I can say with great certainty that I have never in my life peeled so many apples as I have this fall. I’ve made apple butter, more apple butter, apple pies, apple pancakes, and now reading this recipe for apple muffins four ways, and knowing that my refrigerator is now empty of apple butter combine to make me want to go pick another 25 pounds of apples and spend my vacation up to my elbows in peels.
I think it might be time for one of these.
This one is from Linens-N-Things, which, have you heard is going out of business? Unfortunately, I was there last night (when I was thinking about Christmas gifts, not apples or apple peeler/corer/slicers) to see what kind of bargains I could find. Walking in under the giant, screaming neon GOING OUT OF BUSINESS banner, I found a bunch of diasppointing 10% off signs. Aparently the “storewide clearance sale” is not urgent. But anyhow… me. Right, we were talking about me. Me and my hang-ups for kitchen appliances.
Maybe it’s not the kitchen appliances I have an issue with, it’s storage. I hate to store things. I would rather get rid of somehting I don’t use regularly than shove it in a cabinet. It’s the oppisite of being a pack rat. This is why I have no fall or winter clothes to wear right now.
I remember feeling that the apple peeler/corer/slicer was the height of excess and that I would NEVER buy one because you use it, what? Once a year? HA! I can’t tell you how many times in the past month I have cursed myself for not buying one. I think I may return to the “storewide clearance” at LNT today and pick myself up a new piece of kitchen excess. Maybe I’m turning a new leaf. Maybe I’m getting old and lazy. Maybe I’m going to start collecting things I don’t need. Who cares, I can peel a bushel of apples in five minutes or less. No scraped knuckles, no pruny fingers. I give.