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Sensory Diet Activities

Sensory Friendly Fun: Pit Balls and Bubbles Sensory Activities, Bubbles, Kids Rugs, Posts, Blog, Fun, Messages, Kid Friendly Rugs, Vw Beetles
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Sensory Friendly Fun: Pit Balls and Bubbles

This post is a throwback to sensory activity ideas I saved because our EI therapists were geniuses but I was so busy being a mommy to small sensory seeking autistic humans that posting them at the time wasn't something I could prioritize. The concept is pretty self explanatory... Wading pool All the balls Seriously. So many balls. You'll be picking up balls forever. Bubbles Small human We also added one of those little plastic slides because it was there on account of garage sales are great…

activity that focuses on slowly easing into laying in the balls, starts off by retrieving one, and so on until all are retrieved and the kiddo can sit in the basket of plastic balls Sensory Diet, Sensory Issues, Sensory Activities, Activities For Kids, Sensory Processing Disorder Autism, Kids Night Out, Sensory Integration, Autism Resources, School Themes
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Sensory Activity - Fun With Spinners

One of the perks of living in Chicagoland is stumbling across things like tent sales where educational product companies are unloading warehouse stuff at ridiculous prices. One of the things I scored recently was a six pack of game spinners for 50 cents and a Dinosaur Bingo game (with dinosaur spinner!) for 99 cents. I didn't really know what I would do with them, but I knew they were worth picking up. It occurred to me that the colors on one of the spinners mostly matched the colors of the…

Sensory diet activities for leftover birthday balloons. Sensory Diet, Sensory Play, Early Learning, Kids Learning, Infant Lesson Plans, Daycare Forms, Sensory Integration, Sensory Processing Disorder, Project Based Learning
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Milking Balloons

First Birthday - he was all about the balloons I was really bummed when the dollar store in my town stopped selling balloons - I could deal with 50 cents pop for little helium filled bubbles of childhood joy. But alas, for Bear's last two birthdays my only option was the old school downtown party supply store, complete with creaky floors and crotchety octogenarian owner, ear hair and all. Plain old latex balloons are a buck a piece, and they deflate overnight. Bear adores balloons, and…

This is the second half the Sensational Snowman indoor winter activity . After the glue holding the 3 paper balls together dries, it's tim. Winter Activities, Activities For Kids, Paper Balls, Sensory Diet, Winter Craft, Sensory Processing Disorder, Snowmen, Craft Projects, Indoor

Sensational Snowman - Part 2

This is the second half the Sensational Snowman indoor winter activity. After the glue holding the 3 paper balls together dries, it's time to stand back and let the kids get creative. Since I'm a craft store junkie, I've got a box full of stuff like felt scraps and puff balls and pipe cleaners. I actually have a big bin labeled "rainy day" where I toss anything with project potential, but I know not everyone is that nuts. If you don't happen to have a bunch of decorative items in a craft…

Pit Ball Wading Pool: fill a small inflatable wading pool with plastic pit balls for a great indoor sensory diet activity Sensory Processing Disorder Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fun Activities For Kids, Sensory Activities, Ot Therapy, Mother Bears, Sensory Diet, Sensory Integration, Family Kids

Sensory Activity: Pit Ball Wading Pool

This is one of Bear's absolute favorite sensory diet activities. I only get it out every couple of weeks months because, well, that's about how long it takes to find all the balls under the furniture. I wanted to share this one for several reasons: - it's cheap - it's easy - it's versatile - it's fun Supplies Blow up wading pool (we got this one for $5 on clearance) Pit balls. Lots and lots of pit balls (about $10 for bag of 100 - he got 4 bags for his birthday) Pile of random blankets (to…

Finger painting with pudding sensory diet activity. Sensory Diet, Sensory Activities, Activities For Kids, I Am Batman, Sensory Processing Disorder, Finger Painting, Autism Spectrum, Activity Ideas, Occupational Therapy
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Sensory Activity: Pudding Finger Painting

Even though Bear has always been a sensory seeker, he tends to avoid certain tactile experiences. Once we started to get a handle on things after his diagnosis, we knew we needed to work on that. We started out like everyone does - playing with shaving cream. But as an avoider myself, the smell of shaving cream is sometimes more than I can handle (and that's not even taking its potential as a migraine trigger into account). We still play with it on occasion, but I was really interested in…

Kids

In recent years, school policies regarding the kind of treats that parents send in for parties have required they either be healthy snac.

