"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall Activities

Apples .  . . .

And more apples . . .

First 2 bushels, and then a few days later, 3 bushels came into our house.

They were washed.

 Then cored and trimmed, and cut into pieces, and then cooked in big kettles.
Finally it was time to set up the Victorio strainer.

Chad was THE MAN for helping turn it . . .

All my children worked hard.

We enjoyed seeing the fruit of our labors.

Well over 60 qts total of applesauce, plus 7 qts of apple pie filling, and qts of applebutter AND fresh applesauce that we ate.
 So grateful for the food for this winter. It is very comforting to have some of my empty jars filled up once again.

Katya didn't seem that interested in helping with the applesauce when she would come home from school, much to our surprise. She was slightly curious, but didn't seem to care much beyond that. But the day she came home and found Chad taking a break from helping with applesauce by raking leaves she was ALL OVER IT. She seemed to LOVE raking, and Chad was happy to have her help. He has undertaken to keep the leaves racked and hauled out to the garden each year on his own. We are very proud of him. ;-) And now proud of Katya for helping him so willingly! Plus we figured it was a good bonding experience for them too. . . here's hoping so any way!

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