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Under the weather

Whenever I am under the weather the only thing that sounds the least bit appetizing to me is applesauce.

Incredibly easy to make, applesauce is a dish that I love to keep on hand. While it is a lovely stand alone snack, it is also a tasty accompaniment to yogurt and cottage cheese, a perfect side dish for any kind of meat, and it can be used in place of oil for baking cakes.

Today I was under the weather. We can’t figure out what caused it – my husband is feeling fine. We eat the same foods and go the same places – but something I ingested did not agree with my system. So all last night and about all day today I spewed forth foul stuff from both ends. Not a pretty sight. I had fever and chills. I had terrible pain in my stomach. It was no fun. No fun at all.

It was probably little surprise to James, when he asked me what I wanted to eat after such an ordeal, that I said applesauce. He was calling from town and though it would have been easier to just pick up a jar of Musselman’s, being the kind of fellow he is, he offered to make it. We have all those good Fuji apples from the market after all. So he came home and gave me a glass of Sprite, then set to work.

I heard a lot of chopping coming from the kitchen, however I usually forgo all that chopping. Here is how I make it:

Wash the apples in a weak vinegar solution, rinse them, quarter them and take out the core. Leave the peels on.
Cut the quarters in half and put them in the electric kettle on low. Add a generous amount of cinnamon. Give them a good stir every once in a while. Let them cook until they become soft and mushy, about an hour on low. (You can speed things up and crank up the heat and stir more often if you are in a hurry.) Run the hand-held blender through them until desired consistency. If you don’t have a hand-held blender – get one! They are one of the most useful kitchen tools ever.

(My son told me that applesauce does not need added sugar. So I tried it without sugar and it not only tastes better but is healthier.)

I was on the phone with my aunt when James brought me a steaming dish. I took a tiny bite. It was delicious. And easy to digest. On the road to recovery!

Filed under: Cooking, Domestic Bliss

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Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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