a family thing | apples to applesauce


My first time apple-picking was last year at this cute little place — Reisinger’s Apple Country, in Watkins Glen, NY.  I went with some amazing ladies and this year I wanted to share that with my mommy [yes, I still call her “mommy”] and my little sister.  We went, picked a gazillion apples, taste-tested a bit too much, and had a great time together.

One thing that my Grandma Ray and Auntie Kathy have always done is can their own homemade applesauce.  I beg for it.  Every.  Single.  Year.  Along with homemade spaghetti sauce, hot pepper jelly, and salsa.  Don’t get me wrong; my mom can cook, but she most certainly did not inherit this “canning-fanatic” gene.  I, however, want my own crazy pantry full of fun canned, homemade deliciousness, so I decided it was time to learn.  I borrowed a recipe from my gram and canning supplies from my aunt and set to work.  I did it!  I mean, I’m sure I could’ve done better, but it worked!  Now I have my own canned, homemade applesauce!

My sister helped slice, my mom observed, but the apple-picking was still the best part.  Mommy-daughter moments are something I’ll never get tired of participating in.  IMG_9039 IMG_9020 IMG_9005 IMG_9047IMG_9078IMG_9083 _MG_2643 create everyday | apples to applesauce

Spend time with those you love.  Make it count.  And be sure to learn from them.  Those are the things you’ll have for keeps.  <3

Love, Heather.

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