Showing posts from October, 2014

Quiet Reflection Sunday- Harvest Time

Apple Season!! My favorite time. Every year we go to the apple farm  for fresh apples, cider and donuts. There has been a standing tradition in my family that I make applesauce. I make a huge pot and then freeze it  for the winter months. There is nothing like apple sauce warmed when it is sub zero outside.
I use a variety of apples for the sauce. Core them and cut them up in large pieces. I used to peel them, but I don't bother anymore. Put them in a large pot with about a cup of water. I add a half to a whole cup of brown sugar. Plus a tablespoon of cinnamon. Mix  it up, cover and put it on the stove  on medium low. Check it often for the consistence until it's ready to mash. We like chunky applesauce. Remove from heat and mash. I use an old potato masher. Allow the apple- sauce to cool and then put it in  containers if you are going to freeze. Allow enough space on the top for expansion. Put the rest in the frig.

The Crock Pot Revisited, an unusual use

I have found a new use for my crock pot, as you can see from the pictures. I love to dye fabric but, I do not have space for an open fire and dyeing in the kitchen gave me problems with my allergies. So for weeks I have wandered around thinking what I could use to dye.

Recently I had my daughter and her family over for Sunday dinner. I dragged out the crock pot and made
a large batch of bolognese sauce. Unfortunately I was not happy with the results. I have had a love hate relationship with the crock pot. So after Sunday dinner, I decided to put my crock pot in the garage sale pile once and for all.

I'm not sure when it happened but a light bulb went off
and I decided to try the crock pot for dyeing. Why not? It has a long cooking time, I could use it in the garage and I did not have to worry about my allergies or a fire.

The process;

I filled up the crock pot with golden rod.
Added water and then the cotton fabric.
Add a good splash of vinegar to the water.
I added a rusty metal…