apple butter

1. Welcome to my kitchen table. Otherwise known as APPLE BUTTER HELL.

2. Okay, fine, so I got the hang of it by the end, but it still took 5 hours to make 40 jars. Times 3. So glad it’s done. So I can turn my attention to PIE.

3. Yes, you heard right, I am contributing some items for Thanksgiving, namely this sweet potato casserole, these brussels sprouts, my all time favorite cranberry sauce that I make every year (plus an extra batch for my brother…because he likes to eat it with a spoon), and two pies.

4. The.Boy keeps yelling at me for offering to bring too much, but when the Plan B is to thaw a pie FROM THE FREEZER AISLE.  I mean,I would just die. That pretty much goes against everything I stand for in this world.

5. Or, I guess we could just go without pie. But is that even a Thanksgiving, then? IS IT.

6. You have no idea how much Gilmore Girls I have been watching on Netflix. Guys, I might be addicted. HOW IS IT STILL SO GOOD.

7. This world is kind of a funny place. Yesterday, I broke my coffee pot. Like, cracked into a million pieces after falling from the drying rack into the sink broke. At first, I was beside myself and in full-on panic mode, and then I remembered that I just got a Nespresso! So I’ve been making myself cappuccinos every morning. And for dessert. It feels like the best.

8. I’m only moderately over-caffeinated at all times.

9. PLEEASSSEE tell me what you’re making for Thanksgiving. I need to know.

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40 Responses to Wednesday Coffee Talk

  1. Sune Moolman says:

    You deserve a third pie for all the apple sauce jarring! With extra cream and/or ice cream!

  2. bellini says:

    Weddings break many a strong woman but you’re like the Energizer Bunny and keep going and going and going.

  3. Johanna GGG says:

    hope you have a great thanksgiving – and good luck with the pie (I am sure you wont need to resort to the supermarket but it is nice that the boy has plan B)

  4. Saved by the Nespresso machine! You are an almost-married rock star!

  5. I’m watching (rewatching!) Gilmore Girls too, when I work out. It gets better with every viewing!

  6. holly says:

    I’m leaving all “real” food (turkey, stuffing, sides, etc) to the hostess! But I am brings some pecan pie brownies, and beer & bourbon glazed mixed nuts. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Sues says:

    My parents are crazy good cooks, so sometimes it’s a battle to get them to allow me to bring anything. But this year I’m on cocktail duty (duh!) and bringing an appetizer or two, as well! Happy Thanksgiving, girl!! 🙂

  8. It is NOT thanksgiving without pie! I am making the pumpkin pie and apparently some marshmallows for the sweet potatoes. No idea why I wasn’t given the task of making the sweet potatoes too. Happy Thanksgiving in advance!! And have a great wonderful wedding weekend 🙂

  9. Yesss, coffee talk. I love it. And I love apple butter. And Nespresso. We’re traveling to our kids in Boston, so bringing most of the meal…they’ve got dessert covered and oh yeah, bread and mayo for our turkey sandwiches later than night…Have a happy day, Joanne!

  10. omigosh you’re insane lol-I love it!

    and girrrl Gilmore Girls never gets old.

  11. Stefanie says:

    Hahaha! I watch literally four or five episodes of Gilmore Girls a day! I would call that addicted. I was like, “why didn’t I watch this when it was ion TV?” Oh and I’m making pie today and I’m sooooo nervous hahah

  12. I agree! Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without a homemade pie. Truth. and I was lusting after that Nespresso maker from your post so I’m happy for you. . girl, that’s the way to do it. Making cappuccinos for yourself every morning. love that. I believe in having way too much food you don’t know what to do with yourself and I’m hosting this year, so I am making a maple sage turkey, a ham, gravy, a leek and artichoke bread pudding (for the 3rd time in 2 weeks), a ton of vegetables, rolls, corn bread and today is my baking day. going for 3 desserts. God help me. I hope you have a great one, Joanne!!

  13. Louanne says:

    Frozen pie…I married into one of those families, too. It’s been 13 years, and they still don’t know what to make of me. So, I’ve already prepared two batches of cornbread dressing, GF/low carb for me and standard for the regular folk. Pies to be prepared this evening after work – chocolate cream and GF/low carb pumpkin. Will also make whipped cauliflower with creme fraiche as my mashed potato stand-in.

  14. I’m sorry, from the FREEZER aisle? What is this, the baking apocalypse?

  15. Pecan pie, Chocolate Chess Pie, jello salad…it’s a full on Southern Thanksgiving 🙂 Obviously I’m in charge of desserts! Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. OMG all those recipes look AMAZING! I am making beer brined turkey, Italian stuffing with cheese and sausage, Skillet Cheese Dip with sage pesto, Sweet Potato cheesecake with speculoos crust and decadent chocolate brownies with fresh cranberries.

