Hello Dear friends! I thought you might get a laugh out of seeing what passes for an Easter bonnet in Northern Michigan!
We used up the last of our apples from the root cellar. And the potatoes too. Root cellaring is the lazy man's way of preserving food. That is how we store all our potatoes, apples, pumpkins, squashes, sweet potatoes and onions for the year. We simply store them in heavy bags that keep the sunlight out, in the garage until we get a heavy (or as we say around here a killing) frost. Then we move them into our unheated enclosed porch and finally when the weather really gets cold and the temperatures are consistently below zero, we move them to a uninsulated closet in the house. The only work involved is culling out the bad fruit from time to time. We mainly eat either fruit cobblers or pies for desserts in our house, using the fruits and berries that we grow on our little plot of land. Here's a very easy recipe for apple crisp:
6 C. apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 C. sugar
1 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 C. water
Combine apples, sugar, flour and cinnamon. Put into a greased 9 X 13 dish. Pour water over.
3/4 C. oatmeal
3/4 C. flour
3/4 C. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 C. butter
Combine until crumbly. Pat over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.