Saturday, October 13, 2012

Bits & Bobs

Lots of applesauce making this week with that free box of organic apples - made easier by use of the slow cooker. My house has a fabulous baked apple smell now, no need for air freshener! We ate some, froze some and used some for a batch of applesauce muffins which turned out very well. Of the large box that was given to me I have only used about 1/3 so am on the hunt for apple recipes to use the rest up. If you want to make applesauce in a slowcooker there are many recipes but I prefer just a cup of water and tablespoon of sugar per 8 apples and a sprinkling of cinnamin and a dash of vanilla.

I decided to sell the painting I picked up this summer for $20 as hubby does not like it as much as I do. I tried Craigslist and no luck so have put it on consignment in a new used goods store that just opened up. They thought they would list it for $75 and whatever they sell it for I get to keep 60%. I will keep you posted if it sells.


I haven't done any updates on freebies of late - all this haul came in the last two weeks. It pays to sign up for freebies, especially when on a tight budget but I only sign up for things either ourselves or an immediate family member can use. Hubby is allergic to Tide so that sample is to be given to my Mother. I have given up on signing up for hand cream samples as have enough lotions to last several years as it is.

It finally started raining here so it has been hard to get out and mow the lawn that is now growing again due to moisture. The leaves are turning (photos to come - I have to get out and take some pictures) and there is the lovely smell of ocean salt and woodstove smoke in the air. I love fall. Time for cozy warm drinks like tea, hot chocolate, and spiced rums by the warmth of the fireplace.

I hope you all are enjoying your lovely fall weekend! Linking up with Elaine at Sunny Simple Life's Sunny Simple Sunday.

8 comments:

  1. Do you set the slow cooker on low or high? I am so wanting to get off the commercial stuff!!!

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    1. 2 hrs on high, usually it is done by then (you can tell by a quick stir if it breaks apart easily. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I used to make homemade applesauce alot when my boys were young...I did it on the stove, though I think I might try a batch one weekend in the slow cooker ! Good idea!

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    1. I am always looking for the easiest way - this seemed to work well, put it together and walk away. Thanks!

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  3. I can imagine the wonderful aroma in your house! I have a few honey crisp apples in my kitchen right now and the aroma is so lovely that I hate to eat them! I am your newest follower so I can keep up with your money saving tips.

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  4. Thanks for the advice about apple sauce. We made some today. Will add cinnamon and vanilla to it.

    We are making apple strudel and apple cake too.

    Sft x

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    1. Maybe I will try strudel - great idea!

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