I could not wait for the orchards to open up their fields so that I could take my son's apple picking. It was my youngest son’s first time. Well, we went despite the fact that it was 90 degrees out, despite the fact that we had to drive 1.5 hours. 1.5 hours to pick some apples??? I forgot that I live in NC now; it can take an hour to get anywhere! Despite the fact that it was almost nap time and I wasn't too excited about the drive...off we went! I WANT TO PICK APPLES TODAY!
Through the fields we went. I pulled this heavy wagon up & down the orchard. What was I thinking? It rolled when we got near hills, it ran over my feet, and it was SO HOT. I needed somewhere to place the camera, water bottles, snacks, purse, & my 2 year old.
They gave us some tool to pull down the apples that were too high. The only problem was that my husband had to work & my 8 year old wanted to be in charge of the tool. This was an issue because it became a weapon. As we walked down the paved orchard road he almost knocked out at least 5 people. I had a 2 year old bouncing around a wooden wagon and an 8 year old swinging some tool around….ugh.
“Pull me mommy”
Breathe mama just breathe! It doesn’t matter if your kids are already complaining. It doesn’t matter that your oldest son is knocking people out with an apple picking tool. It doesn’t matter that your 2 year old is yelling at you. We’re here to have fun, so just breathe.
Well, you have a recipe below so you know that we ALL survived. We made it home with two large bags of apples and two sleepy kids. I did not cook that night, we stopped at a restaurant close to home. Reason being I was setting up bedtime. Drive. Apple Picking. Drive. Dinner. Bath. Bed.
Slow Cooker Applesauce
- 8 Medium Apples
- 3 TBS of Coconut Sugar or 2 TBS of Honey
- Juice from half of a lemon
- 1 TBS Cinnamon
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- Toss all of the listed ingredients into the slow cooker for about 8 hours. Then Stir & Serve.
Cook time: 08 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 8 hrs. 10 mins.
Tags: Applesauce, Snack
*This is a chunky applesauce so if you like it thinner you can add 1C of Apple Cider & use an immersion blender to thin out.
*Adjust sweetness to your families taste.
After our long adventure, the kids had a great time. It is something that we don’t do often so it was a perfect activity for them. After the exhaustion subsided I had a great time as well. If you plan accordingly, apple picking is a great activity for the entire family. I also love showing the kids where our food comes from. Throughout the years this has encouraged them to try foods they may not have.
You know what? For the next week, they can eat applesauce, apple cider donuts, apple pie, apple cake, APPLES!
What does your family like to pick? How did it go?