Saturday, September 10, 2011

Apples, Apples, Apples

We have two mature apple trees on our little 3 acre homestead.  They had been neglected when we moved in two years ago, but after dear husband pruned and fertilized them the last two seasons, we have been blessed with an abundant harvest of organic, healthy apples.  Last year we planted a small apple tree because with our crew we could probably never have too many apples.

Since Monday we have made
~ two large batches of apple crisp
~ 1 1/2 quarts of apple sauce
~ apple muffins
~ two apple pies (one to give to a neighbor)

And we still have many more apples to go!


  1. Apples here too... everybody's gettin cold-sores!

  2. Tonya, your kitchen looks wonderful in the background- rustic, clean and simple- love it. :)

  3. I just love fall for all of the apples! I've never made apple sauce, though. Do you have a good recipe?

  4. What a blessing it must be to have your own apple trees! This time of year, I always want to make lots of applesauce, apple pie, etc...but to buy the apples is so expensive. Even at our local pick your own farm, they charge 90 cents per pound. So when we add in the cost of the gas to drive out to the farm (an hour drive away), it's actually quite expensive to get a couple big bags of apples.

    I dream someday of having our own trees! I'm so glad that you have some on your property. Every family homestead needs a few apple trees, I think. :)

  5. I've been reading your blog for a while now and I love it! I have a question. We have apple trees, but we always get worm things in them or the squirrels eat all our apples! It is so frustrating. Do you have ideas on how to prevent this?

  6. Funny, we have the same thing happening at our place.
    Apples, apples, apples.

  7. Hooray for apples! We have none of our own but abundant wild trees in the areas around us. We gathered almost 2 bushels yesterday!
    And look at your pumpkin! Ours are not that orange yet, but definitely getting big.

    Hope you are enjoying these early September days Tonya!

    (And I hope you did get my email reply, sent maybe last week... Please let me know if I can send you anything for baby?)

    Love, Renee

  8. Yummy!! So exciting. We planted an apple this year, and I dream of the day we'll have our own to harvest. Enjoy!

  9. I would like the recipe for apple sauce!
    How lucky you are to have your very own apple tree :D


  10. I wish I could be there to help make applesauce! That would be so fun.

  11. Nothing like fresd homemade applesauce,we r heading to the orchard AGAIN for more apples to make more applesauce.
    Your homestead is growing beautifully,we only have 2 acres and r trying to grow as much as we can upon on grounds.

  12. What do you to avoid using pesticides? We moved here last october and our trees were and our infested with plum curculio and coddling moths. Using Kaolin wouldn't have helped this year due to the wet spring. It's a shame all the wasted apples rotting right on the branches :(

  13. What a treat to be growing your own apples! I love apple season, so many wonderful ways to enjoy them.

  14. apples! what a blessing! you're doing a great job of making use of them. I love homemade applesauce.

  15. yum, all your apples look delicious! Ive just planted a few apple trees this year so im feeling extra inspired to see your abundance

  16. So exciting! I yearn for my own apple trees! Heading out tomorrow with the kids and a friend to pick so that we can make lots!

  17. Beautiful! We just went apple picking and you gave me a wonderful idea for apple muffins!

  18. hi tonya,
    hooray for apples!!! here is't the same..apples,apples,apples-
    i love your kitchen,they looks very cozy.
    have a wonderful week,