Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sore back and apples!

Have been busy, and just haven't been in here writting.  My neck has been hurting and I have big knots in my shoulders!  Stephani had tried to work them out when I was down to see her, but they are stubborn, and think coming from a neck issue.  Yep - and now have had two appointments with the chiropractor.  Xrays of neck aren't good.  Instead of a curve to my neck, my vertebraes are straight and show that arthritis is present too.  I can't turn my head to the right at all, and little to the left, and the xrays also show that a couple of vertebraes are protruding out to the left side.  Ugh. So now we are going to take care of the problem, and not just the symptoms.   I was having trouble all the way down in my left leg.  Amazing how one thing can affect another area.  The adjustments have helped and I'm not in as much pain, but it will take awhile.  I can't remember the name/term that he told me and explained what I have.  Makes me mad that I didn't write it down, so now wait for next week when I go back to do that.  My pain level is a lot better, and that does help as I've been able to sleep pretty good that last couple of nights.
I've been busy sewing and crocheting and spose all that sitting and reaching forward hasn't helped.  But I have to be busy.
Saturday I even make some applesauce!  Had been given a bag of apples from a neice and they needed to be used.  The house smelled so good when I was doing that!!!!   Wish I could have bottled that smell up to use again later!
I wish I would have taken pictures of my whole process.  The apples were smaller, but a little larger than the crab apples.  The apples were kind of sour, so this turned out really good. 
Crockpot Applesauce
3# apples - you can mix the types of apples you use.  Peel and quarter.
1/2 c sugar
1 cinnamon stick (I used 3)
2 TBSP lemmon juice
2 TBSP unsalted butter (I didn't have, so used salted butter)  (seems to have worked okey)

Place apples, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon stick in small crockpot.  Cover and cook on high until apples are very tender; about 3-4 hours.  Keep checking, and stirring, because some apples are done sooner than others.  (mine only took 2 hours).

Remove cinnamon stick.  Mash any lumps with a potato masher.  Pour into storage container or containers.  Add butter and stirr.  Let cool and store in refrigerator.

(I hadn't read my directions carefully, and added the butter to the crockpot after making sure all the lumps were mashed up.- think worked out better, as I put my applesauce in small jars.  I think it would even taste good on toast!!!)

I had seen this recipe somewhere, and then in looking up homemade applesauce on line, other recipes added more spices.  I just know I'll do this again.  Really easy!


Jennifer said...

The applesauce looks delicious and I hope you feel better soon!

Loretta said...

I'm sorry you are having so much trouble and pain! Hopefully your treatments will bring some relief soon. My thoughts and prayer that you are better soon!
Your applesauce looks delish! Hope you have a good week ahead! Love-Loretta

Country Gal said...

Oh that apple sauce sounds and looks YUMMY ! I hope you get pain free and all better soon. Have a wonderful eve.

Sweet Tea said...

Glad you're getting some help for your neck. That sounds very painful and I know anytime movement is restricted it's tedious to deal with. And even with all that you managed to make homemade applesauce. Your picture looks sooo yummy!

Country Whispers said...

I feel for you with the neck issues. It's miserable to have pain like that...it just ruins your day and usually not just one day. Your applesauce looks good and sounds easy to make.

Sharon said...

I was sorry to hear that you are having troubles. I sure do pray that you will feel better real soon.
I love applesauce and we make it whenever we get some apples.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

the apple sauce looks wonderful! I just used up the last of my apples as apple butter.

Nezzy said...

Oh sweetie, I'll be right over with a loaf of freshly baked bread!!!

Your applesauce looks divine!

I'm so sorry your havin' back and neck issues. They just stink, don't they. Here's sendin' prayers and healin' hugs your way.

God bless and have a spooktacular evenin'!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh mom didn't know how much pain u had been in, sorry to hear. Hope the chiro helps. And wow that looks good!! I could even make that applesauce!! Miss u, love steph!!