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Apple somethings

 
I made & wrote up this recipe post a few years ago & never posted it. I wanted the recipe today since we went apple picking this morning.  Figured I would just go ahead & post it.  Enjoy making some!

I’m sure I have pictures somewhere… if I find them or we make them & they turn out well today I will post some.   I combined a few different recipes into making this. Among them I recall these….

 

Apple somethings
Mini rustic cinnamon apple pies with crumb topping
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pie crusts or equivalent recipe of pie crust - divided into 8 chunks
  2. Filling
  3. 6 cups diced apples
  4. Juice of 1/2 lemon (or 1-2tbsp lem
  5. on juice)
  6. 1/2 c sugar
  7. 4 tbsp flour
  8. 1/4 tsp salt
  9. splash vanilla (1-2 tsp?)
  10. heavy dose of cinnamon (1 tbsp?)
  11. Crumb Topping
  12. 1/2 cup flour
  13. 1/2 stick butter (I used 1.5 sticks butter & had a glob not a crumb topping - the recipe was confusing - I am guessing it is really ONE 1/2stick of butter)
  14. 1 cup brown sugar
  15. 1/2 c oats
  16. 1/4 tsp salt
  17. Egg wash
  18. 1 egg - fork whipped
Instructions
  1. Make your pie crust or thaw pre-made crusts & divide into 8 crusts. Set aside to chill.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 (I will try 400 next time but 375 worked - I didn't add an egg wash & wish I had to get a nice brown crust)
  3. Mix peeled, diced apples, lemon juice, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla & cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. Combine cold butter & flour (I used a food processor) and add brown sugar, oats & salt.
  5. Roll out 1 eighth of the pie crust into a loose circle. Mound apple mixture in the center & cover with crumb topping. Pull up the side & pinch together. This is a rustic pie so it doesn't need to be perfect! Continue with remaining 7 pies.
  6. Brush top of the crusts lightly with egg wash.
  7. Bake 25-30 minutes until crust is golden & apples are cooked.
Adapted from Scrumptious Apple Pie - Pioneer Woman & others
Scraps by Heather http://scrapsbyheather.com/

 

 

ruck-bu part 2

Ok – This post will be long & picture heavy but I want to get the ruck-bu instructions out in one post.  Imay do a follow-up post with adjustments I would make it creating another.  So far I LOVE it!  I love the wicking inner (which you can do with any mei-tai/SSC style carrier).  I love how EASY it is to get the baby up!  I love the extra support from the wrap straps.   What I don’t love so far – wrap straps are long…. which means they can drag on the ground (similar to a wrap) & I would make my shoulder straps wider & probably add thicker padding if I had a do-over.  Then again it is summer & I am wearing sleeveless shirts – when I have longer sleeves on that may not bother me at all.

You can see my initial post for more info on supplies & inspiration/why here – Ruck-bu  …. no I wasn’t sneezing I meant ruck-bu!

Laid out as it would be used (with the waist flipped up creating the babies seat
Laid out as it would be used (with the waist flipped up creating the babies seat

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Ruck-bu …. no I wasn’t sneezing I meant ruck-bu!

This is a new creation of mine!   I used a few sites for ideas/insrpiration.  They includeCherry Berry Baby and Barefoot and Pregnant, Esquire.

Being on kid #2 and being smarter but also on the go more I have found myself interested in carrying Sam around instead of using a stroller everywhere (because there are places where strollers just don’t go or don’t go easily).  I started out with an Ergo and a loaner ring sling (thank you Monika!).  I liked both at first.

The Ergo started to both my back once Sam hit about 15# though & the ring sling was a loaner and unless you are VERY capable with it, you shouldn’t really back carry.

So I got into baby wrapping.  The beauty of a wrap is that they are super flexible.  The downside is they aren’t very intuitive – just a large length of woven fabric really.   Alot of moms have probably tried out a Moby wrap – very similar but longer & stretchier than a woven.  Woven wraps can carry kids… not just babies – KIDS!  I got two different lengths for Mother’s Day & found I liked each for different things… but my longer “rainbow” wrap had a hem flaw.  The manufacturer (Little Frog in Poland) was AWESOME and replaced it leaving me with the “flawed” wrap.  So I set out to make a DIY creation with it.

