Thursday, September 18, 2014

starting to smells like fall ... .. .

apple butter time

smells like fall

Apple Butter
4-5 pounds apples
5 cups apple cider {or juice}
2 cups sugar {optional}
1 table spoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and clove .. and I like a little cardamon

Wash and slice apples. Quarter and core add to pot .. no need to peel.
Add cider and boil about 10 minutes or until apples are soft.
Simmer for about an hour to thicken and soften apples, stirring occasionally.  
Turn off heat and mash apples .. they should be soft enough to mash with a potato masher.

Stir in sugar and spices and continue cooking slowly 3 hours ~ stirring frequently.  
Pour into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space.  Seal.    
Makes 3-5 pints.

is not this a true autumn day?
just the still melancholy that I love
that makes life and nature harmonize
the birds are consulting about their migrations
the trees are putting on the hectic or pallid hues of decay
and begin to strew to the ground
that one's very footsteps may not disturb 
the repose of earth and air
while they give us a scent 
that is a perfect anodyne 
to the restless spirit

delicious autumn!!
my very soul is wedded to it
and if I were a bird I would fly
about the earth seeking the successive autumns

[Letter to Miss Eliot, Oct. 1, 1841]
George Eliot


Lisa Graham said...

Now I want to make apple butter. Thank you Lisa.

Loving your posts here...summer's end lovely...and also gone.

Happy week!

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

I can almost taste it--Lisa, you've given me the inspiration to make apple sauce. I love the prose!

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