When apple harvest arrives, the boys immediately start asking if it’s time for apple butter.  The texture is like a thick and chunky applesauce, loaded with deliciously spicey flavor, which makes it perfect for their morning toast.



  • 16 medium apples (peeled and chopped)
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  Add all ingredients into a large cooking pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until apples are soft and mashable. Mash with a potato masher until it reaches a consistency to your liking. Cook 4 minutes more, uncovered. Ladle mixture into clean, hot pint-sized canning jars, leaving a 1/4” headspace. Top with canning lids and rings and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Makes 5 pints.


In 2002, I was dreaming of creating a fun and happy little event to sell my vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, I held my first event in my neighbor's barn along with a handful of friends. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces packed with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best event of its kind in the USA. I describe it as the best weekend of the year!