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Friday, November 28, 2008

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Thanksgiving Day morning Aunt Ruth needed apples peeled and sliced for pie. So Uncle Don brought out the handy dandy apple-corer-peeler thingy that he just bought and was dying to use.




Chadd and his sister Kaeley watched and helped. Chadd, who is a student of science had to figure out how the corer mechanism worked. Just exactly which blade did what, and how?





Piles of apple peels for the chickens.




Each apple produced one smooth spiral of peel and one smooth spiral of apple flesh, which was then sliced in half in one knife stroke for the pie.



We'll do it again next year.


48 comments:

Loring Wirbel said...

How many apple peels ended up as wall decorations?

Babs (Beetle) said...

My sister has one of those. They do a good job :O)

Sharon said...

Very cool! Looks like Kaeley was having a fantastic time.

Ruth said...

Loring, none. But there were several dangly earrings. Oh - did you mean in the coop??

Ruth said...

Babs, when you have bad wrists like I do, and a husband who likes gadgets, this is a win-win situation. :)

Ruth said...

Hi Sharon! For Kaeley, like all children who know Don, life is one adventure after another if he's around.

Well for me too!

Anet said...

We use one of these at preschool. The children just love it!
They call them "apple slinkys"
It looks like yours works much better though. We've used ours for years and over a hundred of children have used it. With adult help of course.
Oh yes and your pie looks wonderful!

Sidney said...

hehehe...what a cool apple peeler... first time I see this!
Looks like fun...peeling apples... and the apple pie looks delicious!

rauf said...

You will love Indian trains when you and Don come to India Ruth, in cheaper class not in expensive AC coaches. There is non stop fun with all kinds of hawkers invade the trains selling amazing things, even the beggers beg in an artistic way exhibiting some talent. One of the things i see is fruit and vegetable peelers. The seller demonstrates peeling and cutting into different shapes. i eat anything to fill my tummy but Gujratis eat in style. They have the patience to make and present food in an artistic way even while traveling.

Kaeley is adorable.

here are some facts Ruth.

The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a
large dog.

For their first meal on the moon, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin
Aldrin ate roast turkey in foil packets.

On average Americans eat 18.5 pounds of turkey each year.

Six hundred seventy-five million pounds of turkey are eaten each
Thanksgiving in the United States.

The National Turkey Federation presents a turkey to the President each
year. The President does not eat the turkey. He "pardons" it and allows
it to live out its days on a historical farm.

The ballroom dance the "turkey trot" was named for the short, jerky
steps that turkeys take.

Eating turkey does not cause you to feel sleepy after your Thanksgiving
dinner. Carbohydrates in your Thanksgiving dinner are the likely cause
of your sleepiness. Turkey is low in fat and high in protein.

Thanks for sharing the Thanks giving dinner with your readers Ruth.

VioletSky said...

Looks like fun - and such great helpers!

Gwen Buchanan said...

It seems like you did a fine job of mesmerizing Little Kaeley... She now knows you two are genuine magicians!!!

When we peel apples the dogs all crowd in waiting for a flying spiral peel.. They practically fight over them.. that is when they aren't begging for carrots.... Till we assembled this crew of canines I never knew dogs liked veggies...

Donica said...

I wish I was there to play with Don and the gadget!!! It looks like there was something for everyone :) And, the pie looks wonderful.

Can hardly wait to see you and Don after Christmas. See you soon!

Nautankey said...

Beautiful pics :)

Ruth said...

Anet, perfect! Apple slinkys. Hehehe. Oh Don and Mike had a time adjusting the mechanism to peel the apple just right, to get it to the right depth. Granny Smith apples are quite round, which helped too. They experimented with a big fat honey crisp and it didn't work as well as it was irregularly shaped.

Ruth said...

Yeah, Sidney? Maybe you could sell them in a market in Manila in your spare time, hehe.

Ruth said...

Oh rauf, poor Peter was not here this year, and he loves turkey. In fact he would have been very, very stressed this time. The oven turned off twice while the turkey was cooking (we think it was because I latched the door, and it shouldn't be latched because it can't regulate the heat properly). So we ate 2 hours late! Peter is the turkey afficionado, and it must be perfectly tender and not overcooked. Well this new secret method worked so well it was the best turkey EVER. And poor Peter missed it. So how will we replicate it for Christmas??

Ruth said...

Hi Sanna! There is a lot to entertain kids around here.

Ruth said...

Aha, Gwen, you are generous with magician status, but it is Don who is the magic man (ohh great Heart song). And I have never heard of dogs loving carrots or veggies either. What?? Waiting for carrot peels? Well they do have a lot of sugar in them don't they.

