Homemade Stockings

Monday, December 14, 2020 4 comments


Headed (virtually) to GMT today to share some homemade stockings.  I'll post the link later to FB later.  These are super quick and easy, but I'm planning to share a few from my personal collection that I've put out every Christmas.  I'm all about pretty Christmas decor, but I'll always choose a handmade stocking over a store bought stocking any day!  

Dried Orange Ornaments

Tuesday, December 01, 2020 No comments

Is it even 2020 if you aren't making dried oranges for Christmas?  I don't know if I'm seeing these everywhere b/c I decided to do it, or if it really is just a popular craft this Christmas.  I ordered a feather tree (a new "old" style b/c I've been looking for years for a REAL old one, but no luck).  I decided I was going to do oranges, fake candles, and a popcorn garland, so....first up I used some oranges that were pretty soft to the touch thanks to good intentions and bad planning on my part a few weeks back.  
I sliced my oranges to about 1/4 inch thickness and I lined a pan with parchment paper...just b/c I didn't want to have to work to get out the orange flavor.  
I baked my oranges at 250 for about 2 hours.  When they look pretty juiceless, and felt firmer to the touch I pulled them out.  I didn't want them to get too brown.  
I had picked up these large needles in the yarn section recently for another project and they were perfect.  

I strung bakers twine through and tied off a loop for them to hang, but you could keep going if you wanted a garland instead.  
Now...I'm just waiting for my faux feather tree to arrive.  

Semi Homemade Apple Pie

Monday, November 02, 2020 4 comments
I made this pie for Thanksgiving last year and it was the perfect amount of sweet.  I used a store bought pie dough, and then used about 5 medium red apples and 1 green apple.  I peeled the apples and then thinly sliced them.  I squeezed a little lemon juice over the apples, and then added 3/4 c. sugar.  I added 3 T cornstarch, 1 heaping teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 t. nutmeg, 1/4 t. allspice, and 1/8 t. salt.  You mix it all together, place it in the bottom dough.  Top and crimp with dough two.  Cut slits, and then brush it with an egg wash.  I cooked it at 375 for about 50 minutes (until the crust was golden).  And...serve with ice cream because...obviously.

Free Halloween Tag

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 1 comment
I made this last year to put on a drink I gave my secret sister, but....it was a secret all year, so I had to wait until this year to post!  You should be able to hit the link here for a free printable.  :)

Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad

Sunday, August 23, 2020 3 comments
The fact that this is called a 'salad' would explain a lot about me.  There are much prettier pictures around the net, but the fact that I remembered to take a picture at this stage in my life was a win.  This is like one of my favorite strawberry desserts I've been making for years, but it adds pecans, and is all mixed together instead of layered (which can be a bugger).  This recipe can from thegunnysack.  
It's a great sweet dessert for summer, or a great 'salad' if you are willing to stretch the word.  I am.  

Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad

Ingredients:  1 c. crushed pretzels, 1/2 c. chopped pecans, 3/4 c. brown sugar, 3/4 c. butter (melted), 3 c. strawberries (diced), 8 oz cream cheese (softened), 1/2 c. sugar, 1 t. vanilla, 3 c. cool whip

1.  Mix together the crushed pretzels, chopped pecans, brown sugar and melted butter.  
2.  Spread the mix on a large baking sheet with sides.  Bake at 400 for 7 min.  Cool and break into small pieces.  Set aside.  
3.  Beat together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla.  
4.  Fold in the cool whip.  Cover and place in the fridge to chill.  
5.  Before serving stir in the strawberries and pretzel mix.  

Strawberry Shortcake

Saturday, August 22, 2020 3 comments
I always have good intention when I buy fruits and vegetables, but.....soon they rot.  I did start a compost pile this summer, but I'm trying to at least do something with my purchases before I just toss them into the bin.  So...I found myself with some strawberries that were about to meet the pile, and I decided the best way to consume a bunch of strawberries was to turn them into a cake.  I found the most delicious recipe for shortcake.  It made 8x8 pan, so not too much.  I just added my strawberries on top and some whipped cream b/c I like a little sugar with my sugar.  I found the original recipe at mybakingaddiction.
1 1/4 c. cake flour, 2/3 c. sugar, 1/4 t. alt, 1/4 c. butter (cubed and softened to room temp), 1 t. vanilla, 1/2 c. whole milk, 1 egg, 2 T vegetable oil, 2+ c. strawberries+ 1-2 T sugar, whipped cream
1.  Cut strawberries and add about a T of sugar.  Toss together and place the strawberries into the fridge so the strawberries can release some of their juices.  
2.  Preheat the oven to 350.  
3.  Grease an 8x8 cake pan.  
4. Sift the flour, sugar, powder, and salt.  
5.  Add milk and mix on medium speed until dry ingredients are just moistened (about 1 min). 
6.  Add egg and oil. Mix for about 30 more seconds until completely combined, but don't over mix.  A few lumps are OK.  
7.  Pour into pan and bake for 20-22 minutes.  
*.  Cool and top with strawberries and whipped cream.