Print this and two more coloring pages/ recipes by clicking on this link... The recipe for homemade apple butter in the Crockpot is included. It'll take you to DropBox. You don't have to have a membership. Just click on the "X" in the corner when the box pops up. Download after that.
You know, I love small towns. I grew up in one. My parents lived in one - Weiser, the setting for my novel - before my dad died. They’re the kind of place that has a local diner very much akin to Luke’s Diner in “The Gilmore Girls,” complete with chrome chairs and tables and a generous supply of coffee. Sounds like heaven, especially if you drink coffee like I do.
Breakfast is Always Sunnyside UP!
In my family’s case, our diner, Lakey’s, was located just off the freeway. It was the kind of place that farmers came to before breakfast to consume plates of eggs, sausage, and toast and of course, copious amounts of coffee. Black usually. Or with a little bit of sugar and nothing else.
It was also a place where my grandma chain smoked at the end of the counter and talked about making apple butter in the Crockpot with the regulars. She’d talk about finding the right apples and how to set the slow cooker so that the apples inside wouldn’t become a science experiment and about the days when she worked in the fields for a dollar-fifty a week.
I still miss the old Lakey’s Cafe and the conversations at the counter with the regulars. (In fact, Lakey’s Cafe was one of the models on which I based my series Wonderland Cafe.) It was a place where there were paper placemats on the tables. They were covered with ads from local businesses: These local establishments sold tractors and tire changes and tools for your gardening shed.
These placemats, these paper works of art, also had places to color and puzzles to solve for the kids. When I was a kid, I’d color on them as I waited not-so-patiently for my Hamburger Deluxe and orange fizzy drink to come. This was delivered by Gloria, long-time waitress and small-town sweetie, who worked at Lakey’s until she died.
Of Making Homemade Apple Butter and Printable Coloring Pages…
Just thinking about this gives me a nostalgia for home, a home I left a long time ago because I grew up. I still catch glimpses of it now and then like when I come across an apple butter recipe that reminds me of my grandma’s apple butter.
Or when I watch an episode of “The Gilmore Girls.” Or when I visit a country diner that still prints off paper diner menus and placements and offers guests - even grown-up ones - some crayons to go with the placemat. You have to be careful with these, too, if you want to keep them. A glass of Coke leaves a wet ring on them and ketchup stains them irreparably. At least from an artistic standpoint unless you like post-modern art.
These diners are few and far between these days. Occasionally, you might catch one on Guy Fieri’s show “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.” Or if you’re out that way, you can stop in at my cousin’s restaurant…also called Lakey’s Cafe and pick up an order of chicken fried steak and eggs, toast, and a paper placemat to take home after you color it. It’s located just beyond Weiser and just before Council. It’s still one of my favorite places.
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It’s little wonder why I love printable adult coloring pages in light of all of this. They remind me of home. Actually, I think that the resurfacing of the old-fashioned diner and the advent of adult coloring pages might be a related phenomenon. These cultural artifacts remind people of a time when spending time at the counter at the local diner, nursing a cup of coffee and a chat with a neighbor was a perfectly good way to spend an afternoon.
These are the kind of places that serve coffee in plain white mugs that have matching saucers and probably powdered creamer. And chances were good that the apple butter along with everything else in the establishment was homemade, (including the pies in the glass pie case…)
While I can’t return those days to you, I can satisfy your need for a little diner therapy, complete with some apple butter coloring pages. These aren’t actually placemats. Rather, I created them to be printed off and stowed in a notebook full of your recipes. The three sheets have a complete apple butter recipe that you can make in the slow cooker. If you’ve ever puzzled over the uses of apple butter, I find it taste yummy on toast or as a glaze for pork. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to print them off.)
Print Your Apple Butter Recipe Adult Coloring Pages
Click here to download the free coloring/ recipe pages (apple butter recipe). You’ll be taken to DropBox for the download. You don’t have to have an account. Just click on the “X” in the corner and follow the instructions. Store the recipe in a three-ring binder.
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