Healthy Halloween School Snacks - Juice Box Ghost

In recent years, school policies regarding the kind of treats that parents send in for parties have required they either be healthy snacks or not food at all. I am fully on board with this, because the first couple of years of having a kid in school were spent incredulous at the sheer volume of treat bags my kid brought home. Since Halloween is basically synonymous with candy, it felt important to do something good enough to distract the kids from the fact they're not getting any candy at…

Triathlon

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Swimming

Free Printable Swim Training Dry Erase Workout Card

I'm very open about the fact that I'm a lousy swimmer. I figure it's nothing to be ashamed of. I never learned properly as a kid, I was never on a team. But for reasons that still elude me, I really wanted to do triathlon. So I cobbled together knowledge from swimmer friends, fellow tri bloggers, my triathlete PT, and the little bit of coaching I've been able to afford along the way. Moving up to 70.3 triathlon distance this past season was a huge motivator, in an abject fear of the swim…

Mental Illness

34 Hilarious Military Memes That Know The Struggle - Funny memes that "GET IT" and want you to too. Get the latest funniest memes and keep up what is going on in the meme-o-sphere.

Do I Have Issues? Nope. I Have A Subscription

Image credit: Unknown Redditor The impression most people have of anxiety disorder is discomfort at parties, or lying awake at night worrying. The reality is that it's much more insidious and invasive. It makes things harder, more time consuming. It takes up space in every corner of your life. Disorganization and clutter are a huge anxiety trigger for me. It also sends my OCD into overdrive. I spent a good bit of time and money last year purging and redecorating my office because of it. I…

In The Kitchen

The Great Apple Butter Experiment - 3 part series detailing how I developed my own recipe for Honey Apple Butter, and discussing the different cooking and storage options. Honey Recipes, Apple Butter, Me As A Girlfriend, Experiment, Spreads, Crockpot, Posts, Canning, Storage
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The Great Apple Butter Experiment: Part 1

Ingredients and Preparation A while back one of my girlfriends asked me about apple butter. She shared the same frustration so many of us have with supermarket foods: the store options all contained High Fructose Corn Syrup. I felt naked, y'all. Because while I do have significant square footage designated to canning equipment and supplies - and I may lose my redneck license for admitting this - I'd never actually made apple butter. But I'm game for anything in the kitchen, so we quickly…

The Great Apple Butter Sensory Experiment Recipe Links, Pie Crust Recipes, My Honey, Apple Butter, Hand Pies, Butter Recipe, Experiment, Frozen, Kid
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The Great Apple Butter Sensory Experiment

Apple Butter Hand Pies If you're curious how I came by the need to use up epic quantities of apple butter by fabricating hand pies, you can catch up with parts 1 and 2 of The Great Apple Butter Experiment. If you just happen to have apple butter on hand and want to do something besides enjoying it on toast/pancakes/waffles/ham/pork chops/in pumpkin bread/with a spoon, read on... Did somebody say sensory diet? I stumbled across this application when searching for ideas on how to use up a few…

One of the most enduring lessons I learned in my Grandma's farm kitchen is that brown bananas = banana bread. Sensory Issues, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cooking Hacks, Autism, Banana Bread, Posts, Texture, Tips, Desserts
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Sensory Friendly Banana Bread Hack

One of the most enduring lessons I learned in my Grandma's farm kitchen is that brown bananas = banana bread. Period. You don't waste them. You make them into something delicious. I personally have expanded that to include scones and smoothies. But yeah, no. You don't throw away brown bananas. (And I secretly judge people who do.) But. The problem with banana bread... especially my Grandma's banana bread... are the gooey chunks of banana throughout the bread, and the slimy wet ridge along…

