Tuesday, October 15, 2013

AN APPLE A DAY...

I love apples,  especially fried apples, apple pie, apple crisp, apple cake.... you get the idea.  So when my Aunt and Uncle called and said they had some apples that needed picking, I jumped at the chance.  Especially since I don't get the chance to pick fresh produce in Texas.

Mom and Dad and I set out early one morning to go pick the apples.  We needed a jacket when we started out but soon were able to shed the jacket.  When we got there, I think there was more than a "few" apples. 

Uncle Roy had already picked up all these apples from the ground.  We were able to salvage a few of them.

Mom played "I spy" a big apple way up there and dad was to retrieve it.  He is using a gadget that had a net that reminded me of a mini basket ball rim and net attached to a long pole.  You would put the apple in the net, pull the string that triggered the ratchet that cut the twig the apple was hanging on and dropped the apple into the net.  I should have taken a picture of it but I failed to. 

Look at these lovely apples.

We picked, peeled,, cored, and sliced enough apples to freeze 19 bags of apples for pies.  We go ahead and add the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg for the pie.  When we are ready to bake to the pie, we just thaw and add to a pie crust and bake.  And boy are they good apple pies!  We also froze 6 gallon bags of sliced apples for a big pan of fried apples later.  And we made 3 apple pies fresh from the apples and 2 big skillets of fried apples.  Yum, Yum!!!!
 
While picking the apples, I got sidetracked.  Can't you just imagine how much work this iron work horse had done over the years.  Can you see all the wood Uncle Roy has cut for the winter for his wood stove in the background?
 
 
On the way home we stopped at Cubbage Farms to purchase some hamburger and sausage from their meat market.  It's pumpkin and mum time at Cubbage's.  I just love all the pumpkins, gourds, and mums. 

Aren't they pretty?



And wouldn't you love to have this scene in your front yard.  I sure would.  I love country life and love to soak it up every chance I get.  With all the apples, pumpkins, and cooler temps, fall is definitely in the air in Missouri. 
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2 comments

  1. What a wonderful fall story !

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  2. I agree with Vickie!! I LOVED the tour!!! Those apples look wonderful!!!! What fun to pick and put up!!! Sounds like you are having a great time with your family!!

    Blessings

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