First rule of thumb: You've got two kids two and under, so of course you're not going to measure anything! You don't have the time or the energy to faff around with that kind of minutiae. At least two diapers are waiting to be changed and you're trying to overpower that smelly mess with the beauty of Sun Fuji apples and Vietnamese cinnamon (though I ended up using some regular powdered cinnamon, too, because I was too poopilated to grind the real stuff for very long).
I used six apples, plus some water (I have no idea how much--2 cups maybe? hmmm...), then boiled it all till softish. Sometimes I like my applesauce a bit chunky, in which case I smoosh it with a potato masher, but you know that mama hens have to sacrifice a lot for their chicks. My toddler-chickpea likes sludgy applesauce with no bits, so there you go. In that case, use your hand blender, right in the pot.
Add some cinnamon, and Bob's your uncle. DON'T, I repeat, DON'T add any sweetener. This stuff is perfect as is. And perfection is hard to come by, so grab it while you can.
Even toddler-chickpeas with coughs and stuffy noses love it: The proof is in the pictures. (And don't forget your Japanese police car, or life loses its luster a bit.)