Eavesdropping on the Party in my Head

Crafts

So I ended up hosting a wreath making party. ( I know , you're totally shocked ! I bought the printed ribbon you see above quite s. Ribbon Wrap, Burlap Ribbon, Straw Wreath, Wreath Making, Printed Ribbon, How To Make Wreaths, Halloween Themes, Posts, Blog
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Halloween Themed Burlap & Ribbon Wrapped Wreath

So I ended up hosting a wreath making party. (I know, you're totally shocked!). I bought the printed ribbon you see above quite some time before. I fell instantly in love with it and I'm pretty sure the world would have ended if I didn't take it home. I agonized over this project because I wanted to make sure I was absolutely certain how to deploy my special ribbon. I knew it wouldn't survive my incompetent fumbling and having to be redone several times like my much sturdier first wreath…

When the stores fill with plastic eggs, chocolate bunnies and overpriced baskets emblazoned with the latest Disney characters, I cringe a. Plastic Eggs, Chocolate Bunny, Easter Baskets, Paper Shopping Bag, Upcycle, Posts, Blog, Kids, Crafts
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Kid Friendly Upcycled Paper Bag Easter Basket Craft

When the stores fill with plastic eggs, chocolate bunnies and overpriced baskets emblazoned with the latest Disney characters, I cringe and imagine what a pastel nightmare next month's landfill layer is going to look like. I just can't bring myself to buy single use items like that. I'm always looking for hands-on crafty stuff to do with the kids, and I compulsively hoard sturdy paper shopping bags with handles. It occurred to me therein lies the two birds / one stone solution to the Easter…

Despicable Me Halloween Candy Bags - DIY tutorial for making minion loot bags Despicable Me Halloween, Despicable Me Party, Family Halloween Costumes, Holidays Halloween, Halloween Candy Bags, Diy Bags Tutorial, 2nd Birthday Party Themes, Minions Love, Loot Bags
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Despicable Me Halloween Candy Bags

When we decided to do a Despicable Me family costume this year, I assumed it would be easy to find coordinated candy bags since the licensed Gru and minion costumes are all over the place. (Not so with Lucy, you have to piece that together yourself.) No luck with the candy bags, so I decided since I was making minion costumes for the boys I might as well made candy bags, too. We already limit the number of houses to 10 or so, a number Bear can manage without getting (too insanely)…

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Laminated Painting Bookmark Craft

Last year for Mother's Day my son brought home from preschool the most perfect gift a writer and mom could ever receive: a bookmark made from a picture of him. I loved it so much I've been actively looking for a way to do something similar ever since. It was the first thing I thought of this spring when I was looking for an art project for the boys that was more springy, and less, well, Eastery. I still had bookmarks in mind and I remembered pinning this celery paint stamp concept I'd seen…

As I mentioned already, I ended up hosting a wreath making party. You can see the obsessively planned and agonized over burlap and rib. Halloween Home Decor, Halloween House, Halloween Themes, Burlap Bubble Wreath, Burlap Wreath, How To Make Wreaths, 4th Of July Wreath, Bubbles, Skull

Halloween Burlap Bubble Wreath

As I mentioned already, I ended up hosting a wreath making party. You can see the obsessively planned and agonized over burlap and ribbon wrapped Halloween themed wreath I made that day in this other post. What I hadn't planned on, though in hindsight I should have expected, was that just like after any party where guests bring things... people left their leftovers. Since wreath making supplies can get expensive they didn't leave the big stuff. But, I was left with a good bit of mismatched…

Humor

I Drank the Pinterest Koolaid and This Is What Happened - a cautionary tale about the popular calm jar/glitter jar/time out jar project by ShesAlwaysWrite.com Pin Fails, Calm Down Jar, Crafts To Do, Diy Crafts, Glitter Jars, Pinterest Fails, Kool Aid, Bereavement, Shit Happens
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I Drank the Pinterest Koolaid and This Is What Happened

I held off joining Pinterest for ages because I knew it would suck me in like a black hole. Because I knew I would find my tribe there. My Type A Martha Worshipping OCD wacknut tribe. And so it came to pass. About the same time I drank the Pinterest Koolaid, our awesome sitter brought over an empty plastic mayo jar one day because she really wanted to make a calm jar (aka Glitter Jar aka Time Out Jar aka WTH Were You Thinking?! Jar) with Bear. Then she came down really sick and wasn't able…

Other Pins

In recent years, school policies regarding the kind of treats that parents send in for parties have required they either be healthy snac.

