The Fun Things that September Brings... like homemade applesauce!!

Tuesday, September 8

Listening to "Currently," Keaton Simmons

I'm so glad you enjoyed my pictures from the cooking class; honestly, it was one of the best meals I've ever eaten... so if you have any inkling to try one of the recipes-- DO IT!

About the limoncello-- Jeremyandgirls and Samantha definitely noticed the absence in my review-- I didn't include that recipe because I had NO good pictures. But it was a delicious aperitif... and about as easy to make as moonshine!! (Which... I've never made lol, but I know it's not so bad) So I'll definitely post that recipe soon, whenever I try it here at home, because it would be a GREAT Christmas gift... (always thinking about Christmas!)

Peggy helped me learn a new word-- beurre maniƩ = beurre manie = kneaded butter Pronunciation: BARE mahn-YAY This flour-butter mixture is used as a thickening agent. That's what I was stirring for the cauliflower gratin. Didn't know it had a name! Thanks Peggy!

Cucinista-- SO cool that you were just in Italy!! If only I had posted this sooner!! Luckily I posted before your big trip, green ink! You better take lots of pictures of the food! Mmmm...



You're my favorite. Well, fall is my favorite-- I love all the months in fall pretty equally.

Things I love:
  • School starts (...and school supplies)
  • Football starts!!
  • Fall leaves, pretty colors
  • Crisp weather
  • Pumpkin beers on outside patios with light sweaters
  • Pumpkin lattes on a cool morning with school books and long sleeves
  • Pumpkin pie (notice a trend, anyone??)
  • Warm soup dinners
  • Fall jackets with big buttons
  • Autumn-colored shoes and corduroys
  • Windows-open mornings with a couch blanket and a good book
  • FOOTBALL STARTS!! Hmm... mentioned that...
Basically... I love fall... how about you??

Now, there's a new thing about fall I like as well: Making Applesauce.


Homemade Applesauce

Tom, my step-dad, recently visited his amazing 92-year-old grandmother, who decided to gift him her applesauce maker.

So, he also bought a bunch of apples, and away we went...

Get lots of apples

Cut and cook--

Note: It's easy to peel them when they're hot; just "dip" the skin-side of the apple into cold water and it's easy to tear off! Kinda like when you "shock" tomatoes! Way faster than a peeler, and you waste less apple...

Assemble alien-looking masher over sauce pan

No alien-looking masher? According to Matt's Mom, it's just as easy to warm (NOT BOIL, just a nice heat up) the peeled apples in a sauce pan and mash with fork, potato masher, whatever-- especially if you like them a little chunkier. Don't burn them!

Put peeled apple pieces in masher; mash!

-Add sugar to the mashed, warming-in-saucepan apples (how much depends on how many apples-- just remember, while you can add more sugar, you can't take the sugar away once it's in there!)
-Optional: Add cinnamon (Tom decided to let each applesauce eater decide if they wanted cinnamon or not; I think that was a smart choice)

Make a lot, put in containers, freeze some!

Good all fall!!

Happy September, everyone! Hope you had a GREAT Labor Day Weekend!


Your fall-weather-enjoying,
looking-for-fall-knitting-projects (as if I need more projects...),
New Girl Blogger


Andrea (ace1028) on September 8, 2009 at 10:20 AM said...

Thanks for the tip on peeling when hot, I never knew that! Looks like a yum recipe, too. Now I want some fresh applesauce!

Kym on September 8, 2009 at 11:03 AM said...

oh, i loveeeeeee fall too! fall leaves, fall rain (i've only started to have this appreciation recently because of my awesome rain boots haha!), fall fashion, and falll is just so much cozier! plus its closer to holidays! have a great time at school!

Stephanie on September 8, 2009 at 11:28 AM said...

Yum! I've never made applesauce before but I really want to try!

Chow and Chatter on September 8, 2009 at 11:38 AM said...

great applesauce i used to make this alot for Jasmine when she was tiny

Samantha on September 8, 2009 at 11:56 AM said...

