Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall Decorations

My oh my where has the time gone.  September is such a busy month for us.  School has started for us and then we have our county fair.  We made it through and I have still been busy making things to sell at my friends show. 

I am trying to use up scraps that I have in my stash and not have to purchase anything.  So I got out my fall patterns and away I went.

These turkey shelf sitters are a little time consuming but oh so cute!!
I was able to make two or them out of one pair of old jeans and felt and cotton
scraps that I had in my stash.

The little Scotti dog and pug are more of a decoration than a toy.
The head, back, and front are sewn separately and then hot glued together.

Don't you just love their little tails!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Apple Cup Cakes

There isn't any apples in these cup cakes.  In fact nothing really about them is from scratch.  Which is not very typical for me.  But I needed some quick cute cup cakes to take to a church picnic.  Since it is September and it is apple season I decided to make these cup cakes look like little apples.  We have started home schooling again so our day gets busy and I did not have time to make anything fancy. 

So with a box mix, canned frosting, and some caramels I made these cute apple cup cakes.

Just make cup cakes.  Any flavor will do.  These are a cream filled yellow cup cake.  Bake according to the box directions and let cool.  You will need one can of frosting.  I used a cream cheese frosting.  It was just what I had in the cupboard.  Then I colored the frosting red.  Frost each cup cake.  I split those small square caramels like Kraft Caramels into three sections.  I rolled each section up and formed it into a stem.  Next I piped on a green leaf next to the stem.  I actually had a little green butter cream frosting left in the fridge.  So I used that with my leaf tip and piped on the leaves.  That is it!!  The results were great. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Chili Sauce

I have been trying to think of new things to can with all of our tomatoes.  I looked in my canning book and saw a recipe for chili sauce.  We do eat a  lot of chili in the colder months so I decided to try a batch.  I did not care for the spices that they suggested to I changed them.

Chili Sauce
4 quarts of peeled, chopped tomatoes
2 cups chopped onions
1 1/2 - 2 cups chopped sweet green peppers (I used 2)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 - 1 1/2 cup vinegar (I used 1 1/2)

Combine all ingredients in a kettle.  Bring to boil; simmer until thick as desired.  stir frequently to prevent sticking and scorching.  Pour into hot pint jars.  Leave 1/2 inch head space.  Wipe jar rims.  Adjust lids and process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.

Here are all my ingredients in my kettle
After a couple of hours it had cooked down quite a bit.
I got 10 pints of chili sauce.  I tasted some of it and was very pleased.
It is sweet with a true chili flavor.  Not spicy either.  So it is perfect
for my family. I will add a jar of my tomatoes, pinto beans, and
hopefully some ground venison (I am being optimistic that we will
get a few deer this year!).  Then we will have some wonderful
tasty chili for those cold winter nights!!
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