Happy Thanksgiving & Apple Butter Recipe

It is thanksgiving weekend! This year has been challenging on many fronts, and I have many things I am thankful for. I am thankful for my family - they are always there when I need them and I really appreciate it, even if I don't always show it. I am thankful for the friends who have supported me through the ups and downs this year brought and I am even more thankful for the 'friends' who weren't there when I needed them. It is the best way to see who your real friends are, right?

I am thankful for having the best job I can imagine. Working with athletes is the only thing I ever want to do and I feel extremely lucky to be able to do what I love for a living. I have been busy with bike fits and nutrition work on top of coaching - it has been fun! My athletes are all awesome and I am really excited about adding Pacific Tri-Works (junior elite/development squad) to the mix.

I am thankful for the patience people have shown in regards to the book... An update is coming - promise :)

I am thankful for being healthy. It has taken many years to learn how to manage my CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) symptoms and I am happy to say that despite periods of high stress this year, I have been mostly OK. I can't say the same for previous years... I have even been able to run a somewhat respectable & consistent amount of miles this fall, which makes me happy!

I am thankful for fall and spring, my two favorite seasons. I love the spring cherry blossoms and the fall leaves & colors...

I am thankful for every opportunity that presented it self in the last year, and that I have chosen to take those opportunities.

I am thankful for the potluck turkey dinner I will be going to tomorrow, with friends and other people I don't know (yet). Which brings me to the recipe below. I will be making pumpkin crumble squares and decided it will be a great idea to add apples to the filling too. But in what form? Apple sauce? Na, that is a bit boring. Sliced apples? Nope, not the right texture. Apple butter? Yes, please! So easy to make = delicious result. I could eat it by the spoonful.

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Apple Butter

Ingredients

  • 3.5lbs apples (I used red delicious apples)
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Half and core the apples, then slice and place in a slow cooker
  2. In a small bowl, mix the coconut sugar, all spice, cinnamon and salt. Add to the slow cooker and mix so apple slices are coated
  3. Cook on low for 10 hours, stirring occasionally
  4. After 10 hours, blend using an immersion blender until smooth
  5. Cook on low, uncovered, for another 2 hours
  6. Place in jars. Store in the fridge

One last thing - I am also thankful for everyone who reads this blog & tried my recipes. Say hi in the comments sometime, eh? :) Happy thanksgiving everyone!