Apple butter is certainly a treat at this time of year! Apple butter, essentially, is a spiced applesauce that is cooked down until it is thick. It’s great as a spread on bread, french toast, pancakes, or crackers, as a glaze on pork or chicken, as a topping for vanilla ice cream, and combined with brie, cottage cheese, vanilla yogurt, or oatmeal. The possibilities are endless!
Put everything except the essential oils in the slow cooker, and cook for 10 hours on the low setting (cooking overnight works well).
After 10 hours of cooking, blend the apple mixture in a blender or with an immersion blender within the slow cooker. Cook for another 2 hours with the lid slightly ajar so steam can exit.
Check for doneness by putting a spoonful on a plate. Wait a minute or two. If a ring of liquid appears around your spoonful of apple butter, then it needs to continue cooking.
Continue cooking in the slow cooker, checking on it every 10 minutes and more frequently the thicker it gets.
If you want the apple butter to be done faster, you can transfer it to a saucepan and cook it over medium heat. Use a lid to contain the splatters, and lift the lid every couple minutes to let the steam escape, or prop the lid up with a chopstick. Remove from heat to stir every so often and check for doneness. When it stops splattering, it should be really close to being done.
Once the apple butter has thickened, remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Dip the toothpicks in the essential oils, and stir into the apple butter.
Pour the apple butter into a pint-size jar and refrigerate.
Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) is an essential oil absolute extracted from the flowers. It belongs to the Nymphaea botanical family, commonly known as water lilies. Blue lotus has an exotic fragrance that uplifts and creates simultaneous feelings of euphoria and peace.
As you’ve been inspired by others’ success, you can more accurately see the next step in your upward journey. Confidently take that step! In this blend, fennel inspires courage to move forward. Pink pepper helps increase alertness and focus. Marjoram promotes patience and peace along the way. Sandalwood calms and balances the effects of the other oils.
Spanish sage, also known as sage lavender (Salvia lavandulifolia), is steam distilled from the leaves and stems of the plant. It belongs to the Lamiaceae botanical family. The aroma is herbaceous and camphorous (with camphor as a primary chemical constituent), with a subtle lavender undertone.