36lbs.

36lbs...that is how many apples it takes to make 11 quarts of applesauce, three apple pies and one jar of apple pie filling.
36lbs, a few hours and a football game later...my freezer is full of all sorts of apple goodness.
If you haven't made applesauce before...you should...it is way easier than you think.
I only learned last fall...this was my first time going at it alone.
You cover the bottom of a stock pot with water...this one is ten quarts...cut your unpeeled, uncored apples into quarters...fill the pot.
This pot filled made four quarts of apple sauce.
Let the apples simmer until they are all mushy...then put them in your Foley Food Mill. I got mine for Christmas last year...it takes out all the peels, seeds and apple junk...then you put the sauce in jars or containers and freeze. You can sweeten with sugar or add cinnamon too.
It is that easy.
And it makes my husband happy.
Bonus.
Simultaneously, I made some pies...that red bowl up there is 18 cups of peeled, cored apples.
I baked one and have two in the freezer.
The best fall dessert...don't you think?

I don't put cheese on my apple pie...this seems wrong to me...do you?

:)
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because i am impatient.

I JUST finished this!!! :)
Literally. I need to clean it up and iron it still.
I mostly followed the pattern...
I admit that I changed it in some areas that made sense to me to change.
Does this still count?
The little apron is made from a tea towel that my mother in law embroidered...she gave me a couple and after ruining one with staining I found that I was afraid to use this one...so I put it on a dress for my little niece...who loves cats.

But I can't decide...should I take out the "Saturday" bit...or leave it there?

:)
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fun. food.

Crazy time warp. how has it been so long?
Why do i have the feeling that it will be Christmas before we know it?
Hmm.
For now...we had MOPS today. :) fun and food. always.
Today was our tables turn to bring breakfast...and i always like to have a treat for the girls at my table...so i made these yummy cake pops.
much easier than you think.
You can find the step by step HERE.
But basically...you bake a cake...mush it up with an almost whole can of frosting...
Shape into ping-pong sized balls...insert a lollipop stick and dip into that candy mold chocolate...then i dipped mine into fall themed sprinkles.
they are actually pretty tasty.
and much easier than i thought they would be.
next...
I made pumpkin pie bars. yum.
If you like pumpkin anything...you will love these...
here is the recipe:

Pumpkin Pie Bars

1-1/3 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) cold butter or margarine
1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons bourbon (optional)
a handful of butterscotch or chocolate chips for sprinkling on top (optional)

HEAT oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides; grease foil. Mix flour, 1/4 granulated sugar and brown sugar in medium bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in oats and nuts.

RESERVE 1 cup oat mixture; press remaining onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 min. Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar, eggs, vanilla, bourbon, pumpkin and spice with mixer until well blended. Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture and a handful of butterscotch or chocolate chips (if desired).

BAKE 25 min.; cool 10 min. Use foil to transfer dessert from pan to wire rack; cool completely.

And lastly I made this...streusel, cream cheese coffee cake.
dream in a pie pan. :)
You can go HERE for the recipe.
~*~
Today's MOPS was a great one...
Each table has a mentoring mom...a mom who generally has grown children...
Today was the mentoring moms panel...where we got to asked these more experienced moms questions about whatever we were curious about.
They always have great advice to share...but today made all of us laugh out loud more than once...
One mom shared the following advice..."spend "special time"(edited because my in-laws read this---hi there!) with your husband every three days or so...even if it means saying "honey, just pull my gown down when you're done". :) "
How is that for advice?
:)
And this is me. Holding myself accountable to the hundreds of you who are reading this. :)
Inspired by Julie...I bought this dress pattern. And. I will. Learn. To. Use. A. Pattern.
If it kills me.

So there is that.

:)
Now go make something yummy.
They are all completely fat free and good for you.

xo
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bits.

