Like Buttah

title in reference to snl- for those not up on their pop culture.

Sometimes I read a recipe or have one sent to my email from one of the blogs I follow and immediately know that I need to make it. This one was one of those. I read the title in my inbox- opened it- read the ingredients- bought the ones I didn’t have- and made it in 48 hours. It’s a special club of recipes really. I was thrilled to get this one and initiate it into the club.P1020890

What made me crave this recipe and feel the need to make it asap was a combination of the cold weather and the never ending fall shenanigans that surround me (you know the drill, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin carving, apple picking, sweater/boot/scarf wearing, halloween-ing, pie making- all that jazz).

Apple Butter.

Courtesy of How Sweet It Is & THIS recipe for Small Batch Stovetop Apple Butter.

Simple, delicious, and not too sweet.P1020891

And yes, that coffee can you see is the infamous one that I cut my thumb on. Rude.P1020896

After an hour on the stove at low heat- it basically is chunky apple sauce. But then you put it in a blender or food processer- and the fine line between sauce and butter is broken. You’ve got yourself some apple butter.P1020897

Another one of the main reasons why I wanted to make this, besides being way too into fall, is the ingredient list and cooking method. It didn’t require a lot of fuss and work. I already had everything in the kitchen except for the apples. Well to be honest- I had apples but needed them for something else so I had to buy MORE apples. You can never have too many, right?

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4 apples, cider, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, sea salt. That’s it. We had the apple cider in our kitchen because we bought some at the place we went apple picking a couple weeks ago.

Anyway. Low maintenance recipes are the best- especially when they yield something tasty that will last a while. This recipe created a whole mason jar of the good stuff! Score!P1020899

The best thing about making your own “butter” is you have all the control. You can choose just how sweet you want it. I told you I recently bought pumpkin butter from Trader Joes. TOO SWEET. I have a sweet tooth- trust me- but I don’t enjoy overly sugary things and the pumpkin butter is just too much for me. I always have to cut it with something.

But not this lovely creation- I could eat it by the spoonful.

I won’t. Maybe. But I could…P1020898

Apple butter tastes good on toast, other baked goods, with yogurt, on sweet potatoes, on roasted squash, on salads, you can cook chicken or turkey in it- anything you think you’d like an apple flavor on/in- grab yourself some apple butter.

I used it on Sunday to make Will and I cute lil fall parfaits.

The layers were mashed butternut squash seasoned with cinnamon, apple butter, and greek yogurt. It would have been good topped with some granola or pecans or walnuts- something crunchy! P1020900

In other more, important news- BAH WORLD SERIES. BAH THE ENDING TO GAME THREE. BAH THE UMPS. BAH THE ENDING TO GAME FOUR. BAH JONNY GOMES. BAH GAME FIVE. BAH GET US OUT OF NATIONAL LEAGUE TERRITORY AND BACK TO BOSTON. I’m going to be one tired girl tomorrow if today is any indication of how well I can survive on little sleep. It’s a good thing it’s my last week of work here at ye old full time job so I can be a little sleepier than usual ;)

And I gotta give some love to the Patriots for cleaning up their act in the second half of yesterday’s game. Way to hustle and get it together, boys.

GO SOX and

Keep it wicked healthy xoxo

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