Today, I'm thankful for...

 Homemade Goodies.

I must be feeling better, because I'm back to concocting things. Food, photographs, knits, presents... but in light of the upcoming season, I've been most inspired to make treats. I've tried two new recipes this weekend: both simple yet scrumptious.

Crockpot Apple Butter
The great thing about this is that it's no exact science. Use two apples, or as many as you can fit into your average crockpot--it really depends on how much apple butter you can eat (or share)(or save for later). Use at least a cup of applesauce, but feel free to add more.
apples (cored and peeled)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
a dash or two of nutmeg
1. Mix all ingredients together in crockpot and cook covered on low for 9-11 hours
2. Stir and mash up apples.
3. Cook 1 more hour uncovered. Stir.
A good rule of thumb: a wooden spoon should stand up when stuck in the apple butter.
Refrigerate to save for months. Can your apple butter to save for much longer or gift to a loved-one!

Sesame Brittle
A great savory/sweet snack that only takes about 30 minutes, start to finish!
1 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup almonds (optional)
1. Mix all ingredients in a non-stick sauté pan and heat over medium heat. The mixture will begin to bubble and darken. Stir nearly continuously.
2. When water/sugar mixture is a deep caramel color and sticks together, pour on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Use a silicone spatula to smooth into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Allow to cool completely.
3. Turn block onto cutting board and cut (or break) into small rectangles. Store in airtight container.

I told you they were easy. Both of these goodies would make great additions to a Thanksgiving table, or make great gifts. Cheap gifts. Cheap, delicious gifts.

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