A Family Morning of Apples and More

Sep 17, 2009 | Full Time Family | 14 comments

Answer to Old Centennial’s question in the comment box:
Joni, We picked Macintosh apples and in a couple weeks will pick Empire (they are not ready yet). I froze 11 quarts of applesauce, made a large 10″ apple pie and will hopefully get a gallon or two of apple cider vinegar from the scraps all from the bushel. Hubby drinks it every day and swears by it! Even U-pick is so stinking expensive around here but I hope to do another 2 bushel.
I am thinking about posting a “how to” on applesauce even though it’s already all over the web, I grew up on it and all across the Midwest the girls in my family are putting it up as I type…
…Got a big wedding to shoot tomorrow so maybe next week….

Wellies. So popular in this house and with many names…

Wellie-bops, les bottes….

LeeLee was happy to eat whatever she could get her hands on.

Found a new editing tech for when Momma is looking a little haggard!

Even with my “signature reds” the hair was greasy and I was feelin‘ fat. This new editing button may be a new fav.

The boys.

How can dirty fingernails be cute?

Speaking of cute…you should have seen it on the dancefloor 14 years ago…

The schedule for Big Daddy is non-stop these days.
An answer to prayer which I really need to blog about but oh, the toll on a family when Daddy is not around. The kids and I find ourselves running on fumes by the end of the day without having him walk in the door for dinner. His presence energizes us in a way I don’t think we realized until recently.
He finished a job this morning and knowing how badly I wanted to put a dent in the applesauce he called and said that he was done and we could run out to the orchard if I wanted to before he began the next job. Sans makeup and all our us were still in our jammies we dashed upstairs and got ready for Daddy to pull in the driveway!
What a time we had. Family time. So very precious especially since he would be gone for dinner and bedtime. You have got to carve out family time when the schedule gets filled. I was so proud that Joel did that for us this morning.
After we saw him off for work I did a little over a bushel of applesauce, whew. With “help.”
I need to carve out time for a massage!!!


  1. koralee

    Lovely images…I just took some apple and boot shots the other day too! They just seem to go together…will post soon. I adore your garden hose image! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful family morning with us!

  2. Molly @ Star Cottage

    Lovely post. I love the effect of your photo editing button. Though I don’t think you need it. You are lovely just the way you are. And wellies are a favorite in our house too. 🙂 Glad you had some time with the hubby, so important. Those seasons in our life when our Hubby’s are busy working hard and supporting us can be tough.

  3. Berlin Deluxxe

    Your little ones are as sweet as those apples! Even if you didn’t “hit” the editing button, you’d still look beautiful. 🙂

  4. Farmgirl Cyn

    Aw! You all look wonderful…who needs an edit button? (never mind, I DO!!!)
    Tis the season for “puttin’ by” for sure.

  5. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    Your pictures in this post are totally artful…you are looking wonderful, pregnant women are BEE-YOO-TI-FUL! Your kids are sweet and the little chubby hands with dirty fingernails, well, it says country and wholesomeness to me! How much applesauce did you get from a bushel? And, may I ask which variety/varieties do you like to make it with? I would love to put some up. Never have done that before!

  6. Belle de Ville

    Wonderful photos.
    I need to add your edititing technique to my life!

  7. Victoria

    Ok, a couple things..

    First, you never look haggered. Ever.
    Second, I get so excited when you do the annual orchard run and sauce making! I get excited for you. 🙂
    3rd, I tried the apple cider too, for about half a second before I spit it out. But if it really works I will try it again. Remind me to ask J.
    Lastly… your pictures are really wonderful and I love your little family. You guys rule! (No poker face here, ever. You know me.)

  8. Joannah

    Love the pictures and the captions!

    I haven’t gone apple picking in years. I told Michael I would make some applesauce, though. Maybe I will do so this weekend.

    BTW, you look lovely.

  9. RaNaeLuvsEwes

    This post and these photos are so charming it reminds me of being back home in upstate NY

  10. Alison Gibbs

    What a special family post. Those dirty little fingernails are so, so cute cos they belong to someone oh so special!!

  11. Bonjour Madame

    What a fun family outing! I’m very excited for apple season too. I love them so.


    My new place of respite is a daily visit to your blog! I envy your hand at making your families life so beautiful and full of taste, color, and the enjoyment of each day!

  13. Jenn@Spejory

    Wonderful. You look tres francais! What a beautiful, photogenic family you have. Love the wellies.

  14. Cote de Texas

    what an adorable family! how lucky you are!!!!!


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