Busy busy.
As usual.
But.
My to do list is getting knocked out...just not as fast as it is filling up.
But that is OK.
Actually, I think that is preferred.
Some things that have gotten done?
Those little houses up there...tooth fairy huts...a shop favorite...
with a little pocket on the back...will be hitting the shop soon...
Took Moses to a birthday party at a park with the worlds steepest slide.
Guess whose child face planted in cement without batting an eye, as soon as we got there...then couldn't stay away from death slide?
And his outfit? That kid has more cool that I have ever had...in my whole life.
Just saying.
I finally finished his big birthday gift...it's a little fort that fits over a card table.
It's supposed to be simple and no frills.
But.
It was a pain...next time I know how to make it better...and easier on myself. :)
You may remember me mentioning this carrier before...then it was a big WANT.
Now I think it may be a need...Aaron refuses to sit in a shopping cart, stroller, etc.
And though he is only seven months...he is not the size of a seven monther...he hangs out in the high nineties for height and eighties for weight.
This makes the Bjorn nearly impossible and the prospect of carrying nearly numbing.
Do you have this carrier? Do you love it?
It's a little spendy...BUT I feel like it would be worth it...to save a back and free up hands...so...
Go buy a tooth hut....or a pillow...or whatev.
Please. and thanks. :)

hehe.

And the winner of the "It's a Good Day" Giveaway is....

YOU!

Please contact Teresa to claim your prize!

:)
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making an effort.

Sometimes the things you are supposed to do are hard.
Sometimes they are easy.
Parenthood-hard.
Sewing-easy.
Doing the right thing-sometimes hard.
Sewing I have worked and worked at.
Chased, as a matter of fact.
Photography...has followed and followed me.
I have done it for years...weddings, babies, friends.
Never asked for it...it just happens.
Always been easy.
Lately I have been wondering...
what would happened if I chased it?
I LOVE it.
Almost as much as sewing.
I have what I need to start...
Including the support of my husband.
So why not?
Not giving up my day job(s)...but
if you live in the Charlottesville area...
I could make myself available. :)
We could capture some sweet moments together...my email is over on the right.
Let's set something up...it will be fun...I promise.

A special thanks to Aunt Jen for the super cute outfits...
I think the boys will get lots of wear of them. :)

xo
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somethin' new.




Just thought I would share my new item...inspired by a customer...
...personalized with your childs profile of course. :)
The availability will be limited due to supply of the
paper mache ornaments that I use as a base. :)

Come back tomorrow for a giveaway!

xo
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how to make a reverse applique. :)

Want to make some cute inexpensive gifts?
This is super easy...and you will love how it looks.
Promise.
You need a stencil for the shape that you want on the shirt, enough fabric to cover the stencil and a blank shirt...my favorites come from Old Navy and Target.
Trace your stencil onto your fabric backwards...
obviously it doesn't matter for "M" but for "B" or something it will...
Now cut out around the shape you just traced...leave at least a half inch or so around the sides...DON'T cut out on the lines. :)
Turn your shirt inside out...and pin
(yes I actually pinned something)
the shape in the right place...on the backside of the front of the shirt.
Make sure it's straight.
Now sew all around on the line that you traced.
Use a small stitch.
You can click on the photo to make it larger...trim the fabric if there is loads.
Turn your shirt right side out...then carefully cut into JUST the t-shirt...
Cut out the center of your stenciled piece...
staying about 1/8in away from the line you sewed...
Personalized cuteness.
You can do any shape or letter or number. :)
Chances are good that I will be making bunches of these for Christmas gifts.

You can too...or you can send me a pile of shirts and I will gladly do them for you. :)

Have fun!
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THE robot party!

We had so much fun planning and throwing Moses' robot party...
the morning of the party we filled the half bathroom with balloons to surprise him.
We made lots of paper "space orbs".
Our robot centerpiece.
The party room. :)
Favors waiting to be adopted. :)
Cupcakes that were even better the second time. :)
Cute. Cute. Cute. Fun. Fun. Fun.
If you are going to work with fondant...I highly suggest a practice cake. :)
This is Moses telling me that he is three (wearing his robot shirt!).
Could not get a good photo of them for the life of me...this is the best I could do.
His reaction to the singing of "Happy Birthday".
This was the first year that we could sing it to him and him not cry. :)
Every time he started to open a gift he would say "What is it?!"
Look at that concentration!
Then...on his actual birthday I put a candle in his cereal and sang happy birthday to him...then we went and got pumpkins. :)

I still can't believe that he is three!

It was a fun party...a fun birthday...now...what to do for Aaron's first...

:)
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