fall apples

A few weeks ago the family decided to go apple picking, to say the very least it was a total blast!  I just love fall and everything about this day conveyed fall to me. The brisk cool air, the falling and turning of leaves on trees, and of course harvesting apples! Once back at home we ate most of the apples but I had enough left to make some apple crisp. Since then however my parents in law have have given me about 20 lbs of apples from their backyard apple tree. I was thrilled as I was a bit sad I had not gotten the chance to do much baking with the one’s we had picked. And boy oh boy did I ever get the chance now! Let me tell you, pealing 20 lbs of apples with a toddler at your side is quite the job.

With my first batch of pealed apples I decided to make some apple butter, apple sauce and more apple crisp. Bellow are the recipes I used for the apple crisp and apples butter. I’m not too sure how healthy these recipes are for you since there is quite a bit of sugar in them but they sure are delicious!

Apple Crisp Recipe

  • 6 apples
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)

Peel and slice apples. Arrange in buttered 8 inch pan. Mix oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. Cut in butter until crumbly. Spread over apples. Bake at 350*F for 30 minutes.

Apple Butter Recipe

  • 5 lbs. apples
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Peel, slice and core apples. Add apple juice and cook slowly until apples are soft. Once soft using a hand mixer mash em all up. Add sugar and spices and mix well. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Continue to cook, stirring often, until mixture sheets from spoon. Ladle into hot sterilized jars. Seal immediately. Yields approximately 3 pints.

Enjoy!


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this moment

Inspired by Amanda Blake Soule’s blog I will take each Friday to pause, savor and remember a special moment from the week and share with you no words, only a photograph capturing a moment which is close to my heart.

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Wishing you all a peaceful and beautiful weekend!

-April

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autumn equinox

Today is the first day of autumn and I celebrated by getting my lil guy something to add to our fall nature table.

I had been eyeing this book for a while now and once fall was nearing I just knew it would be the perfect addition to our nature table. The book doesn’t have any words, only images of autumn and so I was a bit worried he wouldn’t like the book as much as some of this other favorites but he is absolutely in love with it. He’s been grabbing it off the table all day and bringing it over, cuddling up to me and insisting to hear a story about the pictures in the book.

We also added a few gords and pumpkins to the nature table which Owen thinks is just great. I still haven’t gotten around to making a third gnome and I’m still having a hard time trying to find some natural wool to stuff them with, so for the time being they are stuffed with the insides of an old pillow.

I am so excited to welcome fall as it is one of my favorite seasons. I love the change in colors on the trees, the falling of leaves, the harvest of food and the cooler brisk air. What are your favorite things about fall and how did you celebrate the new season? – April

~Peace~

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a yummy mock egg salad

In attempt to watch the amount of eggs we’re eating, I started to search for a recipe that could replace the egg salad sandwich that I love so much. It’s not that I don’t like eggs or don’t want to eat them anymore, it’s the opposite in fact. I love them TOO much and so I’ve been looking to cut back where I can. I found this recipe for a mock egg salad sandwich with cashew mayo and loved it. But as you’ll learn, I often change or omit part of the recipes I use because I don’t have the right ingredients. For this one I used cashew mayo only once. It was delicious but my blender wasn’t great at making small amounts and I wasn’t eating large enough amounts to justify making it. So I use my regular mayo. Here is what I use for the egg salad:

  • 1 half block Firm Tofu
  • Mayo to taste
  • Honey Dijon Mustard to taste (lots!)
  • Turmeric (to taste or until I like the look of it)
  • Sea Salt (just a bit to taste)
  • Onion Powder (just a bit. maybe 1/4 a teaspoon?)
  • Paprika (to taste or until I like the look of it)

And it turned out delicious.

First you drain the tofu and mash it with a fork, and then add your other ingredients until you like the look and taste of it! I serve it usually with tomato, lettuce and avocado (because I put avocado on everything) on fresh baked bread. These pictures are missing avocado it seems, I must have been out that day! Hope you like it!   –  Jenna

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my comadre

photo by ben benvie

They say it takes a village to raise a child. However our modern world  today is mostly comprised of what we now call the “nuclear family”. No more are the days that we live as one big family under one roof with grandma, grandpa and close siblings near by. Now family members of all types are scattered across the globe and stay connected through Skype or long airplane rides.  This was something I was not fully awakened to until the birth of my son. It was then that I realized I wanted my son to be able to grow up in an environment that surrounded him with love and by people whom would inspire him. As I had made the choice to move to California, (away from my own family in Canada) moving back home was not a choice as I had always fallen too deep in love with the land I lived in, but knew I had to find a way to surround my son with people whom I loved and admired so that he too may feel that love and admiration. It was when nearing my son’s first birthday that my husband and I decided we would like to ask friends of ours to become his godparents. Not being religious we struggled to come to terms with the word “godparent” and its meaning. My husband being hispanic shared with me their use of the word compadres for godparents and its meaning and I knew right away this was perfect and exactly what I had been looking for. A relationship where one would become co-parent, helping us fill our little one with love, joy and beautiful knowledge of our Earth.

So, yes my lil’ Kai (a common nickname we use for our lil’ guy) is most definitely what inspired and got us started in writing this blog, however none of that would be so if Jenna and I did not have the amazing friendship that we do. My friendship with Jenna has always been something special. She daily (even though living in whole different country than me) inspires me to be a better person but most importantly sparks my creativity. In turn this is exactly why this blog has been created. I hope this blog may bring you all enlightenment, inspiration and joy! – April

~Peace~

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the beginning

The baby that started the blog. (Indirectly)

Here is a picture of Owen that I took on one of the first few times I met him. I believe he was 3 months at the time, all snuggled up in his mama’s arms. I fell in love instantly.

To learn more about how this blog got started, have a look at our about page.

– Jenna

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