My homemade gifts for Christmas this year were canned goodies. I blogged about canning cherry syrup/jam back in August, but I had to wait for this post because several of you readers got the “homemade apple pie filling!” I live right next to apple country here in PA, so it only made sense to can a variety of local apples when they were in season during October. I found the recipe I wanted to try at Food in Jars. I bought my Clear Gel from Amazon after I quickly realized I could not find it in the stores. And my spices were from Penzey’s (my favorite spice store). I made two batches – 6 pints and 6 quarts (all jars from the wedding). The batch tasted delicious and it was just as much of a sticky mess as the cherries. I just hope it stayed delicious – I gave them all away!