A taste of autumn... Apple Butter!





We have APPLES this year... LOTS of APPLES!! In recent years we've not harvested many apples from our two trees in the garden. In spite of the drought, we've been blessed with fruit! We don't know the variety of apples we have... old, old trees they are. They have a tart edge to them, so the apples are good for cooking and baking. This is the earliest we've been able to start harvesting and using them. 

I've begun using/processing the apples, so the kitchen here is busy again! I made apple butter the other weekend. And there's been an apple galette... Will share more as the season goes. I seem to have lost my good recipe for apple butter. Searching online, there are so many recipes for apple butter, it was bewildering, so I used this recipe, Easy Apple Butter. It's tasty... But I'll be tweaking it a bit. Apple butter is soooo delicious on toast along with a cup of tea for breakfast... mmm....  :)))



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  1. how nice!!! that sounds like a wonderful breakfast!!! What a blessing that you are able to make so many wonderful things to eat!

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    1. Food is such a big blessing... To be blessed with enough food, shelter, clothing, warmth and love... that's all we really need. :)

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  2. apple butter! never tire of it. so simple and healthy.
    especially this recipe. thanks! I like it less sweet than a store bought kind. xo

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    1. It is pretty healthy stuff, is apple butter. Like you, Tammy, I like it a little less sweet than most ready-made kind. I like being able to make things like this, so I can control the sugar--or salt, etc.

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  3. Looks delicious, Tracy. And oh, I'll bet your kitchen smells great!

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    1. It does smell sooo good while it's cooking... like 50 apple pies backing... haha! And even after the apple butter is done, the house is laced with the scent of apples and spice...mmm...

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  4. Sounds delicious! Wild Blackberries have been in season and I need to pick more before it's too late! Made a compote with them .... yum.

    Love the skirt you made too! Wishing you more seasonal wonders and crafting adventures.
    Juana

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    1. Thanks, Juana! Ooo... a blackberry compote--that sounds super-delicious! We have a small blackberry bush, and we've been eating berries now...mmm... :)

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  5. Oh, apple butter on toast sounds so yummy! I have hopes of harvesting a few of our apples this year. We finally got our apple true pruned and the apples look better this year. I am happy that you have had a good apple harvest.
    The photos were awesome!
    Thanks my sweet friend for your comments on my post. I have loved being your friend in Christ and getting to know the wonderful woman that you are. I find you rather amazing.
    Sending loving thoughts, blessings and big hugs your way!

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    1. You are sooo sweet, LeAnn... thank you! I'm not sure anyone has ever said I was amazing *blush* ... But sooo GLAD you will have apples this year too! :)

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  6. I admire how productive and full of energy you are! Apple butter is something I enjoy but rarely make. This has to change...Ha!Ha!

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment... I don't feel like I have too much energy, really... I just try! LOL... Do hope you get to making some apple butter... it is such a good treat! :)

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  7. Sounds delicious Tracy. I have a recipe for windfall jelly if you need it. It's ideal for those early not quite ripe apples or when you are thinning out a crop to produce bigger apples.

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    1. Apple jelly is lovely... and I've not made it before! Thanks for sharing a recipe, Melanie! Drop it to me in an email something. :) A good idea for using up the windfalls... and we've had lot of those lately with change in the weather.

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  8. And apple butter too! I have to laugh because when I got married my husband talked about apple butter and how good it was. I had no idea what it was so found a recipe that had vinegar in it and because I didn't know how it was suppose to be, I made it. It was terrible and I had to toss the whole thing. I never learned to cook before I was married, so that one was a lesson to me to pay attention to the ingredients.

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    1. That's a funny story, Marilyn! ;) There's some older recipe for apple butter with vinegar in them, probably helped with preserving. Most modern recipes focus on fruit, sugar and spice.

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  9. Ohh, I have not made apple butter in ages. I used to make it a lot. Todd would really enjoy it, so I might make a small batch this year. Sadly our tree has NO apples on it at all! That is a first! Oh I miss apple jelly also, might have to make some of that! Thanks for the nudge! Love you my sweet friend! xoxo

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    1. Oh, what a pity about you apple tree, Marie! :( This is the first year we've had apples of any amount or edible. The past 3 years we've not had hardly any. So it feels a real gift this year with the apples.

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  10. I must admit, the first time I heard about "apple butter" I expected something truly buttery and was unhappily surprised until I adjusted my expectations. Hope you'll find a recipe to your taste. So pleased to hear you've had a good crop this year. Like you, I'm never sure what my fruit trees decide to do or why.

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    1. I think the word 'butter" in apple butter, or any fruit butter, is a bit misleading... There's no butter at all in it. So not surprising many are disappointed... LOL! But once folks try it, the fruity goodness wins over! :)

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