|(In case you're wondering, the smell is heavenly)|
Namely, twenty-seven hundred pounds of apples taking up residence in our garage. (Actually, originally there were forty-five hundred, then some friends came and picked up their two bins, leaving us with three, two of which were ours, the third belonging to a soon-to-be-named, family of friends who, upon taking their aforementioned third left us with two, the weight of which was approximately eighteen hundred pounds - but I'm getting to that.)
What does one do with hundreds of pounds of apples, you ask? Allow me to inform you: "One" makes apple cider!
...which soon turned in to some friendly-competition-cider-pressing-fun...
|The Little Girls' Team (Megan, Madeline, and Ania)|
|They were a wee bit short for the wheel, so their|
heroes (the big bros) had to help
|Then The 14-Year-Old Team (JT and Kayleen)|
(In case you're wondering why Ben and Jonathan are in almost every shot and seem to be doing...something...with every team: they were necessary to stabilize the press because of the great speed as which the teams were cranking out the cider!)
|The Mama Team!!!|
Aren't they great? :)
|The Awesome-ness Team (haha - that'd be me with the...hair, and|
Charae with the beautiful smile!)
This is "The Boys Team" and - though I know this breaks your heart - it is my unpleasant duty to inform you that they beat the stellar, unbeatable time Charae and I set. But, rest assured, if we were them, we could have beaten us, too. :D
In the end though, the ultimate, Cider-Pressing Champion was (drum roll, please), Daddy! Single-handedly, he schooled "The Boys" by having the the best time by 30 whopping seconds! Sadly, the only picture I have of this strapping specimen of a man is at the beginning of the post, pouring cider for the taste-testing! We made over 15 gallons Saturday, followed up by another 10 or so Sunday afternoon. It was truly a crazy, yummy, full-of-fun, Weekend of the Apples *queue dramatic closing music*. Now we only have about 500 pounds left to process! I feel a "Weekdays of the Apples" coming on.
*queue dramatic music*