You may not think you can grow much besides cacti and trees in SaddleBrooke but I want to tell you that we have citrus (lemon, lime, orange, kumquat), and this year we have apples, corn, squash and cucumber. The carrots didn’t come up; I guess the soil was too hard. The rose bushes are abundant with flowers and smell heavenly. I have been picking apples and making Apple Sauce and Apple Crisp and several other apple recipes. This month I would like to share these two recipes. The Apple Sauce was the first item I learned to make when I took my first cooking class in high school. It is so easy. I have saved all my old recipes and refer to them from time to time, like now. Boy, that was a long time ago!

Apple Sauce

(2 servings – double for more)


4 good size apples

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

Pinch salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


Wash, pare, core and cut apples in eighths.

Add water and salt.

Cook in covered pot until soft. (On high heat for about 5 minutes)

Add sugar while hot, preferably just before cooking is completed.

Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon.

Serve hot or cold.

If you wish to strain sauce, cool before straining. I prefer a bit chunky.

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