Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas Banner- Printable


We're rounding out the year with our 
Christmas Banner.
(You can check out all the banners from 2015 
by clicking the sidebar links)

I decided to make this in just neutrals.
Give it a vintage feel.
The beauty with these printable banners
is that you get to choose your own paper.
Each are unique.

You'll need:
5 sheets of card stock
5 sheets scrapbook paper
one roll of ribbon for top
more ribbon, lace, jute for side ties
Elmer's glue, scissor, sewing machine

Print off page one of the link on regular paper.
This is your template for the card stock flags.
Just trace and cut 9
Print pages 2-6 on your scrapbook paper and cut out.



Glue the letter flags on the card stock, matching top edges and centering.


Something a little different with this banner,
just using ribbon for the top.
I have this cute brown with a white stitch running through it.


Measure in at least 7" on the ribbon, 
then lay it on the first "C" flag at the 7" mark.
Sew a zig-zag stitch right down the middle of the ribbon.
(Back stitch at the start and finish)



Love this ribbon sewn on.


You can leave it like this
or add some ribbons on each end.
I'm using jute, lace and a mini pom poms.
Tie once.


I'm really liking this off white and brown.
I think it will look great with some pops of red and green on the mantel underneath.



Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Photo Ornaments


Years ago our mom started putting up a little tree just for grandkids'  ornaments.
Every year the grandchildren hand make an ornament for the tree.
It always has the year and either their name or picture on it.
We're making these cute and very easy ball ornaments this year.

I found these clear ball ornaments that look like glass but are plastic.
Love this because we've already dropped them twice--and no breakage.


Print off your pictures on {clear printable vellum}.
I could fit 4 pictures on one sheet.
Cut a paper templet out measuring 2 3/4" x 2 3/4".
Use it to trace and cut a square of your photo.


 Just roll up the photo and put in the ornament.
It will fold open inside the ball. 


 Cut 3-5 pieces of ribbon, each 4" long.
Tie them once around the loop at the top of the ornament.


Attach a little Christmas label by tying on with bakers twine.


Just add an ornament hook.


Grandma and Grandpa will love these!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Letters to Santa


I know, I know we haven't even officially celebrated Thanksgiving yet and here I am talking about Christmas! But, I wanted to let you all in on a way your child can receive a letter from Santa Claus! Santa sure gets a lot of letters this time of year from good boys and girls. He definitely needs some help. So, the elves in Santa Claus, Indiana, do just that! They help Santa read all the letters and make sure he writes everyone back. My children wrote Santa a couple of years ago and each received a letter! Each letter was unique and included some sound advice. For example, my son was told, "I hope you remember to obey your parents, share your toys and say your prayers every day." Great counsel, Santa! We love these letters so much that my children decided to do it again this year. We dropped their wish lists in the mail last week. If your child wants to write to Santa, here's the website. The address is included. Be sure to write right away. The earlier you send off your letter, the better your chances are at getting a letter in return. Writing letters to Santa might just be the activity you're looking for this weekend!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pie take home container with Printable Tag


Package up some pie for your Thanksgiving guests to take home.
Forget about cake....

Let them eat PIE!


Pick up some paper food baskets and large cello bags.
I found these at Hobby Lobby.  The paper food tray is lined with a wax coating.  Love this so the pie juices won't soak through.  
You can find some great Fall colors in bakers twine right now at the Dollar Store and Target's Dollar Spot. 
You'll need to print off some of our labels here:

{Let them eat PIE!}




I used a 1 1/2" punch to cut out the circles around the label. 
And then ran them through may sticker maker. (you could also use double sided tape to attach on)
So cute and ready to stick on the top of the cello bags. 

Place some pie slices in the food basket.
Slip a cello bag over it, fold the end and tape closed.
Tie up with some bakers twine.
And add our fun tag on the top!



Couldn't resist showing you these fun mini ceramic pie plates.
Found them at Michaels.
So cute to display in your kitchen, give as a hostess gift or mail out in a care package.
(I mailed one out with an Old Fashioned mini Pie and other goodies to my college students)
A little lovin' from home.


I think I need to go get a piece of pie!

Apple Pie


You can't go wrong with good ol' apple pie.
My recipe is adapted from this cookbook.


You'll need:

5 apples
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp flour.  
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup apple water
1/2 Tbsp sugar and 1/8 tsp cinnamon mixed
pie crust dough for 2 crusts


They say that tart apples are the best for apple pie.  I've made it with all kinds and they all work.  The taste will be a little different depending on the apple you are using.  Make sure your apples are firm and plump.  I'm using Granny Smith and Honey Crisp here.  
Put a pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil.  As the water heats up, peel, core and slice your apples in 1/4" pieces.  Place the apple slices in the water.  (This partial cooking will help your apples fully cook in the pie and not be crunchy) You want to boil them until just tender.  They will float to the top, to push down and stir with a spoon. 


Meanwhile, roll out pie dough to make 2 crusts.  Place one in the bottom of a pie dish.  In a bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon and sugar.  Cut your butter into little cubes and keep refrigerated until needed.  Put half of the sugar mixture in the bottom of the pie crust. With a slotted spoon, scoop out apples and put in pie dish on top of sugar mixture. ( Don't dump out your water!! You need 1/4 cup)



Sprinkle lemon juice over apples, the other 1/2 of sugar mixture, 1/4 of the water you cooked the apples in and dot with your little cubes of butter.


