My father-in-law is without a doubt, the best gardener I have ever met. Anything the man's hands touch, turns to gold!!!!!!!!!!! His tomatoes start turning red far before anyone else's, and his fruit is always bigger and sweeter than anything you can buy at the fruit stand! I am not lying when I say that some of his black berries this year were the size of golf balls! And he had them by the bucketfuls!!!!!!
Now, the best part of all of this is that my mother-in-law bakes homemade pies that are out of this world! And don't even get me started on her cinnamon roles! Grandma makes pies by the dozen! So, you put grandpa's gardening goodness and grandma's baking goodness together and I no longer fit in my jeans!!!!!!!
Grandpa loves to take the grand kids outside to look at the garden and help him bring in fruits and vegetables. My three kids cherish this time with their grandpa and he never sends them home empty handed!
Grandparents really are the best!!!!!!!
Last weekend, we went over to have dinner with my in laws and grandpa had buckets of apples from the apple tree he hand grafted with a half dozen type of apples. Who knew you could even do that?!?!?!
We came home with more apples than we could EVER eat! So, we decided to turn them into apple sauce!
With a couple of jobs and three kids, I didn't have time to cook it on the stove and have to tend to it all afternoon.
SO, I did the lazy momma way and stuck it in the crockpot!!!!!!!! I didn't follow a recipe and just threw in what we thought we would like and the kids LOVED it!
Grandpa's Crock Pot Applesauce
10-14 apples depending on the size
1 cup Apple Juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
Juice from one fresh squeezed lemon
1 tsp cinnamon
Just combine all the ingredients in your crock pot and let simmer on low for about 6 hours, stirring occasionally. Then smash with a whisk in the crock pot till desired consistency. We liked ours with some hunks of apples still in it.
You can eat it warm or put it in the fridge and serve it cold.
My kids have been eating it for breakfast all week long!!!!!!