A few months back, Handyman brought home some free Red Delicious apples. Obviously not sprayed with insecticides...which is fine because these apples only had minor blemishes. I wanted to make some applesauce again, I have such a simple recipe and I've made it before.
I borrowed this apple peeler from my sis in law, what a handy little deal! It did sort of 'bump' along the insect imperfections, but otherwise, it peeled, cored, and sliced all at the same time. Look at those pretty slices!
I found it fun and satisfying to make this applesauce knowing these apples were chemical-free. Pop them in the crock pot, add about a cup of water, some sugar and cinnamon and cook on low for about 8 hours, high for about 4.
The kitchen smell all apple-y with the scent of cinnamon swirling around my head!
You can leave the applesauce chunky (I did), or whip it with a wire whip for a creamer consistency. Any way you want it, baby!
We couldn't stay out of this. I froze several containers, but boy oh boy they went fast. Added a bit to cooked oats for breakfast, or a few dollops over vanilla ice cream --or, eaten just plain.
Remember the quilts I was working on for the Grands for Christmas?
Well, I finished them--of course--and mailed them off for Christmas. I worked long and feverishly, making a few boo-boos along the way, but all in all, I decided they were a wonderful, treasured gift.
This was Grand daughter's quilt. I didn't have anyone to hold it up, all out-stretched, so this is how you'll have to view it! Trust me, it was pretty. (Shown on top of Grand son's quilt).
Her quilt was a good, hefty size and I added a soft print white border all around. I machine stitched 'in the ditch' and that is where I had a bit of difficulty: I do not have a long-arm machine, and it would have been cost-prohibitive to have this professionally machine quilted, therefore... a bit of bunching ensued. Still, I persevered, and completed the quilt.
However, I had learned my lesson well, and I decided to make Grand son's quilt a Raggedy Quilt, and a bit smaller, but even at that, I had 180 9" squares to work with! I ended up purchasing more fabric... home made isn't always less expensive (maybe that's why it's such better quality??).
Grand son's quilt was blue and green (his specified colors). I envisioned the quilt colors as a pond, and the green as the surrounding grass. Of course, I had to add a fish to represent what a great fisherman he is.
I made and appliqued a label for the back, and actually ended up liking the back more than the front.
Since I don't have a large table to work on, I was on the floor for hours, laying out patterns, pinning, and hand basting. Oh, they better take good care of these!!
Both quilts were popped in the mail along with a letter from Grandma about each quilt. I felt good giving them a unique gift like none other they would receive.
No more 'crying wolf'....
This is my last post on this blog. Really. Time to move on and concentrate on other 'lasting' pursuits in life. It's been fun, a whole world opened up for me when I started this blog. There are so many wonderful, wonderful women out there! So much talent to share in so many areas, and I've enjoyed it all very much. I'll be doing more sewing, quilting, writing, and reading. I have stacks of fabric and all sorts of creative ideas in the works. I want to make more quilts, and when spring comes, I'll be hitting the plant nursery! I'll always be enjoying nature; the birds on the feeder, a bunny in the yard, the clouds in the sky... so much to do and see yet in this world. I'll be petting dogs and talking to the squirrels, I'll be riding my bike and taking walks. And most important of all, I will continue to learn about God and hope my faith continues to increase. I will be stopping in at your blogs and leaving comments.
Good bye, Good bye!