Homemade applesauce in 20 minutes

Mmmmmmmm, Autumn! Pumpkins, cinnamon, oranges and yellows. And APPLES! So many apples. What to do with them all? Especially if you have some that aren’t as crisp and juicy as you’d like for eating? Make applesauce! Applesauce is suuuuuper easy to make. Just take 5 or more apples, peel them, slice them into bite-sized pieces, put them in a saucepan with a little bit of water, sugar, and cinnamon (optional). Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Stir often and mash them up with the back of the spoon or a potato masher. Let it cool, then transfer it to a jar- it will keep for about a week. I put it into oatmeal in the morning. Yum! What do you do with applesauce besides eat it plain?

homemade applesauce in 20 minutes

You can have homemade applesauce in 20 minutes

Things to do in L.A.- visit history

Do like the locals and stay out of the tourist traps! Captions are links.

One of the things I like to do when visiting is check out lots of old stuff- buildings, restaurants, neighborhoods. Most of the time I just drive around but since L.A. is so huge, you can check out some of the local historical societies for guidance. Then of course, you’ll want to eat and drink, so I’ve included some ideas on where to do that.

Glendale Historical Society

Los Angeles Historical Society

Pasadena Museum Of History

Burbank Historical Society

Mid Century Modern Glendale Federal Building

Mid Century Modern Glendale Federal Building

vintage window decorations

A vintage window decoration at what’s currently a Sprint store on California and Brand in Glendale

Go visit the upscale shopping center Americana At Brand, where there’s a new Nordstrom and a new Bloomingdales┬ánext door at the Galleria. See a movie, check out the Mac store, or just have a coffee and walk around. I don’t usually approve of the destruction of all the old buildings they did to put this thing up, but downtown Glendale was pretty far gone and this is a big improvement.

Then you can go to Pasadena for more shopping, visit the Norton Simon Museum, which is small enough to explore in a couple hours but holds a ton of great art.

Do some shopping in OId Town. Old Town is a great example of restoring and reusing the old buildings instead of just tearing them down and putting in a mall.

old town, pasadena, ca

Old Town Pasadena

cassell's burgers, los angeles

So vintage! Cassell’s Burgers at 3266 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020 So vintage, they don’t have a website!

cassell's, los angeles

Old Fashioned burgers at Cassell’s, Los Angeles

Fun vintagey decor at Cassell's

Fun vintagey decor at Cassell’s

Pick what you want at Cassell's

Pick what you want at Cassell’s

No, that's not an egg, it's a peach! Love the nostalgic food at Cassell's

No, that’s not an egg, it’s a peach! Love the nostalgic food at Cassell’s

I’m sure you all know some cool out of the way spots in the L.A. area, so be sure to let me know about them in the comments!

Meatless Monday Meal Idea: Eggs are not boring

Well, by themselves eggs can be sort of boring if you eat them a lot. But if you change up the sides, you won’t get tired of them. Think about different salads, maybe some hummus or other dips, roasted potatoes are always good and eggs with asparagus is a classic.



Here are some ideas for delicious sides.

Simple Caprese Salad

A fancy caprese with bacon (not meatless monday!)

A bunch of variations on caprese salad

White bean dip

Black bean dip

Guacamole hummus

Asparagus with brown butter and parmesan