Archive | April 2013

A Purse for my Girl


Back before I had children, my husband and I took a trip with our friends to China.  For that trip, my friend Shari made me a “passport” bag to bring on the plane.  It had pockets to keep handy all of the items I’d need for going through security and boarding the plane.  Last year my daughter borrowed it for a field trip and loved it.  She wanted one of her own.  So, I finally made one for her in the fabrics she selected.

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I think it turned out pretty well, and my daughter loves it.

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Apple Pie from Scraps!


Okay, I figure that you looked at the title and either thought “What in the world?” or “Um, you mean, ‘scratch,’ right?”  Well, I did not mean “scratch.”  I know, it’s weird to say I made it from scraps, but I found a few leftover components that work well for apple pie, so it just kind of went from there.  Here’s the story:

I was digging for something in my freezer.  I no longer remember what, but I seriously was pulling everything out while looking for whatever it was.  Oh, I know–cheese!  But that’s another story.  First, I found some cream cheese dough that we made when we made the mini pecan tarts my friend Shari gave me the recipe for (they are yum!!).  It was a little old (I won’t tell you how old), but I figured I’d defrost it and make a flat tart or something.  After all, I have more apples around than I know what to do with (my MIL knows the kids like them, so if they’re on sale, she buys us some).   Then I found leftover cinnamon sugar from a box of frozen pretzels I had (so not good for me).

So, off I was to find a pan to use.  I found a pie tin and squished the cream cheese dough into it.  I know this isn’t how you should do pie crust, but it’s how you do it for the tarts, and it would really stick to the rolling pin.  Next I sliced up some apples (three, I believe) and started sprinkling in cinnamon sugar.  I have no idea how much I used, but the apples all had a light coating on them.  I placed them in the shell and took a picture.

Cinnamon apples in cream cheese dough.

Cinnamon apples in cream cheese dough.

Hm, needs something on top, right?  So, I dug out the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook and found a crumb topping recipe.  I made some and put it on.

That's looking better.

That’s looking better.

I baked it at about 350 (maybe it was 375) for about an hour.  Half-way through, it was getting really brown on top, so I put a layer of tinfoil over it so it wouldn’t get burnt.

So, here’s the result:

I forgot to take a picture before cutting (I was eager to eat it).  Oh, well.  At least I got a picture before it was half-eaten, right?

I forgot to take a picture before cutting (I was eager to eat it). Oh, well. At least I got a picture before it was half-eaten, right?

Looks good, doesn’t it?  It really is.  As a matter of fact, I’m sitting here polishing it off as we speak.  It’s my lunch–don’t tell the family that!!!

Dying Eggshells


Hello everyone!  Did you have a good Easter weekend?  We had a rough Saturday  morning (everyone had the crankies) but it got much better after that.

Saturday afternoon was spent dying our eggs, which was a lot of fun for the kids.  Because I knew Easter was coming up, I had also saved some eggshells just for dying.  Sounds weird, right?  Well, I got the idea after seeing a Pin this blog post at cantstopmakingthings.com about giving a wooden box a sort of mosaic look with eggshells.  I thought it’d be even cooler if the eggs were colored, so I started saving empty egg shells.  Dying the shells was a bit tricky as they fell apart a bit and were difficult to retrieve from the dye cups.  But I think they look nice!

Dyed eggshells.  The faded ones in the blue were ones that were peeled off the egg by my hubby added to try to help me out.  I told him to stop doing that since some of them had bits of egg on them.

Dyed eggshells. The faded ones in the blue were ones that were peeled off the egg by my hubby added to try to help me out. I told him to stop doing that since some of them had bits of egg on them.

My hands, on the other hand, are a different story.

As you can see, my hands were used to retrieve shells from the dye because the small pieces wouldn't come out in the egg scooper.  I had to switch hands between the yellow/pink/orange and the blue/green so I wouldn't blend colors much, and wound up with two colors of hands.

As you can see, my hands were used to retrieve shells from the dye because the small pieces wouldn’t come out in the egg scooper. I had to switch hands between the yellow/pink/orange and the blue/green so I wouldn’t blend colors much, and wound up with two colors of hands.

When I eventually use them to make some art, I will post it.  I hope they will turn out okay because I’m not sure I got all of the inner skins off them–we’ll see when I do it.

Do you have any unusual/creative uses for eggshells?