Apple Butter Time
By Patti Perry-Armes © 2015
Online: November, 2015
(Editor's Note: Patti Perry-Armes lives in the country, just outside Knoxville, Tennessee. She enjoys writing short stories, particularly about rural life and living in the Appalachian region. A number of her stories have been published in anthologies, and both print and internet magazines.)
There was crispness in the air and Mother Nature was dressed in her autumn finery. Once again it was time to make apple butter. Each year we meet at Grandma Perry's house in the country; mom, my younger sister, aunt, two cousins, and me for this female bonding ritual.
We were thankful that Grandma had finally given into doing this process indoors. She had always made her butter outside, in a big copper kettle over an open fire. "It's the way that it's supposed to be done," she had insisted. But we found it much warmer and more comfortable out of the smoke and chill of the frosty morning.