Apples Apples Apples

Apples everywhere.  We have a Golden Delicious apple tree.  Our neighbors have a Jonathon apple tree.  We have a lot of apples.  So far this year we’ve simply been collecting the apples that have fallen off the trees.  I think we’ve probably done 4 – 6  5 gallon buckets.  Until yesterday.  We started picking.  Oh my.  I think we did about 10 gallons of apples yesterday.    We have a lot of apples right now and we’re loving it.

So, yesterday, we ended up with 12 quarts of canned applesauce, 10 pints of canned apple syrup (was originally planned as apple jelly, but the humidity and human error has deemed it syrup instead), 4 frozen apple crisp fillings, and 6 pkgs of 2 cups of diced apples.  We also made apple cinnamon muffins and an apple crisp.  We were appled out after that.

Today, you are the lucky winners of the apple cinnamon muffin recipe.  Ok, so you’re not that lucky…it’s only a recipe.  I didn’t even get a full picture.  There’s a chance that we might have started eating before I remembered to take a picture.  Oops.  Don’t worry, you still get the recipe.  ha  See, still your lucky day.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Adapted from these Banana Oatmeal Muffins

* 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

* 6 oz applesauce

* 2 eggs

* 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar

* 1/4 cup honey

* 1 tsp cinnamon

* 2 cups diced apples (reserve 1 cup for final step)

Note: I would recommend using foil liners or sprayed silicone muffin pans.  This is a pretty sticky batter.

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Prep muffin tins (line with foil liners and/or spray).

2.  Blend all ingredients in food processor or blender.  (Reserve 1 cup of the diced apples.)

3. Once batter is blended fold in the remaining 1 cup of diced apples.

4. Fill pans with batter.  I got 12 muffins.

5. Bake for 20 – 25 mins.

Also note:  This is a “healthy” muffin, it will not taste like a cakey-sweet-dessert muffin.

“How do you like them apples?”  hahaha  Sorry, for the quote, I just can’t get it out of my head!


What’s your favorite apple dish?




…and not everyone likes it!  ha

We are trying to reuse more and more at our house.

These are “paper towels”.  Reusable paper towels, that is.  I took old cloth diapers and cut them to the same size a single paper towel.  Well, half a full-size paper towel, one single of the select-a-size paper towels.  I serged the edges so that it wouldn’t unravel.  (Let me assure you that these cloth diapers were not used on bums, but as burp cloths.)  I use them just like I would use a regular paper towel and then throw it in my dirty laundry instead of the trash.  I have adjusted just fine to them and have found that I use less “paper towels” overall this way.

Fine Print: I do have a couple admissions.  First, I do keep regular paper, paper towels on hand.  I would rather not use my reusable ones for cleaning up bodily fluids (kids or dogs) or for anything that really grosses me out.  Second, Husband really is not a fan of the reusables so I keep paper ones on hand for him.  I store my paper ones in the bathroom closet so they’re accessible, but not handy.  Win-win, right?  One small step.

It saves me money because I buy a lot less paper towels and it saves on waste so I feel quite good about my decision.

TUTORIAL-ISH #1:  I would have given a sewing tutorial, but its really not worth even a tutorial!  I literally measured half a full-size paper towel and took my old gerber cloth diapers (the cheapos from Wal-mart) and cut out as many as possible from one cloth diaper.  Then, this is the hardest part, serged all the sides (good practice for serging corners!) and tied off and trimmed off the strings.  I do a simple tri-fold and put them in my homemade paper towel hanger.  Get it, its a hanger.  ha  I totally stole the hanger idea from my super crafty friend, Katie!

TUTORIAL-ISH #2:  Here’s the tutorial for that hanger.  Fold a hanger.  Roughly trace it on some paper.  Cut out 2 pieces from your traced pattern.  Sew around them, leaving the end open.  I didn’t even hem the raw end.  Flip it right side out.  Maneuver it onto your hanger, trying not to cuss out SarahFae.  Fold the raw ends in and safety pin it closed.

And, as my little Banana would say, TA DAAA!

Not that you asked, but now you know.

So, I might be a little bit crunchy to some, and not at all to others.  Regardless, I like natural and healthy things.  I like local.  I like to re-use and be kind to my household, my health, my self, and my environment. (I also like Schick Intuition razors which are not that great for the environment but I’m not giving them up.  It’s just not gonna happen.)

I think God wants us to do the best we can with what we have.  I think he wants me to enjoy life and be as healthy as I as be.  I’m trying to make the best decisions I can.

So, for those of you who want to look in my medicine cabinet, so to speak, here’s your chance.  Here’s a glimpse into what I  do.  It’s ever-changing as we figure out what works for our family and what doesn’t work.  These are the decisions I’ve made as of now.  And I reserve the right to change them at any given time.  (And, I think God’s ok with that.)


“Conditioner” – So, this is not real conditional.  Shocking, I know.  Conditioner in a spray bottle?  Yep, mine is.  I read this really great post on shampoo and conditioner and now I’m converted.  I usually add some orange essential oil to help the apple cider vinegar smell a little more bearable.  Not for the faint of heart.  Vinegar is vinegar.

Soap – This is the most amazing soap I have ever used!  I used to use more lotion than you can imagine.  And, I’m not talking about cheapo lotion, I mean $15/month on CeraVe that my dermatologist recommended.  I still itched all the time and just used more lotion.  My skin is super-sensitive and required a lot of lotion.  I used a lot of lotion.  Every day.  Lots of lotion.  Are you beginning to understand?  I used a lot of lotion and still had itchy dry skin.  I love this soap.  I only have to use lotion now if I shave.  I don’t itch and my skin doesn’t burn.  My skin isn’t red and blotchy.  This soap is so great.  You really ought to buy yourself a bar.  It’s local.  My terrific friend, Charity makes it herself.  It smells great.  It’s the first time I’ve ever been able to use soap that smells great!!  I can hook you up if you’re interested.  And you should be interested.  You can catch her here.

“Shampoo” – Yep, not real shampoo.  I use a modification of this.  I have decided that I like a little lather, so I’m probably going to add in some sulfate-free/organic shampoo.  I am really pleased with this.  If you didn’t catch it from the soap explanation, I have super sensitive stupid skin and that includes my scalp.  I have always had problems with my scalp itching and being red and dry.  No more.  Apparently, it’s not stupid skin, but stupid detergent, I mean shampoo.  My scalp feels so much better, no more itching, no more dry, flaky scalp.  I will warn you that this is definitely different than using shampoo and, again, it’s not for the faint of heart.

Well, that’s enough for now.  That’s what I started with.  You should start there too (but only if you want to).


What is your favorite shampoo?