Mmmm, I love homemade applesauce! My mom used to make it all the time, but I've never tried making it myself! I enjoyed your fall list - those are all things I love, too!

Iva on September 8, 2009 at 12:14 PM said...

I LOVE September too :0) I think half my family is born in September lol :0) That apple sauce looks so yummy! Have a great day!

Peggy on September 8, 2009 at 12:27 PM said...

Actually the word I told you for the flour-butter mixture was "roux" (pronounced "roo"), but I like your words better, they're much fancier!

The applesauce looks yummy!

jeremyandgirls on September 8, 2009 at 2:12 PM said...

I LOVE fall!!!! I can feel it coming!! Plus, I've already been to Starbucks a few times for a Pumpkin soy frappuccino - yum!! And pumpkin bread, pumpkin ice cream...mmm. Pumpkin beer?? Never tried! It's on the list now!! Last fall - I did a whole post on my ode to pumpkin. : )

Kim on September 8, 2009 at 2:40 PM said...

So, I've finally found a point where we don't agree! I hate Septembers! I've actually been toying with how to make that into a blog post! But! For all the reasons you like September (minus the football, is why I LOVE October! So, we're actually not that much separated, just a month off.

I'm so excited for apple season here! It's coming! The cold months, they're so bountiful and cheap! I'll be buying plenty of kilos and I'll most definitely make applesauce! :) Not with the alien thing, though...

knitseashore on September 8, 2009 at 4:13 PM said...

You know I'm a summer girl, but I'm happy that you're happy! I do, however, have a favorite recipe for apple-cranberry crisp that I make this time of year, and also a pumpkin cranberry bread, for my fall-loving husband! :) And I love reading by the fire. We've had two so far this week now that the weather is turning colder at night (sniff!)

Your beach-loving, sandal wearing, driving-with-the-top down friend, Debby :) :)

Kristin on September 8, 2009 at 5:18 PM said...

I used to love it when my Mom made homemade apple sauce when I was little. She used to put in the skins to make it pink. : ) Maybe it's time I make it for my little dude.

Emmett on September 8, 2009 at 9:02 PM said...

Never made my own applesauce before, I am sure it is healthier and tastes better. Looks good!
I enjoy football as well. As well as postseasons baseball, better if the Mets are in it though.

Kathy on September 8, 2009 at 9:13 PM said...

I make my applesauce in the crockpot. It is way easy.

Amy on September 8, 2009 at 9:40 PM said...

I didn't know about peeling hot apples either. Thanks for the tip! I love fall, too. Especially anything pumpkin. BUT I'm refusing to get a pumpkin spice latte until October. As much as I adore fall I'm hanging on to summer as long as I can!!

Sarah, The New Girl on September 9, 2009 at 7:40 AM said...

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Haha Peggy, that is the name you told me! I have such a bad memory. I remembered that you told me a cool name, googled it, and was like-- there it is! Who knew there was more than one name :) Well, now you've taught me two new words! Thanks!

Debby-- loved your sign-off :)

Hope everyone has a great day! Another moderate and enjoyable weather day here-- September is startin strong :)

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Lauren From Texas on September 9, 2009 at 8:06 AM said...

i LOVE applesauce! yum :)

stephchows on September 9, 2009 at 12:13 PM said...

mmm i love apple sauce! I leave the skins on though, more fiber! :)

Notes From the Grove on September 11, 2009 at 10:09 AM said...

Hello! I am new to your blog. I found you through Ali at The Way I See It. I have to tell you, I am IN LOVE with your design! It is SO CUTE! Do you do designs for other people? I would so hire you.

By the way, I LOVE Fall too. It is my favorite season by far, followed by Spring.

Happy Friday!

The Duo Dishes on September 11, 2009 at 3:37 PM said...

Fall fall fall! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Awesome.

Donna-FFW on September 11, 2009 at 10:55 PM said...

I love homemade applesauce too, apple pie, apple muffins, apple breads, etc. Yes, fall is a good thing:)

Valerie on September 14, 2009 at 3:36 PM said...

That applesauce looks A-Maze-ing!!!!

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