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Entries in November (8)

Thursday
Nov282013

Happy Thanksgiving

Just stopping back to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. Here's to safe travels, time with family, turkey, and tons of pumpkin pie. :)

Saturday
Nov232013

Appliquéd Thanksgiving Tea Towel

I don't have any Thanksgiving decorations. Mostly because Tim and I travel for the holiday and we don't have a dining room, but I also because I find it hard to create decorations for. It's a lot of browns and oranges, and turkeys. I knew that I wouldn't be hosting Thanksgiving, but I do spend time making pies for our family dinner so I decided some kitchen decorations were in order. I've been wanting to make a sort-of appliqué tea towel and thought this would be a great way to display some Thanksgiving language in our home. Here how I put it together.

You'll need a dish or tea towel, fabric, scissors, straight pins, and a sewing machine. I didn't end up using that dish towel in this picture and swapped it out for a green one.

Depending on how many letters your wording has, cut enough same sized squares out of the fabric. My squares were about 3in x 3in. Using a pencil, draw one letter per square, making sure to keep them relatively the same size.

I chose Give Thanks. You'll want to lay the letters out on your towel to get a sense of the spacing you'll need, but I chose to pin only the one I was sewing. Begin the sewing process by pinning that first letter down with 1 or 2 pins.

Using a zig zag stitch, sew around the outside each letter. You'll want to stay right along the edge and when you get to a corner, simply put the needle in, lift your presser foot, and rotate the fabric. Once you get all the way around, tie the extra threads together on each side before moving on to the next letter. The hardest part is doing circular letters. That "S" was very difficult and frustrating, but just take your time and go slow. You'll do it. And it doesn't have to be perfect, it's handmade!

I love it! It adds such a perfect touch of holiday spirit to our little apartment. And these would make great hostess gifts to whoever you celebrate your Thanksgiving with.

The color combinations and fabric can be switched out for any decor, holiday, or personal preference. You can even personalize it for a housewarming party or a favorite saying. Possibilities are endless!

Tuesday
Nov192013

And We're Off...

Today Tim and I are off to Disney World for a family vacation. We're hoping for great weather, delicious food and drinks, and a lot of laughs. 

Friday
Nov082013

November Around Here

Guys, it's November (?!!?!?) How did that happen so fast? I really don't understand.

Earlier this week Tim asked me to start taking down the Halloween decorations and while walking through Target yesterday, we stumbled upon all the Christmas stuff. I know it's so early. I know it's not anywhere near Thanksgiving yet. I know we will be in Florida in 2 weeks and the weather won't even resemble Fall/Winter. But we purchased our first 2013 Christmas ornament and talked about the few Christmas presents we already purchased. It was darling.

Have a great weekend! I'll be attending a masquerade birthday party this weekend, and you better bet I bought that cat mask to wear. You'll have to check instagram for some photos! 

Wednesday
Nov062013

Apple Pie Crescents Recipe

If I had to pick one type of dessert to eat for the rest of my life, it would be pie. I'm not really a big cake fan, and cookies are okay, but pie is pretty much perfection to me. Especially if it's pumpkin, or coconut custard, or apple. Like everything else in my life, I'm very particular about my favorite pies.

These little crescents are a perfect treat for those of us who can't to control themselves around pie. They're everything you want in a piece of apple pie: buttery crust, sweet appley filling, hint of cinnamon. The best thing is this recipe can be as easy or as homemade as you want. I used jazzed-up canned pie filling and refrigerated pie crust, but you could just as easily swap out your favorite crust or filling recipe to control the flavors.

Apple Pie Crescents

Makes 24 crescents

  • 1 can of apple pie filling
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 box of refrigerated pie crust (2 crusts)
  • 1 egg
  • extra cinnamon and sugar for topping

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Open your pie crust and mix in cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a large saucepan, add the apples and caramelize for 5-10 minutes. Add into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the apples are broken down, but still have a few chunks. Set aside.

Unroll your pie crust and cut into fourths. Cut each fourth into three pieces. Take one slice and begin stretching out the widest side so it is about a half inch wider on both sides. Spoon a tablespoon of filling on the widest end and roll the crust down to the narrowest point. Once rolled up, turn the ends towards each other to create a crescent shape.

Place crescents on a parchment- or Silpat-lined baking sheet and brush lightly with an egg wash. Top with cinnamon and sugar and bake for 7-10 minutes. Once the edges begin to brown, remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack. Enjoy.

Like little apple pie two-bite cookies! Great with a cup of tea as an after-dinner snack.