Celebrate Fall with Homemade Applesauce!

Homemade Applesauce

I miss living in North Carolina or Michigan. Fall meant a trip to the apple orchard. Not many apple orchards here in Florida. So, when I saw a good sale at Winn-Dixie for apples, I picked up 20 pounds of them! Four different varieties were on sale so, we got about 5 pounds of each: Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Macintosh, and Braeburn. I had wanted to try homemade applesauce when we lived in North Carolina, but didn’t have the money to buy canning supplies.

My husband and I set up an assembly line. I washed the apples and peeled them. My husband cored and sliced them. We placed the apples into a mixtures of lemon water so they wouldn’t brown too much. We had bought an apple corer awhile ago but it broke, good thing I have a willing husband!



Homemade Applesauce


  • 6 pounds Apples, Peeled, Cored, Sliced
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Suagr
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Tablespoons Real Maple Syrup


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes.
  2. Carefully puree in a food processor or blender.
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I decided to puree mine in a food processor, but if you like it chunkier you can just use a potato masher.


We did three batches of this recipe and we are going to can them! Yum!

What is your favorite thing to do with applesauce?

Recipe adapted from the Pioneer Woman.

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The Hardest Peace Book Review

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Frugal Fall Beef Stew


Beef Stew

When the weather gets cooler our family enjoys soups and stews; one of our favorites is my Frugal Fall Stew! Start this stew in the morning and it will be perfect by dinner time.

 Entire cost of the entire meal for a family of 4 $6.54 ($1.63 per person)

Preparation Tips:

  • Here is a tip for stretching your beef; since the chunks are usually pretty large cut them in half this will give you twice the meat.
  • Use whatever veggies you have left in my refrigerator.

Frugal Fall Beef Stew


  • 1 lb of quality beef stew meat.
  • Here is where it gets tricky:) I use whatever veggies I have left in my refrigerator. This week I used the following:
  • 2 Celery sticks(dice)
  • 1/2 bag of organic mini carrots (chop)
  • 1 pint of mushrooms(dice)
  • 1/2 of a white onion(dice)
  • 1 Tablespoon of EVO


  1. First you will need to lightly coat your beef with all-purpose flour(we use GF flour).
  2. Put a tablespoon of EVO into a 4 quart pot and brown the beef. ( I use one pot for easy clean up)
  3. After your beef is browned add your veggies sauteing for a few minutes.
  4. Now add enough veggie stock, chicken stock or beef stock whichever you have on hand to cover your beef and veggies.
  5. Cover and simmer for about 2 hours. If you need to thicken your stew add a teaspoon of corn starch and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  6. Serve with crusty french bread or a small dinner salad.
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