It was a great weekend. Saturday I got to spend a bit of time with my cousin Dianne who is getting married in a few weeks. We went and checked out her wedding and ceremony site – The Aldrich Mansion in Warwick, RI. I loved being able to see the place before the wedding to scope out some great photo spots (I’m her wedding photographer!). Then Bryan bought me two more pieces for my Le Creuset collection.
Before moving up to Rhode Island I found two Le Creuset pie dishes (cobalt blue that match my free Le Creuset tea-pot!) which had never been used by his mum so she gave them to me! A few weeks ago when we were at T.J. Maxx we found a bunch of Le Creuset pieces in cobalt and apple green (those are our kitchen colors – sadly though Le Creuset doesn’t make the apple green anymore so it is very hard to find pieces) so he bought me an apple green utensil holder and a cobalt baking dish. On Saturday he bought me four apple green ramekins and an apple green baking dish. I truly love being able to find such amazing products for so little. Then yesterday Bryan and I went apple picking and we came home with about 10lbs of macintosh and cortland apples – my two favorites for baking.
I’ll be making him some mini-apple pies this weekend in medium-sized ramekins and using the pre-made pie crusts from the store. For myself some more apple crisp sounds pretty good, I’m telling you its my weakness. I wanted to try something different though, I wanted to make something I have never made before so I decided to try my hand at making apple sauce…in my 1970’s crock pot that Bryan’s mum gave us when we moved.
I don’t think I ever realized how easy it was to make applesauce, especially if you have a crock pot. I need to put this crock pot to use more often, especially now that the cool weather is approaching. I’m thinking chili sometime soon would be good!
5 medium to large apples – I used a mix of macintosh and cortland
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup honey (or you could use agave)
1/2-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (all depends on how much you like the cinnamon flavor in your applesauce)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Peel, core and dice the apples in large pieces – discard the peels and cores. Add all ingredients to crock pot and set on low for about 4-5 hours. Apples will become extremely soft/mushy. Mash apples with a fork or potato masher and enjoy! Keep in an airtight container for up to one week.
Extremely easy to make, throw it all in the pot and come back in a few hours for some very tasty (if I do say so myself) applesauce! Best part – it is naturally gluten-free🙂
Now for the “And then some” part of the title of this post
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And on another side note, I would like to thank the wonderful people at Small Appliances for my amazingly wonderful new Coffee and Espresso Machine! I’ve had some major coffee pot issues lately, my french press broke (shed a tear) and then when we moved in my dad gave me back “my” (it wasn’t mine, no idea where this pot came from but I gave mine away when I moved to California) old coffee pot. So when my french press broke I started using that one. It worked fine at first even though the top of the carafe was broken and I bought the wrong filters until one day it just decided it wouldn’t drip down any longer. I had to take hot water, put the cup under it and hold up the part that makes it drip – seriously. I posted on twitter that my half working pot had completely broke and the extremely kind and generous people at Small Appliances contacted me and offered me a new coffee pot. I seriously thought it was a joke and if it wasn’t I was expecting some little four cup mr. coffee. Instead they sent me the Krups Coffee/Espresso machine below! I can’t thank them enough for their generosity! So if you are in the need of any appliances check them out!