Healthy Halloween School Snacks - Juice Box Ghost

In recent years, school policies regarding the kind of treats that parents send in for parties have required they either be healthy snacks or not food at all. I am fully on board with this, because the first couple of years of having a kid in school were spent incredulous at the sheer volume of treat bags my kid brought home. Since Halloween is basically synonymous with candy, it felt important to do something good enough to distract the kids from the fact they're not getting any candy at…

Sensory Friendly Fun: Pit Balls and Bubbles Sensory Activities, Bubbles, Kids Rugs, Posts, Blog, Fun, Messages, Kid Friendly Rugs, Vw Beetles
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Sensory Friendly Fun: Pit Balls and Bubbles

This post is a throwback to sensory activity ideas I saved because our EI therapists were geniuses but I was so busy being a mommy to small sensory seeking autistic humans that posting them at the time wasn't something I could prioritize. The concept is pretty self explanatory... Wading pool All the balls Seriously. So many balls. You'll be picking up balls forever. Bubbles Small human We also added one of those little plastic slides because it was there on account of garage sales are great…

  Swim Training, Triathlon Training, Card Workout, Free Printables, Swimming, Posts, Writing, Learning, Cards
Swimming

Free Printable Swim Training Dry Erase Workout Card

I'm very open about the fact that I'm a lousy swimmer. I figure it's nothing to be ashamed of. I never learned properly as a kid, I was never on a team. But for reasons that still elude me, I really wanted to do triathlon. So I cobbled together knowledge from swimmer friends, fellow tri bloggers, my triathlete PT, and the little bit of coaching I've been able to afford along the way. Moving up to 70.3 triathlon distance this past season was a huge motivator, in an abject fear of the swim…

34 Hilarious Military Memes That Know The Struggle - Funny memes that "GET IT" and want you to too. Get the latest funniest memes and keep up what is going on in the meme-o-sphere.

Do I Have Issues? Nope. I Have A Subscription

Image credit: Unknown Redditor The impression most people have of anxiety disorder is discomfort at parties, or lying awake at night worrying. The reality is that it's much more insidious and invasive. It makes things harder, more time consuming. It takes up space in every corner of your life. Disorganization and clutter are a huge anxiety trigger for me. It also sends my OCD into overdrive. I spent a good bit of time and money last year purging and redecorating my office because of it. I…

So I ended up hosting a wreath making party. ( I know , you're totally shocked ! I bought the printed ribbon you see above quite s. Ribbon Wrap, Burlap Ribbon, Straw Wreath, Wreath Making, Printed Ribbon, How To Make Wreaths, Halloween Themes, Posts, Blog
Burlap Ribbon

Halloween Themed Burlap & Ribbon Wrapped Wreath

So I ended up hosting a wreath making party. (I know, you're totally shocked!). I bought the printed ribbon you see above quite some time before. I fell instantly in love with it and I'm pretty sure the world would have ended if I didn't take it home. I agonized over this project because I wanted to make sure I was absolutely certain how to deploy my special ribbon. I knew it wouldn't survive my incompetent fumbling and having to be redone several times like my much sturdier first wreath…

I Drank the Pinterest Koolaid and This Is What Happened - a cautionary tale about the popular calm jar/glitter jar/time out jar project by ShesAlwaysWrite.com Pin Fails, Calm Down Jar, Crafts To Do, Diy Crafts, Glitter Jars, Pinterest Fails, Kool Aid, Bereavement, Shit Happens
Pin FailsDiy CraftsBereavement

