I’ve lived in this rental home for over 5 years. We have an apple tree and a lemon tree. The lemon tree isn’t worth a single overpriced lemon from the grocery store. All the lemons grow at the very top of the large tree. Even with a ladder, long metal pole, and a prayer, it’s almost impossible to reach them.
The apple tree blossoms and bears
a billion a million a thousand hundreds of apples each year. They fall to the ground every time. The squirrels love it. Me, not so much. It’s only this past fall that I’ve tapped into this treasure of a resource that I’ve had sitting in my backyard. Not sure what suddenly clicked inside, but I can’t get enough of my apple tree.
We’ve picked apples to use for homemade apple sauce, apple muffins, juicing, classroom projects, field trip projects, and of course eaten them just like that. The only issue with the tree is that it has a lot of bugs that invade the apples, so I have to slice away all the bad parts to salvage the edible flesh. My grandmother would be so proud.
One of the fun projects we’ve tried are apple stamps. Who knew? Crafts grow on trees.
It takes a couple of tries to get the hang of the stamps. Use a large piece of paper to practice on. Make sure the apple doesn’t have a lot of paint on it, otherwise it will look more like a blob. The popsicle sticks work well if you don’t push them all the way through, which Maysoon did.
Stamp the apples onto strips of card stock. Once dry, I used Sharpies to add the stem and leaf. Punch a hole in the top to loop through some yarn or ribbon.
An apple bookmark for your little bookworm.