Last week was a treat.
I traveled down to Canby, OR not only to visit my Dad, Lane, and Ashley, but also
to pick blueberries at my friend's blueberry farm.
Miriam is her name, and she has one smokin' blueberry patch.
We picked and picked, and talked and talked. It was great seeing her again.
And check out this GIGANTIC blueberry I found!
How fun is that?!
So, I stayed the night at my parents' and planned on leaving the next morning to head back home, but before I left I strolled through their little orchard and then it happened. My eyes spotted an apple tree...with RIPE apples!
I had completely forgotten that this particular variety, Lodi, was an early ripener. There was no way I was going home that day! Instead, we picked and picked so we could make applesauce.
After canning a couple batches the event became a wee bit boring, so I decided to spice things up.
I asked myself, "Why not add some of my freshly picked blueberries to the sauce? And why not include some boysenberries into the mix while I'm at it??"
And this was born:
But I couldn't stop there, because that got a wee bit boring after a while, too.
So I thought, "Heck--why not make STRIPED applesauce???"
And how about 'polka dots' with blueberries??
Ladies and gents...it is true. I have way too much fun canning fruit.
If you are going to make applesauce this year I highly recommend giving this a try!
You will not regret it!
Oh, and guess what? I won a blue ribbon over the weekend! There was a little arts/crafts/baking/canning contest at a picnic our church hosted and my striped applesauce won first place in the canning division! I was very happy. :) I'm now thinking about entering a couple jars at our local fair.
One more thing before I let you go--just this morning I found out about a very cool website from my cousin. Check it out if you are interested in canning this summer.
It is a wonderful resource!
Until next time...
p.s. Tomorrow we find out if our little baby is a boy or girl! We are very excited. Stay tuned!