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Christmas in July – Christmas Stockings

This was written in January… but I saved it up to post now.  I am not going to update the “what I am doing” section – it’s a look back to January!

I’ve been pretty busy with a newborn, 5 year old & Christmas prep going on.  I made very intricate cross-stitch stockings for Kevin & myself over the years (started mine in college & his while we were dating).  I started one for Andy when I was pregnant with him – 5+ years ago… it still isn’t done!  So I figure at this rate Sam will never get one!  Time to make a new plan!  I saw this pattern (Merry) by Camille Roskelley when she made them for herself & in her instagram posts during the holidays.  Here’s a peak into my finished products.IMG_5484 - 2013-12-10 at 22-04-20

 

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Disney album next steps

Worked on the Disney album a bit more this week!  I took all of my printed photos (that I organized here) and  sorted them into their proper organization & started populating my album with “stuff”.   I had some help taking photos for you…. I cannot wait to finish this album for him!   His interest in everything we did a year ago is awesome and I want to finish it for him so he can hang onto all of his wonderful memories (that we all know are so fleeting at his age).   He of course still had jammies & bedhead when I was taking the pictures – but that’s real life on a weekend!

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Disney Album Organization

Well, it has been a while – and I am sorry!   I made quite a few things lately – but I may not blog about them yet.  I even have a blog post about the Christmas Stockings I made for us this year all written up – I will try to post it closer to when people will be thinking about Christmas projects again!

It has been a year (seriously – how is that possible!) since we went to Disney.   I sooo would love to go back – but it wouldn’t be the same – we have our Disney “wish” (aka Sam), Andy is older etc.  I have run across pictures of Andy at Disney a few times lately & I am astonished how much he’s grown up since last year!   Yes – he’s bigger physically – but he just looks so much more grown up & he’s becoming a boy and less a pre-schooler.  I am so glad we went when we did – he hadn’t hit the big whiney stage quite as intensely yet but MOST importantly – he LOVED Mickey with all of his heart & soul!  He still likes Mickey & Jake & the other Disney shows, but Star Wars, The Hobbit, superheroes &  Wild Kratts (especially those guys) have crept up in importance.

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LiT Ep5: Make your own stencil (and a Pottery Barn inspired holiday wall art)

Ok yes I know this is a Thursday, not a Tuesday – but I am still calling it Learn it Tuesday because I can!

You may remember, my friend Kristen (dineanddish.net) asked for some Silhouette help recently.   Well we decided to work together more often!  Fun for both of us & I am so very excited & thankful for this opportunity to work with such a good friend doing something we enjoy!

This month we decided to make a holiday wall art project & used this Pottery Barn Peace Sign… ($129!!!!!) for inspiration.  I think ours turned out great & cost FAR LESS to make!

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LiT Ep4: Design your own “Print&Cut” jelly jar labels

Ok first – yes it isn’t Tuesday!   Second – hey – a new video!  It’s about time!  The most challenging part?  Finding enough time when a 5week old, a 5year old and a dog are all quiet (oh & when my hubby isn’t home, because then nobody is quiet)!

My friend Kristen (dineanddish.net) asked for some Silhouette help recently.  She was trying to make labels for some homemade grape jelly.   Simple right?  Well…. printing on a label & then cutting it sure is simple on the Cameo – IF you know how to do it!   So I wanted to share how I quickly helped her out.

Here is one of her labels – didn’t it turn out gorgeous?

Homemade-Grape-Jelly

And here is my how-to video.   We used a regular cut label that is meant to cut 3 different paper to make a layered label and turned it into a print & cut label with custom text & the printed purple border.  She used Silhouette’s Printable Silver Foil paper.

Here is the video – let me know if you need more help or have any questions & definitely check out Kristen’s blog for the jelly details!

Wishes

Wishes by kids… sometimes they are cute, sometimes silly, sometimes sad & sometimes they break your heart because you know you just can’t grant it.    Andy has started believing in magic in the last year or so.  It’s so fun to watch him wave a magic wand & tell me he is making things disappear or fly, etc.   He doesn’t often make “wishes”… you know the serious “I wish for …” sentence that doesn’t necessarily involve whatever toy is in front of him at the moment (all kids wish for that).  But he’s made a few.

Wishes

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