It has been two years since I began this blog, and what a wonderful journey it has been. Thank you to all of you for your daily inspiration, humor and friendship. I look forward to many more wonderful moments, laughs and fun!
I made some changes to the blog late last night, and I would love your opinion. I am not yet finished with how I want the look to be, but I just needed a change, and the anniversary seemed like the perfect occasion.
Although Summer’s end is still a few days away, yesterday felt like a bit of a close to the summer activities. As the days give way to orange and crimson, there was still some yellow glow to be had in our time together as we bid farewell to the warmth and the sun.
There were fun yellow gift bags to present to the wonderful host that fed us well after a long day of garage cleaning on Sunday. These bags are a real treat because I made four of them from just one pillowcase. Considering how many unmatched cases I have around the house, and how many lie ready to be used in thrift stores, I think that I have found my way to make handmade wrappings for the holidays ahead.
The days were spent hard at work, but we still enjoyed some moments for rest and gratitude for the summer season. While I will miss the water, the river, and the hikes under the warm sun, I am grateful for the lazy days that we shared together.
Home made applesauce is a staple of our family, especially as the weather grows cooler and the fresh, tart apples come into season. Most mornings there are apple peelers in place as the little ones emerge, and they are more then keen to help get their morning meal together.
Our recipe (if you can even call it that) is simple and yields a wonderful sauce in under 30 minutes. Eating it straight from the bowl, stirred into oatmeal, or folded into cake are three favorites, but the list is endless for what homemade apple sauce can do.
When my children first entered into their Waldorf education, I picked up the wonderful little recipe book The Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book. The book is a priceless treasure in my kitchen, and many wonderful celebrations have included something yummy from inside it.
When Jacob was first diagnosed with Celiac disease, it was books like these that found their way into the corners of the kitchen, feeling like they would never have a place again. As time has gone on though, adaption of recipes has become a focus, and bringing back some of the food that we love so well, a priority.
This was the cake that we served our oldest on his second birthday, and here it is again to celebrate a second blog birthday.
Adapted from The Waldorf Kindergarten Snack Book
1 stick of butter at room temp
1 cup of honey
2 cups of chunk style applesauce (recipe follows)
1 t GF vanilla
2 cups of brown rice flour
2/3 cups of potato starch
1/3 cup of tapioca starch
*Please note that you can substitute the above flours for any 3 cups of basic GF flour mix of your choosing, or 3 cups of regular flour for a standard version.
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
2 t. baking soda
Preheat oven to 325
Butter and flour the pan of your choosing (I often use an 8×8, but a 10-inch tube pan also works well)
Cream together butter and honey
Stir in cooled applesauce and vanilla
Sift your flour, cinnamon and baking soda over the applesauce mixture and stir well
Pour batter into pan and bake for 60-75 minutes (depending on pan), or until a cake tester comes out clean
Cool thoroughly and then sift lightly with powdered sugar
Cinnamon and nutmeg if desired
Peel, core and roughly cube your apples
Add to a dutch over or heavy bottom pot
Pour cider over apples (I use a 1/2 cup per 6 apples)
add honey (1/4 cup per 6 apples)
Cook covered on med-low heat until apples are soft but not mushy. If using spices, add them once the juices have really started to flow.
Using a potato masher, pastry cutter or large fork, gently mash applesauce till desired consistency