I DID IT, MY FIRST YEAR MAKING APPLESAUCE WITHOUT MY MOM'S HELP!!!
I have the "youngest-of-8 children" syndrome in which I feel I can do no *difficult* thing without my Mother. And by difficult, I mean canning. To me, she is the MASTER, she doesn't have any instruction book she follows, she effortlessly flows from one task to the next until she has 200 quarts of applesauce sitting before her. I'm just along for the ride. Seriously.
But I decided I better grow up and this was the year I did.
Now, mind you, my two Amish nieces VOLUNTEERED to join me....or shall I say, rescued me.
It's a main point that they are Amish because they've been making applesauce/canning since they could use a knife, which was probably age 5. They instinctively know what they're doing.
I didn't even know how to cut the apple up without wasting 1/2 of it.
They kindly showed me.
And I watched carefully.
They came into my kitchen and told me what to do.
And I enjoyed every minute of it....THANK YOU ANNIE & BETTY, YOU WERE A BLAST to work alongside, you helped me learn a new thing today and gave me the confidence to do it! And you gave of your time and energy to stock OUR pantry....BLESS YOUR HEARTS!!!
Until next year.....
"The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit."