Thursday, October 1, 2009

last weekend

we got to do a few things as a family...and we worked pretty hard.


first, we picked our apples from our trees in our back yard.


and that picture doesn't show all of the apples we picked!
yeah, i'll be up to my armpits canning apple pie filling this coming week.

then we went on a scenic drive out to get some fire wood.
with fall here, and winter knocking (or is it mocking) on our door, mr. v and co. got his permit to get us some wood.
at one point i had all the kids gathering up pinecones...but mainly i kept katie occupied picking up one at a time.

oh...you betcha there's a craft right around the corner with those babies.
come back tomorrow and i'll show you.

28 comments:

Blue Is Bleu said...

I was telling the hubs last week we need to plant some apple trees in the back.. you've strengthened my resolve! Lovely pictures :)

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

I adore this post. I am looking forward to reading more, simply lovely

Mae said...

V, did you know those apples will keep "fresh" by themselves well into February? In WA, our neighbors picked a ton of Fuji and we kept them in burlap sacks in the cool basement (~55degrees) and they were still almost crisp all the way into February. It was awesome.

Good job with those apples! Home grown apples are TOUGH to grow and still get any edible fruit!

free indeed said...

I picked pinecones with my children as well....MANY years ago. I have a 4 yr old grandson coming to visit for a few weeks soon....might be in our future...can't wait to see what you do with them....

Elisabeth said...

I love these photos! And wow, that's a lot of apples! I've canned applesauce the last few years and my kids love it. It's a lot easier if you use one of those apple peeler/corer/slicer thingies. A kitchen gadget that is really worth it! Applesauce is so easy, and if the apples are good, you only add just a tiny bit of sugar and a little cinnamon and maybe a little water and that's it. Then you just cook it for a really long time in a big pot and then can them. It's so yummy! It's awesome that you grow your own food- someday I'd like to do more of that. I'm excited to see your pinecone craft ideas!

Jackie said...

Boy, would I love to live on your property!! Lots of fun stuff!

amylouwho said...

what kind of apples are they? I love apples season! Looks like living in the middle of nowhere isn't so bad! ;)

Robin said...

I agree with Jackie...when I grow up I wanna have a home and property like yours! So many fun things to do!

Kelly O. said...

your photos are amazing!

Cheryl said...

Wow, looks like your family had fun this past weekend. Watchout, you might get lotsa recipes again.
Apple pie filling sounds good. Sounds like you will be having more fun this weekend doing all the canning. Think of all the other things you can make with apples. Luckily you can make breakfast meals with them, have them at lunch and of course dessert. My fave thing to make with apples in the fall is apple fritters.
Enjoy your bounty!

mom2three said...

Are you putting apple pie filling in the etsy shop? Or having a giveaway to your devoted readers? I'll never have the time to garden or can stuff like that, and I wish that I did! I wish I had the homegrown lovliness that you do! Enjoy :)

PHARES CAUSEY said...

Ahh! So beautiful! I'm jealous!

DQ Mountain Girl said...

oh, how I wish I had an apple tree.

rj said...

My mom had a small orchard. She used her slow cooker to make the BEST apple butter with the less good apples. I miss her and her apple butter. Store bought is not the same.

Whimsical Creations said...

What a fun weekend!

What Comes Next? said...

your apples look absolutely gorgeous! Wish I could get my hands on some like those. Can't wait to see what the pine cone craft will be

-Courtney Rae* said...

Your posts are always beautiful!! I want fruit trees in my yard! I think it would be lovely! But I don't know if they would do well here in southern Alabama. If the weather didn't hurt them all the bugs here would!

Mimi Sue said...

You guys have been busy. Must be fall. Mimi

SLO Rober said...

If summer is my favorite season, why do I seem to miss all of the trappings of a tradtional fall season? Can't wait to see the pine-cone craft.

Ticking and Toile said...

love the pictures!! Just found your blog & it is lovely!!

Shellagh

Victoria said...

WOW! Your own apple tree???? I would love to have that in my back yard. By the way, are you going to share your recipe for apple pie filling?

LuLu said...

Beautiful pictures...my son would be so happy to have an apple tree in our yard! he eat 2 a day everyday,
LuLu

Quilt Nut said...

love the pictures! looks like a great weekend

Anonymous said...

I think you have a gift for photos. They are beautiful and make me want to visit your blog daily. Thanks for sharing such lovely images.

Kellie said...

awesome!

Kara said...

I love your pictures! Those are so good! The fence and the wood with the gloved hand!

It was so good to see you for 2 seconds the other day. PLEASE let me know when you guys come up and we can go out to lunch!

dana said...

these are the things that make everyone jealous that you live where you live! How FUN!

JAEAEAJ said...

I just happened upon your post from another but I am in love!~ So many cute fun things, and your apples.....whew! best of luck! Wondering were you live in ? Love the view! I myself an in utah.
Best to you
Andrea
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