Family Project Time

Families are where it all starts, and that foundation will shape a child’s future.

It’s such a delight to see my brothers embracing the vision of doing projects together with their families.

Nathan likes to tackle making homemade applesauce with his crew every autumn. As he told me, the first years, the kids were too young to help that much, but they would be around and doing what they could. Fast forward to 2019, and they are now a dynamic team. The two oldest girls are a powerhouse and were so excited to help. They even got up early on a Saturday morning anxious to start.

Nathan set up the garage to be able to process everything, and Melanie cooked the applesauce in the kitchen.

What could you do as a family that would include your kids?


In just two hours, Nathan and his kids picked 9 bushels.
Tina giving Drew’s scooter a bike wash while the apple process went on.
Abby enjoying a break and knitting. She’s become a proficient maker of hats and booties.

“For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands:
happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.”
Psalm 128:2

11 thoughts on “Family Project Time”

  1. What a fun (and healthy) family tradition! Do they pick the apples on a local farm or in their own yard?

  2. Yum! I love homemade applesauce!

    Are they using a camping stove (mini-grill) for processing the jars? I’d love to free up space in my kitchen while canning and that looks like a great option.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy that applesauce,

    1. My understanding was that their glass cooktop on their stove wasn’t recommended to be used for canning. The camping stove is an alternative, and it would free up space in the kitchen.

  3. A great project. We have a very prolific cooking apple tree so have been making various apple recipes: pies, crumbles, puree for porridge and even marmalade as well as having plenty to share. We have some frozen and some stored in a cool place for later in the year. I am curious about what you use apple sauce for. We are in England and would have apple sauce with pork or gammon but I can’t think of many other uses for it. I would love to know as I still have plenty of apples to use!

      1. Although I’ve never made it myself, I believe you can use it to make applesauce cake. Ummm, I might have to try that this year!

  4. We have this same applesauce maker! It was recommended by a friend years ago,and we absolutely love it. Our family does this exact same applesauce making process, from picking the apples, to cutting them up, cooking them on the stove top, and then putting them through the “machine”. I love it that they can use their garage for most of the work – we don’t have a garage – that would be a very convenient place to do the work! My children are also very helpful and look forward to it each year, as well. =)

    1. What a wonderful family project for your family as well. I didn’t realized how helpful the garage was for the process, but it does look like it outgrows a kitchen pretty quickly! Good work ethic you are instilling in your children and great memories too.

  5. I make applesauce every year, but I freeze mine. What is that white machine called? I use a Foley Food Mill that used to be my mom’s.

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