Our family life tends to be pretty busy, but one thing that we hold onto is our family dinnertime. At our house, everyone sits down together for dinner, every single night. Even when Elvie was refusing to eat solid food, we’d still have her with us at the table. Now that she’s eating with gusto, I’ve been trying to introduce her to new flavors. Because she rejected all purees, I want to offer her foods that are different, but the fact of the matter is that some things we eat even as grown-ups are the same texture as a pureed baby food. So I’ve been on a mission to make foods that are like purees, but that taste amazing, so that she’ll be willing to try more foods that require utensils to eat. One of my favorites is slow cooker applesauce. It’s super easy to make, and while it’s cooking, the house smells divine. There’s no need for added sweeteners, and it’s so smooth and flavorful that every member of our family loves it. It’s a good thing it’s easy to make, because I don’t think they’ll accept store bought applesauce ever again. Here are nine steps to applesauce for your baby and your whole family to enjoy.