Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Apple Fritter Recipe


So I over did it on my produce shopping...I had about a dozen apples and needed to use some of them up. I decided to make some apple fritters because I remember my mom making those for us when we were kids. The recipe I found is different than what she made but they are still tasty!

I changed the recipe up a little to make it my own and it turned out so well I wanted to put it here on my blog. These are perfect in the morning with tea or as an afternoon nibble. A big plus is that they are easy to make!

APPLE FRITTERS

Dry ingredients
1 1/2 c. self-rising flour*
1 tbsp. sugar
1/4-1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg (optional)

Wet ingredients
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 c. milk
1 tbsp. oil
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract (optional)
3 c. peeled and chopped apples (about 3 medium apples)

In a small bowl combine the dry ingredients and set aside. Whisk together the wet ingredients in a medium bowl; tossing in the apples at the end. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet until combined.

Heat 1-inch of canola or other cooking oil in a cast iron skillet. Bring the temberature up to 350 degrees, check using an oil/candy thermometer. You can also use an electric deep fryer and cook according to manufacturers instructions.

Carefully drop batter by spoonfuls into hot oil. Fry on first side about 1-2 minutes before turning and frying about another minute. You want a nice, deep golden brown. Remove to a wire rack with a baking sheet placed under it. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. ENJOY!

Makes 2-3 dozen, depending on size.

*If you don't have self-rising flour use 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, and 1/2 tsp. salt.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Easter Boxets (Baskets)


Okay, I just finished my latest project...Easter Boxets (baskets). They are a little bit of a change to the traditional looking Easter basket. I like them because they are collapsable and easy to store. The problem I always have with the baskets my kids get is they are clumsy and hard to store away easily.

I just listed three of them on Etsy today so please take a look!

Kiddie Shorts




I whipped up these shorts a couple weeks ago for my kids...I know summer seems a long way off to some of you. Here in the desert summer comes fast and brutally though so I'm getting a jump on it.

I had some remnant material that my daughter fell in love with (the dollies) and there was just enough for some shorts. The fabric for my son's shorts I bought before Christmas with the intention of a button up shirt but that never happened. Instead I've used it for shorts and I'm working on some Easter baskets too. The Easter baskets I will be listing on my Etsy store if anyone is interested. I like to call them "Boxets" because the look boxy but they are adorable!

Anyway, back to the shorts...they are super simple and quick to make. I just used a pattern that I had for elastic waisted pants and shortened them. And since both kids have about the same waist size it was even easier. All you need is fabric (I think I used about 1/2 - 2/3 yd for each pair) and about 18" of 3/4" wide elastic (for a size 3-5 child). It took about 20 minutes or so to make one pair. I would like to post the pattern but not sure how to go about that. I will have to look into it as I would love to share it with you all!

Well, I'm off for now...sew much to do and so little time!

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