With cooler mornings and evenings, I am starting to feel ready for the change of the season and autumn’s arrival. Fall brings shorter, crisper days, and the beautiful changing of the leaves, but at our house, it also means it’s time for pumpkin pancakes and toast loaded up with homemade apple butter. Each fall I set aside one day for my family to make apple butter together…that's right, all of us sitting around the kitchen table, peeling, chopping, and gabbing while filling up a huge pot full of apples. It is a family affair, but honestly, canning and preserving food is my hobby, not my children's. So how have I managed to get my three pre-teen children (and husband!) to participate in this fall activity?