Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Apple Butter Recipe

MMMMMM Apple butter. 

I have been making apple butter like  all the apples in the world are disappearing and I only have a limited time to make it and eat it.

Okay, not to that extent but pretty close to it. I've made apple butter three times since the beginning of Fall. That's three time as much as I have made it in the past! :) It's soooooooooo good I just can't help myself! 

You would think I would make one big batch and save it and can it and freeze it and all that good stuff but I don't. I make one jar at a time.  One ,over flowing, 12 ounce jar full.  

That's what I'm going to tell you how to make today. One over flowing 12 ounce  jar  for you and you alone..... Okay, you can share I suppose. But ,don't say I didn't warn you it will be all gone by your loved ones and they'll be begging for more!

 You could  double it sure and share it that way but this is just how I do it. And because I only have one Mason jar with a lid...

 Moving on!

I wanted to share this while it was still technically Fall. Even though it feels like late December early January here. And I live in the South. It's freaking cold! I love it! 


What you'll need:

  • Slow cooker or Crock pot. ( With it high and low settings)
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon  Ground Cloves ( I actually use  just a little bit less then that, like half of a 1/4 teaspoon, because I'm not a huge fan of the cloves taste. Just enough for that umf)
  • 3 pounds apples peeled,cored, and diced ( prefer Gala apples. If you want more of a tart apple butter use a mix of green and red apples)

Prep time: 10-30 minutes  Cook time: 7-8 hours
( I depends on how long you take to peel all those apples :D )

Turn Slow cooker or Crock Pot on HIGH to get it warmed up.
In a bowl mix together sugar,cinnamon, ground cloves, salt. Set aside.

Wash, peel, core and dice apples.

 Place in Crock Pot that has already been preheated  on the HIGH settings. Then add your sugar mixture and coat the apples well by stirring it together.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 Hour.

After 1 hour put temp to LOW and continue to cook for 6-7 hours while covered.
Remove lid the last hour of cooking and leave Crock Pot on LOW.

You want a nice dark caramel color. that's when  you know it's done. Not light, dark.

Mash the apple that didn't cook down completely. So you have nice smooth like texture. 

 Let cool completely --once done I always put some on a slice of toast while it's still warm for nice snack :D -- then put away .

These are the apples I used.

 Mix ingredients together.

 This is what your sugar mixture should look like once it's combined really well.

 Place in preheated Crock Pot. Be careful the sides are hot.
I may or may not have burned my arm this last time I made some. lol

 Once it is all mixed together and the apples are nice and coated.

After 6-7 hours I mashed the apples up once it was completed cooking. You want a nice brown color. Almost caramel color but just darker, but not by much.

I don't have a picture of me using my hand mixer but this is the one I use to get it to a nice smooth buttery texture. LOVE THIS THING! ( Thanks GMOM)

Sorry this picture isn't the best. It was the one I posted on my Instagram.
 Now make you a nice bacon, apple butter and toast sandwich.even add some fried eggs.

Hey don't knock it until you try it!

 When I made this batch I split it with my Mom and Dad. That's why half was already gone. :D

I hope you guys liked this!
If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!
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As always,

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

DIY: The Skeleton Bag Part 2!

Hi there! Welcome back for part 2! I'm glad this is done and over with. It's not that I didn't like the project. I loved it and had so much fun and with it and I love the out come. BUT! And that's a big one I know, I just absolutely struggled with putting the video together for it. Mostly 'cause it's my first one that I'm actually in front of the camera. Granted it's not til the end, but it makes me nervous watching myself. hahaha

Silly I know. I do have another one for Christmas stuff I'm getting together and I'm not sure if  I'll do it the same or not. You'll just have to stay tuned to see :)

Now, for this part I don't have any pictures just my video. Part 1 has the measurements on that post and some pictures. So, if you're just seeing this I would check out that part first and then this. :)
I do hope to update it at some point with pictures of the finished bag.


