It has been fun updating our homemade chalkboard with sketches that reflect the changes in our backyard apple trees.
Remember these I've shared? Each sketch for a time was our wall decor in our kitchen.
My kids have enjoyed watching the changes, and learning the life cycle of a fruit tree. They have been a big help sorting out all the good ones from the bad ones.
We just finished picking the last few, and the leaves are just starting to fall. We updated our chalkboard to show where we are now. Now what to do with all these apples?
Any suggestions? One way we tried today was baking them. The kids had fun helping me. We called it Sugar Apples. Here's what we did.
- Brown sugar
- maple syrup
- 6-8 large apples
- 1 stick of butter
I washed and cored the apples. Then placed them in a 13x9 glass baking pan (ungreased). Next, I let the kids fill the apples with brown sugar and butter. When we had them packed we then sprinkled oatmeal on top of each apple. Lastly, the kids drizzled them with maple syrup. Bake in 350 oven for 50 minutes. Before serving peel skin off (optional) and drizzle with melted stuff in the pan.
We also like apple crisp, and I will be up late freezing apple slices for pie baking. Simple recipe. Peel and slice apples, put in 1 quart freezer bags with 1 cup sugar and 1 tblsp lemon juice.
I'd love to hear how you put up apples! Let me know :)