You know, sometimes this blogging comes very easily & other times - not. Why is that? I've been thinking about this for days now, the blog, I mean, but just this morning I feel like sitting down & typing. Weird . . .
Anyway, in Iowa the combines are rolling across the fields already - most farmers are taking out the corn first this year ahead of the soybeans because of the dry summer. Yields are so, so - obviously not going to be a bumper crop in most of the midwest. But, God is still good, we have a crop to harvest & we are thankful.
My garden is just starting to produce - it has been slow with the dryness & it just doesn't seem to matter how much we watered, it is not the same as a good rain. Cherry tomatoes & peppers have done good, as you can see, but I am still waiting for enough large tomatoes for canning. I had some nice cucumbers at one time, then the vines just dried up & died - poor things!
My dear friend Kay sent a jar of the best homemade apple butter with me this summer, so I'm sharing her recipe. She makes it in the crockpot!
Crockpot Apple Butter - begin early in the morning
Fill a standard size (3 or 4 qt.) crockpot with finely chopped apples, peeled & cored.
Stir together & add - 4 c. sugar, 4 t. cinnamon, 1/4 t. cloves & 1/4 t. salt
Move the apples around in the crockpot to let the mixture sift down among the apples.
Cover & cook 1 hour on High, then lower the heat & cook all day until the apples are dark. 12 hours or more. (That is why she starts early in the morning!)
Stir the mixture down once in a while.
Boil small jars & lids with seals. She used pint jars, but you could buy the smaller jam jars. Fill the jars while they are hot & put the lids on; they will seal. Also can be frozen.
Sounds so easy. Guess I'll go make myself & piece of toast with apple butter & take a picture for you. Doesn't it look delish!
Thanks so much for joining me today. Have a great weekend. The weather is beautiful & we have a wedding to go to; what a great day for a wedding!