A couple of weekends ago we took a day trip to a local "Pick it Yourself" farm. The main goal was to find apples but we also got tomatoes and supplies for peeling and canning.
To be completely honest, I'm not the best of cooks. I like to cook with a recipe and play it safe. The Hub on the other hand is WAY more free form. I think my main problem is that I'm not all that comfortable in the kitchen, so just like when I go to a place I've never been, I like to have a map and DO NOT like surprises.
Note To Reader: Surprises for my birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day, and any other special occasion are perfectly acceptable!
All this to say I would love for my girls to be comfortable in the kitchen and I think the way to do that is to start at a young age and keep it fun! I also agree with my good friend Annie in that I want them to know where their food comes from. So here's our journey into "applesauce".
We started the picking day with tomatoes and she REALLY love that because they were right at her level.
She loved spending time with daddy!
The cherry tomatoes were her favorite.
By the time we got to the apple orchard E was so tired she decided it was better to be a passenger. With 27 lbs of apples and two kids we neglected to take any pictures of the actual apple picking (and eating).
Back at home we imediately put this new toy to work E loved turning the crank...
and much to my surprise was actually pretty good at it.
All of this while little sister cheered her on.
After all the apples were peeled and cored, we filled the crock pot to the very top (about 18 apples), put it on high, and let them cook for about 7 hours. When they were finished cooking down I mashed them with an old school masher and we gobbled it up. This was by far the BEST applesauce I've ever had.
I promise next time I'll take more pictures because I LOVE cooking with this little lady!
(Thanks Megan for the "applesauce road map"!)
Till next time,