Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays!

I know I've been quiet - we had our Yule this past weekend, and I'll be visiting family for Christmas, so I won't be posting until next week or so. Everything is fine, just busy.

Take care, and Happy Holidays to all!

Monday, December 14, 2009

An Apple a Day.....

I've just finished working my way through all the apples we picked. We got 20 pints unsweetened applesauce from the Fujis - they didn't need anything added to make delicious sauce! The Granny Smiths were used for dried apples slices and canned apple pie filling, plus apple crisp for desert a few nights. Dehydrating apples make the house smell wonderful.

And even after all this time, I have 6 apples to keep for eating fresh. Yum.

Trying to peel the apple in one curl sounds like taking things to a small extreme. After peeling 30lbs of apples, I've noticed it actually makes a lot of sense - I'm less likely to cut myself, I loose less apple flesh with the peel, and the apple looks better when I'm done. Plus it's just fun to try!

Final results:

  • 3 apple pies
  • dozen fresh apple snacks
  • 18 pints Fuji applesauce, unsweetened
  • 8 liters dried apple slices (estimate, might be 9)
  • 13 Qts. Apple Pie Filling
  • 4 Pts. Apple Pie Filling
  • 4 Qts. Apple Slices in medium syrup
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2009

    A Yuletide Meme

    1.) Have you started your Christmas shopping? Yes.

    2.) Tell me about one of your special traditions. We've started making a gingerbread house every year. I like to serve cinnamon rolls on Yule morning, and might look into stollen for that instead (make ahead! yay!)

    3.) When do you put up your tree? The day after Thanksgiving with the rest of the Yule decorations, at least so far.

    4.) Are you a Black Friday shopper? No, I put up Yule decorations that day.

    5.) Do you travel at Christmas or stay home? We stay HOME. After one holiday visiting 5 houses - well, that won't happen again.

    6.) What is your funniest Christmas memory?

    7.) What is your favorite Christmas movie of all time? The full length How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The half-hour version is banned.

    8.) Do you do your own Christmas baking? What’s your favorite treat? Yes. Favorite treat so far is my nutty Sugar Plums, for which I've never seen the recipe. Honey and spices and nuts (no fruit) rolled in cocoa or powered sugar, and taste better after a few weeks to let the flavors meld. Yum.

    9.) Fake or Real Tree? Fake, due to fire codes. I strongly prefer real ones, and generally get a live wreath to hang inside, plus 'tree-scent' candles to get the scents.

    10.) What day (as a Mom) does the actual panic set in to get it all done? It doesn't.

    11.) Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve? Only a couple, often for stockings.

    12.) What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas? All the yummy food :) Hanging out with loved ones.

    13.) What Christmas craft do you like the best? You mean I have to pick just one?

    14.) Christmas music? Yes or No. And if yes, What is your favorite song? In small doses, yes. Favorite songs - Adeste Fideles, in Latin; and Let it Snow, by Bing Crosby.

    15.) When do you plan to finish all your shopping? A week before Yule, as we're traveling for the Christmas and Yule is several days earlier.

    Any blogger is welcome to participate in this meme, even if you haven’t been tagged yet. Just simply copy and paste the questions into your blog, and then answer them. Then tag 5 or more of your favorite blogs, and leave them a comment telling them they’ve been tagged. I wasn't tagged; just playing along - care to join me?

    When you post your blog, please spread some Christmas cheer, and leave a link back to Heather’s Top Ten Christmas Blog, and the blog that you were tagged by.