This past weekend promised the last semi-warm temperatures (and when I say semi-warm, I mean 50′s), so off to Emma Krumbees we went.
I had been hearing about this place ever since Haley was born. It did not disappoint! It’s a fantastic u-pick apple orchard and pumpkin patch, with a lot of extra activities, like a rope maze, tile maze, train ride, barnyard animals, playground, and the best-worst musical act ever. Plus a restaurant (sorry Emma, but your pie still ain’t got nothin’ on my Mom’s.)
If you aren’t in the Minneapolis area, I am certain such a place exists near you, and I highly recommend finding it. Especially if you have kids or grandkids.
First, we abused the General Store, making certain there was a bathroom, and ways to waste money on baked goods and unnecessary plastic objects.
Then it was off to play, look at the weird scarecrow displays, and let Haley sit on a pony (for an outrageous $5.)
The pumpkin patch was next. With itty-bitty pumpkins for my itty-bitty kids.
We saved the apple orchard for last. We walked around…
And then it was time to go home. (Ya think?)
So I could make homemade applesauce in my slow cooker.
Well, what else are you going to do with 15 pounds of apples? (Besides apple crumb cake, apple spiced muffins, and apple pie…oh ya. All on my to-do list.)
Anyway, let me tell you about this applesauce – the aroma was absolutely intoxicating while they slow cooked for four hours. Then once the buzzer went off, all I did was take a potato masher to the soft mass (which had shrunk by half) and mashed away for a minute or so. Put a little on my spoon…applesauce has never tasted so good. Seriously. And I liked the warm factor. Who knew making this condiment at home was so easy? Now, all I need to do is figure out how to get my entire house to smell like slow cooked applesauce all the time.
Really great Fall day.
Slow Cooked Applesauce
Makes 4 cups
Prep time: 25 minutes
Slow Cooker time: 3-4 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low
• 8 apples, peeled, cored and diced
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/2 cup water
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker; stir to mix. Cover and cook on your preferred time setting.
When done, use a potato masher or immersion blender to the desired consistency.
(adapted from Mommy’s Kitchen)