Monday, January 28, 2013

I love homemade applesauce! and I make it all the time, I make up a couple of batches at a time and store them in the freezer. this recipe is really simple to make, has only 4 ingredients  and tastes amazing!

3 pounds of apples peeled, cored and cut into fours (I use what ever kind of apples are on sale)

1/2 cup of water

1 tsp of cinnamon

1/8 cup of sugar

place the apples into a pot with the 1/2 cup of water, bring the apples to a boil then reduce them to a simmer and cover. cook the apples until they are soft, depending on the apples this will take about 30 minutes or so.
once the apples are cooked add the cinnamon and sugar.
pour the apples into a food processor or blender and blend until the applesauce is the consistence you like!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Knitted baby boots. I found this knitting pattern on the internet the other day. here is the link to it: baby uggs. I don't knit very often (don't have the patience for but when I saw these adorable little baby boots I knew I just had to make them! I had some trouble understanding the directions but was able to figure it out after a couple of hours. it took me about 3 afternoons to finish these...but now that I know how to make them I think they would take much less time and they are pretty simple to make once you figure them out. I really enjoyed making these, and am now searching for more knitting projects to start! if you are like me and don't knit much or have trouble figuring out the pattern then defiantly go to the comments on this project because she explains this pattern in more detail as some other people seemed to be having trouble figuring out some of the steps as well.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cake pops! love them, I found the book "cake pops by bakerella" this summer when I was trying to decide what kind of cake to make for my little girl's birthday, I bought the book and was super excited to try my hand at making these bear and lion ones. but have to admit I was skeptical that I could make them look anywhere close to as good as the picture in the book, well much to my surprise they turned out great and where a huge hit with my little girl! so if you have ever thought about trying to make these I would go for it but let me share a few tips with you first. 1. they are very time consuming so make sure you set aside pretty much a whole day for this project. 2. do not put nearly as much frosting into the cake pops as it calls for or you will end up with dough ball instead of a cake ball, just add enough so that the cake crumbles can be rolled into balls. 3. the chocolate candy shell is a lot easier to get smooth then the peanut butter...I had to keep warming the peanut butter shell up and adding a bit of oil as well or it would harden up before I could even get the cake pops dipped in it, I did not have this trouble with the chocolate at all though.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Stroller bag!  I have been trying to come up with some cute stuff I can make for baby gifts that are really useful. I found the instructions for a stroller bag in the book "fabric by fabric, one yard wonders" and I thought this would make a great gift, also this bag is pretty easy to make I didn't even read the directions and didn't have any trouble.  this bag buttons around the stroller handle, and has plenty of storage inside as well as the pockets on the front which would be great for a bottle and toys.

Friday, January 11, 2013

mozzarella bites! my family loves mozzarella sticks but they are pretty expensive not to mention unhealthy, so when I saw this recipe for mozzarella bites I was super excited to try them. I made a several changes to these in order to make them just right...and it totally paid off because these are truly amazing!
I cut string cheese into bite size pieces, dipped the pieces into a mixture of milk and beaten egg, and then rolled the bites in Italian panko bread crumbs mixed with regular bread crumbs. then I dipped them back into the milk mixture, n rolled them in the crumbs one last time. then I placed them all on a cookie sheet popped that in the freezer for about an hour and then baked them at 350 for about 5-10 minutes watching them carefully so that they don't become a melted mess!
I also made about 30 of these and after sticking them in the freezer on the cookie sheet for about 2 hours I placed them into a plastic bag and froze them for later on!

I have just recently become totally obsessed with and I have been seeing all kinds of little baby shoes and booties being pinned and I just couldn't resist pulling out a pattern for a pair of these adorable little shoes! I was really surprised at how simple they are to make although sewing the bottom of the shoe to the sides was a little bit difficult but not to bad. these shoes take very little fabric so you could make them out of scraps of material you have left over from other projects...I used fabric from a button-up little boys shirt for the lining in these. also I used iron on interfacing to make the fabric stiffer so that the shoes would keep their shape.