I don’t miss apple paraphernalia.
There are some things that I really miss about teaching. Funny things the kids say. Talking to Jr. High girls about their boy problems (always good for an internal laugh), high fives in the mornings.
I don’t miss apple things. Somewhere along the way, someone decided that teachers like apples and thus, superimposed the apple theme onto any teacher gift/mug/card/candle.
My current coworkers (glory be) do NOT give me apple stuff. They do, unfortunately provide me with tofu desserts, but that’s a problem for another day.
Still, as much as I’m morally opposed to sweatshirts with quilted apples and the quote “2 teach+2 learn= 4 ever”, I do like apples themselves.
There’s a place in Milton-Freewater where you can get their “seconds” for $10 a box. The first place apples must be impeccable, because their seconds are quite nice. Matty B got us a giant 50 lb. box for, yes, $10.
What do you do with 50 lb. of apples?
You juice 20 of them and then discover that while Great Grandpa won’t drink milk, water, juice, tea or really, any beverage at all, he will, in fact, drink fresh pressed apple juice!
Then, you make applesauce.
Ignore your husband who says, “Don’t use all the apples! Leave some for pie!”
Don’t worry. If you have a 50 lb. box of apples and you use 15 for applesauce, you still have too many apples.
And what I’m about to tell you next is the most important thing you’ll learn today. Take notes, if you wish.
Applesauce is the easiest thing you’ll ever make, other than toast.
Step 1. Peel and chop apples. Get a handy apple peeler. Didn’t I tell you to get one a few days ago?
Step 2. Fill (and I mean fill) your crockpot with apples. Add 1/2 cup water.
Step 3. Turn your crockpot to “high”. Go to work. Worry all morning that Great Grandpa is going to stick his questionably clean finger into the crockpot.
Step 4. Come home. Use your stick blender for 30 seconds, or until applesauce is desired consistency.
Step 5. Smile. You made applesauce. It’s good. It’s nothing but apples. You are a rock star and Martha Stewart all rolled into one.
Did you take notes like I suggested?
Sorry. Old teaching habits die hard…