Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Apple Butter (Crockpot)

Apple Butter Crockpot

Approximately 5# of apples or enough peeled and thinly sliced apples to fill crockpot.
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
PLace apples and spices in crockpot; layer apples and sugar.
Cook on high for 1 hour.
Reduce heat to low and continue to cook until apples are soft.
(I use Harelson apples - this takes about 4 hours.)
If thin - uncover and cook for an additional hour.
Stir or use hand blender to desired consistency.
Place in jars with lids and bands; process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

French Apple Pie

French Apple Pie

Pie crust filled with thiny sliced apples.
Sprinkle over apples, scant 1/3 cup sugar
and 1 tsp cinnamon.

Mix in bowl:

3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted margarine
Sprinkle over open faced pie.

Bake at 375 degree for 45 - 60 minutes.

We make multiple pies at one time,
then freeze and use throughout the year.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Chocolate Carmel Chex

Chocolate Caramel Chex
Chocolate Caramel Chex
1 box chocolate Chex
Pour in microwavable 8X10 glass pan.

In a small bowl:
1 cup brown sugar
3 T corn syrup
1 stick butter
Microwave 2 minutes - stir after each minute.
When done add 1/3 teaspoon baking soda - stir.
Pour over Chex.

Add 1 cup peanuts or mixed nuts.
In small microwavable bowl -
Melt 20 caramels and
2 Tablespoons milk.
Stir and then drizzle over Chex mix.
In small microwavable bowl-
melt 1 cup milk chocolate chips and
1 tablespoon peanut butter until chips melt.
Stir until smooth and drizzle over Chex mix.
Let cool so caramel and chocolate sets up.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hawk Valley Garden

After working, we went to Hawk Valley Gardens (near Spencer, IA) to check out all of the different pumpkins and gourds.

 A fun time.

Oh, They have chickens also.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Apples and gourds

  We helped Grandma pick gourds to dry.

 There are some big ones!

 Lots of little ones....


Holli resting on the pumpkins and snacking on an apple.
 We picked apples to eat and take home.

 Holli liked to hang on the branches.
More fun on the farm.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bean Harvest

Bean Harvest Time

Darin is opening up the first field.

Darci and girls checking out beans in the field.

We will be back for combine rides.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sunflowers - good morning and the goats

We had little sunflowers this summer.

We like flowers.
 While we were at the farm, we picked the big sunflower heads.
 The sunflowers are very tall so we got on Grandpa's
shoulders to cut them off.

 Aubri cutting and Darci catching.

Aubri checking on 'red goat'.
 Kayli and Aubri watching Darin clean pens and put bedding in.

 Holli says "How's my cow".
 Getting gates shut to move goats.

 We watch as they go from pen to pen.

Goats moved.