Since Dave put away the pool the kids have enjoyed playing in the "sandbox" that was underneath to keep it level.
One of the hazards of using shoes to knock down apples. :)
We bought this apple peeler/corer a few years ago when we started our annual tradition of apple picking. It's such a time saver! Below I have posted some step-by-step pics in case you are curious how this works.
This is the apple after it has been peeled & cored.
The core of the apple stays on the peeler/corer while the ribbon peel is lying on the table after it has been peeled off. Pretty cool, eh?
Bugs kept coming over to snitch apple slices from the pot.
How can I resist a face so cute?
E-boy "adopted" this potato as his new pet. Bugs was intrigued.
E-boy announced he was going to have a staring contest with his new pal. Here they are in action. His new pal is quite the contender!
At first I was working the peeler/corer AND cutting out the bad parts on the apples AND getting the applesauce going. Plus I was keeping the kiddos occupied & under control. Dave was canning spaghetti sauce that I made earlier in the week. After he was done he came in and helped me. The work went much faster then! And it was nice to have his company. As you can see he is having a fabulous time! Lol!
I couldn't resist taking a picture of some of our labors. This week we canned 10 quarts of spaghetti sauce, 5 quarts of tomatoes & 8 quarts of applesauce (1 has been set aside to take to our friend Al.) There is something about preserving & stocking food for the winter that gives me a cozy, happy feeling.