The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many…. September is dressing herself in showy dahlias and splendid marigolds and starry zinnias. October, the extravagant sister, has ordered an immense amount of the most gorgeous forest tapestry for her grand reception. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
I’ve shared a bit of the fun we have in late summer/early fall here in Kansas! Our menus change from salads to stews! Every woman in Kansas is reviewing their recipe cards and stocking up on slow cooker liners. I’ve found a few coupons for those liners (they are expensive, let’s admit it). The most important small appliance in my kitchen is my crock pot. I use it quite often because it’s so simple to dump and cook. That’s my style – dump and cook! 🙂
I was inspired by our trip to Louisburg, KS for the apple festival on September 10th to search for recipes that use apples. We brought home a couple of jars of their wonderful sugar-free apple butter, but in my search today, look what I found!
CROCK POT APPLE BUTTER
Approximately 3 lb. apples ( make sure 1/2 are Granny Smith )
Gala , Fugi, Or Granny Smith
3 cups sugar (I will definitely use Splenda)
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
Dash of salt
3/4 cup water or fresh apple cider
Fill Crock-pot 3/4 full with peeled, cored and sliced apples. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until evenly mixed. Cover and cook on low setting overnight or until the butter is of a thick, spreadable consistency.
If apple butter has too much liquid, remove lid and cook on high until thickened. Stir often as butter thickens to prevent scorching.
Mash Apple Butter until chunky or smooth with hand-held masher or blender
Store in refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. Freeze for longer storage.
Put in jars with water bath processing also.
Found on Pinterest and Holly’s kitchen
I found a video tour from 2014:
I don’t think I’ve shared my photos from Louisburg with y’all. If I have, just humor me and look at them again. 😉
top left: I wish you could have heard that sign squeaking as it blew back and forth. Squeak… squeak… sounds so much like autumn to me!
top right: The business of this business is apple cider! This is the barn where all the apple cider is made. You can’t tell from this photo, but behind the barn there are apples floating around in water – they go up a conveyor belt and through all the different processes from there. I wish you could have smelled the APPLE scent inside that barn – it’s better than any scentsy wax melt I’ve ever used!
bottom left: Their own label of sparkling apple cider! Ah – it is amazing!
bottom right: Yep – it’s an apple cider donut! Hey – I’m not gonna drive all those miles and not have one little apple cider donut. That was lunch – and mmm… it was yummilicious! 🙂