Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Apple picking

It's been business as usual around here. Austin's been starting to fall into the preschool role better and Ellie is adjusting well to her big brother not being around to torment. Luckily, she has not made Riley her next target (yet). I haven't taken many pictures lately so I'll go back into the archives and a trip to Minnesota Harvest we made a few weekends ago.

I received a tip from a friend that MN Harvest was a nice weekend outing for the family. There are several horses there available for trail rides and there is a tractor-pulled wagon ride out to the orchards. Once you get there, you are given a bag and left to pick to your hearts content. It's $10 per bag. I guess I don't know how much the bag weighed at the end, but I'd say there were 20-30 apples in our bag.

Upon arriving, Ellie immediately talked a big game about the horses. I took her over and she pet a few and talked to them all. "Oh, hello horsey."....."Nice nose horsey." She neighed and whinnied to a few. She's a horse whisperer.

After the tractor ride, which was loud and bumpy and a bit too long for Austin's like, we hopped off to pick our apples. We didn't do any research ahead of time so we're not really sure what kind of apples we picked. Ellie tasted a few and decided they were edible.

Everyone was able to pick some.

Some were easier to get down than others.

After the tractor ride back, we headed inside where we split a cookie and a cinnamon roll. Austin then revealed that he "needed something colorful and delicious". Austin and Ellie each walked away with a lollipop the size of their heads.

After we got home, both Rob and I realized we weren't a huge fan of the apple variety we picked. What do you do with 30 apples you don't care for? Make applesauce. Kerry had a recipe for me.

10-12 apples; peeled and cored and sliced
1 c sugar
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a crockpot and stir to coat the apples. Cook on high for 3-4 hours.

The kids gobbled this up. It was very tasty and REALLY sweet. I'll cut down on the sugar a bit next time. It was gone within 24 hours and yesterday I gave Austin some store bought unsweetened applesauce. The very same kind he used to love but he has now deemed "gross".

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