It was a weekend of harvest and creation for us; we finally bit the bullet and bought a fruit-picker to reach those ripe round apples at the top of the tree that were tempting us, and with half of the 12 pounds harvested, I made apple butter in the crock pot. So cool to see the progression of those apples: first picking, then cutting and preparing, then returning the skins and scraps to the earth through our compost pile. And so it goes!
And speaking of compost, we have three amazing piles of it ready to add to the vegetable garden for our fall crops (pumpkins, kale, lettuces, and broccoli). After spending the better part of Thursday and Friday in there with Oliver, I’m excited to add to our bounty!
We also had a lot of rain this weekend (which we needed) but it all cleared up just in time for a Sunday afternoon neighbor fun day at the playground. But most of the weekend was spent making and baking: Andrew brewed an IPA batch that should be ready next month, I baked banana bread and English jacket potatoes, made guacamole and grilled corn and tomato salad (try out that amazing recipe here). Andrew and I floated silently around each other in the kitchen all afternoon on Sunday, doing a sort of baking/brewing dance while the kids played with balloons and did flips on the couch. It was the perfect sort of afternoon!And Emil was brave enough to try this all by himself for the first time. I guess he is really a big boy now, since he is next up in our month of birthdays… am I ready for a three-year-old again? Oh boy, if it’s anything like this one‘s entire third year, we’re in for it!
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If you want to push the whole “circle of apple life” one step further, before composting the cores and peels, use them to make jelly. This apple rosemary jelly recipe I found is now one of my absolute favorites. http://jenmenke.com/apple-madness-part-one-ugly-but-useable-apples-recipes/
The jelly is so delicious and it’s made from waste products, which makes me feel like Laura Ingalls Wilder on steroids.
What a fantastic idea, Ami! I never would have thought… thanks for the link!
The potatoes are making me hungry! Have a great week!
how adorable is your son in that iron man costume- completely tuckered out.
Those apple pickers are so handy! and it makes me just want to bake some sort of apple tart. yum!
I *thought* I had spied a (fuzzed-out) thunderhead in one of your photos recently…
You and your family seem to always be getting into so much fun. Your boys always seem happy in pictures…and always occupied. Do you have any suggestions or ideas that are creative to do with my 9 month old boy?