Saturday, August 25, 2012

Canned Applesauce

Dear Diary,
Hi Everyone!

Today has been a good day.  I am feeling more domestic these days.  I did laundry, cleaned my kitchen, organized the pantry, and made homemade applesauce for canning!  Loving it!   We had the missionaries over for dinner and I made a crockpot recipe I found on Pinterest.  Do you all know how much I love Pinterest??  You can see my board by clicking on the sidebar.  You probably won't see many crafts on my boards but you will see the things I am interested in right now.  Lots of food recipes (especially now that I can't eat them), home decor, organization, sewing, etc.!!

For any of you who missed it, I retired from my product line.  The post is buried right now since I have been rockin' my posts!  LOL!  I decided that I wanted to continue being a Stay-at-home mommy without owning my own business.  My kids really don't know the difference but my dishes and laundry do!  I have always been very much involved with my children and husband, as you probably have seen over the past 6 years since I've started my blog, but I wanted my head to be in the game (if you know what I mean).  Owning a business in a competitive market can really start to get in your brain.  I am SOOOOO much happier now that I am just Robyn!  I feel a peace within that I think has been missing for a couple of years.

Today is Day 3 of doing Jenny Craig.  I have been REALLY hungry today and have had a couple extra 100 calorie snacks.  That is totally okay, though, because I skipped the really unhealthy cravings I had.  I need to do this for ME!  I have been feeling sluggish lately, even though I play a ton of tennis and am very active.  I need to start paying attention to my snacking habits.  Wish me luck!  I'm going to do JC for 3 months and then do it all on my own like I did before.

Guess what???  Karlee is coming to visit me in 3 1/2 weeks!!!  I have not seen her since April!!  Sooooo excited about that!!

Okay, here are the pictures of my applesauce that I canned.  It was soooo good.  You can find a recipe online by searching for canning applesauce recipes.  They were all pretty close to each other.

I picked up these apples at the Farmer's Market this morning.  There were more in the box but I remembered to take a picture after I had peeled a bunch of them.  
My apple peeler/corer from Pampered Chef.
My sweet helper!
I even used my pressure cooker for some of the apples!

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Saturday night!  I'd love to hear from you!  Since I've retired, I have had time to read ALL the comments and even respond in the comments!  LOL!  Love you guys!



  1. Glad to hear you're so happy! I love it when a family can have one stay at home parent who is so involved. It really shows in the kids.

  2. I'm so happy for you definitely sounds like you made the right decision for you and your family!!! The applesauce looks delicious!! I'm hoping to try & can some apple butter later this fall....."hoping" the key word there!!! ;)

  3. Your applesauce looks divine! I also can cinnamon applesauce! So yummy too. Glad that you are stepping back Robyn, and putting your energies where they are most needed. Good Luck to you!!

    Kellie in Alaska

  4. Robyn, I'm so happy to have you back :) LOL I have missed reading/seeing being apart of your normal life, I love your products and as much as I am sad that you will not be producing more, I'm so happy to have you back to just post about your life, what is happening, and what you are doing :) I've missed that a great deal....
    AT the end of the day, it doesn't matter what any of your readers think or feel about your life, all that matters is that you have done what the Lord wants you to do, that you have put him first and that you and your family are in his perfect will.
    Thanks for everything you do, you really do inspire me to live a better life.
    Two Chics and a Cricut

  5. Fabulous - you must be enjoying the relaxing (LOL) side of just being a Mom!! The apple sauce looks yummy. TFS

  6. Glad you can finally relax! Can't wait till Karlee comes cuz I hope u will do the old Karlee and Robyn videos, and the card videos!Miss those a LOT! The The applesauce looks delicious!

  7. Sounds like you have found what really brings you joy! Then took the step to do it! It takes a few lessons in life to realize what is really important! Your children will grow from your example and you also! We love you Robyn and always enjoy sharing your blog, does not always have to be crafty! Love, Jeananne

  8. It sounds like you're working hard to be a healthier, happier you! Jenny Craig gets better after the first week or so- you feel less hungry all the time and start to get used to what you are allowed to eat. Hang in there!

  9. I love reading your everyday stuff! You have intrigued me to look at Pressure Cookers and I was wondering if you researched the one you purchased or if it was recommended? To put home cooked - HEALTHY meals on the table for my family needs to become a priority but with all the 'busyness' I think that having a pressure cooker would really help out.

    Thanks for keeping it REAL!!

  10. There is definitely a fine line between enjoying a hobby and growing a business. That comes with obligations that sometimes are hard to control. When you're not having fun is the key to start saying no. Been there.

