October 25th – “You’ll have the desire to make a fresh start in your life.”

dsc06897My life is a mess. I mean that in every possible way.

The best way to start fresh is to get rid of all the old stuff that isn’t relevant to my current life anymore. This includes people, thoughts, and things. The first two are hard, so I decided to start with the last.

Things are easy for me remove because I’m not as attached to material goods as I am to ideas and people. I cleared off my desk and made room on the shelf for new books. I’m saving the closet for next week, so the next purge was the refrigerator.

I have had a few dozen apples sitting in my refrigerator for over 2 months. It hasn’t done anyone harm by occupying the bottom drawer, but it has become another thing on my “to do” list that hasn’t been addressed. Every few days, I expend mental energy thinking about how I’m going to cook these apples, but haven’t gotten around to making it a priority. Today, I put an end to it.

I have a long list of baked goods I want to make that don’t involve apples so I decided to do find another use for them.

First, I made apple sauce. All you have to do is chop them up and boil them until they’re soft.

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Then you mash them with a fork or a potato masher. That’s it!

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Then, I made dried apple chips. This was also super easy. I sliced the apples, threw them on a pan with parchment paper, and baked them for about 2 hours in the oven at 230 degrees. For extra flavor, cinnamon is a good addition.

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My apple problem has been solved! I’m ready for my next challenge!

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