The domestic diva in me

I never understood why apple scented candles smelled the way they did. I would smell them and think "This is not how an apple smells, what are they smoking?" So, I went on my merry way not buying apple scented things because, seriously, they don't smell like apples. Turns out, I was wrong.

Hubby and the kids went to the local apple orchard to buy some apples. Raoul called me and asked how many apples I wanted. I asked him how much everything costs and he said they had a bushel of mixed apples for $6. That's right, 45 lbs of apples for $6. "Holy crap, buy that", I said. So, he bought the entire bushel . They sat on the kitchen counter over night and when I woke up in the morning my kitchen smelled like apples. Sweet, intoxicating apples. Every time I walked near the kitchen I could smell them. I would walk past the kitchen just to smell them. And you know what, they smelled just like those apple scented candles. I guess I was the one who was smoking something.

In addition to ridiculously cheap apples, Raoul picked up cheap pears and plums. He spent $10 and brought home a huge amount of fruit. I know what you are thinking, what the hell does a person do with 45 lbs of apples, 3 lbs of pears, and 1 lb of plums? Why she makes apple sauce of course! I got all domestic on Monday and made 10 jars of sauce. We have:
  • 2 jars of apple
  • 2 jars of apple plum
  • 2 jars of apple pear
  • 2 jars of apple strawberry
  • 2 jars of apple peach strawberry

The kids and Raoul love this stuff so those jars won't last long. Raoul is heading the orchard on Sunday to pick up another bushel. I will definitely make 2 jars of apple peach and a 2 jars of apple blueberry because I haven't made any yet. I am also looking for cherries to make apple cherry but I can't find any. I didn't expect to find fresh cherries because they are out of season but I was hoping to find frozen cherries. Our grocery store didn't have any. Oh well, I guess I will buy cherries when they are in season next year and freeze them so I can make sauce next fall. That means I have to listen to them bitch about it for the next year.

In addition to my domestic dabblings in apple sauce making, I made minestrone and chicken soup this past weekend. I am much more domestic in the winter than I am in the summer. It is just too hot to cook anything in the summer. What is your favorite food to cook when it starts to get cold out?


Jill said...

Pot roast. And chili. And anything with pumpkin. Or apples. Yum! I, too, become much more domestic in the winter. I am so happy for the cooler weather!

Aunt Becky said...

Usually, pecan pies. Because, hello, they're AWESOME and I hate to cook in the summer, too.

Michelle said...

Chilli is my favorite!! Although my husband is the cook in the family. I love the smell of apples! I buy mostly all apple scented stuff because I can't get enough. It reminds of this time of year which is my favorite.

optimisticallyhopeful said...

Wow, you are a domestic diva! I don't even have the slightest idea how one would go about making one batch of applesauce, much less 5 different kinds.

I'm right there with you on the minestrone (sorry to hear about your hand, by the way!) and I also love to make vegetarian chili.