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The school year is in full swing and I have been MIA for sure! My work as a school counselor commenced again for the 5th year. This time of year has always been close to my heart. How can you not love brand new school supplies, new clothes, and smiling faces as students embark on the next year of school? Paired with the cool, crisp fall temps, apples, pumpkin spice, fall colors, leaves, and Halloween just around the corner, I couldn’t ask for anything more amazing. 

This recipe for apple juice embodies all of those exceptional elements of fall. Every aspect of making this recipe is a labor of love that can be savored all year long with your family. This recipe blends so perfectly with the classic story of “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. This story is a simple tale of a boy and an apple tree. The book shares the true meaning of giving and how happiness is derived from the act of giving to others. The importance of helping others without expecting anything in return is the true life lesson to pick from the depths of these pages. 

I found a giving tree of my own that offered up gorgeous, red crisp apples for this delectable apple juice recipe. Kindness has a large part to play in this recipe because I do not have any apple trees of my own, so I always seek out apples from friends and family. This apple juice is super refreshing and I think it would make a great weekend outing for any family with an apple orchard nearby or a nice friend with an abundant apple tree!

Share this classic story with your family and discuss the importance of giving. The illustrations and deeper meaning will help inspire gratitude all around. While your at it, I hope you enjoy the homemade apple juice for many months to come because winter is coming!

Homemade Apple Juice

5 gallons of apples, sliced 
4 c. sugar
5 T. cream of tarter
10 quarts of water

Cut the apples into 8th’s to fill a 5 gallon bucket 3/4 full (I fill it almost to the top). Boil the water and sugar. Add the cream of tarter to the boiling water. Pour the hot mixture into the apple bucket and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 24 hours and strain off the juice. Re-heat apple juice and put into 1 quart jars and hot water can for 10 minutes in boiling water. 

YIELDS: 10 quarts


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