September 2009

  • Apple Pie Secrets Revealed!

    Recipe!  And apple pie secrets!! 

    Who doesn't swoon over the heady fragrance of an apple pie baking in the oven?

    And since we are right in the middle of apple season (in the Northern hemisphere),  what better way is there to welcome fall than by baking an apple pie! 

    Making the filling is very easy - remove the skin and core, slice thinly, stir together with a few simple ingredients, place the mixture in a pie shell and bake!  If you haven't yet learned to make pie crust, there are  ready-made pie crusts on your supermarket shelves.

  • Playing with Gourds, Dried Leaves and Mod Podge

    I love playing with gourds!  Absolutely love it!  And, apparently, I am not alone.  So - I have planned a few posts to share crafty gourd goodness!

    Since it is now officially Fall, I have chosen to decorate my gourd with dried fall leaves; but just so you know, dried flowers work just as well. 

    I have these flowers drying right now. I just picked them from my fall garden - rudbeckia, delphinium, hydrangea, pansies, asters and lobelia - to create a fall flower gourd.

  • Fall Leaves and Mod Podge Magic!

    Use Mod Podge to save those beautiful red, yellow, orange and purple fall leaves for this year and the next and the next.

    Toss a few newspapers in the back of the car.  Anywhere you find gorgeous leaves, gather them and place them between pages of the newspaper.  Place another group of papers on top to provide just enough weight to flatten the leaves gently and prevent them from curling.

  • Wheat Harvest - Make House Blessings

    For centuries it has been traditional, during the wheat harvest, to bring a bit of the harvest into the home and fashion simple or intricate wheat weavings  as  "house blessings"  in the hope they will bring prosperity and good fortune to the family.  In the spring, the wheat buds were scattered over the newly planted fields to ensure a bountiful harvest.

  • Green Chile Harvest - Roast and Freeze You Own

    Green Chile picked by me!

    ROAST GREEN CHILE now, at the peak of the harvest, for use all winter.  If you can't get them at your local markets or farms, you can order them from the world famous New Mexico green chile growers, Hatch Chile Express.

  • Viva LA FIESTA!

    Here she is!  My beautiful mother, modeling a gorgeous, hand crafted late 1940's Fiesta Dress!    (As a grade school student,  I was convinced I had the most beautiful mother on the planet!)

  • Old Books become New Wall Storage Folders!

    Here are some great ways to create wall storage folders out of old books bound for the dump!

    This is a 90%  recycle/reuse project!  Other than rescuing the books from the Goodwill bins and buying a small package of buttons, everything else used to construct these wall storage folders came from project leftovers.

    While I was at the bins, I saw lots of discarded children's books.  If I had school age children, I would be making these for their rooms to store school art projects, homework and other treasures using large format children's books in good condition.