Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pom Pom

I've seen these all over Pinterest and have been wanting to make some for Marlee's room. I finally got around to it last night!! It took me a while to figure out how to hang them so it would work, and I don't know if i quite accomplished it, but I tried. I also got them up and realized I should have done green instead of yellow to match her room better...Oh well, It will do for now!! They were really fun and easy to make, and i bought everything I need at the dollar store!! Here's a link to a great tutorial !

I did a couple with two colors, used white thread to hang them, and instead of floral wire, I used white pipe cleaners, because I already had them lying around. :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Apple Pie

I made the most delicious apple pie last night (if i do say so myself...) I didn't take any pictures because there wasn't much time from the time it came out of the oven to the time it was on my plate...and it wasn't the prettiest pie ever. I haven't mastered the beautiful crust technique yet.. anyway, trust me, it was delish and if you're in the mood for apple pie, give this one a try!!! I adapted a recipe I found and this is how I made it!

1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 TBL all purpose flour
1 TBL cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
dash of cinnamon
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
6 granny smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced (I used the cheese slicer on my food proccesor to slice the apples)

Preheat oven to 350.
Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour and cornstarch to form a paste. Add water, vanilla, cinnamon, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
Place the bottom crust in your pie pan. Mix 3/4 of sauce mixture with apples, and place in crust. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the remaining sauce mixture over the top of the crust. Bake for an hour, or until the apples are soft.

**I placed a baking sheet on the bottom rack of the oven to catch any drips.