Friday, October 8, 2010

Homemade APPLE Goodness


My (second) favorite man delivered a huge brown box to my doorstep the other day. The UPS man always leaves me with the BEST treats. Inside this brown package were rows of fresh, crisp, homegrown apples straight from my Aunt and Uncle's Arizona tree.

Each apple was perfectly packaged, snuggled in the box

They graciously shared their harvest with us by shipping us (!!!) a box of apples. That thoughtful gesture made our day! The boys dug right in and took much time deciding which apple they wanted to claim. After making their selection, they clutched their fresh apple treasures and ran outside to enjoy.

Seasonal baking and cooking is very fulfilling because it uses good stewardship of our incredible earth's resources while providing wholesome nutrition. I also enjoy teaching the boys about the different fruits and vegetables that are in season throughout the year. Apples offer the GREATEST variety of options with so many ways to prepare!

The boys and I went to work prepping apples for some homemade goodness!

Girls have tools too...

The boys call these "onion apples"

Lots of apples ready to finally use!

First, I made Pumpkin-Spiced Homemade Applesauce in the slow cooker. These apples cook all day with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, making our home smell SUPER fallish and cozy. Sooo...this applesauce has a second use as potpourri. ;)

Apples cook in the slow cooker all day with fall spices creating the BEST smell!

I have no recipe for this, because sometimes it's more exciting to be creative. However, if you would like to try it simply thinly dice apples and stir in a bit of water. Cook most the day on low in your slow cooker. Near the middle to end, add your fall spices and stir. Cook a bit longer and puree before serving to desired consistency.

To accomplish the goal of being 100% nutritious, this applesauce is completely sugar free but my kids still returned for seconds...

Pumpkin-Spiced Homemade Applesauce

Our family's favorite apple creation was:
Chunky Apple Buttermilk Muffins
Thank you Martha Stewart for this recipe, these are amazing!

Buttermilk is one of my all time favorite ingredients to use! I've shared ideas and my love for it before on this past Buttermilk Bliss post. I wrapped each muffin in white lined ruffles and tied off with twine for an adorable breakfast treat. I froze them individually for quick grab and go on busy work days! I found these ruffle cupcake liners at Michaels.

Chunky Apple Buttermilk Muffins

Each muffin was topped with a thin apple slice BEFORE baking.

Fresh Homemade Goodness for breakfast!

Remember: A tip for making the PERFECT muffin is to never ever {wink} over-mix your batter. Mix your batter until barely moistened and you've got
one little perfect muffin!

There are so many apple choices in baking, enjoy your apple season!

Try trading one tv show that you would usually watch for time in the kitchen with your kids creating an apple recipe this season. It will add warmth to your spirit.

When I leisurely follow self gratification, pushing my family aside, I always feel so empty afterward. It's better if I remember to take the LITTLE BIT of time to share life with them.

Life moments slip through our fingers,
so we should make the most of our minutes.

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ButterYum said...

I think I've died and gone to apple heaven! What a wonderful gift - and so nicely packaged. You should post a link to your aunt and uncle's tree farm - they might get a bit of business from it.

Happy Foodie Friday!

PS - what variety did they send you?

portatoredichrist said...

So many things about this post: First of all, I love the picture of the the three muffins stacked! Second of all, I can't believe you tricked me into eating pumpkin disguised as apple sauce. Tricky tricky Lisa. Third, of all I need to place a request for more of the muffins. Every single time I ate one I immediately wished I had another. Lastly, I loved what you said about taking time for our children. Time is very fleeting and we will never get a re-do of any moment. Your four boys are extremely lucky to have you! -1610

Tammy @ said...

Lisa, Everything looks so yummy. This weekend we will make one of these! Loving the ruffle liners, where did you find them? Have a wonderful weekend!

Best wishes,

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Those cupcake/muffin liners are the cutest I've ever seen! I just love the ruffle! I love to bake with apples too. How wonderful to have fresh ones shipped to you!

