Monday, November 21, 2011

Apple PIe

So the other day I was feeling quite like Betty Crocker and decided to make an apple pie. It is the season after all.  And nothing gets you baking like a promise to your co-workers that you will bring a pie in.

I really wanted to dazzle them with my skill so I went to the store to see if I could buy some... skill that is.. LOL  Well, I couldn't find skill so I bought some granny smith apples and Pillsbury role out pie dough instead.  I didn't make my pie crust from scratch since my son used my rolling pin to kill a mouse..... YUCK!  I am in the market for a new one if you have any recommendations.

I do have some gadgets that I like to use when baking.... and all of them are from pampered chef.  I just love their stuff!  My friend Angie is a consultant so if you are interested in ordering some here is her email..... just tell her I sent you!  No, I won't get any rewards for the referral... but success sometimes comes with a little help from our friends and we could all use that, right?!
Are you ready to see the pictures????   Well, wait no longer .. here they are!
                         This handy little contraption in the apple slicer, peeler, corer.
                          It is worth every penny even if you only bake once a year.
                           I had 6 apples peeled, sliced and cored in less than 5 minutes.
                           and that included the  time it took to take the pictures of the

                                              I love the stringy peel!
                  The prepared apple!  Just a little peel remains but that is easily cut off in
                     just a matter of seconds...or you can just leave it and bake it into the pie.
I used some fun little cookie cutters, I actually think they are for cheese but I used them to cut
the crust.  Fancy Pants, I know.  LOL

 Now I have to tell you about another giveaway that is currently going on.  It is over at
Kammy's Korner.  She is giving away a Cutting Edge stencil..of your choice up to a $50 value. I really want to win, but in order for me to increase my chances I have to blog about it.... But I would like you to win too!  I know you would share with me, just I like I would you!  LOL

This is one of my favorites.  There are so many on the website. Just click and go 
see what they have. You may be surprised at what all they use stencils on!  You should see what Kammy did with hers! 

 So head on over to Kammy's and enter the giveaway now.  Heck,
while you are there you really should check out her blog.. she is very talented and has
a keen eye for design.  
Unfortunately I have laundry up the wazoo today so I better get off the computer and get to work. Nothing makes you feel more creative than a clean house and clean clothes!
Have yourself a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Look What I got!

A while ago I entered a giveaway on The House Undone Blog.... they were giving away an original acrylic painting from VickisArt.....  You can check out her Etsy Store here.  This is the first piece of ART that I have owned that wasn't a print or made from my son back in his elementary school days.  I just love this painting.  It is beautiful. I just need to decide if I want to keep it in my living room where I will see it throughout the day or do I want to wake up to it in my bedroom... Either way, with the arrival of this painting, I realize now more than ever that my walls are pretty naked.  I really need to dress them up.  I have a plan for the TV wall... I am going to do a gallery wall... all frames will be black but they will all be different shapes and sizes.   I would love to put a stenciled pattern on the walls, but the opposing wall is brick..... hmmmm I just think that would be tooooo much pattern for me. No resting place for my little eyeballs!  LOL  Well, for now.. I am just going to show my photo's of the picture... when I finally decorate my walls, I will blog that as well.  In my mind it is going to be absolutely beautiful.
 Below I was trying to impress with the signature of the artist...but my camera wouldn't focus... I was too close I guess.  LOL

Here is my picture hanging all pretty on my wall.

 Can you see Leroy's tail.... As for the apple pie that I was going to post today... it will have to wait for tomorrow.  This painting had to take first priority!

I hope you all have a fantabulous day!  I have a date with Edward Cullen tonight.  YUMMY!  Now he is better than apple pie FOR SURE!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

More of my Modern Christmas Table Runner Swap

I can't believe that it has been so long since I have written anything.  I have definitely been busy.  I have been working on my Facade quilt..almost done with that ..only 4 more rows to attach before the top is completed.  I am still waiting for the fabric to arrive for the back...I just ordered it Friday so it hasn't been that   I must be patient.

I took the big step and began quilting my Modern Christmas Table Runner... I don't think I don't want to give it away.  I  L>O>V>E it!!!!!  But gosh, trying to decide on a quilting pattern was a struggle... so I stand in front of it tracing with my fingers  the design I am contemplating, trying to give myself a visual before committing to thread.  Lord knows I hate to rip out quilting!  I did a lovely big stitch ...well, probably just a running stitch..I don't know the difference..hehehe  ..oh silly me.
And now since I am in the writing groove, I am debating if I should take this time to write about my apple pie.  I think I will wait.  I got some awesome pictures for you to see was so gosh darn cute!  Thank you Pampered Chef..oh and Pillsbury for the amazing crust!  

I have to work tomorrow so I should get busy with my housework tonight.  The Bosch Pest control guy is coming tomorrow when I am not here.... I don't want him to think I am a slob, but I have been sewing a lot and well, you know... the housework does tend to go to the bottom of the priority list.  I think I am going to take my dog to town with me..I really want a soda!