In our household, every Monday night is dedicated to family night, which we love! This past Monday not only did we carve pumpkins but we also made caramel apples. This was especially fun because this was the first time we did this all by ourselves...Thanks for the recipe, Grandma!! I think this is now a new Halloween tradition for us. :)
✬ CARAMEL APPLES ✬
2 cups light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 cups C&H granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
12 oz sweetened condensed milk
pinch of baking soda
granny smith apples (we dipped 7 and had leftover caramel)
wooden sticks (I used 3/16'' dowels, cut in half)
Whisk ingredients in a 4 quart pot over medium heat. Using a candy thermometer, cook until 242 degrees, stirring constantly (this took me about 35 minutes to achieve this temperature--it takes a while, but is well worth it!). Allow caramel to cool to 200 degrees, place the wooden sticks in the apples, then dip away! Set dipped apples on wax paper to cool.
Pamela's notes: To decorate the caramel apples I melted a half cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave for about a minute and a half, stirring EVERY 30 SECONDS. Pour the melted chocolate in a ziplock bag and using scissors, snip a SMALL hole in one of the corners; drizzle the melted chocolate over the caramel apples. Sprinkle decorative sprinkles over the chocolate. Allow the chocolate to cool--we put ours in the fridge to speed this up, but even then, it took the chocolate along time to harden--I waited until the next day to wrap the leftover apples.
Now, if you and your family do not devour all the apples by your lonesome little selves, package a few to give away to friends! Here is a gift wrapping idea:
(Yes, the ribbon and dowels used were leftovers from the hair clip craft!)
I made the tag by stamping the jack-o-lantern onto brown paper, punched it out with a 1.5" puncher, and rubbing the edges on a black ink pad. The cellophane bags are available at Michael's or JoAnn's.
We were lucky enough to have some leftover caramel after we were done dipping our apples. I lined a small pan with tin foil, buttered it, poured the caramel into it, and allowed it to cool. After removing the caramel from the foil, I cut it into little pieces and wrapped them in plastic wrap:
This makes a great gift, too!
Yes, we had a fun night together.
I hope you can use this recipe and do the same with your family!
(Yes, friends, I agree with you--these jack-o-lanterns do look a tad bit scary. You can thank Aaron for that! lol)
This project is so much fun! Your girls will absolutely love wearing their new hair accessories. The neat thing about making your own hair clips is that you can make them for any occasion with any colors you choose...this craft is so versatile!
For today's tutorial I chose to make an acorn hair clip in celebration of beautiful Autumn. Plus, my girls are in need of hair clips in colors other than pink.
To access this detailed, step-by-step tutorial, please click here.
But I must tell you--you can go a little crazy with making a variety of these babies.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
You can also make curly hair clips without the brad. I made miniature ones to match Avery's outfit:
Instead of cutting the ribbon in 2" segments I cut them in 1 1/2" pieces.
Now, have at it!
And for those who have no interest in making hair clips but have been craving a platter of Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies, you're in luck!
Click here for the scrumptious recipe I posted last year. YUMMY!
Ahhh, it's Friday. That means I get to curl up on the couch tonight with the Mister and watch a movie. I think I'll make some kettle corn. I'll share that recipe with you later. It is soooo deeelish, as in INCREDIBLY yummy.
Well, at least they were for a little while. :) My eek! Earrings were featured in a treasury that was displayed on the front page of Etsy last night. The creator of the treasury, lunalove, did a beautiful job!
Thank you, Dionne, for letting me know they were featured! I seem to always miss the chance of seeing my work when it's displayed on the front page of Etsy so it was fun to be able to do so this time.
Also, take a look at this custom necklace I made last night. My client asked me to stamp the words "in the sky" because every time her three year-old daughter tells her she loves her she says, "I love you in the sky!". Now isn't that the cutest thing you've read all day? I thought so.
Well, I best be off...I think I'm going to make a pot of potato/corn chowder tonight and I better get started. But check back soon--I hope to have the hair clip tutorial up any day!
I can finally say that since we now have pumpkins piled on our porch and we've experienced a hayride. The pumpkins were picked at the pumpkin patch on Sauvie Island near Portland, Oregon. What a beautiful place! I've heard about it for years but have never visited there until last week.
I couldn't help myself...in celebration of the day I made pumpkin hair clips for the girls.
(Remember the Autumn-themed fabric brads I bought? I finally put them to use!)
A hair clip tutorial will be coming soon! And take a looky at what we made last night for dinner...homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli topped with YUMMY cream sauce and freshly grated parmesan cheese. But I can't take credit for the sauce--Aaron made it all by himself! It was fun to finally use the pasta-maker that has been sitting in my cupboard for quite some time.
And can I mention just one more delicious thing we've recently consumed? Apple Cider Doughnuts!! We made them with Yumiko and her family while they were here over the weekend . (Oh, how I loved having them here!!)
The guys were in charge of frying the dough, and I must say, they did a pretty good job!
While in New York, Ellen and I decided to gift our younger sister, Holly, with a yoga mat and yoga dvd. And I must say, if two sisters are going to do such a thing, that mat should be presented to their sister in a very cool yoga bag, right?? Right.
Well, I supplied the mat and dvd, and Ellen utilized her amazing sewing skills and whipped this baby out.
(Holly LOVES owls, so we thought this fabric was PERFECT for her)
And it was. Yes, I think Holly loved it.
If you're wanting to make your own yoga bag, you're in luck.
Click here to access this FREE Amy Butler Yoga Bag Pattern!
Pamela, a gal who is going to now get off her derriere to practice some yoga herself