Last weekend, my sister Emily had an excellent idea to go apple picking with our kids. There is nothing better than eating an apple freshly picked right off the tree! It was just the perfect day for it.
Meghan and Ellen got their first taste of a fresh apple! They loved it!
Jacob (who just got done playing a soccer game, hence the outfit) and Joey search for just the perfect apple! (Kenny was spending a special day with Grandpa.)
Baby Savanna bit into an apple for the first time and made quite a face but kept going back for more! Even a one year old knows how special the taste of a fresh apple is!
So, I was thrilled to come home with a 20 pound bag of fresh picked Jonathan apples.
Though, I immediately started wondering what to do with them all to be sure we got good use from them before they went bad. Not to mention I still had a large bag of apples from the grocery store a couple days before, since I didn't know then we would be going apple picking.
The lady at the apple farm said the Jonathan apples were great for baking- which was good because I knew I wanted to make at least one pie.
Of course, quite a few have been eaten already. Here is what I did with the others:
Thankfully, I do still have some left over, but I went through quite a few. As I heard about the idea of canning my own applesauce and canning my own pie filling, I went from "what do I do with all these" to "I wish I had more!"
Though, considering I still need to learn how to do home canning, that is probably best left for next year. Anyone willing to teach me how to do canning??
Every year, I am always a little sad to see summer end. However, the joys of the fall harvest and all of the beautiful colors remind me just what a great season autumn really is.
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