Thursday, November 20, 2014

Apple Dessert

Today starts a new round of Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday.  For this round, I'm going to try a new recipe each week.

This one comes from a collection of recipes I have from my grandmother on my dad's side.  This is from one of her relatives.  Her aunt? sister? cousin?  I'm not sure.

NORWEGIAN PIE  I know.  We're on the letter "A", but I've been wanting to try this recipe and there are Apples in it!

I had to run to the store for baking powder and apples.

I had a helper join me for part of the pie making.

The dough was thick and I actually ended up using my hands!

Also had to run to the store for ice cream!

First recipe = success!  I don't know why it's called "pie".  It was more like a giant cookie, but it was excellent!  I might be the only one that thinks so.  The kids didn't try it and Mike wasn't so sure about it.  I think he was expecting ACTUAL pie!  More for me!  :D

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Friday, November 14, 2014

How Many Days 'til Christmas?!

Anyone else as excited about Christmas time as I am??  I love this time of year.  I'm TRYING to hold out on decorating until Thanksgiving weekend.  I'm trying to enjoy this season for a bit before diving right in to Christmas.  I can't help but listen to Christmas music though.

I listen when I'm upstairs in the kitchen.  When I'm painting the dressers for our room.  When I'm working on crafts.  When I'm in the car.  

I can't wait to start decorating!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

do it Yourself

Earlier this week I brought all the pumpkins in from the front porch.  (That is, all but the three Jack-o-Lanterns someone stole!)

 {Here are six of the eight sugar pumpkins we grew this year}

I cleaned them up, cut them in quarters and threw them in the oven for a bit.

I ended up with 16 cups of pureed pumpkin.

I'm so excited not to have to buy any canned pumpkin this year.  I can't wait to make pumpkin bread, pumpkin scones, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin....

I threw away the seeds from the first three pumpkins I baked and felt like I'd just thrown away good food.  I cleaned, seasoned and baked the seeds from the second three for a snack.  They didn't turn out as good as I'd hoped, but, hey - Free snack!

I love that all this was free.  I saved the seeds from pumpkins last year to plant in the garden this year, so I didn't even have to buy the seeds.  I love having a huge collection of food in the freezer and on the pantry shelves that we grew or bought from local farms.  It's almost hard to part with it!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Day 31

First ever family themed Halloween.  I think even the boys are excited about trying it again next year!
It was a lot of work though...We'll just have to start earlier next year!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Off With Their Heads!

Day 29

MORE sewing!  Today I started with two thrift store skirts, cut them up and sewed them into one new skirt.

Then I cut a WalMart flat sheet ($4.97!) into strips and sewed it all around the edge of the new skirt.

I used the lining from the black skirt and painted on yellow stripes.

The painted piece will be sewed to the front center of the skirt.  It will have to wait till tomorrow though.  Sewing + tired does not usually work out!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

We're All Mad Here!

Day 27

Well, at least one of us is mad anyway.  My back is killing me.  I feel like I've been sewing for days.  Oh, wait!  I HAVE been sewing for days!

What was I thinking agreeing to all this dress making?!  Oh, that's right.  It was MY idea!

The proud owner of this new dress went to bed early, so I'm not sure if it's going to fit...I REALLY REALLY hope it does!  If so, it's two {almost} down and one to go!  Trick-or-Treat, here we come!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dressers to Paint

Day 25

Today Mike and I went to a little thrift store downtown, then headed out to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  It's been a while since we found anything in there, but today we found dressers for our room!  I'd kind of given up finding anything and figured we'd end up buying something new...someday.  

The pulls on this one are kind of cool.  We are thinking about keeping them.  

I popped the fake keyholes off both dressers though.  We didn't care too much for them.

The plan is to paint them both white with using chalk paint.

We even found some brand new pulls at the ReStore (in brushed nickel), but these little eagle pulls are kinda cool!  If the other one still had the ring, I might keep them.  (Maybe I can find a new ring?)

Oh, and best of all....Blue tags were 50% off today!  We paid less for both of these than we would have paid for ONE brand new!  Woo hoo!

I'm excited to finally get moving on our master bedroom.  This is going to be work though!  

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P.S.  Only 60 days till Christmas!