How do you like them apples?

This is what my apple tree looked like in the spring:

This is what my apple tree looked like a couple weeks ago:

This is what I did with all the apples:

Those look pretty good for my first attempts EVER of making any kind of jelly or pie, don’t they.

Jelly:

Cut off stems and blossoms of apples. Cut to quarters (or just halves if you are using little crab apples like me.)  Put in a pot and add water to cover.  Boil for about an hour.  Strain through 3 thicknesses of cheesecloth. The recipe said  let it drip for 2-3 hours. I didn’t have that kind of time so I only did one.  Measure the juice and put it back into the pot.  Add an equal amount of sugar. Boil until the liquid sheets on a metal spoon (2 drops run together on the edge of the spoon and form a thin sheet which quickly breaks away.) Pour into sterile jars and seal while hot.

Pie:

Crust: follow the instructions on the Tenderflake box. Really, that’s it. Make sure the water is ice cold. Line greased pie plate with bottom crust.

Pie: add about 4 cups of cored apples, cut to appropriate sizes. If you are using crab apples, you don’t need to peel them if the skin is thin enough.  You can sprinkle a little sugar or cinnamon on them if you’d like.  Add top crust. Crimp edges. Bake at 375 F for about an hour.