an extra special treat, check out Grandma’s Candied Applesauce.

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3 responses to “Orchard Applesauce

  1. […] ½ c unsweetened applesauce – store bought or homemade […]

  2. […] our trip to the orchard this weekend, we have a lot of apples to eat.  This is a delicious way to do […]

  3. […] ½ c applesauce (try homemade) […]

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