Apple Picking at Green Acres + Spiced Apple Sauce

Since Steve and I are coming up on almost 5 years of marriage (really?? already?? Craziness!) we’ve developed a few traditions that we seem to do every year. One of our favorites is celebrating Steve’s birthday with apple picking and a faux Thanksgiving dinner. In fact, this very event was the setting for our first “date”, a story which I shared in a previous post.

This year was extra special now that we have Ava. Even though she was pretty unaware of what was going on most of the time – (she slept through everything), it was still super fun knowing that this was her very first time going apple/pumpkin picking!

Our favorite spot to go apple picking is Green Acres – an awesome orchard/nursery that has some of THE best donuts ever! The only downfall to apple picking is that it really only takes around 15 minutes to get way more apples than you actually need. So each year we end up picking too many apples, then spend the rest of the time goofing off in the orchard. Always a good time.

Apparently Steve didn’t think that this picture was ‘epic’ enough. So he decided to spice it up a bit.

And there you have it. Extreme apple picking.

Since we left the orchard with an over abundance of apples, I decided to whip up some spiced apple sauce to use some of them up.

Spiced Apple Sauce

from The Food Network

8 apples – peeled, cored, and sliced

1 cup apple cider

1 lemon, juiced

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

dash nutmeg

1. Add apples, apple cider, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon sticks and a dash of nutmeg to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover with a lid and reduce to a simmer. Let cook for 15 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove cinnamon sticks and discard.

2. Mash with a potato masher, and stir in the 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon and dash of nutmeg. Transfer to a serving dish and serve warm.

Enjoy!!

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