There’s no getting around it: Peeling and coring apples takes LOTS of time.  Especially when you have to continually pause during the process to take care of any number of child-related needs: change diaper, get bandaid, help find lost Lego, prevent younger brother from hitting older brother with drumstick, get out paper and glue and locate hole puncher for art project… know the picture, I’m sure.  To help tackle our pile of apples last fall, Ben picked up this really great apple peeler.  It’s the kind that suctions onto the counter, you stick the apple onto a horizontal spike with a small peeling arm, and then you turn the handle to rotate the apple and peel it. I wasn’t so sure about it at first, but I have to say that it really does make the process go more quickly.  The only part that doesn’t work for us as well as I’d like is that it doesn’t stick to the counter very well.  But, Ben rigged up a clamp for it, and now at least it’s solid, even though it’s a little awkward to set up.  But you know the best part about our apple peeler?   The boys love it.  As long as they get to crank the handle, they’re happy to help me out with peeling.   And once Connor discovered that the peels come off in long strips and they’re fun to play with, it was even better.  He was more than happy to catch them as they came off of the apple, and even clean up (without being asked!) the pieces that had already fallen on the floor.  Who knew an apple peeler and the resulting peels could provide so much entertainment!

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