  17. Kelly says:

    Totally with ya, Thanksgiving definitely needs homemade pie 🙂 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family tomorrow!

  18. Meg says:

    You are one brave bride to be churning out all that apple butter! Man, I’m excited for Thanksgiving — and not just because I’m pregnant and thus all crazy-head about food. (But that’s probably part of it.) I’m making green bean casserole, beer bread with homemade dip and biscuits. My husband will take over turkey and ham duties, and everything else is being supplied by relatives! I’m so excited. And SO HUNGRY.

  19. Christina says:

    I so so want a Nespresso! And is it bad if I still do not know what I am contributing to dinner……?

  20. Heather says:

    Freezer aisle pie might just be a sin. The inhumanity! I’ve also been watching as much Gilmore Girls as I can… I wasn’t sure if I’d love it as much as I used to, but I definitely do.

  21. I am horrible at making pies – but I rock at eating them – am so coming to your place for dessert! And I understand your brother eating that Ginger Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce with a spoon – I might use a shovel though!
    P.S. I have ALL seven seasons on DVD – let the GG addiction live on!

  22. Once again, you are amazing! So happy for you that your wedding week is here! And you’re STILL making all of those dishes for Thanksgiving?! Wow 🙂 xo

  23. I love apple butter, and Gilmore Girls, but most of all I want a nespresso! So jealous.

  24. Gilmore Girls is on Netflix? Well….there goes the rest of my week. Thanks for that 😉

  25. Congrats on getting the apple butter done and know you guests will LOVE it. Sorry no Thanksgiving down under – thankfully – not sure if I could handle two big celebrations so close together – Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  26. P says:

    See, I knew you could do it 😉
    And you rewarded yourself with cappuccinos—YAY!

  27. It’s just not Thanksgiving without pie, but more specifically, the pie has to be homemade! 🙂

  28. Sarah says:

    I love that you made your own apple butter! Lots of work but made with LOVE. Someday when I get married I’ll refer back to your dedication to canning your own apple butter to motivate myself on whichever diy project I’ll be doing!

    I agree Thanksgiving needs home-made pie. That freezer section pie is a NONO to any baker’s ears. I can’t wait to see some pictures of your Thanksgiving spread. You are truly superwoman for canning all the apple butters AND cooking so many dishes for Thanksgiving all in one week.

    This year I’m planning on making mashed potatoes, stuffing, pecan pie, and salad. My mom’s making the Turkey and some side dishes for tomorrow – it’s going to be a great cooking day! After which my dad will be stuck with the dishes but oh wells, the dishwasher machine will help him out 😉

  29. Hotly Spiced says:

    We’re not making anything for Thanksgiving in this part of the world! Sadly. My husband is always on at me about how I’m always taking so much food to other people’s hosted events. He feels we’re a meals-on-wheels service. That apple butter sounds like a nightmare. Happy thanksgiving xx

  30. Krista says:

    You are amazing, girl. 🙂 And I’d totally be like you, bringing everything but the kitchen sink just to make sure the meal was GOOD. 🙂 I’m not making anything for Thanksgiving this year, simply because they don’t celebrate it here and it just doesn’t seem right to have it when it’s Summer weather outside. 🙂

  31. Kate says:

    We’re actually underdoing it on pies this year. Only pumpkin, apple, and an apple crisp, which is pie like.

  32. YES to pie, always. It can’t be Thanksgiving without it. Whipping up some savoury vegetarian Thanksgiving treats BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY pumpkin pie (yessss) and apple pie (double yes!!!). Happy Thanksgiving lady!

  33. CakeSpy says:

    LOL – apple butter hell! Well, at least there was pie at the end 🙂 Um, we bought everything for dinner from whole foods but I’m making parker house rolls and pie. 😉

  34. That’s a whole lot of apple butter. I’m sure the people receiving them will be happy. Happy Thanksgiving Joanna! 🙂

  35. We don’t have Thanksgiving, but even I know you have to have pie. And not from a freezer! Congratulations on the apple butter too 🙂

  36. I’m making ham, scalloped potatoes, mint snap peas, cranberry relish, pumpkin pie, apple pie, cranberry cake, popovers…omg I’m exhausted just typing that. Already cleaned by kitchen about 3,47 times. But I’d say your apple butter marathon still wins!

  37. Barbara says:

    Too funny! But Great prizes for your guests. Don’t do too much and forget to enjoy your own wedding.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thinking of you (and my daughter) while watching the parade.

  38. Breaking coffee pots is not uncommon. I would just stick to the Nespresso machine!

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