Saturday, February 28, 2015

Country Apple Fritter Bread

Country Apple Fritter Bread

This wonderful, sweet, crunchy, delicious Country Apple Fritter Bread is out of this world!!! Thanks to Kim at The Baking Chocolatetess for sharing her recipe. You can click on her photo above for the full recipe and to get inspired to be in the kitchen.

Whenever I cook or bake, I try to be as efficient as possible. The first thing I do is read the recipe through to familiarize myself with the process as well as make sure I have all the ingredients on hand. I know this is a no-brainer to most of you, but I've found myself on more than one occasion excited to try a new recipe only to get started and realize I didn't have everything I needed.

After reading through the recipe, I pull all the ingredients and begin to measure and mix what I need. This way, when I'm ready to move on to the next step, I don't have to scramble to get what I need, it's all right there at my fingertips.

Below are the steps I've taken to create Kim's wonderful bread.

All ingredients are measured, mixed and/or sorted and separated as needed.

Butter and sugar creamed together. Eggs added one at a time and then in goes the vanilla.

Once that is all mixed together, add flour mixture. Then in goes the milk to make a nice, thick batter.

Layer half of your batter into your prepared loaf pan. Top with half of your apple mixture. Then top with half of your cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Repeat wth remaining apples and cinnamon/sugar, pressing lightly into the batter.

Bake in a preheated, 350 degree oven for approximately 50-60 minutes or until done. Allow to cool, remove from pan. Drizzle with icing glaze if desired.

We couldn't wait for the bread to cool completely. We enjoyed a piece warm. This bread is really quite delicious. It is sweet, cinnamony and has a nice crunchy top.

For the complete recipe, click on the photo at the top of this post. Enjoy!!!!

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Free Pattern - Blossom Bag

For the past year or two, I've stopped carrying a purse and use a wristlet which holds my phone, credit cards, cash and license. The problem with the wristlet is not having a place for my keys, so I'm holding them in my hand which is really not convenient nor comfortable.

I came across this free pattern for Amy Butler's Blossom Bag. I think I found a new love and reason to go back to carrying a purse. Now to choose the perfect fabric!

For the free downloadable pattern, click on the photo above.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Paper Cherry Blossom Tutorial

I'm already hearing talk about the cherry blossoms which will bloom soon in our nation's capital. That is always a sure sign that spring is right around the corner. Yippee!!!

Ananda of A Piece of Rainbow was the featured blogger on U-Create Crafts and shared her tutorial on making paper Cherry Blossoms. This is such an easy project that you can bring spring right into your home in just a couple of hours! For a complete tutorial, click on the photo above.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Worth the Wait

One word - stunning!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Celebrating Spring

Colors of Spring Celebration

The Old Farmhouse Gathering Team has begun the Colors of Spring Celebration. Type COSOFG in the search bar to see all the wonderful listings!
Spring Blessings Bunny, Bunny Rabbit, Dressed Rabbit
Sherbet Rug Crochet 31" Rag Rug Round Cotton Washable Nursery COSOFG Kitchen Porch Country Primitive Homespun Pink White Green Yellow
Easter Bunny Hop Spring Wool Penny Rug Table Runner
Bunny and Lady Bug, Whimsical Art, Framed in Greens or Blues in a Reclaimed Wood Frame, Tole Painted on Black Screen, Spring or Easter Decor
Bandanas, Neck Scarf, Wearable Art, Boho, Western Wear, COSOFG
Crocheted 2PC Newborn Set, Photo prop, Gift for Infant Girl in multi color
Chevron Bunny for stylish babies - Trendy and unique - Handmade stuffed bunny rabbit with chevron print ears, pink baby shower gift, easter
Cross with Flower Decorative Pillow - Hand Embroidered Easter Decor - Religious Home Decor - Pink Tulip - Green Vines - COSOFG
Wool Felt Penny Rug Flower Pillow, Hand Dyed Wool Felt Pillow, Throw Pillow, Penny Rug, Spring Decor, OFG, FAAP, Green Pillow, COSOFG
Three Hearts Sign, Wood Heart Sign, Sweetheart Sign, Love Hearts, Spring Easter Sign, Cottage Cabin Sign
Rustic Oval Pincushion Yellow and Brown Primitive Pinkeep Handmade Pin Sharpening Pincushion Pantry Box Makedo Pinkeep
A Faux Chocolate Easter Rabbit Bowl Filler Scented,  Wax  Eggs, Dried Cotton Plant Hulls,Potpourri, Rosehips, Other Dried Botanicals
Painted Porcelain, Painted Porcelain Cruet,Floral Porcelain Decanter,Painted Perfume Decanter,Porcelain Decanter,Decorative Porcelain,COSOFG
Prim Grungy Easter Egg with Lace ~ COSOFG
Wooden Welcome Sring Sign - Wooden Sign
Instant Download - Printable Cocoa/Treat Envelope - Retro Easter Girl with Bunny - Digital PDF and/or JPG File

