Sunday, October 16, 2011

"What's Mom Cooking?"

It's apple season so for this posting of "What's Mom Cooking?" I'm sharing my fried apple recipe with you. If you have ever been to a Cracker Barrel Restaurant then chances are you might have tried their delicious fried apples. If so you might think this recipe tastes just like theirs.....or pretty close to it! I grew up with fried apples being served as a side dish and still enjoy them today as much as I did as a kid. However they are just as good for desert with a scoop of ice cream or for breakfast over pancakes or waffles.

Here is the recipe for easier copying and printing:

Fried Apples

Serve 4


2 cups apple cider
4 large Golden Delicious apples peeled, 1/2" wedges
1/2 cup apple cider
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons sugar


Combine first measure of apple cider and apples in a medium skillet. Simmer gently and turn apples often with spatula until fork tender but not mushy. Remove with a slotted spoon to oven dish. In blender puree 1/2 c apple cider, cornstarch, cinnamon and sugar. Blend a few seconds until smooth. Stir into hot juice in skillet and cook, stirring constantly on med-high until it bubbles and becomes thickened and smooth. Turn heat off. Pour over apples.

Serve warm as side dish or dessert. Refrigerate to use in a few days or freeze.

Variation: Sometimes I will use Granny Smith Apples in place of the Golden Delicious Apples. When doing so I double the amount of apples as the Granny Smith run smaller.

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Pig Tent Topper Card

Hello! I am entering this card into two challenges.
Charisma Cardz Challenges - the challenge is stitching , real or faux. I hand stitched the card and the matching envelope.

CardMaker's Card Swaps Forum Weekly Challenge - Hosted this week by Deirdre who challenged us to make a matching envelope to go with our card.

The image I used is by Stampabilities and is called "Precious Pig". I colored the image with Prismacolor color pencils. Designer paper is by Basic Grey and the cardstock by Bazzill. I challenged myself to go one step further and make a style of card that I have never tried before. I chose to try the tent topper card. Super simple and a fun style to do. I will most certainly be making more cards with this style in the future. If you would like to try the tent topper card you can find instructions HERE courtesy of SCS. Their tutorials are awesome!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

"What's Mom Cooking?"

This week for "What's Mom Cooking' the recipe is Pineapple Upside Down Biscuits. This is a more recent family favorite and is a recipe courtesy of Paula Deen , restaurateur and author of several cookbooks. This recipe is like a quick mini version of pineapple upside down cake...yummy!

Here is the recipe for easier copying and printing.

Pineapple Upside Down Biscuits


  • 1 (10-ounce) can crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 10 maraschino cherries
  • 1 (12-ounce) package refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (10 count)


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Grease 10 cups of a muffin tin . Strain the can of crushed pineapple, save juice for later. Combine the pineapple , sugar, and butter, and mix well. Divide the pineapple mixture among the muffin cups. Place a cherry in the center of each muffin cup, making sure cherry hits bottom of cup. Place 1 biscuit in each cup on top of sugar and pineapple mixture. Spoon 1 teaspoon reserved pineapple juice over each biscuit. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden. Cool for 2 minutes. Invert the pan onto a plate to release the biscuits . Serve warm.

Super simple, quick and easy! Hope you will give this recipe a try.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A Sparkly Glittery House Mouse Christmas

Back with another post for today. I am entering this card into four challenges:

House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Blog - Christmas Sparkle - I have glitter on each of the bows on the heads of the mice. The green , red and gold cardstock is metallic and the bows / ribbon are also metallic. Had a difficult time getting a good photo to show all the sparkle so please believe me...the card sparkles in real life! :)

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Sparkle and Bling with an option to use a Stampalibility stamp. I did use one...House Mouse

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge Blog - Anything Goes as long as it sparkles - I have that going on!

CardMakers Card Swap Forum Weekly Challenge - hosted by Golda this week - Golda challenged us to make a Christmas card using something you wouldn't usually see on a Christmas card - hopefully I have that covered with using mice! :)

Images are House Mouse by Stampabilities. As shown below they are one image but I stamped each mouse separately and then colored with Prismacolor color pencils. Cardstock and ribbon are from my stash and not sure of the maker.

Hope everyone is a having a happy and crafty weekend!

Rolled Ribbon Flower / Christmas

Last Saturday, October 1st, was World Card Making Day. Most online paper crafting sites were hosting some kind of event in honor of WCMD including CardMakers Card Swaps forum. There were several challenges and games as well as prizes to be won. I was only able to participate in one challenge due to a family emergency but there are a couple of others I hope to do when I have time.

The challenge I was able to do was hosted by Ana and her challenge was to make a card using a rolled ribbon flower. Very fun challenge and a fun and easy flower to make. I know I will be making many more in the future! Click HERE for a tutorial on how to make rolled ribbon flowers by Ana. Click HERE and HERE to see two videos that show how to make this same flower using fabric strips in place of the ribbon.

Hope you get a chance to check out these tutorials and try making these flowers. Also hope you were able to make a card for WCMD and send a card to someone special in your life or someone who needed a smile in their mailbox.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

"What's Mom Cooking"?

Time for another recipe page. This week my recipe is called 7Up Salad. This recipe has been in my family for years. Originally my mother was given this recipe by another church member years ago before I was even born. The original recipe called for shredded cheese to be sprinkled on top. We have eliminated that step years ago as everyone seem to like it better without it. Although this is a cool and refreshing dish for the summer months, we have enjoyed it year around in our house.

Here is the recipe for easy copying and printing:

7up Salad

2 (3oz) boxes of lime Jello gelatin
2 cups boiling water
2 cups 7-Up soda
1 large can crushed pineapple well drained, reserve juice
1 cup miniature marshmallows
2 bananas sliced
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup pineapple juice (reserved)
1 egg beaten
1 8oz container Cool Whip

Dissolve jello in boiling water. Add 7 - Up and cool until partially set. Add crushed pineapple, miniature marshmallows and bananas. Place mixture in 13" x 9" pan and refrigerate.

Mix sugar and cornstarch in medium pot. Add pineapple juice and beaten egg. Mix well and cook over medium low heat till thickened. Cool to room temperature. Mix Cool Whip into cooled topping mixture and mix well. Spread over top of jello mixture. Keep refrigerated.

I use a glass 13" x 9" pan which shows the colors of the jello and pineapple making for a pretty display.

Hope you will consider trying my recipe and wishing you all a great week!