When Life Gives You Apples…

canned applesauceWorried that their children weren’t going to learn to work, my grandparents bought an orchard. Their children tell stories of praying that there would be an early frost so that the apples would die and they wouldn’t have to pick them. All growing up the apples never frosted over, not even once.

making applesauceThe grandchildren also learned to work. I’m on the younger end of the cousins, so being old enough to pick apples (instead of just sorting) was considered a treat. I can’t remember making applesauce, so when she visited us this summer, my cousin (and those two cute boys) offered to pass on the art.

applesauce canned

The Head Chef mixing all three ingredients: boiled apples, a splash of lemon juice and a heaping scoop of cinnamon.

cinnamon applesauce

108 quarts later…Spencer claimed that he had been fully initiated into our extended family.

applesauce strainer

applesauceTo celebrate a successful morning we went to “Howling with the Wolves” at Wolf Park.

wolf parkEvery child’s dream. Or maybe that’s just true in Alaska (where the elementary school playground is dominated by wolf packs instead of cliques).

wolf howl

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  • what a fun family tradition, and – truth be told – jon and i talk about similar schemes to make our future kids ‘work’ all the time 🙂

    • anneandspencer.com

      Little do your future kids know what is coming to them:) They’ll be grateful in the end though!

  • oh! and most important- that applesauce looks delicious!

  • anneandspencer.com

    Thanks Rena!