This year is THE YEAR for apples and they are more than welcome after last year's failed crop. A year of cold storage apples transported from godknowswhere has made me very hungry for a fresh apple. We have several "wild" apple trees on our property. For the first 22 years we've lived here, they pretty much provided fuel for the compost heap. This year there are tasty apples on three of them. One is definitely a Macintosh tree, another is a tart cooking apple, and the third produces small yellow apples that are indeterminate as to species. As of 5 PM yesterday afternoon we processed over 26 lbs. of apples into apple butter, apple sauce, and one batch of apple crisp to eat warm w/ vanilla ice cream.
Here is a tiny portion of the apple butter.I love 2 Tbsp. of apple butter in Greek yogurt. Commercial apple butter goes for about $6 a jar on the grocery shelf and can be hard to find in Michigan. I think it must be a Pennsylvania taste. I tweaked the spices in the recipe to make it to my own taste...a Pa. to Mi. hybrid! Yum!
While I was following recipes, I decided to wind a warp for this:
Every now and then a weaving recipe helps to get something on and off a naked loom quickly and jump starts the creative process. I've been working on a couple of my own drafts that will go on the looms after this.
One more parting shot: