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An Apple a Day
November 3, 2013, 8:02 pm
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A sample of our handiwork

A sample of our handiwork

November 3, 2013

   When I was a kid, we had an orchard and I had an awesome mom! The trees belonged to our landlord, but we could have as many as we wanted. Nobody ever trimmed the trees or sprayed them. They just grew all by themselves. There were twenty-two of them … I know, because I had to push mow around them 😮

   In the fall we would pick up the apples. The bad ones went over the fence to the cows. We made cider, apple pie, applesauce, apple jelly and apple butter, with many of the rest of them. I did more eating than making, but I sure did love those apples. I swear, everyday upon getting home from school…there was always apple crisp to eat!

   I miss that old orchard and all of mom’s sweet treats. My wife understands my appreciation for the apple and takes very good care of me. I eat apples all year-long. We can applesauce and apple pie filling, freeze some cider for cold winter nights and hot summer days. Cider is awesome both hot and cold!

   Over the past couple of days we canned our applesauce. It went very well. All of the jars sealed and the mess seemed to me like it was small. I scrubbed the roaster pans, hauled empty jars up and full jars down to the pantry and helped everywhere that I could. Like any job, teamwork makes it go much better. I am pleased that this job is behind us, but even more pleased that we have the yummy jars to eat all winter and until next apple season.

   My cousin and I learned to take a springy stick about two feet long, stick an apple on the end, and launch those suckers into space! Man they went far…and oh did it hurt when we would throw them at each other. Those sticks were not toys, they were weapons of war! We survived it I guess and I still love apples, so our mischief had no lasting effects.

    They say that,” An apple a day helps keep the doctor away.” I am not sure that statement is totally true. I know that apples are healthy but I think it’s all the love that grammas, moms and wives put in, that holds the true benefit 😮

 


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