5 best ideas for those apples!

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This post will show you 5 different ideas you can use  for apples.

*Bake with them.  

Apple pie is one of everyone’s favorite pies and  bake up to a delicious dessert. By using a blend of different slices in a pie you can  get a wonderful pie. For any one of these ideas this great apple peeler makes the  the job of peeling quick and maybe even fun!

 There are also other ways to bake with apples if pie baking sounds a little intimidating! 

 Apple cake is easily mixed up in one bowl  and baked in a 9 x 13 inch dish, then served warm with ice cream!  

Check out this link to this Great apple cake recipe. 

*Dry apples.

Dip the slices in some lemon juice to keep them from discoloring. Lay the slices on each tray of your dehydrator keeping them flat with no overlap.

Each dehydrator has specific directions to follow in their enclosed booklet, so by following these you will just how long it will take.

I use this dehydrator. Rosewill Countertop Portable Electric Food Fruit Dehydrator Machine with Adjustable Thermostat, BPA-Free 5-Tray RHFD-15001

It runs quietly &  has 5 shelves that are easy cleanup.  It will probably take about 10 hours to dry them completely. Store in either freezer bags or mason jars.

*Cider

There are a lot of great recipes for cider online which surprisingly is easier than you think. One of my favorites is from www.sallysbakingaddiction.

She places a variety of sliced apples ( leave those skins  on) with a few other ingredients and places everything in a Slow cooker at low for 6-7 hours.  Once cooked down just mash it up and strain through a mesh sieve. Serve warm! 

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*Freeze

This is another great way to have apples for baking later. Peel,  core and slice the apples then place on a cookie sheet. Once frozen (about an hour or up to overnight) place them in freezer bags. This will keep them from sticking together.

* * you can soak them in lemon water before the cookie sheet step but that is optional! 

*Sauce- 

Applesauce is a nice addition to any meal that cooks up quickly and is good for you too!

Just peel your apples and place thin slices in a 2 or 3 quart sauce pan. A little water can be added to the apples.

 Just Cook on low/medium  heat stirring occasionally. Once the apples start to cook down mash them down a potato masher works great! Continue  to cook on low heat. Adding sugar is optional.

Apple  sauce can be frozen in containers and taken out and reheated. 

So as you can see there is no end to what you can do with  a bushel of apples.

Apple  season is upon us  once again. Why not   enjoy a treat with such a versatile fruit. 

Let me know your favorite ways to enjoy Apple Season!

Extra cash around the Holidays

As the Holidays approach  I wanted to share some great ideas for earning a little extra cash during the Holiday season.

*Local retail stores as well as online stores are always in need of more workers. Check their websites for possible job listings.

*Restaurants begin catering for Holiday Parties & sometimes need extra help.

*If you are experienced in cooking why not offer to cater in house Holiday lunches or lunches at individuals homes. Check with local health department for proper licensing.

*Baking-Why not bake up Holiday cookie trays? I will be expanding on this idea in a future post!

*Sitters- parents of young children could always use a sitter to finish up their shopping or to get that wrapping done!

*Better yet why not offer a gift wrapping service?

* And of course you could always hire out for kids parties if you happen to resemble Santa himself!

That Sweet Taste of Summer

What better way to say summer  than with fresh picked blueberries!

According to Wikipedia:

Blueberries are perennial flowering plants with blue– or purple–colored berries. They are classified in the sectionCyanococcus within the genus Vaccinium. Vaccinium also includes cranberries, bilberries, huckleberries and Madeira blueberries.[1] Commercial “blueberries” – including both wild (‘lowbush’) and cultivated (‘highbush’) blueberries – are all native to North America. The highbush blueberry varieties were introduced into Europe during the 1930s.[2]

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Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Vaccinium
Section: Vaccinium sect. Cyanococcus
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Blueberries showing various stages of maturation. IG = Immature Green, GP = Green Pink, BP = Blue Pink, and R = Ripe.

Blueberries are usually prostrate shrubs that can vary in size from 10 centimeters (3.9 in) to 4 meters (13 ft) in height. In commercial production of blueberries, the species with small, pea–size berries growing on low–level bushes are known as “lowbush blueberries” (synonymous with “wild”), while the species with larger berries growing on taller cultivated bushes are known as “highbush blueberries”.

Blueberries can be enjoyed year round with easy steps to freezing.

To prepare for freezing  rinse the berries off and pat dry.  Lay  them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

Remove from freezer and gently remove them from sheet ( I actually use a spatula for this step) and place them in quart or gallon storage bags, which ever you prefer!

You will be amazed that frozen this way there is no worry about them sticking together in clumps. Now you will have blueberries to enjoy on cereal  or even in  that smoothie in the morning!

* Hint this is a great way to freeze strawberries as well!.

That fabric I loved!

Ever  order fabric online based on the design and color?

I came across a fabric I loved and ordered online.

.The material arrived and as much as I loved it I knew as soon as I saw it the design was way too big for basic chair seats. A solid green leather look material was bought for the chair seats instead.

I recently came across the material I had stashed away for another project someday while I was packing for our pending move.

I really hoped I could use it somewhere in the redo of the house we had bought.

With an open floor plan the fabric with all it’s colors will be perfect for The palette I wanted to use.

Home Ec.  was  offered when  I was in high school and to this day so glad I signed up for that 45 minute class! I certainly haven’t tackled huge projects but have been able to make the occasional Halloween costume and basic curtains.

Everyone should  maybe give sewing basic projects a try! Youtube has made it so easy to learn anything you want!

Some sewing stores even offer how to classes that might be offered in your area.  Online you can find directions as well as how to’s for a curtain project.

As you can see from the photo I used my Cricut mat and cutter. The Cricut machine and products are a great addition to your tools for crafting.

Stay tuned for a post on just how I paid for my Cricut with my first project!

Here is the link to learn how to make curtains: https://www.allfreesewing.com/Window-Treatments

Courage to Start

The time has come when I have decided to begin the blogging journey with my recent retirement and move to Virginia. We have lived in our present home for 30 plus years and has been the perfect place to raise our 3 children but as everyone knows things change, children grow up and move away and you look at things through different eyes! The reason for the move from PA to Virginia is to be closer to our children and grandchildren. I don’t have to tell any of you how fast the time seems to go, especially as we get older. My hope in writing this blog will have you follow along on our journey as we fix up the retirement home we found! Of course it wouldn’t be my journey unless I add favorite recipes, baking & a mix of decorating tips and ideas!

The title of this blog sums up how I feel as we approach the fall season with so many of you possibly facing new job starts, new school years for you or your children and maybe even retirement!

I have included this great quote  from Walt Disney that pretty much sums up this very first blog post of mine!

Thanks for reading,

Rose