Fall Traditions: Homemade Applesauce & Glitter Pumpkins

Welp. It's officially winter-weather here in Chicago. I've pulled out my thick sweaters, boots and gloves this morning to stay warm on way to work. As much as I like the snow, I want to bask in everything fall, for just a bit longer. Cue....homemade applesauce (& Glitter Pumpkins)! Earlier this year, the fam took the annual Apple Picking trip up to Michigan, and as always, managed came home with far too many apples. After weeks of eating apples, I had a few apples leftover from our haul, and decided to use the remainder on some good homemade applesauce.

Let me tell you, if you've never made your own, get off your iPhone and go make yourself a batch (or two).

I used many kinds of apples for my applesauce.

Peeled (whoops, we aren't all perfect), cored, and cut. 

Apples & Cinnamon in all their glory!

- 6 pounds of apples, peeled, cored, and cut into pieces
- 1 Cup Apple Cider
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon (more or less to taste)

Combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook over low/medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 25-30 minutes. Pour entire contents in a food processor (or blender) until smooth. Store homemade applesauce in the fridge in air-tight containers.

Glitter Pumpkins!
Making homemade applesauce is fun, but not as fun as glitter pumpkins. Sound messy? It is, but totally worth it. This project turned into a girls night, which then turned into glitter fest. Blue glitter, orange glitter, black, gold and silver glitter! Mix in a batch of homemade brownies and we were set. As girly as glitter pumpkins sound, we pulled out some power tools to drill small holes in the top of the larger pumpkins to add a tea-light candle in the top. I think our glitter pumpkins turned out awesome! What's your favorite Fall tradition?

Glitter mess

Finished pumpkins

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