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Apple Sauce

I love apple season.

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I buy the bags of apples marked .99 lb

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I stick my nose in the bag and smell that
wonderful scent of apples…

I must look funny, but I don’t care.

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I feel inspired to bake…
apple pie, turnovers, bread, and . . .

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Apple Sauce.

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This is my first year making apple sauce.
My friend just happened to mention that she
was making apple sauce, and because she’s such a wonderful cook,
I asked her how she made it.

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I always thought it would be a complicated process,
too difficult for someone like me who usually does
the quick & easy recipes.

But I couldn’t believe how easy and simple
the entire process was.

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I just washed, cored, and cut the apples into big chunks.
Yes, that’s right… you don’t have to peel them!!!
That alone is what inspired me to try this recipe.

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I combined a half cup of brown sugar,
a sprinkling of ground cinnamon (about 1 tsp)
and tossed the apples with this mixture
along with 10 Red Hot candies.

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I then added 2 cinnamon sticks,
one tablespoon of vanilla,
and 2-3 star anise
to the big pot (with the one inch of water).

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Just before the water began to boil,
I poured in the apples,
and covered the pot.

I waited til the water boiled,
then I turned the temperature down to a very low simmer
and left it on the burner for about 2 hours,
stirring once in a while.

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The whole house smelled of cinnamon and apples!

 

When the apples were of apple sauce consistency
…you might like yours more chunky or less chunky…
I turned the stove off and let them sit until
they weren’t hot any more… just warm.

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I had never had warm applesauce…
but I just couldn’t wait to try it!

… so …  I did

and it was delicious!!

I was surprised how good it tasted.
I guess I really didn’t expect it to be better
than the store-boought.
But it was!!

 

This weekend I went back and bought another 2 bags of apples.

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Guess what I’m doing today?  :)

 

I froze most of the apple sauce I made
so it will stay fresh longer,
and I plan on making some to put in pretty jars
to give away.

Fun to make, good to eat, and great gift idea!

If you like apples,
now is a good time to take advantage of the sales!

Have a blessed week!

Daisy

 

Rest

I’ve been listening to this song these past few weeks…

I pray it will be of blessing to you, too

 

Daisy

 

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden,
and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28

Quilt Shop

Earlier this year, my husband & I were in North Carolina,
and while we were walking around one of the historic downtowns,
I found a cute little Quilt Shop…

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It was in a town called Black Mountain,
it was a very pretty area
and the town was surrounded by…
mountains.  :)

 

 

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The store had some beautiful quilts for sale.
I asked the lady at the register if I could take a picture
of these quilts that were up on the wall right behind the counter.
I was so happy she said, “Yes!”

 

 

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The store didn’t have fabric for sale like a Quilt Fabric Shop…

It only had Quilts for sale.

…So I was very surprised when I saw these Fat Quarter Bundles!

 

 

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The fabrics in these bundles are usually $12-15 a yard…

Normally, these bundles cost $10-$12 each…

But these bundles had $3 on the price tag.

I thought it was a mistake, so I asked the kind lady behind the counter…
She assured me it was correct.

I was so excited.
Disclaimer:  This was before I had decided to use up my stash
before buying any more fabric.

 

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The fabrics are so beautiful…
they are also very soft, silky,
…and colorful!

 

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I would never choose these, but together they looked so pretty
…and I am trying to break out of my blues/greens/yellows
into a more adventurous territory…

 

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The individual fabrics have beautiful details and color.

I can’t wait to use them in a quilt!

 

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So even though this store was not a quilting fabric store,
I got to see some very beautiful quilts,
and I did get the unexpected pleasure of buying some
pretty fabric for a fantastic price!

Now if I could just find time to sew!  :)

 

Have a terrific weekend, everyone!

Daisy

 

 

Sunday

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I love The Lord because he hears
my voice and my supplications.
Because he has inclined his ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon him 
as long as I live.
Psalm 116:1,2

Have a blessed Sunday!

Daisy

Bargain Cookbooks

Whenever I’m on the road,  away from home,
I try to find time to go to local Historic Downtowns…
I love going in and out of little shops,
(although I mostly do window shopping).

 

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My favorite has to be the little antique stores…
I especially enjoy when I get to go with my daughter
because we both love history and we ooh & ahh
over the old stuff, wondering who it belonged to
and what their story was.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed getting are Cookbooks…

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I never pay more than $3 for one…

 

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I found these for .10 each at a Library Book Sale.

 

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I’ve been looking for this one for a long time!
Couldn’t believe it was only $2.50.

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I took the book jacket off and I like the hardback cover so much more!

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I was so excited when I found this one…
I’d been looking for a Rachael Ray cookbook for ages.

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These magazine-style ones are usually between .25-$1.00.
I got this one because it had lots of cheesecake recipes…

(My husband loves cheesecake, and I love him, so…)

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Next time you’re driving through a small town,
check out the historic downtown…
you might find something that you can take home :)

Happy Hunting!

Have a blessed weekend!

Daisy

Flying Balloons

Because my husband & I often leave very early in the morning…

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We see different things…

 

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On this lovely morning,

we saw many hot-air balloons in the sky…

some were just taking off

while others were already way up high.

 

 

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I think it would be so much fun to take a ride on one!

 

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These photos were taken with my phone

as I frantically moved around from one car window to the next

trying to get at least one of the balloons hovering above us…

(No, I wasn’t driving the car)  :)

We’ve seen them before… maybe next time I’ll be able to show you

a group of them up in the sky…

It’s a beautiful sight.

 

Blessed

My husband & I recently celebrated out 30th wedding anniversary!!

…to celebrate, we planned a very special trip,
however, things don’t always go as planned,
and I found myself in the ER just two days before
we were scheduled to leave on our trip.

I am so thankful that it was nothing serious and I am recovering.
If you’ve ever been in the ER,
especially if you have a lot of pain,
all kinds of thoughts want to rush in
and fill your mind with visions of what could happen…
It’s not easy to keep those thoughts from taking over.

I thank God that I felt his peace,
His comfort,
and his strength.
…and that I was happily released about 5 hours later!!

We didn’t exactly get to go on the trip we wanted,
but we did go to a nice place and get some fresh air
up in the Blue Ridge Mountains…

We went on a hike and I’d like to show you
some of the things we saw…

 

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It was hard to walk past the pretty flowers
without stopping to take 5-105 photographs…
My husband is a very patient man.

 

 

 

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We came across this bench with a heart shaped by flowers!

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Some of the more steep areas had steps…

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We had a great time!

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Now we’re ready for another 30 years of wedded bliss!!

I am blessed beyond measure!
My husband is my best friend,
he is an amazing person in many ways,

…and we’re still very much in love!

Looking forward to all God has for us!

Daisy

 

 

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