Ruth said...

Donica, Don might let you play with it at Christmas. And if you play with it, then there will be pie. Hey, that does sound like magic.

We can't wait for you and Ginnie to spend relaxing hours with us. I love it when you come for several days in the winter. Yay!

And AZ sounds fantastic! You two manage to pack in so much on your visits. Wowee.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Nautankey! :)

I hope you didn't have any problems with the heavy rains and flooding. Please take care.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Sometimes, I wonder Ruth, if they really like them.. or if its the competition to see who gets it first...

rauf said...

Ruth, Gwen, i heard carrots are good for the eyes and i am taking that very seriously. My vision is getting very weak

Ruth said...

Gwen, ha, well that might happen once, but if they didn't like them I wouldn't think it would happen again!

Ruth said...

I've always heard that too, rauf, I don't think they can hurt, and I hope they help. Did I ever tell you Lesley ate so many tangerines in Istanbul that her palms and around her mouth turned orange? She ate 10 a day. I think they have beta cerotine too, precursor to Vitamin A.

a said...

ahh your pie looks equally as scrumptous! I need one of those gadgets:) good for you and the chickens too!

carl h. sr. said...

Mmmm,wish I still had chickens.
Family,food,fun,and lot's of Love to go around!
I am happy that you had such a fine time Ruth.
As did I.

Susan said...

Ooh, ooh, I want to make apple slinkys! Where can I get that handy-dandy little machine? Your pie looks scrumptious and I like the plate. Is it a Homer Laughlin? It looks like some that my mom had.

Ruth said...

It was a happy day, Amy. :)

Ruth said...

I know how much you appreciate family, Carl. The older I get the more these times mean to me too.

Ruth said...

Susan, I think you have Meijer in OH, yes? That's where Don got it: $12.95. There is no brand stamped on it, so I don't know the manufacturer. Keep in mind it needed adjusting to get the depth just right for shaving off the peel.

The china is "Old English" by Johnson Bros. in England. I got it at an old farm auction 15 years ago - service for 12 for $55.

Susan said...

I will be making a trip to Meijer soonest to get one! Thanks!

I knew that pattern looked familiar. I love "Old English". What a deal you got!

Wrensong Farm said...

I have always wanted one of those! :)Kaeley definitely makes it look fun!! It might even inspire me to try and make a beautiful apple pie like the one in your pic! Yum!

laura said...

That apple-peeling device always amazes me; I love mechanical devices--so clever: all done without computer chips! And look how much more enjoyable it is--your niece is having a grand time. (Great photos--as always.)

Sandy said...

How sweet, ....such a cutie! And that pie looks delicious!

shicat said...

I have the very same apple peeler. I use it with the little ones in my classroom. It's a totally amazing machine and the kids love it. Your niece is adorable. Hope you had a great holiday.

Ruth said...

Goodee, Susan, enjoy the peeler. Remember it might need adjusting.

About the china, yes, I agree! And I found out after getting home from that auction that my sister-in-law was also bidding - unbeknownst to me, ha!

Ruth said...

What's stopping you, Wrensong!? They're cheap, and they save a lot of time and work. And someone in your house will have fun using it.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Laura, I love mechanical devices too, although I am not into finding out how they work. Wish I were more that way. I used to love watching those cool complex mousetraps people built.

Ruth said...

Hi Auntie Sandy! Thank you, and yes Kaeley is a doll. Very smart too.

Ruth said...

Cathy, that's a great idea from you and Anet. Maybe Don should take this into his class for a day. They could have apples for snack and see how it works.

Christina said...

This pie looks so wonderful. I love the inviting pictures you have posted here.

photowannabe said...

That apple peeler brings back so many memories from childhood. It was just as much of an adventure for me as it seems to be for the nieces and nephews.
Fresh homemade apple pie...is there anything better?

Ruth said...

Thanks so much, Christina. I have two recipes for pie - apple and pumpkin - from an old family friend. They are the best!

Ruth said...

Hey Sue, you've got me wondering now, I wonder when the first apple peeler was made! I'm guessing it could be quite a long time ago.

Homemade apple pie a la mode is right up there with cherry and pumpkin.

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, that peeler would keep me amused for hours, then I would play with the slinky type apple, again with the great food shots.

Ruth said...

Hehe, Bob.

Ginnie said...

Why in the world have I never seen such a thing in my life! That seems like the best thing since sliced bread, Ruth! What a delight for kids of all ages, I see!

Ruth said...

Boots, knowing your love for detail and precision, you would love it.