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.


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.