I’m learning the truth behind the saying that – one of life’s biggest stresses is changing jobs.
The adjustment to change, the newness, the constant mental workload- I realized i needed to refill my cup – so to speak- and for me that meant I was in need of a family outing.
So last weekend, we went apple picking.
Fruit picking wasn’t something we had done before as a family.
It wasn’t the most smooth experience at first- anyone else with have to overcome challenges with impatience, tempers, want-lists, passive aggressiveness- but I guess that’s par for the course for any young family, right – and I’m not even talking about the kids here… ?!?!
By the end of it though, it was a fun and memorable trip that everyone enjoyed- even the hubs said so. =)
When we got home, of course we had some apples to eat!
It wasn’t on my plan for the day, but while my littlest was napping, I had a chance to make some homemade applesauce! I love it when I have random time that pops up for me to do something that I love, like cooking – it’s like it was meant to be- and I feel I don’t often get the chance to do things like this much these days.
My oldest, who tends to silently protest weekend naps, even wanted to help a bit. We like to say that she’s still learning to like new (even though these really aren’t all that new to her) and different foods, so getting her in the kitchen is not only fun but also helpful for establishing open relationships with food down the road- hopefully.
Here’s what we did for our easy & simple stove top applesauce –
Simply dice up the apples and place them in a large, deep pan. We used about 4 red (or Jonathan apples we picked that day) and 3-4 green (golden delicious) apples.
Squeeze in the juice of a fresh orange (or lemon if that’s all you have) and n sprinkle on your spices. We used about 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and then tossed everything together.
We simmered these on medium high heat, covered, for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. When they were soft enough, I pureed them with the immersion blender until I reached our desired thickness.
To be honest I could eat the stewed, softened, and spiced apples as-is, but I knew the fam would more like them blended well.
Serve this alongside some pork tenderloin medallions or stir it into your morning oatmeal. The stewed apples would have been great as a dessert for me, or even on top of some yogurt or dare I say it- ice cream!
As with anything food or nutrition related, we need to be in tune with our likes and preferences- as well as our family’s- what may work or be liked by one person or family is not necessarily true with another. So while my family may be better off with pureed applesauce, your’s may benefit from the saute-style apples if it’s more versatile and usable throughout your menu.
I hope you’re enjoying the start of fall!