(Edit 11/13/14: here are the pictures of the bag!)

Now you know why I call it the Skeleton Bag!

If you are having trouble viewing the video below check out my channel, Sew Crazy About Crafting, for this video and more.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Skeleton Bag Part 1

Hello! Today is the beginning of a little  bag making series I'm working on. I ended up having to break the video up into parts because it was just way to long. I can't release each video every week. Though I would love to I just don't know if  I'm going to be able to. ( Because our internet sucks and it takes a lot of bandwidth.)

 I hope you enjoy and continue to watch the rest as I'm able to get it/them out. I'm not sure how many more video's it's going to take to complete the one bag.

One more thing. In the video I did make a mistake.  I will correct it later on when I realize what I've done . Other then that enjoy!

 Here are some pictures I took and the measurements. Rest will be in video below or look on my YouTube Channel:  Sew Crazy About Crafting

 You're going to want 4 rectangles that are 17 by 13 inches.

 That's width by height 
 I used vinyl from Jo-Anna's.
 Cut that at 17 by 4 inches.
 Again that's width  by height. 

The pockes that are not shown here ( which is basically part 1 is all about)  sizes are;
Phone pocket: cut two 8 by 6 1/2 inch ( width by height) 
Small pocket: cut two 5 by 6 1/2 ( width by height)

Also you're going to want stiff interfacing for this project. 

That's is for now I hope you like this and keep an eye out for the next part!
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Have a wonderful day!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fabric Pumpkins

So, today I have some fabric pumpkins with out the stuffing! :) My Mom had bought me a whole bunch of Halloween things on sale at Michael's last year after Halloween was over. Some of the items she bought me were these papier maché pumpkins. I waited and waited and waited to use these, not really knowing what I was going to be doing with them.

Since she had bought me 4 and I knew I wanted to devote 2 of them for Halloween and 2 of them I could use for my Thanksgiving and Halloween Decorations. In this tutorial, however, I only used the one. Its pretty easy and fun! The only down side is I don't have the greatest of pictures to go with it. I want to stage it up  the photos with the rest of my decorations and what not but the fact is I got lazy.

Super,super,super lazy....

Well then I'll just show you what I have and you can use your imagination to make them pretty! :)

What you'll need:

  • Papier Maché Pumpkins
  • Holiday Fabric of your choice
  •  Mod Podge ( I used I the gloss kind because that's what I had on hand but you can use the matte one)
  • scissors
  • push pins
  • Orange and black paint

So, first things first, if you don't have orange paint then make some!

 Paint your pumpkin in two coats. Let it dry in between coats.

 Once dry take your Mod Podge  and paint your pumpkin.

 Then Quickly place your fabric on your pumpkin. I found out that it was easier to form my fabric on to the pumpkin as I went.Also, roll it in a tub like shape working with the sides first. ( not shown here.)
 Cut off the extra on the bottom and placed it folded over. Try to make it nice and flat as you can. Add extra Mod Podge where it's needed to help lay down the seams.
For the top I cut about an inch or so extra and the folded over the edge and then gathered it around the stem. Before I  placed the push pins I added extra Mod Podge to the fabric that was going to be placed against the pumpkin.  I added the push pins to help push down that parts that kept popping up.
  Once it was dry enough to touch I decided I didn't like the orange stem so I painted it black. I like it much better now! I was very careful not to get it on my material since I did it after I Mod Podged everything.
 This is the bottom once it was completely dry. Since I sat it on paper I was scared the paper would stick to it, but I didn't have any problems. I also didn't sit it on there when it was soaking wet with the glue either. I waited until it had dried just a bit.
 Top with out the pins!
 This is how I did he seam for the side. I just folded over and glued in place.

Well, That's it. Quick-- well, minus the dry time-- simple , and easy.  My favorite kind of projects!

Hope you enjoyed this. If you have a questions, I don't mind answering them! So ask away!!

Have a wonderful day!

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