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Homemade Apple Butter

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Fall is here!!

Apple lovers REJOICE!! I made a trip to my local apple orchard and am so excited to be making delicious apple butter to share with friends and family this fall and for the holiday season.

Apple butter was one of my favorite spreads as a child, and I just can’t resist SPREADING 😉 the love with my loved ones.

BTW, it’s hard to make brown goop look appetizing but trust me, this is DELICIOUS!!

This is a super easy recipe and process to making your own apple butter. I have removed the processed sugar and replaced it with honey (my own personal preference) but you can still use sugar if desired. If you choose not to water bath your recipe, it should last about a week refrigerated.

Give this delicious fall recipe a try and enjoy the awesome smells of fall throughout your house. Better than any candle can produce!

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Ingredients:

  • 10cups apples (peeled, cored & chunked) your favorite variety
  • 1/2 cup raw honey or 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (1 cup sugar if you prefer)
  • 1tablespoon cinnamon
  • 12teaspoon nutmeg
  • 12teaspoon allspice
  • 1234teaspoon ground cloves
  • dash of pure vanilla extract

 

Directions:

  • Place apples in crock pot; cook on high for 4-1/2 hours (covered).
  • After 4-1/2 hours stir and add remaining ingredients. Cook for another 4-1/2 hours with NO lid.
  • Using a hand mixer, mix to the desired consistency
  • Using a ladle, fill jars with 1/4 inch left at top. seal in jars. see sealing instructions below.
  • *Can seal in hot water bath 

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Vegetarian Zoodles with mushroom and feta.

Have you tried zoodles yet?

Zucchini noodles are a HUGE hit in our house, so I definitely think it’s worth giving them a shot if you haven’t tried them yet! They’re great to use in place of pasta for a lighter/fresher option (also perfect if you’re eating paleo or gluten-free). And with these fresh ingredients, I picked from the garden, you can’t go wrong!!

Zucchini, Basil, and tomato I got right from my back yard. Add a couple of store bought items and you have a delicious and economical lunch or dinner.

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Ingredients:

2  Zucchini

1  cup baby bella mushrooms

1/2 red onion

3-4 basil leaves

1/4 cup feta cheese

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

2 teaspoons “everything but the bagel” seasoning

salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:

  1. spiralize your zucchini ( there are many great spiralizers but I use a hand held) set aside
  2. saute onion, mushrooms, and garlic until onion starts to look clear
  3. add zoodles and let simmer for about 2-3 minutes. Stirring throughout. long enough for them to get warm but not mushy.
  4. add tomato about 1 minute into cooking noodles. (I’m not a fan of a mushy tomato.)
  5. remove from stove add more “everything but the bagel” seasoning, feta, basil, salt, and pepper. It’s that simple!! Enjoy!

 

Finding peace and happiness within yourself.

An inner soul is a life you lead inside of yourself; a place no one else can visit unless they are personally invited. I know it looks different for each of us, but all souls have this in common: they are a place of reflection, safety, peace, power, and shelter. If you look deep enough, you will be able to find the images in your mind of your inner soul; your own place of safety and peace.

My inner soul is definitely serving more than one purpose depending on how I need to renew, strengthen and relax. One part of my inner soul enjoys sitting on my back deck and watching nature or spending time in my vegetable garden harvesting what I sowed. These are the places I go when I need to feel at peace. They are a place where I can rest and renew my soul because I feel safe and protected there, with very little noise coming from my mind that tends to distract me during the day.

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My soul is mostly a peaceful, warm and sunny place. Although, I also have days where it is difficult and empty. There are no birds singing, no squirrels chasing each other with joy ( or at least I think it’s joy) and no flowers blooming. Everything that I love outside is just quiet. The trees are bare, the sky is gray and all I can here are cars and trucks going every which way. It’s like my brain is a busy highway that has one side zooming by and the other side all backed up with trucks and cars honking, sirens blaring, and people yelling at one another. That’s the inner soul I go to when my life is stormy and I’m dealing with challenges that I’m not quite ready to confront.Screenshot 2017-08-11 at 11.08.16 AM

When I’m there, I hear my inner voice of self-doubt, self-judgment, guilt, and shame. It’s a place I go when my inner bitch takes me there. When I know I need to look at things about myself that are so comfortable but yet uncomfortable and I need to make a change. I sit there and listen to the noise in my head and take it in with gratitude (most of the time) because if I didn’t have that part of my inner soul, there would be no change. For that, I am thankful.

My happy place is where I go to help me face the usual stresses of daily life. Sitting in a traffic jam, going to the doctor, standing in a long line can all direct me to my happy place. That long deep breath to push away the frustration place that we go to. My inner soul is a place I go to for reflection. A place I go to find power and peace.

Can you visualize your inner soul, your own place of power and peace? What does it look like?

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Photo: My back deck… My happy place 🙂 of power and peace.

 

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