Saturday, October 29, 2011

Apple Butter

My apple butter is all finished and canned.  It didn't take as long as I had planned.  I thought it would cook until 9:00am this morning, but last night around 7:00pm it was done.  I was afraid if I left it cook all night, I might wake up to a burned up crock pot. I had read on another recipe to crack the lid a little to thicken it up and maybe this speeded up the recipe.  I really didn't feel last night at 7:30 to finish the canning, but I did it anyway.  We get up at 4:00am so by this time of night I am worthless!  We had it on toast this morning and it is delicious!  I had to force my little granddaughter who stays all night on Fridays to taste it.  After chasing her around the house, she finally took a tiny lick of the spoon and said "Oh that is good, Mamo".  She eats nothing, so this was the ultimate compliment!
It doesn't take much to make me happy!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Canning Some Vegetables!

I had alot of left over green tomatoes in my garden and it was calling for frost.  My husband and I went out and picked all of them and I should of gotten on the internet before we did this.   The internet says to pull plant and all out of the ground and shake off the dirt and hang it upside down in a cool place and the tomatoes will continue to turn red.  Well it was to late for that, so I found this recipe on the internet for Green Tomatoe Relish and it had lots of reviews that said it is very good.  You just put tomatoes, green peppers, red peppers, and onions in a food process and chop them up, add some vinegar, sugar, mustard seed and celery seed and then bring it to a boil for 5 minutes and process.  I did give it a little taste and it is delicious.  I can't wait to put it on a hamburger or hotdog sandwich!  Here is a picture of all my hard work.  I made some small jelly jars, to make some gift baskets at Christmas!


Now today, I have some Slow Cooker Apple Butter cooking and I will be filling jars with that.  Here is what I have started now.


This is a very easy recipe, you just slice up 5-lbs. of apples and put them in the crockpot with some apple cider and spices.  This will have to cook until tomorrow morning, so I will fill the jars tomorrow.  I wanted to show you the slicer that I used.  My mother purchased this and then never used it and passed it along to me.  I just love this!  It is called a "Vidalia Chop Wizard".  It comes with two different size blades and you just lay your vegetable or fruit on it and slam the lid.  I chopped 5 pounds of apples in about 3 minutes!  This was so easy to get ready and my house smells wonderful!!  Only problem is, it is making me hungry!  I like to can and it is becoming a lost art!  I wish I could have a larger garden and can everything!  I canned tomato juice last year which I use to make chili, but my tomatoes this year just did not want to redden up, I still have about 5 jars of that left and it just makes the best chili ever!  If anyone wants the recipes, just leave me a comment and I will send them to you!  I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Spooky Ghosts!


Do you remember my front porch pictures that I showed you in back in June?  Well I had those planters on my front porch that are heavy and hard to move.  The flowers have died and my husband said; What are you going to do with those things?  I wasn't sure and said maybe we could just push them off to the side of the porch.  He then suggested that I make some ghosts out of them.  He always has great ideas and then I whip them up.  Here is the final project. What I did was pull the flowers out of the top basket and replaced it with a basketball.  Then I took a twin size sheet and sewed it up the sides.  I found some scary faces on the internet and transferred the faces to some black felt and sewed them on to the sheets.  I think they came out cute and will surely keep those pesky treat or treaters away!! hehe!




Friday, October 7, 2011

Halloween Lanterns


I saw this project on the internet and thought they were about the cutest homemade craft I have seen for Halloween.  I just had to make them.  You use canning jars and mod podge with tissue paper.  I didn't read the directions very well.  You were suppose to cut 1 1/2 inch strips of tissue paper and put some mod podge on the outside of the mason jar, then add your strip of tissue paper. then mod podge over the jar again when finished.

What I did was put the tissue paper on the inside of the jar and did the mod podge on the inside of the jar.  Even if it was wrong they are just to cute and actually I think I like it better.  The ridges don't show up like the  jars on the website.  I added a set of Christmas lights and  tucked a few into each jar.  I won't go away and leave them on, but they are sure cute and I have gotten so many compliments on them.  Everyone wants a set.  You can click on the picture for a bigger view!

If anyone wants the site for the directions, here is the site where I saw them at!! 

http://www.ourbestbites.com/2009/10/crafty-in-the-kitchen-mason-jar-lanterns/

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Yummy Diet 60 Calorie Fudge Pops


This doesn't have anything to do with sewing, but most of us women are at some time dieting.  I also love to cook and I made up this recipe for these Fudge Pops.   My husband said, You Made These???  These Are Diet???  WOW, Keep Them Coming!!!

Anyway I was making a batch this morning and thought I should give away my recipe.  If you are like me, you can use something that tastes good once in a while while dieting.  I usually have one in the evening while watching TV.  This is my worst time, when I am idle.  This really hits the spot.  I have made vanilla( my granddaughters favorite), chocolate(my favorite), and Butterscotch(my husband's favorite).  Give these a try, they only have around 60 calories in them.

        POPSICLES
1 container low calorie coolwhip
1 small box of fatfree, sugarfree, pudding
1 cup of milk

Mix all ingredients together and fill your popsicle containers.  It makes about 16 of them.  I have also used small bathroom plastic cups and popsicle sticks before I found my containers.  Let them freeze for at least 12 hours and enjoy!!

Let me know if you try them and how you like them!!  Cindy

Monday, October 3, 2011

Serger Blanket Finally Finished!

I have been working on this blanket for two weeks.  This was the project I started when I dropped the needle screw into my serger.  I just cannot get my regular blanket stitch to work on this blanket.  I have finally come to the conclusion that it just does not like this material. This was different from what I usually purchase.  I always try and buy the Blizzard fleece, it is my favorite.   I had to decide to finish it in another way.

The material was very busy, so I added in a solid piece of fleece with my youngest grandson's name embroidered on it so it would show up.  I had first embroidered right onto the blanket and the letters just got lost in the print.  Sooo, then I embroidered it on the black fleece and sewed it on the blanket over top of the other embroidery.  Then I cut that section out of the back after I was finished.  Remember I sew two layers of fleece together for my blankets.  This way I had no added bulk.  To finish the hem, I sewed it around the edge about 1 inch in from the edge with a "Briar" stitch on the Janome machine.  I like the way it turned out.  It looks like a feather stitch and I took a picture for you to see.  What do you think?  I am just glad it is finished.