Did you know those extra apples can actually be made into Christmas tree ornaments? You’ll have to turn them into applesauce first, but the end result is well worth the effort. Below is a recipe courtesy of iLoveToCreate
, a ceramic arts, crafting adhesives and fashion art manufacturer in Fresno, Calif. “I've personally made them and love pulling them out of the Christmas storage every year because they still smell so good year after year,” says Alyson Dias, director of marketing communications for iLoveToCreate. If you need an applesauce recipe, you’ll also find that below courtesy of Bill Michaels, co-owner and vice president of Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard
in Fly Creek, N.Y.
To make the applesauce:
½ peck of apples
1 quart apple cider
2 Tsp. ground cinnamon
• Peel and core apples and cut into eighths.
• Place apples into a large crock pot and add 2 cups of cider. Sprinkle with cinnamon and stir to mix.
• Cook on low for 3 hours. Stir and add more cider if needed.
• Continue to cook on low until apples are fully cooked down and have turned into sauce.
To make the ornaments:
1 cup cinnamon
¾ cup applesauce, drained
• Combine cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Add applesauce and glue. Mix well with hands until mixture is smooth and well combined.
• Place wax paper down onto work surface.
• Roll one quarter of dough between two pieces of wax paper until about ¼-inch thick.
• Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters, etc.
• Cut holes for hanging using straw or similar object.
• Dry on wire rack for several days, turning daily to keep from curling. Option - dry in an oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit until hard.
• To decorate, start flow of paint on a paper towel, applying an even pressure on the bottle for a smooth line. Create polka dots or lines using different colors. Let dry completely.
• Cut ribbon to desired length. Run through hole and knot at end of ribbon.
Photo Credit: iLoveToCreate