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Apple Cider Applesauce

Full of fresh apples and warm spices, there’s no substitute for homemade applesauce. The addition of apple cider creates a deeper apple flavor in this apple cider applesauce.


12 apples (I love Gala)
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup apple cider
2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 1/2  tsp vanilla
juice from half of a lemon (about 1 tsp)

Peel and core the apples. Chop into thin slices. 

Place apples into a large pot. 

Stir in remaining ingredients, making sure apples slices are evenly coated. 

Cook apples over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are soft. Approximately 25-30 minutes. If the liquid cooks down too much, stir in additional apple cider, 1/4 cup at a time.

Using a potato masher, carefully mash the apples until they are no longer recognizable slices.

Cook up the apples!
{Cook up the apples!}
Mash up the apples!
{Mash up the apples!}

Stir the applesauce and continue cooking until desired consistency is reached. 

Remove from heat and give the apples one final mash to break up any remaining larger chunks. 

Cool and enjoy!

Notes on Apple Cider Applesauce

  • This is a chunky applesauce. If you prefer a smooth applesauce, swap the potato masher for an immersion blender or puree apples in a food processor or traditional blender. (If using a traditional blender, puree in small batches.)
  • You can use apple juice or water in place of the apple cider. It will make for a lighter color applesauce and you may need to add more brown sugar. Be sure to taste your applesauce and adjust according to your sweetness preferences.

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Michigan Apples

Fall in West Michigan is the best time of year and apple picking at Klackle Orchards is always at the top of the fall to-do list. We were there the first weekend they opened this September.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken & Apples

Slow Cooker Chicken & Apples

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 2 medium apples, peeled and cored
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • ½ c. yellow mustard
  • ½ c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt


Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Chop apples and onion. Place in slow cooker. Add raisins and chicken broth. Set chicken on top of apple mixture.

In a separate bowl, combine mustard, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and salt. Spread mixture over chicken.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Apples

Cover and cook on high in slow cooker for 2 ½ – 3 hours (or 5-6 hours on low).

Using two forks, shred chicken into large chunks. Stir to combine.

Serve over cooked rice or egg noodles.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Apples

Another Trip to Klackle’s

One last trip to the apple orchard this fall. Our family’s favorite is Klackle Orchards in Greenville, Michigan.

Family Trip to Klackle Orchards

It’s not fall until I’ve picked apples off the tree during a family trip to Klackle Orchards. My niece and nephew are usually pretty anti-camera, but this trip they were very willing to help me “take pictures of the apples.” This photo of my nephew is my new favorite.

Greenville, Michigan.

Family Traditions

My most favorite fall tradition – our annual family trip to Klackle Orchards in Greenville, Michigan with my niece and nephew. I love photographing these two. Since a camera’s focused on them so often, they see it coming a mile away and have developed a super-posed “cheese” face. So now I have a new goal – to capture my niece and nephew in truly candid moments. I don’t always succeed, but I’m loving the challenge.

First Apple Picking Trip of the Season

First apple picking trip of the season.

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