Quote for the Day:
"If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end,
it would probably be Labor Day Weekend."
I'm lucky that even though I'm an RN, I work in a department that is Monday through Friday, with weekend call 3 times a year and a holiday call every other year. :) Since Labor Day is neither a "work day" nor a "call day" for me, I'm off today! YAY!
I put the last of the pears and apples into the crock pot yesterday afternoon with one 3" cinnamon stick and about 3 tablespoons of white sugar. I cooked it on "low" for a few hours and then turned it to "warm" overnight.
This morning they looked like this...
Had I not have left the peels on the apples and pears, I would have just taken a potato masher and mashed them up a little. (I kinda like a few chunks in my applesauce.) However, because I didn't want the peeling just floating around, I went ahead and used my immersion blender and blended them a LITTLE bit. (Yes, the $2.00 thrifted Braun immersion blender!!!)
There are still a few chunks, but I tried to blend up the peelings as best as I could. I got 3.5 pints out of this batch and water-bathed canned the 3 full pints.
I didn't have any lemon juice to add to the apples/pears to keep them from turning brown, so before putting them in the crock pot, I soaked them in ginger ale soda, which contains citric acid...the ingredient in lemon juice that helps keep fruit from browning. It kinda worked, but they still turned a little bit brown. Oh well, I can tell you that it TASTES DELICIOUS!!! I had some with my lunch today while the sauce was still a little warm! Mmmmmm! :)
I'm heading into my sewing room to work some more on the Blue Ridge Beauty quilt. I'm very close to being done with it!!!
There is a feeling that comes over you when you can see the end in sight! It's a feeling of satisfaction but also anticipation as you look forward to the NEXT quilt to go into the frame!!!