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!).  


  1. Those are beyond cute. What thoughtful and fun gifts to give. ..and you're right - they would make fine wedding favors. : )

  2. such a cute idea...and sounds delicious!

  3. You are one of the most amazing women I know Jes. These are absolutely lovely!

  4. Oh my goodness! Those are too fun. I bet everyone loved them.

  5. When I saw that first photo, I thought the label said "hunky empire" and I was trying to figure out what you meant. Then, I read the rest of the post. ;)



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