I received an email last week from our farm share letting us know that Farmer Pete was on his way back from Hendersonville, NC with a truckload of honey crisp apples! I nearly jumped with joy! I immediately ordered a half bushel so we could pick it up with our delivery last Thursday! Since then, we’ve been eating apples like it’s going out of style!
Now that the weather is finally cooling down, I am ready for some apple butter!!! In an effort to take the sugar out of our diets, I made a healthier, homemade version, of apple butter using our honey crisp apples!! I started by scrubbing all of the apples and cutting them into quarters. I removed the cores and stems. Then, I put them into the bowl of my slow cooker and threw in the rest of my ingredients!
As the hours go by, the apples just melted and caramelized. I stirred the apples every few hours to keep them from burning on the bottom.
After 20 hours on low, I ladled the apples into my Vitamix and blended it up. I spooned it into a mason jar with a lid and popped it into the fridge, after tasting it of course! It was DELICIOUS! Rich, thick, and appley!
I adore everything fall. As an added bonus, this recipe made the house smell so good! It’s perfect for slathering on our spelt toast, mixing into oatmeal and smoothies, or even eating it by the spoonful! Happy eating!
Healthy Apple Butter
10 honey crisp apples
1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
1 cup organic apple cider
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
pinch ground clove
Wash all of the apples. Cut apples into quarters, and remove the stem and core. Place apples into the bowl of your slow cooker. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Give it a stir. Turn the slow cooker on low for 20 hours, stirring every few hours. Use a ladle to place the apples into a blender (or use an Immersion Blender). Blend until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for up to one month.
I think 4th of July is my favorite holiday. Actually, I love all holidays, but the 4th is up there! Any excuse to have a BBQ and color coordinate, I’M IN! I think it stems from growing up on the beach and having BBQs and seeing fireworks every year! It’s just such a festive holiday!
Stew and I have been working so much that we didn’t even know what to do with ourselves today! We put Turner down for his morning nap and tried to think of something extravagant to do. Nothing. So, we made breakfast! That always helps us think. We cut up some fresh fruit and baked these AMAZING croissants from Trader Joes. I mean…amazing (they’re in the freezer section in case you have a hankering).
Every 4th of July, our neighborhood has a bike parade in the morning. Everyone dresses up in their most festive clothes and decorates their bikes (and strollers) and walks through the neighborhood! We love to sit on the porch and watch everyone go by. We brought our breakfast out and watched the parade. The kids looked so cute racing by!
Then, Turner was up. We all went out on the porch to enjoy the gorgeous weather, FINALLY!
We thought about going to the beach but didn’t want to fight the traffic and vacationers. So, we went to our beloved pool with our friends Cara, Drew, and Baby Lola. We had a blast, until the babies pooped out!
We won’t be going out to enjoy fireworks tonight since it’s passed Turner’s bedtime. But, luckily, we can catch a few from our porch! It will be a quiet night with my honey and a cold corona. Times have certainly changed, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Yesterday was Stew’s first Father’s Day! Mother’s Day was so special to me, so I wanted to make sure Stew felt the same way. He is such an amazing daddy, he deserves the biggest celebration! I remember, when I was pregnant, Stew was nervous that he wouldn’t know what to do! He said, “I can’t even keep all the names straight…the bumbo, the boppy, the binky” I’m sure everyone has felt that way! But, the second Stew held Turner, it was like he was born to be a father.
So, this day is all about Stew! He’s the one who works a long, hard, messy day, and still comes home and makes a beeline to Turner. He’s the one that will be covered in concrete dust, but will still do bath time with Turner before he showers! He’s the one that lets us both rest on his chest even with a separated rib! He’s the most selfless and loving person I have ever met! And we are so grateful he’s “ours”. Thanks for taking such good care of us, Babe!
We started the day by making a delicious breakfast! We get these frozen croissants from Trader Joe’s that are to die for. I took them out of the freezer and let them rise overnight. They bake up so light and fluffy, it feels like we’re sitting in a little cafe on the streets of France (not that I’ve ever been to France, but I imagine that’s what it would be like).
Stew opened his presents from me and Turner…
We ordered him shirts from Etsy. Like Father Like Son. These shirts actually aren’t on this girl’s Etsy shop anymore, but she has some seriously funny shirts. It makes me want to get into the shirt printing business!
We also gave him a framed poem, which he loved! I saw this on Pinterest a while ago and saved it. I thought it would be a great Father’s Day gift! I cry every time I read it. I used a blue ink pad and dipped Turner’s feet in it and pressed them on printer paper (one foot at a time). Then, I let it dry. Meanwhile, I typed up the poem, put the footprint paper in the printer (face down) and printed out the poem. I put it in a black frame and will hang it on our wall. So cute!
Later on in the day, we had our friends over for a little pool action and a BBQ. These are our “baby” friends. We all met in our hypnobabies class and had our babies around the same time. The girls have play dates with the babies, but the men rarely get to play! So, we decided to have them all over to celebrate new dadhood. They’re all amazing daddies! We had so much fun celebrating yesterday! Happy first Father’s Day Stew!!
Today was quite a big day for us! We started our morning as usual, feeding Turner while we sat in bed drinking our coffee. While Turner napped, we got everything ready to spend the day in Summerville since we would be celebrating STEW’S 30TH BIRTHDAY at my mom’s later that night. Once Turner woke up, we got him dressed and headed out the door for church. This was Turner’s first official trip to church! He couldn’t wait to meet Pastor Mike.
Family portrait! After church we went to my mom’s house for lunch. It was delicious. Grilled cheese and salad…Gigi knows how to make a mean grilled cheese.
After lunch we hung out and got things ready for supper! We had lots of great photo ops with my new camera!Then, everyone passed Turner around like a he was a hot potato. He didn’t seem to mind though! Here’s Gigi (my mom) with Turner.
And then his Nona held him (my grandmother).
Then it was Uncle Jesse’s turn (my brother).
Finally, it was time for dessert! Turner got comfy in his PJs and had his bottle while we sang to Stew and ate cake!
Needless to say, Turner was pooped by the end of the day!
We had so much fun celebrating Daddy’s birthday today! There is so much more celebrating to do! His birthday week has only just begun, and I have a feeling 30 will be his best year yet!
Every year we celebrate my birthday and the Super Bowl together at my grandparents’ house. It’s always a fun time with amazing food! This year was even more special, because I was able to dress up my little pumpkin! Here are some pictures of the festivities!
Daddy with his little man! Turner is 11 weeks old in this picture. Although he looks like a little boy!We started the celebration at my mom’s house so Stew could shoot his new gun in the backyard. It was the perfect day for shooting!
Then, it was off to Nanny and Pops’ for Emily Bowl! My mom got me a tiara…I was so excited!!
Nanny and Mom surprised me with the Magic Baby Bullet! I can’t wait to start making baby food. It’s hard to believe we’re almost to that phase of Turner’s life! He’s growing right before my eyes.
Turner started getting sleepy, so we parked him on Nanny’s lap. He was so relaxed and happy. We were making him laugh and laugh!!
Turner ended the night hangin with the guys watching the game! He had the best seat in the house…all snuggled up on Daddy’s lap! Overall, it was a great night. It was the best birthday celebration I could have asked for!