Friday, September 10, 2010

Apple Pickin' Time!

It is about that time again when the apples are ripe and ready to be picked. A couple of years ago my in law's apple tree had it's first abundance of apples. We were thrilled and began the process of taking the apples and making pies, crisps and bars. My mother in law said that she had been making applesauce and freezing it. I thought this was much easier than canning it so decided to give it a try. Unfortunately I didn't have the equipment to do this, so asked one of my church friends if they had anything I could borrow. She happily lent me this wonderful grinder that separated the peels and seeds while pushing out the juicy applesauce! What fun we had with this gadget...we made applesauce 'till the cows came home.' It was the great!
These past two years we have been disappointed when the tree barely produced a few apples. However, I have decided to go to the orchard and buy a bushel so we can once again make our own applesauce. It is so worth it!
Our kids are all coming home next weekend so I am hoping that we can go out and have an apple 'pickin' adventure:)
(Top photo-My daughter Kyr with grandson Connor, picking apples.)
(Bottom photo- Grand kids Caitlyn and Billy using the fun gadget.)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Missing In Blogging!

I am sorry it has been almost 2 weeks since my last post. These past 2 weeks have been a bit overwhelming. Not only has there been 2 reunions to travel to, and a family fun day we have also been in the midst of great sadness.
This past weekend my nephew died as a result of taking his own life. Tomorrow we will be traveling to his funeral to reunite with many family members and share in the loss of this young man who had always added an extra "spark" to our family. Please keep my sister and her family in your prayers along with his wife and their three small children.
I hope to be back next week.
In the meantime, hug your children.