Monday, October 8, 2012

October Thanks - Apples, Apples

There is nothing quite as wonderful as beautiful fall days. And the beauty of a season is so often captured in the flavors and aroma of delicious food. Apples - just the word alone invites us to enter into the warmth and love of the fall season.

The first week of October was full of apples! Our Winesap Apple tree did amazing this year, giving us one of our very best crops of apples. These apples are excellent for apple pies, and a variety of other apple desserts. Also they make a delicious apple sauce.

Our tree is loaded with fruit, and we have just begun to use these beautiful, delicious apples. It's a good thing that the apples store well, so we will be enjoying them in the months ahead - and also will enjoy sharing them with family and friends.

After being gone for meetings and fun family events with family most every day of the last week of September, I found myself at home quite a few days the first week of October. Perfect timing to start with putting up apples! I worked on them two afternoons, and put ten apple desserts into the freezer. So thankful! Five double-crust pies, one apple crumb pie, and four of a new recipe called Slab Apple Pie. (Check back for tomorrow's post to get more details.)

The rest of our week was filled with blessings, as well. We were able to spend time on Tuesday with our Staff Team on Cru's Worldwide Day of Prayer, followed by a short Staff Meeting. And we continue to be amazed at all God is doing to open up new high school campuses to Cru this fall. My husband was super-blessed to be part of the very first student Cru meeting at Accelere Alternative school this past Thursday!

Other blessings and gifts from God the first week of October: another Devo Outing at Boyer Chute, finding some great buys of clothing items needed for the coming cooler weather, provision of an upgrade for our MacBooks operating system, digging of our sweet potatoes from our garden, and our first meal using them tonight - so delicious!

And so encouraged during the week with reminders that He Hears, and He lives Within Us. And today, these words, reminding us where overflowing thankfulness comes from:

"Let your roots grow down into Him,
and let your lives be built on Him.
Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught,
and you will overflow with thankfulness."
(from Colossians 2:6-7)

(Counting 1000 Gifts in 2012 #820-837)

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  1. This post has given me a craving for all things apple:) We live in Florida, where no apple trees grow. I miss the harvest of fall--apple cider, apple pie, etc. Enjoyed your list!

  2. I would love to raid your freezer ... you are always putting the most delicious treats inside.


  3. I think I need to get busy and bake an apple pie and apple crisp! You've inspired me! I love Col.2:6-7... Beautiful words of life!
    Mary @ Woman to Woman

  4. Love your list, Mom...and so glad you have been enjoying this beautiful fall season. Love you! PS - Can't wait to taste those apple desserts:)