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One thing about moving from Northern Illinois to the middle of Tennessee has been getting used to the earlier growing season. In July I kept making a mental note to check when the apples would be ready at the local farm (fortunately just a mile away). In August they were ready. It was 90 degrees out and we were churning out apple pies, apple crisp, applesauce, and a new delight, apple fruit leather. It seems so crazy to me, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it.

Pioneer Papa has been so delightful in purchasing an apple peeler, corer, and slicer. We love it! He might have an ulterior motive, more apple desserts, but I’m hooked. We purchased a Victorio apple slicer which has turned out to be very well made, suctions well to the counter, and adjusts easily. It’s very simple to use which means my boys are eating a lot more apples (accordion style). And we’ve discovered a new favorite type of apple, Arkansas Black.

So we aren’t shy about baked goods in the dead of a 90 degree day. You’ve got to get it while the gettin’s good:)

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