CAMPFIRE COFFEE


     
Getting out of a cozy sleeping and into the crisp morning air means only one thing - heading straight to the fire to pour a cup of campfire coffee. There is something that makes campfire coffee better than most. It could be the fact that it's made in the cool morning air, in an antique pot, or that it is only served a few times a year (because drinking it without camping seems unfitting). It is fairly simple to make, too! 

2 quarts water / 1 cup finely ground coffee / 2 tablespoons cold water 

In an enamel safe pot, bring water to a rolling boil. Use a potholder and take the pot off the fire. Add coffee and steep for four minutes. Add two tablespoons of cold water to settle the grounds, then serve.

GUEST POST / APPLE BUTTER

Hi Friends, my name is Hannah and I'm filling in for the day while Taylor is off romping around Scandinavia! I usually post over at Whiskey Shores, where I share my work in textiles and some film photos. Today I thought I'd share one of my favorite things to make - Apple Butter! I know summer is in full swing, and apples won't be plentiful until the fall, but I just cracked open my last jar of apple butter, so making more has been on my mind.

Last fall I was gifted a whole bag of apples a family friend picked off her trees, there were so many I knew I couldn't eat them all before they went bad so I got started making butter.



First step is to peel, core and chop the apples into smaller pieces and throw them in a pot with enough water so they're just covered. Cook them until the apples are soft enough to mash, and at this point I put them in batches into my blender - you've got yourself some applesauce!


Once pureed I put everything back into the pots, added cinnamon and a little sugar. With the stove on a low heat I let the apples cook down, fair warning: once the butter gets going it really bubbles and pops, and makes a total mess.

Apple butter was literally flying across the kitchen, all over the floor, most of the way up the wall and beyond. Near the end I was dodging splatters and getting little burns all over, including in my hair.

I cooked it for somewhere near 12 hours? Something close to that, and when I was satisfied with the thickness of it I readied some jars and preserved the apple butter in a hot water bath.



This year I'm going to exclude the sugar all together, as mine was really sweet (but delicious, it's like apple pie in a jar) and maybe I'll try to vary the spice selection, throw in some cloves? And I'll definitely be using my crock-pot to minimize the mess.
Approximate recipe:
26 apples - peeled, cored, chopped
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon
yields about 6 pints

There you have it, how to make apple butter. A big thank you to Taylor for letting me share!