    Barb from Toronto, Canada

  11. Yummy.It's more fun to craft...when you don't "have" to craft. I totally get it. Lee-Ann :)

  12. Hi Robyn -- You definitely made the right decision and there is a peace about you that is very evident. I'm so happy for you and your family. The applesauce looks yummy and everything always tastes better when it's homemade. Looking forward to more great Robyn stuff! :)


  13. You are an inspiration even without the "business" so please keep posting to your "diary." LOL. You will do fine with your change of food habits, just know that you have stamina! Looking forward to your next post.

  14. Hey Robin,
    what's with Karlee,
    the poor thing?
    Why is she again with brackets?
    I'm glad that you two have now 3 1/2 weeks time for each other.
    Robyn, has cost you the approval of your products is not a great effort? But you will still continue, if you have time and inclination to be creative and show us some of it, or?
    I would be very happy.
    But I can understand you very well. The children are so fast. My children (the girl 25years / the boy 23years) still live at home and feel right at Hotel Mama. They are both throughout the day in the university. At leisure, they must either learn or they meet their friends, partying and so on. On Sundays we always try to eat lunch together. It is always very nice.

    Do you remember? You were my inspiration to buy a / my Cricut Expression. I'm so happy with it. Even though I do not every day manage to create something new for my blog and to post this, I would never be without my Cricut. However, if my health permits, I go upstairs to my attic room / craft room and marvel at what the Cricut is capable. Think about it, I got yesterday also one of the brand new cartridges: The cartridge Artiste collection of CTMH! The ways to create more and more beautiful with the Cricut are getting ever greater.
    I think it's great that you now call us some of your recipes, and cooking us imagine your new machine.
    Best wishes from Germany Ulrike ♥

  15. Hi Robyn,

    Have you got a website to recommend where I can learn more about canning and bottling. I know there are lots of them out there. I took bad advice from a site last year and ruined 20 jars of beetroot :(

    Scrappy Vee xx

  16. That applesauce looks really good! I am happy for you that you get to be "just a stay at home mom", lol. The only think that I really hate is that I only have one set of your stamps and I love them. I wish I could get more before they run out but I probably won't get to.

    Love Ya and all you share,
    Tammy Hancock

  17. I`m glad that you`re happy. If You`re more happy for your family, you will have more time and enjoy their life even more. Remember that "No other success can compensate for failure in the home", that quote is from the President David O Mckay. I really like his teachings. With sharing with us your life and testimony you`re doing something he taught us that "Every member is a missionary "


  18. My husband canned tomatoes today. He canned fresh tomato juice and crushed tomatoes. I was his helper. We still have tons more tomatoes in the garden. He's going to do sauce and ketchup next.

  19. Wow I have missed so much on your blog - we have been away for my daughter's wedding! Well, I will miss your products - especially that new ink pad that made it through 450 wedding favors, 75 shower favors and is still super juicy! Great stuff - but I know you are doing the right thing! Congrats on being able to figure it all out with such pressure from the world to be in business! The kiddos grow up way to fast and before you know it they are gone and getting married! As usual you are an inspiration!
    Good luck my friend! And maybe we will see you again in September when we go to church with Chris and Theresa!
    Have a great week!

  20. Robyn, Come back to WW. Thank you for sharing your blog stories.

  21. Hi Robyn,
    It's good to hear that you are happy with your decision with the business. You have done quite a bit in such a short time which you should be very proud of. the apple sauce looks yummy and all your posts about your pressure cooker is making me feel like getting one. I got my hands on a few more of your stamp sets before they are gone.

  22. Robyn, YUM! that applesauce looks super good! I am so glad that you are happy. I really think your happiness is overflowing onto your blog posts. It is contagious! Reading your posts brightens all of our day:-)

  23. Looks so yummy Robyn!! Great job.


  24. Wow, that pressure cooker sounds like the True Kitchen Dream Machine. I guess I'll have to pull mine (non-electrical) out of the storage closet and give it another go. Loving these recipes you share. So yummy looking.

  25. Hi Robyn! I started my blog after I got a cricut to share my crafts with other crafters. But like alot of moms I am busier being mom than I am a crafter. So my blog has turned into an everyday life blog. And I love it. It's the place where I can express whatever I want. So I can understand where you are coming from and I still love reading your updates!

    Take care,


  26. Hi Robyn. I have been on JC since Feb. 2011. I lost 70# and reached my goal Feb. 2012. I have been on maintenance. I joined because I don't like to cook (unlike you) and was always going out to fast food on my lunch breaks. I did break the habit. You're a pretty busy lady so just think about something else during those cravings - like the beach or something. Go make a card and share it with us. You'll get it done!! Good Luck. Diana

  27. You are a blessing to me as you help me stay positive through difficult daily issues. Our church names may be different but we are serving Him and your love shines through. Thanks-Amy


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