Fantastic Bake Along- Celebrating the Apple Results🍎

Good morning! This FANTASTIC BAKE ALONG has been so much fun:)! I appreciate Connie @Connie’s Creations for her inspiration Applesauce Cake:). Several of the bakers said they would be making this recipe for the Bake Along.  Yum!!  Apples are delicious and so very “Fall”.

This month is a “share your favorite apple recipe” month. We have a tradition around our house called “pre-Thanksgiving pie”. We like to make a few pies early and enjoy them because we are usually too full after the feast to really enjoy dessert. So why not start the week with a few pies to make our celebration last longer? It works for us:)!

This is my Award Winning Crusty Topped Apple Pie. I entered this recipe in our county fair a few years back, and won the Best of Show over all of the food entries! It is that good:)

Before I start, I want to share my feelings on Apple pie fillings. You may have different views on pie filling, but these are mine and really work for me — I do not believe that fresh cut, uncooked apples should be used in pies as filling. They shrink and add water to the filling making it runny and leaving the pie flat. Some pies even have a large gap between the crust and the filling due to shrinkage.

So… I only use canned apples for my pies. I am including my canning recipe here as well, but really any high quality canned apple filling will do for this pie. The crust and yummy topping really are what make it so delicious.

Here is the recipe:

Award Winning Crusty Topped Apple Pie Recipe by- Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Part 1- Crust

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4c shortening
  • 3c flour
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2T vinegar
  • 1/3c cold water

Directions:

Cut first 3 ingredients together using a pastry cutter or two knives. The shortening should be about pea sized. In a small bowl combine the egg, vinegar, and water. Add to the flour mixture.

Mix with a fork and then your hands just until moist and the pastry sticks together. Be careful not to over mix. If your pastry is too dry, add a bit more vinegar, like 1 tsp. Form the pastry into two balls, place in a bag, and store in the refrigerator for about 30 min.

Lay a tea towel out on your counter and dust it with flour. Flatten one dough ball with your hand a bit and then roll the dough into a circle larger than your pie pan. Dust the pin and dough with flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking. Put your rolling pin at the end of the dough closest to you and lift the tea towel causing the crust to roll over the rolling pin.

Lift the pin with the rolled dough over the pie pan and unroll the crust over the pan. Easy easy!:)

Lift the edge of the crust a bit and pinch the crust with your thumb and first two fingers. You will get a beautiful scalloped edge.

Part 2- Filling and Topping

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts Apple Pie Filling of your choice (my recipe is below)
  • 3/4c sugar
  • 3/4c flour
  • 3/4c melted butter
  • 2tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Spoon the pie filling evenly into the crust. It should reach to the bottom of the scalloped edges. In a medium bowl combine the melted butter with the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Stir until well combined.

Gently press the topping evenly over the apples all around the pie. Place the pie on a baking sheet. This is an important step because it really drips! Bake at 350* for 1 hour. Your house is going to smell so good!

Take it out and admire your beautiful pie for a few minutes as it cools.

Just look at that flaky crust:). Be sure to cut a slice to eat while it is still hot out of the oven. It tastes best that way:)❤️

Done! I made that whole pie, minus the baking time, in about 30min. Ah, the joy of canning my apples beforehand:).

For those of you who would like my Apple pie filling recipe, here it is:

Canned Apple Pie Fillingrecipe by Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day!
Ingredients  :

  • 9 c water
  • 4 1/2c sugar
  • 1/2c light corn syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1c cornstarch
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 3/4c flour
  • 6 lb apples, peeled and cored

In a large sauce pan, combine the first seven ingredients. Stir until bubbly and thick. Turn off heat. Add lemon juice and flour. Stir to combine. Stir in apples. Pack apple filling into sterilized quart jars, leaving 1″ at top. Wipe rims and place lids on jars. Process in a hot water bath for 30min. Makes 7 quarts<<
ere you go! I hope you will give this award winning recipe a try sometime. You will not be sorry!

I am so excited to hear how the other baker’s fared with their apple recipes. Here is the list of bakers who said they would be joining in this month’s Bake Along:

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you all enjoy the delicious apple recipes. For those of you in the States, Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m off to check out the other SWEET recipes😊

Mystery Quilt Along

Would you like to participate in an unusual quilt along? Cindy from Inastitchquilting.com and I will be hosting a brand new MysteryQuilt Along (QAL) beginning January 1, 2018.

What’s so unusual, you might ask? Well, back in September, Cindy wrote a post that intrigued me. It was called the Window Box Quilt. In that post she spoke of a challenge initiated by a group of her friends. The centerpiece of the challenge was one fabric. The only requirement of the challenge was that the focus fabric had to be present in their art piece. No other rules applied. They were free to use the fabric in any quantity to make whatever they chose.

Unfortunately the joint venture never got off the ground. I told Cindy that I would have joined in and we decided that this would be a fun adventure to try. We thought that maybe some of you might want to join us as well. 🙂

Very Similar

The rules of this MysteryQAL will be very similar. Early in December we will announce the chosen fabric. Once the fabric has been revealed, go ahead and purchase the fabric along with any other fabrics you want to include. Once your fabrics have been selected, YOU get to decide how you would like to use them. The fabric is the constant, the pattern is the MYSTERY! How fun is that?!

