apple picking & apple sauce

As I may have mentioned, my obsession with all things FALL knows no bounds. As time is running out before winter whips into Chicago, I had to cram a bunch of autumn-y activities into one weekend. Luckily we found All Seasons Apple Orchard close to Woodstock, IL that had it all – pumpkin patch, apple picking, corn maze, and cinnamon donuts (an absolute must-have).

It was a perfectly gloomy day for us to get lost in the corn maze, which we totally did, AH!

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Next up, we ate up all the donuts in the land.

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Finally, we were onto apple picking. My favorite (Gala) were already completely gone so we ended up getting a bunch of golden delicious and red delicious apples, which were…well, delicious.

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Alright, onto what to do with all those apples! I landed on apple sauce since I’ve never made it before and it seemed pretty foolproof. Since it was my first time giving it a go, I used the Pioneer Woman’s recipe as it looked easy and yummy. I pretty much did everything described below, except I hit it with a little extra brown sugar, because I do nothing in moderation!

apples
Ingredients
6 lbs apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 8 pieces
1 cup apple juice, apple cider or just water – whatever you have handy
juice of one lemon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 35 minutes. Carefully puree in a food processor or blender until smooth – I did this in two batches. That’s it! It’s incredibly easy and has been great to have around as a quick snack. This will be a yearly tradition for sure!

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