A while back, I asked on a mommy Facebook group some ideas for snacks and lunches. Because there's not many convenience foods, I really struggle with snacks and lunch ideas. I had a very few suggestions, but it was mostly *crickets*. :)
But soon after that, I remembered one convenience food in the States - applesauce!! Most of the recipes I found online were for crockpots and I don't have one. I tried making applesauce on the stovetop and it didn't come out that nicely.
This week, I told my maid to buy a specific type of apple in the market. But unbeknownst to me, they were yucky and mealy. So I thought I'd try my hand again at applesauce.
I nailed it! It tastes just like my Mom's except she would put Red Hot's in hers for a bit of kick.
So here goes the recipe if you're interested.
2 cups of water (too much; you can use less but I'll tell you how I made it work)
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
Peel and core apples. Chop into chunks. Put in a 2 quart saucepan with water, sugar, and cinnamon.
Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 2 hours. Leave the lid off so the excess water cooks off. Once cool, quickly whizz in the blender.
We are going into winter here and I struggle like anything this time of year. You all are posting pictures of county fairs and berry pies and flip flops. And I'm over here like -- give me another scarf and a pair of boots in my frigid house. But I am determining to make the most of this season and eventually, I will come to enjoy it.
Homemade applesauce is a baby step in the right direction for me to enjoy winter. It truly is a comforting, beautiful, winter smell in the house plus the taste is great.