This past weekend we took our yearly fall trip to the Nebraska City Apple Orchards. It is the best. You can buy bags, boxes, or bushels and pick whatever apples you want in the orchards. A Kocarnik Family favorite :]
Here is an easy apple butter recipe for all of those apples!
- Crock Pot Apple Butter -
4 lbs (12 cups) apples cored/peeled/sliced
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
2 Tbl apple cider vinegar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp nutmeg (really good if you have a whole nutmeg you can ground)
Put all of the ingredients in the crock pot on High for 5-6 hours (I only do mine for 5 hours because I like my apple butter more chunky). Stir every hour or every other hour. When done, just cover and let it chill over night. Can in the morning. Enjoy :]
It has been a while since I have picked up the knitting needles...but it was time. I found some sweet burnt orange/gold yarn on clearance today and this sweet neck warmer on Pinterest. We'll see how it turns out! Love the cream cross stitches.
Banana Coconut Chocolate Muffins Makes 15 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 5 tablespoons butter, melted 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup of sugar 1 large egg 3 large ripe bananas 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup dried coconut (if you can find the unsweetened variety, feel free to use.) and a bit more to sprinkle on top of the muffins 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake/muffin pan with liners. In a medium bowl, measure out and mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl, whisk egg and sugar, and vanilla extract together until well combined. Add melted butter. Mix well. Squish into the bowl bananas and mix. Add chocolate chips and coconut. Mix well. 3. Add dry mixture. Use a VERY light hand to mix at this point. The more mixing you do the tougher the muffin so try not to over mix. You want everything well mixed together but not over mixed. 4. Divide batter equally in liners. Sprinkle tops with some coconut. Bake until golden brown, about 22-30 minutes. 5. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then enjoy.
I did not have enough fabric to make a banner, so I just sewed seams on some fun vintage paper and threaded the triangles with a chopstick =) I can't wait to use these for a baby shower coming up in July!