Then on January 1, 2018, visit our blogs and announce your intentions by leaving a comment. We will then add your blog address to our list of participants. You will have until March 31, 2018, to complete your item.

Blog About Your Progress

Throughout the three month challenge you are encouraged to blog about your progress. To make the QAL even more interesting visit the blogs of the other participants. Be sure to leave a kind comment along with your blog address so they can visit your site as well.

By visiting each others websites, we can support one another and create a community of potential friends. If you do not blog, you can still participate by posting your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #mystery_qal

A Prize

The week after March 31, one lucky participant will receive one yard of the next mystery challenge fabric! The lucky winner will be randomly selected. If all goes well, we hope to have more than two people, Cindy and myself, participating. LOL! 🙂

Are You In?

I hope you are in! 🙂 Who wouldn’t want to make some friends and maybe win a prize? The complete list of the rules and guidelines has been provided below along with a Mystery QAL graphic that you can add to your posts.

Any Questions?

Any questions? If so, you can leave a comment here, and I will be happy to answer them. :). Be watching for further updates. If you are a follower of our blogs, then you will receive automatic updates. Let’s make this a fun and inviting QAL!

It will be Cindy’s turn to pick the first MYSTERY fabric. I can’t wait to see what she chooses:)!!

Fantastic Bake Along- Celebrating the Apple!

A few weeks back, Connie @Connie’s Creations shared her Apple Sauce Cake on her blog.

Connie’s picture of her Applesauce Cake

It looked so yummy that she totally inspired me to think about Fall treats and the delicious taste and smell of apples cooking in the kitchen. I thought that with Thanksgiving right around the corner here in the States, it might be fun to share our favorite APPLE recipe this month. Who knows? There may be one or two new recipes we might want to add to our Thanksgiving feast!

Choose your favorite recipe or give Connie’s delicious Apple Sauce Cake a try, and post about it this coming Saturday. Doesn’t that sound fun?!

We would love to have YOU join in the fun too. Here is how:

My family has an award winning Crusty Topped Apple Pie that will be baking in my kitchen this week. They will be so happy! We call that Pre-Thanksgiving Pie❤️❤️

Here is a list of the bakers who have joined in the past or said they would like to Bake Along with us this month:

I really do hope you will join us in this month’s Fantastic Bake Along. It is going to be SWEET!

Delilah

My monthly Delilah Template of the Month Quilt by Jen Kingwell came in last week, and I found a bit of time to sew up my blocks. Hooray, hooray! AND they didn’t have Y-seams:) Another happy Hooray!

The last few months have been Y-seam intensive. I love how they turned out, but the piecing was tricky for sure:)

This month’s “Colored Turbine Block” was a breath of fresh air with straight seams and easy cutting.

It was fun to watch the wonky squares appear as I sewed the dark triangle to the block. I think colored turbine is the right name for this one. 🙂

Here are the four of my blocks together–

If I had made the top left one with black, there would be another pattern showing up as well. But I’m glad I opted for the gray though because I want a bit of diversity through the finished quilt.

It’s been a fun bit of sewing these past few days Thank you for stopping by. Life is SWEET!

Brenna’s Fingerless Gloves

A cute friend of mine went on a trip to France last month and was so SWEET to think of me and bring me back a skein of beautiful pink Adriafil yarn.  She is just the best!!!

I wish I would have thought to take a lovely picture of the yarn before I started crocheting, but I was already started late at night and remembered to take the picture right where I was. The lighting isn’t perfect, but you get it, right?


When she gave me this yarn, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it.  About a month or so ago, Brenna, from Crochet 539, posted that she had designed a pair of fingerless gloves that looked perfect for Arizona cool, but not too cold, mornings.

I got out my hook and crocheted away.  I only had one or two questions with the instructions, but I managed to crochet up a glove that looked pretty much like Brenna’s. I made a few errors but seemed to be able to fix them as I went.  The main problem was that the one small skein of yarn only made up one glove.  Oh no!

Well, I never let a hitch in the road stop me:). Since I couldn’t just run over to France and buy another skein of yarn, I looked through my stash and found a green that I think made the gloves even better than if they would have been if they were the same color.


Don’t they look great?!  I added a little ruffle stitch to the top that wasn’t in the pattern, but I think they look pretty much like Brenna’s:)

But pictures can be a bit deceiving.  Because I used two different yarns and the weight was different,  they are two different sizes! Lol :)!


I knew they were different weights when I started so I tried to adjust by decreasing the starting stitches which made the green glove skinnier.  I also decreased the number of rounds and tried to compare and measure as I went, but the green still ended up longer.  No one is perfect and especially not me!


But when I put them on, I really don’t think you can tell that they are two different sizes.  And I think that adding that pink stripe to the green glove really ties them both together.  All in all, they are a hit!  I really like them:)❤️❤️❤️

Thank you for a fun pattern Brenna!  It is a super SWEET day!