I Drank the Pinterest Koolaid and This Is What Happened

I held off joining Pinterest for ages because I knew it would suck me in like a black hole. Because I knew I would find my tribe there. My Type A Martha Worshipping OCD wacknut tribe. And so it came to pass. About the same time I drank the Pinterest Koolaid, our awesome sitter brought over an empty plastic mayo jar one day because she really wanted to make a calm jar (aka Glitter Jar aka Time Out Jar aka WTH Were You Thinking?! Jar) with Bear. Then she came down really sick and wasn't able…

When the stores fill with plastic eggs, chocolate bunnies and overpriced baskets emblazoned with the latest Disney characters, I cringe a. Plastic Eggs, Chocolate Bunny, Easter Baskets, Paper Shopping Bag, Upcycle, Posts, Blog, Kids, Crafts
Chocolate BunnyUpcycleKidsCrafts

Kid Friendly Upcycled Paper Bag Easter Basket Craft

When the stores fill with plastic eggs, chocolate bunnies and overpriced baskets emblazoned with the latest Disney characters, I cringe and imagine what a pastel nightmare next month's landfill layer is going to look like. I just can't bring myself to buy single use items like that. I'm always looking for hands-on crafty stuff to do with the kids, and I compulsively hoard sturdy paper shopping bags with handles. It occurred to me therein lies the two birds / one stone solution to the Easter…

Despicable Me Halloween Candy Bags - DIY tutorial for making minion loot bags Despicable Me Halloween, Despicable Me Party, Family Halloween Costumes, Holidays Halloween, Halloween Candy Bags, Diy Bags Tutorial, 2nd Birthday Party Themes, Minions Love, Loot Bags
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Despicable Me Halloween Candy Bags

When we decided to do a Despicable Me family costume this year, I assumed it would be easy to find coordinated candy bags since the licensed Gru and minion costumes are all over the place. (Not so with Lucy, you have to piece that together yourself.) No luck with the candy bags, so I decided since I was making minion costumes for the boys I might as well made candy bags, too. We already limit the number of houses to 10 or so, a number Bear can manage without getting (too insanely)…

She's Always Write: Laminated Painting Bookmark Craft Bookmark Craft, Bookmarks Kids, How To Make Bookmarks, Bookmark Ideas, Easy Crafts For Kids, Projects For Kids, Art For Kids, Craft Projects, Craft Ideas
Art For KidsCraft Ideas

Laminated Painting Bookmark Craft

Last year for Mother's Day my son brought home from preschool the most perfect gift a writer and mom could ever receive: a bookmark made from a picture of him. I loved it so much I've been actively looking for a way to do something similar ever since. It was the first thing I thought of this spring when I was looking for an art project for the boys that was more springy, and less, well, Eastery. I still had bookmarks in mind and I remembered pinning this celery paint stamp concept I'd seen…

As I mentioned already, I ended up hosting a wreath making party. You can see the obsessively planned and agonized over burlap and rib. Halloween Home Decor, Halloween House, Halloween Themes, Burlap Bubble Wreath, Burlap Wreath, How To Make Wreaths, 4th Of July Wreath, Bubbles, Skull

Halloween Burlap Bubble Wreath

As I mentioned already, I ended up hosting a wreath making party. You can see the obsessively planned and agonized over burlap and ribbon wrapped Halloween themed wreath I made that day in this other post. What I hadn't planned on, though in hindsight I should have expected, was that just like after any party where guests bring things... people left their leftovers. Since wreath making supplies can get expensive they didn't leave the big stuff. But, I was left with a good bit of mismatched…

activity that focuses on slowly easing into laying in the balls, starts off by retrieving one, and so on until all are retrieved and the kiddo can sit in the basket of plastic balls Sensory Diet, Sensory Issues, Sensory Activities, Activities For Kids, Sensory Processing Disorder Autism, Kids Night Out, Sensory Integration, Autism Resources, School Themes
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Sensory Activity - Fun With Spinners