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Colors of Spring

The Old Farmhouse Gathering team is looking forward to spring! In anticipation, they are having a Colors of Spring Celebration. To see all the wonderful, NEW handmade items that are being offered, simply click on the graphic above. The slideshow below is just a small sampling of what is listed.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Thy Word is Truth

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Seed Savers Exchange

It's not too early to start thinking about your vegetable garden. If you are looking for seeds that are heirloom rather than hybrid, Seed Savers Exchange is the place to go. Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. They are one of the largest seed banks in the North America, housing thousands of seeds with the goal to provide untreated, non GMO, heirloom seeds.

My seed order arrived yesterday and I started planning my garden today. Great diversion with all this cold temperatures we've been having! To order your own catalog, click on the photo above.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Free Pattern - Amigurumi Bunny

Have you tried your hand at Amigurumi? I have but didn't know what Amigurumi meant until yesterday when I looked it up. According to Wikipedia:

Amigurumi (編みぐるみ?, lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy)is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll.[1]Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features,[2] as is typical in Japanese culture..The pervading aesthetic of amigurumi is cuteness.

Cuteness!!! That's exactly how I would describe these bunnies! I still need to make either the little flower or the carrot (I haven't decided yet). I will warn takes time and patience to crochet all those little parts and then sew them together but the end result was so worth it!

Stephanie at All About Ami has great instructions along with facial detail embroidery designs on her blog. For the free pattern, click on the photo above. If you have a Ravelry account, you can get the pattern there as well.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mini Design Board Tutorial

If you are a quilter, you know how important it is to lay out your small pieces of fabric in order to stitch your quilt blocks. Lori of Bee in My Bonnet has a great tutorial for these design boards. I've made a few for myself a while ago and find them to be invaluable when working on my quilt blocks. Because batting is used on the board, your pieces stay where you place them ready for your sewing machine. Such a fun and practical project, you'll want to make lots of them!

For the complete instructions, simply click on the photo above.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My Winter Project

I'm so glad to have been working on my Pretty Posy afghan all winter. We've had such frigid temperatures and lots of snow, the colors of all the spring flowers makes it much easier to bear.

If you are interested in the crochet pattern, leave a comment with your email address and I will forward the pattern to you as a PDF file.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Decor

St. Patrick's day decor from the marvelous artists on the OFG Team! Just type OFG in the Etsy search bar for more great creations! Happy Shopping!

Irish Greetings primitive wood blocks
Primitive Irish Rose
Primitive Leprechaun Hats and Shamrocks
Country Primitive Wood Hanging St. Patrick's Day Decor
Set of 3 Primitive Shamrock  St. Patrick's Day Bowl Fillers/Tucks
Leprechaun free-standing Doll Whimsical creepy cute Irish st. Patricks day country home decor Farm Quirky Primitive doll hafair ofg team
St. Patrick's Day Prim Pillow Tuck~ vintage handmade doily~ green shamrock~Primitive Pillow Tuck~ prim decor
St. Patrick's Day Note Card or choose custom greeting 5 x 7 inch Glossy Card from Original Painting of a planter of shamrocks, honey bees
Ireland Black Sheep, St. Patrick's Day, Primitive Embroidery Pillow, Irish Sheep, Original Design OOAK, Door Hanger, Vintage Buttons, HAFAIR
St. Patrick's Day Sign - Happy St. Patrick's Day
Lucky Shamrock Brooch - for St. Patrick's Day
Handmade St. Patricks Bowl Filler or Tucks
Irish sign, hanging Irish decoration, Irish saying, 100% handmade
Horse Shoe Hanger, Primitive Saint Patrick's Day Decor, Country Farmhouse Wall Accent
St Patricks Day Word Blocks Lucky 2x2
Wooden Leprechaun Crossing Sign - St Patricks Day Sign

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