When We All Work Together

Jill and the grandkids came on Saturday with 3 bushels of Ginger Gold apples in tow. We were planning to make applesauce and apple pie filling that afternoon and I was a little concerned that it was going to be a late night. Was I ever wrong!

The grandkids (Jill’s two and the two oldest of Keith) are basically adults now and everyone of them knows how to work. We jumped right in on a major canning project and in less than two hours had completed the process and had an apple blast!

I was reminded of the song we sang as kids, “When we all work together, together, together, when we all work together how happy we’ll be.”

Pictures of our afternoon.

Karla washing the apples.
Emily and I cut the apples into quarters and removed the blossom end.
Lauren ran the apple peeler.

I had never used an apple peeler. I had one upstairs that I had gotten several years ago to give as a gift and never gave it. Jill forgot hers so I decided now was the time to claim this as mine. I was totally impressed. That thing peeled, cored and sliced the apples so neat. I had no idea what a gem I had tucked away and was not being used. The kids had a lot of fun with it.

There is more than one way to eat a peel!
The neatest little rings that you ever did see! I would cut the sliced apple into quarters and they slide into the jar so neatly. We won’t tell you how many Ryan ate! But, he is a growing boy!!!!
I stuffed the jars with apples for the pie filling.
Jill kept two kettles cooking for the applesauce.
Jill made the sauce to pour over the apples and processed them.
Ryan was the Victoria Strainer cranker! I never in all my canning had one of these and now I want one!
Karla filled the freezer containers with the finished product.
Lauren somehow ended up on the floor after missing her mouth eating an apple. I never did understand what totally happened or how she missed her mouth but it sure was funny!
We laughed and chatted and had a good time as we worked together.

“When your work is my work and our work is God’s work, when we all work together how happy we’ll be.”

Good memories!

Link: Recipe for Apple Pie Filling to Can


  1. your family is so lovely,you sure made alot of applesauce.looked good enjoy your labor day.God Bless you all!

  2. Kendra L Said:

    Do you have a recipe for the pie filling? I’ve never seen that method.

    • Pat Said:

      Yes. It is in Aunt Esther’s cookbook on page 615.
      I will add it to the blog post this evening.

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