Apple Tree Adventures

A couple years ago, I re-discovered my love for canning. My Grandma was always canning what ever fruit and vegetable that she had in her gardens, pears, apples, plums, tomatoes, you name it. I would walk over to the pantry and crack open a jar of her amazing pear’s. OH! they were amazing. Words can not describe how sweet and mouth watering delicious they were.

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I always asked her to teach me how to make them. She showed me and mine never tasted the same. She said you need to add more love. I think that was her way of telling to calm down and just go with the flow.

I don’t have trees that produce fruit … YET. But my Mum does. She has three apple trees, a pear tree and another mystery tree… I think it’s a sort of plum. My Mum does nothing with them. My step-Dad goes and collects all the apples that have fallen to the ground and tosses them out!!!!

There are so many things you can do with apples. Applesauce. Make pies. Apple crisp! Dehydrate them and make yummy apple rings. Oh the list of things you could do with these apples…

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3 years ago I started making applesauce. I made enough to last over a year and that’s even giving some away.

So. many. apples.

We missed canning last year because someone (my step Dad) cut the trees way back and the poor trees didn’t produce anything. I was a little angry. His punishment… no blackberries for you.

This year, oh wow! The apples came back with a vengeance. In one evening we cleared a whole tree. The other two weren’t quite ready yet. Which is perfect. I can do canning & baking in stages. 

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Now being that I am 6 months pregnant, I couldn’t do a whole lot of apple picking. But I had helpers. Scarlett got every last one off the ground. Drew and my step Dad were up the ladders. I picked the low hanging ones. We had that tree cleared in about 45 minutes.

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Scarlett was having so much fun. We laid a cushion on the ground, the ladder men would drop them, Scarlett would pick them up and put them in the box. All you heard from Scarlett was, “I got it! I got it” She was sweating by the end of it. She was giggling and laughing so hard.

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I absolutely love making memories. This is one that will stay with me. I thought she was going to be bored out of her mind, but she had a blast. She was very disappointed when all the apples were gone.

 Can you guess what is in my near future… the delightful soothing smell of applesauce, cooking and just waiting to be eaten. Plus make great housewarming gift too!

Once the pear’s are ready, they will be next. I am going to make some blackberry jam this year too. They are in full force in my yard, trying to take over.

Can you tell I am nesting? Getting ready for babe to come and greet the world… come on November!

Keep an eye out for my canning adventures… there will be mouth watering pictures, recipes, and I’m sure a story or two.

What sort of canning, preserving, baking do you do?

xoxo Ashley

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9 thoughts on “Apple Tree Adventures

  1. My grandpa has a few fruit trees that he got as babies about 4 or 5 years ago. They had started to produce fruit but then a deep freeze came and killed the buds for that season and the one after. Here’s to hoping that there is fruit on the trees next year!

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  2. I don’t do any canning, but always have a few jars of fermented veggies bubbling away. I’ve been wanting to go apple picking for several years and STILL haven’t done it. You just inspired me to maybe take my wife and daughter to a nearby orchard this fall. And, next time you need to unleash your overload of applesauce, I’ll send you my address! 😉

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