Monday, October 24, 2011

Apples, Apples....and more Apples

A few Sundays ago, on the way home from Blacksburg, we decided to make a quick stop to pick some apples at Johnson's Orchard in Bedford, VA.  This is also where Peaks of Otter Winery is located.  We had never been apple picking before, so I wasn't sure how it was going to all work out.  When we arrived we went into the store to see what it was all about.

There was a gentlemen in the store giving out instructions.  The rules were...
1- You could not pick apples from the trees behind the red rope (if you did you would be charged $20).
2- You cannot throw apples or sticks.
3- If you pick an apple you either have to eat it or put it in your bag.  Don't drop it on the ground!

Let me tell you, he was serious about these rules.  I was a little scared to even go into the orchard.  After receiving instructions, there was some debating on what size bag(s) we needed.  After much discussion (I won't go into the details), we decided on 3 'pecks' of apples, so we got our bags, paid and walked down to the orchard.

I cannot tell you how much fun B and MK had.  Sometimes it's the little things, like filling up a bag with apples that is so EXCITING!!  When MK picked the first apple, 3 more fell to the ground....I didn't know what to do, you know the rules and all about not dropping any apples on the ground.  We decided that didn't count since she didn't drop them on purpose.  There were all types of apples at this orchard, but I couldn't tell you the names.  You see back in the store, someone asked that specific question to the gentleman giving instructions and well....his answer was 'There are a lot of different kind, but I'm not going to go into all those details with you' (seemed like somebody got up on the wrong side of the bed).


After picking our pecks, we walked around to the visit the big Johnny Appleseed statue.

Me: Hat-Etsy;Vest-Land End; bunny sweatshirt-Urban Outfitters; lace tank-Anthropologie; skinnies-Loft; boots-Ugg (Zappos)
MK: Strawberry Hat-craft show; vest-Old Navy; hoodie,apple dress,leggings,boots-Target
B:Polka-dot Hat-Target; vest-Old Navy;hoodie,skinnies-Target; boots-Children's Place

After giving away 3 dozen apples, we were still left with two large bowls.  

I decided we would make applesauce in the crock pot. B had done this last year when she was in kindergarten, so I knew it was relatively easy.  The girls wanted to make strawberry applesauce.  After reading several recipes online, I decided on this combination and hoped it turned out good.  So, I set the girls to work cutting up the apples (using butter knives of course).
Strawberry Applesauce Recipe:
10 apples (peeled)
2 cups frozen strawberries
1/4 cup apple juice

We combined everything in the crock pot and set it on low.

 This is what it looked like after 2 hours on low.

 This is what we ended up with after letting it cook on low overnight.  I strained it and put in Tupperware to cool in the fridge.

The girls were a little disappointed, since they were expecting the bright pink color like the store bought kind.  But, after giving it a try....
the verdict was....
two thumbs up (or maybe 3)!

Since we still had apples left, the next day I made two apple pies.

Guess what?!?!  We still have a bowl of apples left!!  I think next time we might only need 2 pecks!

1 comment:

  1. I love that Johnny Appleseed statue! That's awesome. Oh, and MK could be in a magazine. Her facial expressions and smiles are priceless!!