Plum Preserves

Because the apple trees aren’t the only ones with a decent amount of edible fruit this year.

I used this recipe, as I’ve never canned plums before and neither had my mom. Also, if anyone’s interested?  I added a Canning board to my Pinterest page, so if the recipe is one I got on the Net, I will be putting it there.  The apple butter one was sooooooo worth it!!!


Now, if I only knew what to do with hickory nuts.  The tree next to our favorite apple tree is so full of nuts, it looks like the branches are going to break!


Apple Butter

I finished it up this morning. The recipe I used called for cooking 1 hour on high and 9-11 on low, in a crock pot. The double batch we made spent close to 16 hours on low in mom’s roaster pan. But it looks so good!!!!  And the kitchen smelled amazing over night.  🙂

Apple Harvest

There are somewhere between 5 and 10 apple trees growing mostly wild on the farm, and this year they hall been laden with beautiful apples.




Mom, the kids and I picked these three bags full (from just one tree) last week.  We made apple cobbler for dessert one night, and then I made applesauce out of the rest of it.  Almost 18 quart jars in total, 6 of them with light cinnamon.

The same day I did these, mom canned several jars of whole tomatoes, and we also made pasta sauce one day.



Last night Dad, DH and Little Dude picked four more bags. Those green bags hold about 27 lbs of apples. We’re using at least 1 bag of them to make apple butter. We’re using this recipe, which you can also find on my Pinterest page.

ETA: Okay, so it was closer to 3/4 of a bag of apples.  *g*  We doubled the recipe for 11 pounds of peeled, chopped apples.

Doesn't that look good?
Doesn’t that look good?

I’ve never made apple butter before,so I’ll have to report back on how it went… and how it tastes! 🙂

The chickens, of course, are loving all the harvestables we’ve been collecting.  They get the peels from the apples today!