"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

precursor to an apple marathon






















I'm not quite ready to commit to canning or freezing but we girls were more than eager to dig into the box of apples and fill this house with the aroma of fall.  Some of the crisp, juicy Jonagolds and Melroses were peeled, sliced, cored and set to simmer with sugar and cinnamon for a thick applesauce, while a crust was prepared to recieve the rest.  We coaxed our boy over with the promise of dinner and pie if he would bring the ice cream.  Now I sit at this computer feeling deeply satisfied.  Satisfied that comfort food really is a comfort, that my girls are going to be rockin' wives and that we are blessed with appreciative men (you know the old adage, the way to a man's heart...).

~~Debbie

39 comments:

  1. hmmh love the smell of apples and cinnamon..
    lovely post;)
    Jenmuna

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  2. Apple pie with homemade pastry. It works everytime. So much better than shop bought. No wonder he brought the ice cream around.

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  3. I'll be the house smells great-enjoy! I'm going to make my first pie of the season on Sunday, I look forward to it:@)

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  4. Set the table because I am coming for dessert! Looks so delicious and now I am thinking of making a pie soon.

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  5. I totally agree with that adage...it really is true! I love comfort food and pie is in the top ten, right after birthday cake! xx

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  6. I know exactly the feeling of comfort that you are describing. You're right, and I had never thought about it. Comfort and satisfaction go hand in hand, don't they?

    And the pie looks delish!

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  7. I can smell that apple pie from here! Those apples are gorgeous! Everything looks delicious!

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  8. We made pie yesterday, but you have encouraged me to make some applesauce today! Great pictures...great memories!
    :) Jodi

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  9. Oh, I can almost smell the pie from here!! Yes, satisfaction is a good word for just what you described!! Yea, for all! blessings ~ tanna

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  10. Just what we did on Monday! Two quarts of applesauce and an English apple pie!

    Yum!

    I love Autumn!

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  11. This encourages me to deal with the bag of apples I was gifted with....the smell! Ahh, the smell.

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  12. A good pie baker makes for a happy husband. Your pie looks wonderful!

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  13. Wonderful photos of fun family times making more warm memories! xo

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  14. Beautiful photos! Nothing like moments spent in the kitchen as the days get cooler. I will be making applesauce soon.... Have a blessed day!

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  15. Okay, Debbie, you've done it now! I've already wiled away my one day off this week in Blogworld trying to catch up on some blog reading - waaayyyy behind! I've got document deadlines for school I MUST do today - and now - after seeing all those wonderful apples and baking and it being a rainy, chilly fall day - I will HAVE to spend some baking time myself! Not that my Ed will mind (I've promised him my meatloaf for dinner tonight before church) and I could use a new something for a splendid afternoon tea break. Looks like you and the girls had a great time - remembering when my Bethany and I filled our house with apple peels and crockpot sauce smells. She's working all day. Ah . . . me . . .
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  16. Oh pie yummy you just reminded me I have a bushel of apples waiting on the front step awaiting my attention. B

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  17. It must have smelled heavenly at your home and some very happy tummy's too!

    Happy Fall Friend! [o=
    Blessings and ((HUGS))
    -Mary

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  18. It all looks so yummy, It is true too, men just like to eat. :)

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  19. It makes me so happy to hear that you are preparing your girls to be equipped for their future.
    Their future husbands will be pleased.

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  20. I have one of those handy-dandy peeler/slicer/corers and it's the best tool ever! Don't you think? Looks like you've really got it goin' on over there! Yum!

    Jody

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  21. The way to my heart too...how fun to have the girls there to help you! ;D

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  22. I could smell that pie, as my tummy rumbled!
    ~~Peace & Love & Healing & Blessings ~~"D"

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  23. Debbie, on giving up the wheat and sugar. It really isn't hard like I thought it would be. My husband did it too so it is easy. I felt like I was getting sicker and sicker and my premenopause just was getting worse and worse so that was one of the things the doctor recommended I try. It has helped. I would say at least 99 percent have disappeared. The depression and the itchiness and the crazy mood swings and I can remember things again and my energy level is back up. I have no cravings which is the best part.
    It has been almost two months. It is so nice to feel normal again so that is why. I don't know if I could have done it but I was so desperate.
    I still cook for my kids though but I stand and think how I felt before and I don't have any desire to go back.

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  24. Now that is some apple day!!! Yummm. Clarice

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  25. I can almost smell the pie cooking! I'm thinking of making an apple cake this weekend...got the family coming and a slice would be so good with a cup of coffee!

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  26. Just reading this made my mouth water! YUMMM!

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  27. Oh, yummy! And what great pictures! I love the look of your home and I REALLY love the look of that pie. =D

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  28. Can I come over? :) If I close my eyes, I can almost smell that pie... ~Lisa

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  29. I think that it is a rule, or an unwritten law, that you have to make a pie with freshly picked apples before diving into applesauce making.

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  30. This just makes me smile. I can't wait to get baking on Friday.

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  31. I just got your comment about the Willows! Yippee! Can't wait to see what they do in Oregon!
    I wish a pie would appear on my doorstep. I wish a pie would appear on my doorstep. I wish a pie . . .
    Have you guys been eating Honey Crisp apples? They are delicious! Crunchy and good!

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  32. I like your flour in jars - it looks nice. And I'm sure I can smell those apples!

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  33. Cory knows a good deal when he hears one. Fresh apple pie in exchange for a box of ice cream? Yes indeed! I am SURE that your girls are going to be "rockin' wives"...you are training them to be just that!
    I can almost hear the chatter and smell those apples cooking on the stove and taste that beautiful pie...

    (And thank you so much for your encouragement about my blog series. You cannot imagine what it means to have someone whom you love and admire to leave such life-giving words! Hugs to you!)

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  34. I always love a big box of apples. I've got one to tackle tomorrow. Mm, mmm.

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  35. I did not bake anything apple this Autumn. The season was gone before I'd gotten my breath. I miss it badly.

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