Day 295: Slow Cooker Apples

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I made baked apples last week and even though they were good the recipe does need some fudging. This is the recipe that I more or less followed.

I added quick oats, tons more cinnamon, craisins and some chopped pecans I had on hand. As you can see in the photo, I forgot to add the cinnamon to the mixture, so I had to throw it on top of the apples.

The hubster and I felt that the quick oats (although tasty) sucked up the brown sugar and the sweetness from the apples. I tried to follow the quantities listed plus adding the extras and it barely filled four apples. Maybe I bored the centers too deep, but if you try the recipe I will advise you to make a little extra.

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We served our baked apples warm with some vanilla ice cream that we found in our deep freezer. It was a pretty good dessert, but I feel like our apples from last fall would have been much tastier. Maybe if we get more sweet apples from our trees I will try this recipe again.

Do you have a favorite baked apple recipe?
I have had them when they were baked with red hots candy. If you like cinnamon and sweetness then it would be a good choice for you.

Day 266: Birdseed Ornaments

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This was birdseed hanging ornaments experiment. I highly doubt I will try it again. It was just too dissatisfying for the amount of work I put into them.

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This was my inspiration. The $10-20 molded birdseed hangers that I saw in TSC. I rushed home to try find it on Pinterest and was not disappointed. I found tons of links replicate this but doing it in real life is always different.

I might recommend using a bundt pan and making the wreaths but don’t waste your time using cookie cutters as a mold. They would have been…okay, if I hadn’t tried to hang them. Even so, some of them came out of the cookie cutters in crumbles.

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For every birdseed ‘cookie’ that broke the chickens got more excited. They got lots of eats that day because after they cleaned up the seed that fell they looked up and saw some more food hanging.
I have some hysterical video of my rooster going for it. He’s just a little two short to reach the birdseed from the railing on the porch.

The wreaths I made were much more sturdy. However, I have to admit I was a little miffed at how poorly my ‘cookies’ did and just threw them out on the ground for my chickens.

Ed. Note: I used less water and more gelatin packs and it helped.
Also, I used greased silicone bundt pans and it was super easy to get the birdseed molds out.
You can use the quantities here but I vehemently suggest a bundt over the finicky cookie cutter bit.

Addtional Ed. Note: This one of those low success crafts. And like other crafters I have read from–Birds never touched them. I had one ornament that actually didn’t crumble. It hung for months and was never touched. Disappointment all around.

Day 141: Apple Harvest

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This year Kit and I were shocked to are see not only the abundance but the sheer size of the baking apples on our tree in the backyard. I am not sure the variety but perhaps double the size of a crabapple….at least normally.

This year it looked like fat, juicy peaches were hanging from the apple tree. So, we got to work picking what we could and dodging the bumble bees that were cleaning up the rotten apples.

Our first attempt at apple cider ended in apple sauce. I’m not a bit worries about that fact. For one, the entire house smelled like spiced apples just from them boiling–heaven.
We didn’t have to add any spices or sugar to the applesauce as the end result was sweet and had a beautiful applebutter color.

Our second attempt at making cider was much more successful. The picture is me trying to cool off my hot cider before gulping it down. I could have drank down the entire pot. We ended up with three quarts of cider. Next time we might strain it twice to get rid of more sediments but it will be awesome this fall.

At Thanksgiving I usually mix up some wassail using cider and stick it in a crock pot for my family to enjoy. Anyone need a banging wassail recipe?