Happy Last day of Summer or “Apple Day”


img_6702.jpgWe have 2 apple trees in our backyard, and they are LADEN with apples.  They don’t get sprayed at all, and are also a bit in the shade from a ginormous silver maple.. so most years we get tiny apples that rot on the trees/ground.img_6707

img_6710For some reason this year, while my new vegetable garden was a bust (no zucchinis,hardly any tomatoes, 3 onions out of 30 planted).. the apples were begging me this week.. “pick me, pick me!” 


So on this ‘last day of summer morning, as I sat on the deck for one of my last breakfasts outside.. I decided to go for it.

It’s 30+ Celcius here today in Southern Ontario.. you’d never know Fall was coming tomorrow.

I picked about 50-60 apples from the Red Delicious and MacIntosh trees.

I almost decided against it, as last night we came home with 2 gorgeous apple tarts (pies really) img_6700

from a silent auction held for  Elisha House   [which] provides counselling for individuals, couples and families who are actively seeking God in the redirection of their lives.”  We heard some pretty raw and real testimonies at the annual fundraiser dinner.  While so very sad to know that there is such a great need for this, I’m thrilled that we have a few in our Region meeting these great needs.  (like Niagara Life Centre & Grimsby Life Centre)

Earlier in my own adult & teen life, I was in a couple of abusive & codependent relationships, and thankfully was able to get biblical counselling I needed at the time – and very grateful that there are even more resources today.

Back to the apples.. As I mentioned on Instagram.. they’re quite organic.

Meaning no sprays of any kind.. no ground treatment.. we let the apples fall to the ground usually and go back into the soil .  The last time these trees caught a whiff of spray was  close to 10 years ago, when the previous orchard behind us was last in full production.  So they’re small-ish, sometimes wormy, they get apple scab and brown rot.. but the majority this year are really not bad.  I came across a few ‘wigglers’ in the cores, but not enough to make me squeemish.


It was a great day to be set up outside.. with my bowl of lemon water bath, apples, knives and green bin bowl. I put on a podcast and got to work.


img_6690A few hours later I had filled 3 very large bowls with sliced apples, which were drained, and set aside.   I have 2 trays currently freezing in the chest freezer


2 large freezer bags in the fridge waiting their turn for freezing


and half of the crockpot being made into applesauce


One thing I had forgotten since the last time i peeled and cut this many apples.. is that it shows the true nature of my thumbs.. they’re not green, which may explain why my garden failed this year.. they’re ORANGE!





Published by billandamyskitchen

Bill (Guillermo 'cause he likes pretending he knows Spanish) and I (Amy) have been married since Sept 2005. We live in Southern Ontario, Canada - Niagara Peninsula in fact, smack dab between 2 of the Great Lakes. We love God, our family, our church family, and making each other laugh. (ergo the profile pic, he decided to make our photographer laugh by throwing a leg up on me just before the shutter clicked, which made ME laugh) When we married, I told Bill: "I don't know how to cook" but he had faith in me. So 15 years later, I'm still learning, and having fun. I've never (in my whole life) cooked a whole bird, chicken, turkey or otherwise. I've never roasted a beef, other than in a crockpot on low for 8 hrs. I like trying to find healthy & easy recipes and then I rarely follow them. I don't enjoy recipes that take hours or intricate steps. I have a special fondness for the Podleski sisters, writers/creators of the Looney Spoons, Crazy Plates and Yum/Yummer cookbooks. In 2018 we suddenly decided to rip our small house apart from stem to stern, moving out for 4.5 months while the house was demolished inside and out, and then rebuilt with an addition. If you go back in the archives to July-Dec 2018 you can follow that story. It's made our house open and so much more conducive to entertaining, small groups and large. It's given us the kitchen I've dreamed of to create and learn in. We feel incredibly blessed to be able to write about our journey, our faith in God and some fun recipes along the way. Thanks for joining us.

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