Wednesday, December 29, 2010
our homemade Christmas gifts
We gave our family homemade applesauce!
Tommy and I had a great adventure handcrafting these treats from the apples that we picked together. We even learned how to CAN them so they would last several months!
I have to say, all of the activities surrounding this project were a blast. Picking the apples off the trees in the orchard was such a lovely day...and then the afternoon Tommy and I spent chopping, peeling and mashing apples was a surprising good time! We turned on Christmas tunes (despite it being October!) and we danced and sang around the kitchen getting in the Christmas spirit. Canning turned out to be super easy - Tommy figured it out right away.
In the end we had a dozen jars of what we called "Tom 'n Jes' Chunky Empire Applesauce" - a homemade yummy treat celebrating our new community's resources. I found adorable mason jar toppers complete with felt apples from Mud and Twig on Etsy (cutest cutest cutest tags and toppers ever!!) We were REALLY excited about giving them to our family members!!
We even thought this would be a sweet wedding favor (of course in smaller jars!).