My Facebook newsfeed has been filled with friends' posts about their apple-picking adventures since the middle of September. We never made it to the orchard, but I managed to do what I consider the next-best-thing:
I made my first batch of homemade apple sauce!
the blog of Ree Drummond, better known as the Pioneer Woman. It looked quick and used simple ingredients: just apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, apple juice, and a squeeze of lemon juice.
a nifty apple peeling machine. (I might have to track one of these down for next fall!)
As I was doing it, I remembered something from elementary school: You say the alphabet while you are peeling around and around the apple, and try to get one long continuous peel. Wherever the peel cuts off early, that's the letter of the last name of the man you will marry! Based on my luck, it's amazing my husband's last name doesn't start with a "B"! You can see all the little chunks of peel in my photo...not too much of a continuous peel to be seen!
Many thanks to the Pioneer Woman for introducing this great new recipe into my repertoire!
Happy Apple Season, y'all!