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

I adore how you wrapped those muffins!;)

Jane said...

Mmmmm...I can smell that applesauce all the way here....Wait, no...that's my applesauce cooking. It sure does smell good. But I am betting yours tastes better...fresher apples from special people. (Mine came from Whole Foods). Those muffins photos are beautiful...and I am betting (especially after reading Chris's comment) that they taste wonderful!

You are making so many long-lasting memories for your boys. THAT is what is so special...

ps I posted a few paintings as requested...

Kristin said...

What a perfectly lovely gift! And those muffins looks soooooo yummy!

Kelly said...

Where did you get the ruffled cups? So cute!

Judy@cutest-little-things said...

Isn't the investment of time spent making the ones you love happy worth more than anything?!

This is the mantra I live by!

Even though I work full-time outside of the home, I never EVER forsake the necessity of MAKING time for my family. Last night after a grueling day at the office, I grabbed my 4-year old son's hand and pulled him into the kitchen (OK, I didn't have to do much coercing!) to help me whip up a delectable spice cake with maple buttercream frosting (from scratch!) He loved every bite, but what he loved more than anything was the TIME spent with me, laughing, stirring, learning and sharing.

There's no replacement for one's time :)


Red Couch Recipes said...

The muffins looks so good! I will definitely try these. The presentation of the muffins was also lovely. Good reminder to include the kids. Joni

Ranelle said...

Thank you for reminding me about the emptiness that I feel when I've chosen some TV time over sitting on my front porch, watching the boys play, or when I've chosen to watch TV over nestling myself in beside one of the kids while they are reading or working with legos. Made me think, Lisa. Great post.

Natasha said...

Those muffins look delicious! The weather is horrible here today-I think I might turn on the oven and warm up the house by making a batch of these!

Best wishes,

Kathleen Grace said...

Pumpkin spice applesauce in the slow cooker, gotta try that one! The muffins look wonderful and I love the cupcake holders. Hope my Michaels has them too:>) Have a great day Lisa!

mama hall said...

lisa my mouth is watering! i just ate 2 apples, no kidding. this time of year i could eat apples all day long. i just printed the muffin recipe and a coupon so i can go to michael's and get those precious muffin wrappers :) thanks girl ~ love ya said...

A wonderful blog..thanks for sharing...the recipe of apple muffins looks delicious, and those cupcake ruffled covers just sooo cute...captivating a precious moment with your children ..a blessing...we should make most of every minute true!

Festiveworks said...

Yum! Isn't the apple peeler a fantastic invention! I love the twine around the muffin bottoms. So rustic and cute! Thanks for sharing.

Tony and Kimra said...

it all looks so good!


designingdomesticity said...

Just visited the apple orchard myself so these will come in handy! Looks yummy. visiting from it's so Cheri. liz

Red Couch Recipes said...

I previously commented on these and then made them for breakfast. I used WW flour and forgot to use baking powder (morning rush) and they still were fine! Loved them -- the kids came home and ate the leftovers after school. Thanks.

Sue said...

What a beautiful box of apples! Your muffins look beautiful! I love how you dressed them up:)

Lynn said...

I love your peeled, coiled apples. So autumny and festive :) And those ruffled cupcake papers -- too cute!

MJ said...

these look amazing! must try :)

Jenny said...

How did I miss this? Wonderful recipes...and where in AZ did they pick those amazing apples from?

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

Wow wow WOW! So many great recipes! My family would love these. And I have the same apple slicer/peeler/core-er (is that even a word?) Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Holly said...

I cannot tell you how sad I am that I was sick on the last day of apple picking here...I was so looking forward to making some apple goodies. I have one of those fancy tools...never used it (gasp!)...I need to break it out and go find me some apples!

Jerri said...

These look so scrumptious!

Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites last week!

Jami said...

These look too cute to eat! (just kidding!) I LOVE the ruffles. Oh my! Please add my linky party to your list. I host Theme Party Thursday, where you can link up seasonal treats and projects. I'd love to see you there! :)