Monday, July 13, 2009


I totally blew off my Saturday. I can't remember the last time I actually CLEANED my house! Huhoney has been so good to do the things I hate to spend time doing on the weekends! Mop floors, clean toilets....the one thing he hates to do it DUST! Yeah can you believe it! DUST, he would rather clean bathrooms! Hey, ya gotta love it right?
So anyway, I decided to see a chick flick with a friend. "The Proposal". It was totally a chick flick, predictable, and funny. It was hot on Saturday. About 103 here. But ...I was a good doobee and as the sun started to set did the hour bike ride. I caught a glimps of a rainbow in the sky, and once again was breathless at God's hand in all things.

Sunday was another scorcher. 105. I had huhoney uncover the pool, I decided that I was going to relax and enjoy this hot weather on a floaty in my pool, so....I decided that I had better can the apples from my wonderful tree before indulging in the pool. Ya right. 4 hours later....(I didn't get started until after church services) it was too late. Bummer! But I was so proud of my little jars!
So I thought I would share a fun receipe with you. You can make quart jars, (that would make a whole pie) or pint jars (because that is all I had) and pint jars work well because there is only the 2 of us. I normally would make a home made pie from scratch but this is so much easier! Open up a jar and make yummy apple turn overs. Just buy some Pillsbury Crescent rolls, spoon the delicious apple filling onto a crescent roll, bake, and make your own frosting to squeeze on top.

So here is a delicious receipe.

What you need:

*Apples - that's pretty important.

*Large pot- to make the heavenly syrup

*ladel- to scoop the heavenly syrup into the jars

*jars- to put the freshly picked (or bought) apples into

*tongs- to pluck those hot jars out of the boiling bath water

*covered canner - quart size or pint size

*potatoe peeler - to peel the apples (I found this to work AWESOME) no waste!

*apple corer thingy- to wedge the apples

*jar thingy to place inside the jars - (it keeps the lip of the jars clean) while stuffing the jars...



*some good treats to snak on while canning

*Soft slippers or a cushy rug to stand on, because you will be standing for a while!

*AND....1 willing Huhoney to be the POT LICKER! (hehehe)

Canned Apple Pie Filling
Use cooking or baking type apples to make homemade, canned apple pie filling.
7 cups sugar
1- 3/4 cup cornstarch
3-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
3-1/2 tsp. salt
2-1/2 quarts water.
1/4 cup lemon juice
10 pounds tart apples - peeled, cored and sliced
3 drops yellow food coloring (optional) I didn't do this..
Preparation - In a stockpot, mix the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together. Add the water and stir to mix well. Bring to a boil and cook until thick and bubbly, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add the lemon juice and food coloring; set aside. Peel, core, and slice the apples into wedges (about 8 wedges per apple). Pack the apples into hot, sterilized canning jars, leaving a 1/2" headspace. Fill the jars with the prepared hot syrup. Draw a non-metallic knife through the contents of each jar to remove the air bubbles. Wipe the rims and place the caps on the jars. Adjust the lids and process in a boilng water bath canner for 20 minutes.

The apples from my tree were not HUGE but they were just the right size for canning. I peeled and cubed 3 to 4 apples per jar. (about 10 lbs. in all) layerd the apples and syrup so that the apples wouldn't turn brown on me.

It has been years since I have canned. I was just a little proud of myself for not having lost the touch! Huhoney was proud too!

And to top it off, since I had blown off the pool and was in the "apron" baking mode, I made a delicous "Blueberry" layered desert for Huhoney. It is his favorite. I just can't resist a happy smile and HUHONEY!

That receipe another day!


Eileen said...

I'm hating blogger, it almost never tells me when someone has posted new!

Anyway, you've been BUSY! Good for you! And your own apples, that's great!
I never bother to make any apple pies, tarts, crumbles, or cakes until we go apple picking in the Fall at a farm in Connecticut because buying them from the grocery is just not the same at all, nor is canned. So you are very lucky!

Is that a blueberry trifle? Looks delicious!

Thanks for sharing this and thanks for all your nice comments to me on my blog too!
All the best,

Blessings each day said...

Well, Linda, you've got me tired just reading all of this! I canned years ago and it is a LOT of work, so you did a BIG job.

How sweet that your Huhoney helped so much...can he be rented out? :o)

Boy, do I wish you could be close by and give me some of your yummy apple pie mix!!!

blessings and hugs,


Blessings each day said...

Forgot to tell you that I have one tiny little apple (need to take a picture of that little baby) on my tree...think I should can it?

Terrie said...

Oh Linda Lu, I wish we lived closer to eachother. I would love to have some apples to bottle tobe able to make quick apple turnovers. Umm, I love turnovers! And I've never canned apples before. You know I am big into canning. I guess I will have to go to the orchard down the street when they are ready here (in the colder part of the state). Love you sis!

Wanda said...

Your apple pie filling looks better than the ones you buy...and you made it sound easy enough...Apple pie with a crumb topping is a favorite here...might just be a thing I try...Thanks Linda!

Diana said...

This looked so delicious Linda. Too much work for me though. I would have went in the pool! I used to do all of that stuff you girls call cooking! I am semi retired now!

Jerelene said... worked really hard..and it looks beautiful and delicious! And, you did all that in 105 degree temps? You must be super-woman :) When it gets that hot are you able to keep your pool cool?
I probably would have jumped in the pool!! It's so nice that you have such a sweet hubby to help you with the ucky household chores..what a blessing!!
Love, Jerelene

Scott and Shelly said...

Wow, those jars sure look pretty. Thanks for the recipe, I can't wait to try it out! Hope all is well with you guys.

Jientje said...

It looks delicious! My mother used to can fruits and vegetables all the time when I was a kid. Such a happy memory. But I'm afraid I would not know how to proceed. It looks so old fashioned and homely, thanks for the beautiful memory you triggered.

Barb said...

Well, YUMMY, Linda, but did you have to can and bake on a 103 day??? You make me feel like a slouch - I'd be hunting for the air conditioning button. (Or taking a dip in that pool...) Love the look of those neatly canned apples, though.