Why haven't I blogged in a week? We are up to our eyeballs in apples around here and I haven't been able to make my way to the computer. Well, that is not totally true. Michael's parents came last week and we went to a local apple orchard and had a blast. However, I think we overestimated how many apples we would need. It was just so much fun! Of course "riding" into the orchard was pretty cool for dad and the smallest small. Although, their ride out (downhill) was most spectacular.
The kids really loved picking the apples right from the trees and they loved sampling to see which variety they like best. The both agreed on that Pink Lady takes the prize.
We ended up with Pink Ladies, Winesaps and Cameos (of course). My mother-in-law was kind enough to wash all of the apples. I think this is such a pretty sight...
I put up ten pints of apple butter last week and made some dehydrated apple rings. Still on the agenda are apple jelly and apple pie. And since I have plenty of apples, I found a few other things I would like to try: apple cheddar scones, baked apple donuts, and apple cobbler cupcakes with pumpkin pie frosting. Who knows how many I will actually try, but don't they all look sooo good?