Today was another great cooking day. I got up with 2 whiny girls. I was frustrated that I would spend another 12 hours alone with my kids. I wasn't feeling very creative. I never thought I would ever get tired of 'playing' but you can only hide in the same spot for a 2 year old to find you for so long. My day turned around when we ended up playing MY games and doing some things I enjoy. It turns out Ashley is old enough to help Mommy do some of house jobs. We decided to go pick apples in the morning and I thought I could peel, freeze and cook while the girls napped. The 'U-pick' place was closed so I drove on to the next apple orchid and bought some apple seconds. A HUGE bag for $15 of the apples that had scabs or had fallen off the tree.
I also got real apple juice. Ashley has been suffering from a rash. My doctor thinks that it is food related. we finally got rid of it but I am much more aware of the additives and preservatives in food. I have been trying over the last week to feed her as close to original foods as possible. That way if she does have a reaction again it will be easier to figure out which out which food it was.
So when we got home Ashley asked if she could peel the apples. I got out the apple peeler and she went right to work. What a treat to have my little girl do all the work (and a little snacking) while I measured and stirred and cooked up all my recipes. We made 2 batches of applesauce, applesauce muffins, apple crisp for supper tonight. I froze chopped apples and canned 9 jars of apple pie filling. Tomorrow I will tackle an apple pie and do some freezer apple pie filling. I also want to make another batch of salsa but I need more jars!
I just love cooking and canning. It has been a beautiful, not too - hot day. Great day to cook with my kiddo's and do some things I enjoy. The kitchen is a big mess but I tired the girls out and filled their bellies. Also Ashley is feeling very proud of herself. I would say that was a great day!