Today we went to watch football with Eric's dad, and as we walked in he had the most wonderful surprise waiting. We had talked about going to the orchard to pick apples for applesauce soon, and he had done so this week, picking up an extra bag for us. It has been a long time since I've made applesauce, but in my opinion, baking and cooking anything with apples is one of the very best parts of fall. I've been half way looking forward to the changing season because autumn has always been my favorite time of year, but I've been clinging a bit to the last moments of summer because it was a short one for us, and I was really soaking up the feeling of a few hot months. I can certainly say I am done clinging to summer now, and am more than ready for this season and all of the cozy things it brings. Like making applesauce, of course.
I love the whole process, how involved it is, how all it takes is the simplest and freshest ingredients to make the most delicious treat, the overwhelmingly delicious smell that surrounds you as it simmers away, and how next to nothing is wasted in the end. We started with a huge bag of apples, included the core, seeds, and peels in the pot to cook, and at the end we may have had half a cup total that was sifted out. Pretty much just seeds and the tough part that surrounds them.
We will be heading to the apple orchard in the coming weeks to pick more. I can't wait to see Henry there, I know he'll be just as in love with it as I always have been.
In other news, I'm happy to say that after my down day last week, I'm feeling much better! I tried really hard to plan some fun things for Henry and I to do, and I'll share some of our projects this week. The boy likes to bake (throw ingredients on the floor), I can tell you that! I know that hard days will continue to pop up here and there, and that is normal and to be expected. But I cannot help but to be slightly irritated with myself when I think back on it, read my post from that day, etc. I have SO MUCH to be thankful for, and I would really like to focus more on that. It's important to acknowledge the things that are hard for us, the bad days, and then move on from them, and luckily, I've done that this week.
I hope you're having a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.
What do you look forward to doing as autumn rolls around?