This past weekend my parents came to visit us, and my mom walked in with a jug of apple cider that was going to waste in her refrigerator. So yesterday, Eva and I decided to make use of our new treasure and cook a bit of applesauce for an afternoon snack. She was very, VERY excited because I let her use a knife to cut up the apples herself (while heavily supervised, I should add...)
There are so many ways to make applesauce, but we fall into the unsweetened camp in our house--which means the process coudn't be more simple. Begin by peeling and chopping some apples and placing them in a pot.
Add some liquid to your apples--Not too much! Just enough to cover about a third of your apples--we used the afore-mentioned cider, but water would work fine too. Cover the pot loosely (leave a crack for steam to escape), and simmer the apples until they're soft. If you think of it, give them a stir now and then and mash the apples a bit with your spoon as they cook. If you don't think of it, that's ok. You can just mash them at the end.
That's it! Dig in!
(Of course, if you want, you can add all kinds of good things to the pot while your apples cook: white or brown sugar, a bit of lemon, cinnamon sticks, berries, maple syrup. Whatever sounds good!)
Also: the title of this post comes from my mom--she often sings a song to Eva that she remembers from her childhood: Squish-squash, Applesauce. Evie-Ivy-Over! Eva and I decided it was the perfect rhyme to sing while making applesauce (with Evie!) Anyone else remember this song?
Sully had his six-month check-up on Wednesday, and he clocked in at a very healthy 18lbs 3oz, and a respectable 28 inches long. His head, however, stole the show--he went from being in the 50th percentile at 4 months old to the 90th percentile this month. Pretty sure that's from all the brains he's been growing. (Also, check out those ankle rolls!)