If you pick your own apples in the fall, you will most certainly pick loads more than you can ever eat fresh. One way to use some of them up is by making apple butter. This is such an easy recipe using the crockpot to cook down the apples. Start it in the morning so you can check on it all day. It’s a great weekend project that will make your house smell amazing! My kids have gone nuts over homemade apple butter. They eat it on bread and toast, and it's really great on bread with a slice of cheese as a snack. This recipe uses a lot of sugar, but keep in mind that if your apples are really sweet you may be able to cut down the sugar quite a bit. Also the final product is so concentrated and flavorful that only a small amount is needed to give your toast or oatmeal a sweet and flavorful punch. Sterilize some jars by boiling them, for about 10 minutes. The apple butter can be stored in the fridge, and stocked up in the freezer to use as needed. The jars make a great hostess gift, too.