Friday, September 27, 2013

Apple Pie Pastries

Now that it's apple season, it's fun to try some new apple recipes. Here's one that I invented last year.
For the crust:
3 c. Flour
1 1/3 c. Shortening (crisco)
2 tsp. Salt
1/2 c. Cold water (very cold)
Mix flour, salt and shortening with pastry cutter.
Mix water in by the tablespoon until dough is kind of sticky and shiny.
Roll out with rolling pin on floured pastry cloth til quite thin, but not thin enough to break. With pizza cutter, cut into 3 1/2 and 4 inch pieces, using the larger pieces for the tops.
For the filling:
6 small apples (I used 2 red delicious, 2 granny smith, and 2 of some sort of local variety)
1 c. Brown sugar
2 tbsp. Flour
1 tbsp. Lemon juice (I use bottled lemon juice)
1 tbsp. +/- apple pie spice (Penzey's is SO good! - the more the better!)
Peel apples and cut into 1/2 inch slices. Mix with other ingredients. Spoon filling onto half of the  pie crust pieces, leaving 1/2-3/4" space on all four edges. Brush edges with beaten egg, and place the tops on. Once they are "sealed" on, press edges down with fork tines.
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until crust is fully baked and golden.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

I Made That! Thursday #9

Hey everyone! Welcome back to I Made That! Thursday! There were a lot of really, really great projects you all linked up last week. Thanks so much for your participation!
This is SO cute!! I love making wreaths, so this is right up my alley! Thanks for linking up, Kim!
Bubblegum Inspired Outfit by Sew Much to Give
This outfit is absolutely adorable! My favorite color is pink, and I love fleece, so this is a winner! 
Thanks for linking up, Deborah!
DIY Origami Gift Box - My Personal Accent
DIY Origami Gift Boxes by My Personal Accent
What a great idea to make your own gift boxes! It looks simple, and the $1 price tag makes it very appealing. 
Thanks for sharing, Angela!
Now on to this week's party!!!

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I Made That! Thursday #8

Welcome back to I Made That! Thursday! Thank you to everyone who linked up last week! I will be posting a new tutorial very soon. Thanks for bearing with me!
I'm posting this a little early just in case the internet goes out and I can't do it tomorrow. 
Here's a few faves for this week:
Terracotta dishes from TJMaxx. I am SO in love with them. 
Made in Italy, and SUCH cute colors!
And, an added bonus is that they're reasonably priced. ($5-$15)

This SO cute and useful pitcher and bowl (also TJMaxx)
($10 each)

Playing the piano. Definitely my favorite thing to do.
(Beethoven Sonata No.20, Op 49, Mvt. 2)

What are some of your faves this week?



Popover Rugby Shirt by Call Ajaire
This is so adorable, and it's made out of an adult size shirt!
Such a great idea for remaking clothes that you don't love anymore.
Thanks so much for sharing, Ajaire!


Lunchbox Napkin Tutorial by Coffee and their Kisses
This is a really great idea for kids, and you can make it in so many different fun patterns!
Thanks for sharing, Kassandra!
Let's have a link party!

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I Made That! Thursday #7

Welcome back to I Made That! Thursday! I hope everyone's having a great September. It definitely feels like fall around here, which is why I made this wreath. I definitely had burlap wreath fever.
So what have you all been doing? Let's have a link party and find out!

Cuddly Dropped Stitch Shawl by Treasures Made from Yarn
This truly does look very cuddly! Thanks for linking up!
Now for this week's party:

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DIY Fall Burlap Wreath

Since it's feeling so fall-y out, (and since I've been looking at burlap wreaths on Pinterest and LOVING them), I decided to make one! I picked up a foam wreath form for $5, some ribbon for about $3 (both from JoAnn), and some berry-like flowers for $0.97 from Walmart. I really don't like shopping at Walmart at all, but it was my only alternative at the time. I had some fake leaves laying around, so I incorporated them as well. As for the pheasant feathers, well, all you need to do is go pheasant hunting, and if you have success, you will have plenty of those to choose from! :)

To wrap the wreath, cut 3-4 inch strips of burlap. I used three strips for mine.
 When you reach the end of one strip, pin it (not to pinterest, but to the wreath form...), and pin on the next one.
Once you have it completely wrapped, pin the end down (preferably color-coordinated pins).
 Now we're ready to have some fun!! I clipped the "berry" flowers down a little bit so the stem wasn't sticking out horribly, and pinned them on with sewing pins, just kinda here and there and everywhere around the stems so they stay. Then pin on your bow and stick in the feathers. You're done!!

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