I love the fall, especially apple picking. However, there are only so many Macs a girl can eat before the thought of one more apple makes your eyes cross. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a whole bag of apples?! Sometimes enough is enough!
So, what do we do with the other half bushel we have sitting on the countertop besides apple pie and crumble? Perhaps an item or two on the following list might catch your eye and save you from another Mac snack!
1. Make applesauce and freeze it for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a crazy time of year, and it is so easy to get overwhelmed. Applesauce freezes really well. Pop it in one of those takeout-style containers and toss it in the freezer. This way, when you are trying to stuff turkeys and clean your home for guests, and everything else is falling apart around you, all you have to do is take out the frozen applesauce and defrost. Mental crisis averted!
Besides, homemade applesauce tastes amazing. It’s so much better than store-bought, as you can control the consistency, the sweetness, and the ingredients if you make your own. Plus, your house will have that yummy cinnamon smell all day! Try substituting some of the apples with pear for a sweet twist or adding some golden raisins and walnuts into the sauce.
2. Try a NEW apple recipe.
Apple pies are a dime a dozen during the fall, but apples can do so much more! Apples are super versatile. Chop up some of those delicious apples and add them to salads, stuffing, and even oatmeal. Try apple cinnamon Amish bread, apple butter, or apple pancakes! Use them in a savory dish like bacon apple quesadilla (surprisingly delicious). Or, if you prefer to drink your apples, give them a quick chop and throw them into some red wine with an orange for instant sangria. Who doesn’t love a nice fruity glass of “mommy juice” now and again?” (You can use a sparkling grape juice instead of wine if you want to make your drink kid-friendly…not as fun, but the kids will enjoy it.).
3. Do a science experiment or an art project with your little ones.
Anyone over the age of 6 may look at you like you are insane, but your little ones will be all over edible science. They will look at you in awe and amazement if you cut the apple horizontally and show them the seed star inside. Ok, well, maybe not awe and amazement, but it’s still super fun! You can talk about different parts of the plant and channel your inner Johnny Appleseed and plant some seeds! If art is more your style, try slicing the apple in half horizontally and using it as a big stamp. Use tempera paints to make a beautiful original print!
4. If all else fails, you can always make a pretty little basket of apples and have your child bring “an apple to the teacher.”
It’s never too early in the school year to show your appreciation! I’ve been in the education system for over a decade, and it still melts my heart every time one of my little students brings me an apple!
Enjoy all the apple goodness. Before you know it, pumpkin spice will take over the universe, and we’ll all be running away from the Halloween candy at the grocery store!