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It’s Called {Life}

From time to time I do a CoOkiNg shOw on our local cable channel.  Because I live in a small town (pop. about 9,000) the viewing audience is relatively small.  The last show I did featured home-made AppLe bUttEr and PoPcoRn BaLLs.  The popcorn balls were a recipe my dad would make when I was a KiD.  Because of the NosTaLgiC element of this treat, I decided to make these for the audience.  I remembered my dad whipping them up in no time flat and wanted to share a quick, easy, SwEeT tReAt.  So, I called my dad, he gave me the recipe off the top of his head, and I was off and running.  I did a practice run and they came out PeRfEcT.  I was ready to feature them on the cooking show.  So I ThoUgHt. 

Then came time for the ShOw.  Everything was going along fine until it came time to form the popcorn balls.  The host and I began to form the sweetened popcorn into balls.  That is we began to “TrY” to form the sweetened popcorn into balls.  Unfortunately our efforts failed.  The mixture just would not stick together.  The only thing it did was StiCk To oUr HaNdS.  Oops!

We continued the show and did the best job we could.  Turns out that when the show was over, the mixture very easily formed into balls.  It just needed a little TiMe To CoOL.

I suppose I could have stopped the taping and asked if we could start over, but hey, ThIs is LiFe.  And life isn’t perfect.  So, as I am learning, I did the BeSt I could with the ReSouRcEs I haD.  Because afterall, it’s called “LiFe”.

:)

Robynn~

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{Yummy} Apple-Butter

Today I was HoPiNg to be in WeStOn, Missouri at their ApPLe CeLeBraTioN.  Weston is a quaint little pre-civil war town in the rolling hills of northwest Missouri with so much to offer.  I especially love their apple OrChArDs and PuMpKiN farms where you can pick your own apples and pumpkins.  The tractor-trailer ride to the pumpkin patch where my family visited had spectacular views of the RolliNg CoUnTry-SiDe!  

Lara and I had wanted to take our families and make a day of it, but due to other obligations we were unable to go.  So, instead, I am going to share with you a recipe I came up with InSpIrEd by one of my visits there:  ApPLe-BuTtEr.  It is so YuMmY and EaSy!!  Weston’s Apple Celebration also InSpIrEd me to make ApPLe DuMpLiNgS which are also YuMmY and oh, so PrEtTy, but that’s another post for another day!!

I usually like to get my apples for my Apple-Butter from a nearby orchard, but this year I was unable to do so.  Instead I bought them from the store.  Because I love GrAnNy SmItH apples, those are the ones I chose.  This is a great recipe to make on a Saturday when you’re home hanging out with the family watching football!

{YuMmY} Apple-Butter Ingredients

  • 12 big apples 
  • 2 cups sugar (use 1 cup if you want to cut out some sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter  (you can omit this is you are wanting to cut down on fat)

Peel and core the apples and cut into small pieces.  Place in a CrOcKpOt. 

Add the rest of the ingredients. 

Place crockpot on high.  Stir occasionally.  In about 4-5 hours VoiLa!!

 

The apples will break down on their own as they cook.  When the Apple-Butter is finished I like to place them in jars, save one, and GiVe the rest away!!

:)

Robynn~

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