26 October 2011

Another T-shirt!

I am in the middle of a crazy couple of weeks. I have a tutorial to post, and a post about my son's superhero birthday party, but I'm going to do those after my trip to Dallas this weekend. I'll tell you all about that too... we're going to visit some friends and we will be taking in the TCU/BYU football game as well.

I just finished another upcycled tee made for the 5 year old out of the 13 year old's outgrown shirts.  Again, a very big thank you to Patterns by Figgy's and their Tee for Two pattern.

 I think this one is my favorite. I really, really do. The collar still needs a little work.

 The boy is pretty darn cute too. Just saying.


Yarn is Good. It Keeps People Warm

This is a re-post from March 2010 - I think it's worth watching again. And again...

"The idea of the film is simple. How to visualize the warmth of natural gas? By the use of the stop motion technic, we see how warmth spreads through the house as knitted wool. A film of TBWA Brussels,directed by Olivier Babinet produced by Lovo Films. Don't forget to check out the making of how we did it"

20 October 2011

Apple Bread

The thing about fall is that I have to make quick breads. I don't know why. I just do. Here's a new favorite I discovered while figuring out what to do with the huge bag of apples my CSA delivered this week. OK, and last week's bag too.

Fresh Apple Bread

1 cup butter (yes, truly)
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
4 cups sliced apples (sliced thin like you would for apple pie)
1 cup chopped pecans


1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. flour
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. cinnamon

Blend butter, eggs and sugar until fluffy. Add soda, salt and vanilla; beat. Add flour and mix well, then add apples and nuts. Grease three bread pans and divide batter evenly among them. Mix topping ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of batter in bread pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 55-60 minutes. To freeze, wrap in plastic wrap, then foil.

Makes 3 loaves. Eat one and freeze two!

18 October 2011

Apple-pear Sauce

Last week, I went to the store and bought a big bag of Honeycrisp apples. Then, my CSA delivered a nice bag of pears and a nice bag of apples. I was busy. They sat on the counter and the pears got really ripe. 

My kids are kind of over the pears since we've been getting them the last month or so with the CSA. Then, I bought a 40 lb. box of Jonagold apples at 60 cents/lb. For those of you who don't live in a place where food does not grow, that may not seem like a big deal. Well, it is a big deal. 

Then this week ... you got it. The CSA delivered a huge bag of apples. We really had been working our way through the apples, but we were getting way behind.

Today, there was no avoiding it any longer. I could smell the pears. The apples seemed to be multiplying.

 The Apple-pear sauce turned out great. I also made some Apple Pie Filling for the freezer because who doesn't like instant apple pie?