One of the perks of living in Chicagoland is stumbling across things like tent sales where educational product companies are unloading warehouse stuff at ridiculous prices. One of the things I scored recently was a six pack of game spinners for 50 cents and a Dinosaur Bingo game (with dinosaur spinner!) for 99 cents. I didn't really know what I would do with them, but I knew they were worth picking up. It occurred to me that the colors on one of the spinners mostly matched the colors of the…

Sensory diet activities for leftover birthday balloons. Sensory Diet, Sensory Play, Early Learning, Kids Learning, Infant Lesson Plans, Daycare Forms, Sensory Integration, Sensory Processing Disorder, Project Based Learning
Kids LearningDaycare FormsSensory IntegrationSensory Processing Disorder

Milking Balloons

First Birthday - he was all about the balloons I was really bummed when the dollar store in my town stopped selling balloons - I could deal with 50 cents pop for little helium filled bubbles of childhood joy. But alas, for Bear's last two birthdays my only option was the old school downtown party supply store, complete with creaky floors and crotchety octogenarian owner, ear hair and all. Plain old latex balloons are a buck a piece, and they deflate overnight. Bear adores balloons, and…

This is the second half the Sensational Snowman indoor winter activity . After the glue holding the 3 paper balls together dries, it's tim. Winter Activities, Activities For Kids, Paper Balls, Sensory Diet, Winter Craft, Sensory Processing Disorder, Snowmen, Craft Projects, Indoor

Sensational Snowman - Part 2

This is the second half the Sensational Snowman indoor winter activity. After the glue holding the 3 paper balls together dries, it's time to stand back and let the kids get creative. Since I'm a craft store junkie, I've got a box full of stuff like felt scraps and puff balls and pipe cleaners. I actually have a big bin labeled "rainy day" where I toss anything with project potential, but I know not everyone is that nuts. If you don't happen to have a bunch of decorative items in a craft…

Pit Ball Wading Pool: fill a small inflatable wading pool with plastic pit balls for a great indoor sensory diet activity Sensory Processing Disorder Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fun Activities For Kids, Sensory Activities, Ot Therapy, Mother Bears, Sensory Diet, Sensory Integration, Family Kids

Sensory Activity: Pit Ball Wading Pool

This is one of Bear's absolute favorite sensory diet activities. I only get it out every couple of weeks months because, well, that's about how long it takes to find all the balls under the furniture. I wanted to share this one for several reasons: - it's cheap - it's easy - it's versatile - it's fun Supplies Blow up wading pool (we got this one for $5 on clearance) Pit balls. Lots and lots of pit balls (about $10 for bag of 100 - he got 4 bags for his birthday) Pile of random blankets (to…

Finger painting with pudding sensory diet activity. Sensory Diet, Sensory Activities, Activities For Kids, I Am Batman, Sensory Processing Disorder, Finger Painting, Autism Spectrum, Activity Ideas, Occupational Therapy
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Sensory Activity: Pudding Finger Painting

Even though Bear has always been a sensory seeker, he tends to avoid certain tactile experiences. Once we started to get a handle on things after his diagnosis, we knew we needed to work on that. We started out like everyone does - playing with shaving cream. But as an avoider myself, the smell of shaving cream is sometimes more than I can handle (and that's not even taking its potential as a migraine trigger into account). We still play with it on occasion, but I was really interested in…

The Great Apple Butter Experiment - 3 part series detailing how I developed my own recipe for Honey Apple Butter, and discussing the different cooking and storage options. Honey Recipes, Apple Butter, Me As A Girlfriend, Experiment, Spreads, Crockpot, Posts, Canning, Storage
Apple ButterMe As A GirlfriendCrockpot

The Great Apple Butter Experiment: Part 1

Ingredients and Preparation A while back one of my girlfriends asked me about apple butter. She shared the same frustration so many of us have with supermarket foods: the store options all contained High Fructose Corn Syrup. I felt naked, y'all. Because while I do have significant square footage designated to canning equipment and supplies - and I may lose my redneck license for admitting this - I'd never actually made apple butter. But I'm game for anything in the kitchen, so we quickly…