 Cover with your other pie crust dough.  Seal the sides.  I like to put on a wash of milk or egg, just to help the crust brown up.  Then sprinkle the top with your Tablespoon of cinnamon/sugar mixture and make a few holes in the top with a knife.



Bake at 400˚ for 20-25 minutes, until crust is browned.  Let cool before slicing. 
So good...
you can see come of that apple filling goodness bubbling up on the edges.
Can't wait for a slice!


Apple Pie
5 apples
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp flour.  
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup apple water
1/2 Tbsp sugar and 1/8 tsp cinnamon mixed
pie crust dough for 2 crusts

Put a pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil.  As the water heats up, peel, core and slice your apples in 1/4" pieces.  Place the apple slices in the water.  (This partial cooking will help your apples fully cook in the pie and not be still crunchy) You want to boil them until just tender.  They will float to the top, to push down and stir with a spoon.  Meanwhile, roll out pie dough to make 2 crusts.  Place one in the bottom of a pie dish.  In a bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon and sugar.  Cut your butter into little cubes and keep refrigerated until needed.  Put half of the sugar mixture in the bottom of the pie crust. With a slotted spoon, scoop out apples and put in pie dish on top of sugar mixture. ( Don't dump out your water!! You need 1/4 cup) Sprinkle lemon juice over apples, the other 1/2 of sugar mixture, 1/4 of the water you cooked the apples in and dot with your little cubes of butter.  Cover with your other pie crust dough.  Seal the sides.  I like to put on a wash of milk or egg, just to help the crust brown up.  Then sprinkle the top with your tablespoon of cinnamon/sugar mixture and make a few holes in the top with a knife. Bake at 400˚ for 20-25 minutes, until crust is browned.  Let cool before slicing. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Banana Cream Pie


If you're a novice at pie making (you can't see, but I'm raising my hand), then this is the pie for you. It is fool proof and delicious! So, if you need to bring a pie to Thanksgiving dinner, don't fret. This is the pie for you!

For ingredients, you need three bananas, a store bought graham cracker pie crust, one box of vanilla pudding mix and milk.


Slice up three bananas and arrange them on the bottom of the graham cracker pie crust.


Next, in a separate bowl, mix your vanilla pudding. All you need to do is mix your pudding mix with three cups of milk until well blended. Then, pour the pudding over your bananas. Place your pie in the refrigerator to set for a couple of hours.


Finally, serve your banana cream pie slices with a spoon full of whipped cream. That's it!


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Texas Pecan Pie


This is one of Kristin's delicious pie recipes! 

Texas Pecan Pie



1 Cup Pecan Pieces
2 Tbsp/ Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
3 Eggs
1/2 Cup Softened Butter
Dash of Salt
1 Cup light Corn Syrup
1 tsp. Vanilla

Preheat oven to 375.  Mix flour thoroughly with sugar.  In another bowl, beat eggs slightly and then add butter to cream.  Add salt, sugar mixture, syrup, nuts, and vanilla to butter mixture.  Mix well and pour into an unbaked pie shell.  Bake for 10 minutes at 375 and then 50 more minutes at 350.  Serve with whipped cream if desired- enjoy!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Pie Week

We are calling this Pie Week!
We'll be sharing with you some recipes 
to get ready for Thanksgiving.
Whether you're a seasoned baker
or a beginner pie maker,
we'll have something for you!
Stay tuned!

Update: here are our pies from the week!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thankful Board


I've been getting into making these holiday word boards.
Creating the  Pumpkins Board has inspired me.
These word boards give that added "punch" of color and decor
by your front door or 
inside by a fireplace or 
in a nook that just needs something to bring in that holiday feel.


I just put this "thankful" on the back of the pumpkins board!
Both for Fall
and will save storage space!


I used Americana Empire Gold for the yellow 
and Americana Light Buttermilk for the white letters.
The wood stain is Minwax Early American.
You can find the letter stencil {here}.
Just follow the directions for our {Pumpkins Board}.
Perfect!


Gratitude Hearts



This year in my Relief Society, we focused on having more gratitude in our life.  Our theme for the year was taken from this quote from an early pioneer woman, Sister Helen Mar Whitney:

"The Love of God flowed from heart to heart, 'til the wicked one seemed powerless in his efforts to get between us and the Lord; and his cruel darts, in some instances, were shorn of their sting."

Gratitude can empower us, give us hope, and bind us together.  As we feel God's love and recognize His hand in our life, we can better share that love to others.   We just need to take the opportunity each day to be thankful and share that with another.  Every Sunday in our ward, we would share these experiences in our meetings and write them down on red hearts.  We then sewed them together to show how God's love had indeed  "flowed from heart to heart".  During this time of Thanksgiving,  your family can also share the joy of gratitude by creating your own gratitude hearts!  See how long your chain can grow and how your home can be transformed with the joy of inviting gratitude into your heart.


Our chain grew quite large in our Relief Society, here is just a portion!


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