I’m Down the Rabbit Hole Again!

Finally!  I have had a bit of time to focus on my Down the Rabbit Hole Quilt by Sarah Fielke.  Yea!!  I joined this QAL  late so I am quite a bit behind the other quilters.  But maybe I will catch up before the end.  


I am on month 5 of this QAL.  I was surprised that the little paper pieced houses took me so long, but they did.  Maybe the fact that there were 40 of these little cottages added in to the mix.


I really did enjoy making them though.  Each house is different and has tiny little windows. Aren’t they cute?   The roofs were paper pieced.  

Paper piecing isn’t hard, it just takes patience.  I made sure to cut my fabric pieces larger than I thought I would need.  In fact,  after a few houses, I just cut one large 6” strip the width of the fabric out of the sky color.   I sewed straight to the strip and trimmed after.  For some reason it didn’t feel like I was wasting as much fabric with this method.   I think I will play a bit more with this technique and do a tutorial on it because it really was MUCH easier😊. Easier is always better!

In the corners I appliquéd these happy designs that look like the sun, but they are not.


These little 6.5” sunshine blocks will join together in the next round with more of the same blocks to make a sun flower.  CUTE!


I finished the round with a fun black and print border. I LOVE IT!  

I just want to stop all of my other WIPs and stay Down the Rabbit Hole, but I won’t.  I will come back to the real world.   I don’t like having too many irons in the fire, especially around the holidays.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog today.  I hope your day is SWEET!

My Halloween Pixie Dust!



Happy Halloween!   I always enjoy seeing the smiles and fun costumes on cute children at Halloween. 
My beautiful daughter took these pictures of my grandsons, otherwise known as Peter Pan and the Lost Boy.

Our little Peter Pan told his grandpa, “If only I had some pixie dust!”  How SWEET is that?!  Well, he may not have any dust, but these boys certainly are my pixie dust❤️❤️

I hope you have a nice holiday filled with  your own pixie dust and lots of little trick or treaters at your door this evening.:)

Rudolph With Your Nose So Bright!

This week’s block for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along was this fun reindeer block designed by Bobbi Bridgeman of Snowdays Quilting.


The pattern was very well written.  I did all of the cutting at once and took the pieces and pattern over to my machine.


Most of the seams were straight and simple. There were also quite a few stitch and flip squares.  I like using my Tiger Tape to get straight sewing lines instead of drawing lines on the back of my squares. It makes life sew easy❤️

This block really just flew together like a reindeer on Christmas Eve:). SWEET!!

I am having a lot of fun sewing these quilt blocks. My daughter in law has been reading my blog and said that she would absolutely LOVE to have this quilt.  So this Merry Christmas Quilt has a home already waiting for it❤️❤️


Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog today.  I hope you all have a fun Halloween tomorrow!  It’s that time of year:)

Want To Match Up Prints?


Working with checks or large patterns can be  tricky when sewing large pieces together.  Many people like to use checks on the back of quilts, but if you don’t plan ahead, you will end up with something that looks like this:


With a little bit of planning, you will never have this happen to you!  It’s easy!  Here is how:

  • Press the edge of one of your fabric pieces along the edge you want to sew. 

  • Grab your trusty School Glue and place a small line of glue along the edge of the other piece of fabric 

  • Match your folded fabric pattern to the glued fabric.  Don’t worry about matching bottom or side edges.  Just match the pattern.  Press and repeat across the length of your fabric.

  • Take your glued fabric to your sewing machine and sew on the folded line.

Done!  How easy is that?  SWEET❤️!


I hope you will give this technique a try the next time you need to match up a print on your sewing adventures.

Until next time!

Stardust Melodies Finished!

I am so happy to say that I have finally finished my Stardust Melodies Afghan.  Yea! :).   It turned out even nicer than I thought it would.  I just love it when that happens!


Here are all of my beautiful blocks stacked and ready to be sewn together.  I love looking at neatly piled blocks.  Don’t you?


Then it was on to sewing them together.   That took longer than I thought would because I laid them out on the floor and had to go back and forth changing colors to match the block.  Then I had to weave in the tails as well.


It was no problem, it just took longer than I thought it would.   Next was the border.  I am absolutely in love with it!


The border is this gorgeous textured finishing touch for this afghan.  Before it was added I felt the blocks kind of fought against themselves with each trying to be the star of the show.   The border calmed them all down and unified them.


Isn’t it great how that happens?!   Here are a few more shots of my finished blanket—

It makes me want to snuggle up in a soft chair and read a book or write a blog post 🙂


I am going to fold this blanket and wrap it up to give to some dear SWEET friends for Christmas.  I am excited to give it to them❤️

Thank you for following along on my Stardust Melodies crochet journey.   If you are interested in making this beautiful afghan,  you can get the free pattern on Polly Plum’s everytrickonthehook.   I paid for the larger option offered on ravelry.com

It is definitely a SWEET day at my house today!