First up, let me cover the business. The free read prequel that I posted as Friday Snippets is now ready to be downloaded in a pdf: Lie to You. I have an epub version but WordPress isn’t liking it — and I can’t find where to change the security rules to allow it to be updated. If you’d rather have epub, just drop me a note and I’ll e-mail it to you.
I’ve also posted Chapter One of HURT ME SO GOOD. As we get closer to release date, I’ll probably post a few more teaser excerpts, so stay tuned!
Now for apple escapades: we drove up to my mom’s (Granny’s) this weekend to pick apples and celebrate her birthday. She has two apple trees in their yard, one a cooking apple of some sort (I can’t remember–all those apples were gone) and a Red Delicious tree. We picked up at least 3 bags of apples and the kids had a ball.
The best part of the trip, though, was the canning lesson Mom gave me. I learned how to can applesauce (and brought home the pints we canned). When I was a kid, she had a pressure canner that always scared the crap out of me, but she showed me a different way to do it. She calls it “cold press” which makes no sense to me since we still boil it, but no hissing pressure build-up to freak me out. I bought a canner last year but was too scared to use it (and I couldn’t find any jars that late in the season). This week my goal will be to try some applesauce, and then I want to hit our local orchard and buy some cooking apples for apple butter.
If we have any of these apples left, that is. I made fresh juice this morning (which took about 12 apples), and then I made a “Puffy Apple Pancake” in my iron skillet that was pretty good. Of course the kids keep snatching them and munching away, too. They’re just too good and sweet to resist!