Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Inside Out Caramel Apples

If you have been a follower of my blog for long, you know that I have issues with apples...buying too many and then not eating them quickly enough:) I bought a couple of apples and some caramel bits with plans to make some fun caramel apples with the boys after my friend Angie posted pics of her yummy caramel apples. Somehow life got in the way, the apples never got made, and they started to get a little too soft to eat on their own. So I decided to try and salvage them {like I always do} with a fun new recipe I call
Inside Out Carmel Apples!
I started with 3 apples, some caramel bits, and some peanuts.
I chopped the peanuts in my mini food processor to make them more like the peanuts that you would roll a caramel apple in.
I cute the top off the apple with a sharp knife.
Then scooped out the core and the seeds. I found that the pointed end of a spoon worked really well to get all the core out of the apple.
Then I loaded the hollowed out apples with layers of caramel bits and chopped peanuts.
I topped each apple off with a dollop of butter....because butter makes everything better:) Then I baked them in the oven on 350 for about 30-40 minutes {just until the apple is nice and soft}.
This was a really fun way to eat a caramel apple...and it would be even more awesome with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Fall Garden Flag

I found this really great fall plaid material on sale at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago. At the time, I wasn't sure what I would do with it, but I loved it too much to not pick up a few yards of it. After I finished my fall wreaths, I knew the next step in 'fallin' up' my front yard was to make a new garden flag....and this was just the right fabric for it.
{For more detailed instructions on how to make a garden flag click HERE.}
I started with a rectangular piece of material. I use an old flag as guide, then I cut the length twice as long and folded the material over so that both rights sides of the fabric are out. I sewed the around the top and two sides just to finish it off a little so the material didn't fray.
I used some coordinating ribbon and my hot glue gun to add a design to the front.
I applied the glue to the ribbon and the placed the ribbon on the material in the shape of a W.
I ended up doing a double width of ribbon because my ribbon was kind of thin, but if you use thick ribbon, one piece would be big enough.
After I had my decorations on, I used this great product to turn my fabric garden flag into vinyl. This is the first time I have use this Heat n Bond Vinyl, and I have to say it is amazing! I simply cut two pieces {one for the front and one for the back} and then ironed on the vinyl following the instructions on the package.
After I ironed on the vinyl, I sewed the top edge over about 2 inches to make the hanger for the flag.
Now my yard is ready for fall!

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Friday, October 15, 2010

SUPER Smart Scrapbook Paper Wreath

This is one of the cutest wreaths ideas I have seen in a long time...and I love how inexpensive it is to make!
Go check out Coley's blog and see how she made this SUPER smart and SUPER cute Halloween wreath!

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