On an abundance of shoes and apples

If you had to guess how many people live in my house by the number of shoes by our front door right now, you'd venture a guess no less than 10.

It's still just the three of us here in our cozy home, but it's that magical time of year where no matter what you choose to wear in the morning, it'll be the wrong thing shortly after lunch. If you then change your clothes to something more appropriate, you'll regret it by dinner.

We've got sandals. We've got sneakers. We've got shoes you wear without socks and ones you wear with. We've got rain boots. We've got flip flops. We've got it all and no idea which ones to choose.

It must be September in Michigan! The only time of year you might get me to admit those pants that zip off into shorts are a good idea.


We've been to the apple orchards twice this month; the first time it was hot and humid and felt like summer. Two weeks later we were back, picking under a bright sun with temperatures in the mid 60's and a chilly wind blowing through our sweaters.

Between our two trips, the Burdens have taken home over 50 lbs of apples. (I thought that was pretty impressive until our friends picked 130 lbs which is almost *ME* in apples! Apparently I've got to up my game a little here!)
"I fink I picked some tree wif my apple." 

Last year when I went to prepare apple sauce for the freezer I borrowed one of those makers that looks like a mortar and pestle; you know the one with a mesh "bowl" and a wooden stick? That's what my mom used when I was growing up and I love the results.

I'm ticked at myself this year because I went to order one on amazon and I accidentally bought this stainless steel food mill instead! Blerg. I had them both in my cart and deleted the wrong one. Give me some advice, dear readers- should I give it a try or return it and buy the one I really wanted? I've never tried this kind of food mill before, but it seems to get good reviews?

While I've been waiting for my apple sauce maker to come in the mail, I've been making other apple goodies like apple butter, apple muffins, and apple crisp, along with eating lots out of hand and cut up with peanut butter (my favorite!). I'm now sick of apple crisp and muffins, but good golly apple butter is my new favorite thing! I spread if over Ezekiel Bread cinnamon raisin toast for breakfast. You should try it.

I've got a few (read: lots) of apples left. I could make them all into apple sauce, but if you've got a great apple recipe please pass it on to me, particularly something savory.

Also taking recommendations for shoe storage.

Happy September all!



  1. I use a food mill for applesauce and tomato sauce and I love it! Mine looks different but I think they are more or less the same across the board. Either way, homemade beats store bought every time!

    1. Yes it does! Thanks- I think I might give mine a try.

  2. We love this recipe: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spiced-pork-tenderloin-with-sauted-apples
    I wish apples grew here! It's still quite warm around here. We get plenty of citrus fruits, at least.

    1. Yum that looks awesome! i'll let you know if I make it!

  3. How frustrating that you bought the wrong one! I would totally return it and go for the original one you wanted, mostly because that's what I grew up using and love. I ordered myself one a few years ago and when it came I realized the pestle doesn't fit well in the strainer and doesn't touch the sides. I should probably just try selling it and get a new one that actually works.

    1. Shoot that must be a bummer! I think I'm going to try the "wrong one" - hope you find a better version of the right one! If you do let me know where you buy it from, in case I end up doing the same!

  4. We are in Saratoga, NY, so this is prime apple season for us too! I love slow cooker apple sauce, but this is my favorite apple dessert--it looks fancy, but is very easy. Recipe is originally from Southern Living:

  5. We've got one similar in style to the one you accidentally bought, and then used the cone type at a rental house. I have to say, greatly prefer the "wrong" one! It was MUCH easier to clean than the cone, and the handle makes it easier to turn no matter what you're mashing. Plus, ours has three different meshes, with different hole sizes/shapes, so it suits well no matter the project. I have to say, though, we've never ever used it for applesauce, always just did that stovetop or in the slow cooker.

  6. We're not big apple eaters here. I really like this apple cake recipe. Baked in a baking paper lined loaf tin, it needs much longer baking time than it says in the recipe. I also like to add cinnamon, cloves, and ginger to the batter, and stir the apples into the batter. I layer a bit of brown sugar in the tin, half batter, some brown sugar, remaining batter, last bit of brown sugar. You could add more than 1 apple but this is cake with apple bits, not apple with cake bits! ;)


    I like a slice warmed up with a good cuppa for breakfast. Its also nice warmed up with custard on top for dessert. (Liquid custard, not jiggly tart custard.) Or custard on top for breakfast! ;)

  7. This makes me want to go pick some apples. Yum!!

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