Friday Favorites – Winter

I don’t think winter gets its due.  It gets all lumped in with Christmas, when really it’s only just getting started by the time the holidays are over.  If we’re going to get freezing weather where I live it’s much more likely to happen in January than before.  Dashing through the snow doesn’t involve reindeer or Santa.  So, I’m here to give winter the moment in the spotlight that it deserves.

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I don’t know if I’m brave enough to let anyone actually use this Indoor Snowball Fight from Sew Can Do inside the house, but it’s so cute and fun I think I could be won over.

Indoor Snowball Fight Set from Sew Can Do

You could certainly use this Reading and Knitting Pillow from Sew Happy Geek any time of the year, but am I the only one that gets more reading and hand-crafts done when it’s too cold to go outside?

Reading and Knitting Pillow from Sew Happy Geek

Evenings find me under a blanket this time of year.  If I had this Family Blanket from Rae Gun Ramblings I could let someone under there with me.

Family Blanket from Rae Gun Ramblings

Has your family been struck down by The Bug yet?  My husband and I were both knocked flat by it before Thanksgiving and we’re still waiting for the cough to completely disappear.  I’m thinking these Homemade Vaporizing Shower Cubes from Smart School House would still be a good idea, even months later.

Homemade Vaporizing Shower Cubes from Smart Schoolhouse

This Get Well Soon Tissue Box Cover from So Sew Easy would be a great gift to take to a sick friend.  There’s a little pocket on the side to add some tea and cough drops. 

Tissue Box Cover from So Sew Easy

I love soup in the winter.  And I love pickles.  I’m intrigued by this Dill Pickle Soup from Noble Pig.  I’m going to have to make a small batch and try it out.

Dill Pickle Soup from Noble Pig

I feel about hot apple cider the way some people feel about coffee.  I love the smell, but the taste – nope.  However, this Apple Cider Hot Toddy from Cookie and Kate has me wanting to give it another chance.

Apple Cider Hot Toddy from Cookie and Kate

When I was a kid one of my cousins got married in the winter and the girls had faux fur muffs instead of bouquets.  I thought it was so pretty.  Apparently it’s a trend that has returned and Etsy seller sewudesigns has many to choose from.

Faux Fur Muff from sewudesigns on Etsy

Nothing is worse than trying to keep warm in January with a bitter chill blowing under your door.  Well, nothing except flattened Mickey.  This Wonderful World Draft Stopper from caitlinsdad on Instructables definitely requires a good sense of humor.

Wonderful World Draft Stopper from caitlinsdad on Instructables

One of my favorite things about winter is boots, but you can get tired of looking at the same pairs over and over all season.  Dress them up with these DIY Faux Fur Boot Sweaters from The Renegade Seamstress on eHow.

DIY Faux Fur Boot Sweaters from The Renegade Seamstress on eHow

Book Review: Cupcake Envy

I’m here today to a book review courtesy of Tuttle Publishing.  They have provided me with the book in exchange for this review, but the opinions are all my own.

I think the title of the book I’m reviewing today, Cupcake Envy, must be a play on words.  Before I opened it I thought it meant everyone would be envious of the cute cupcakes the reader would make from it.  After reading, I realized it actually seemed to mean that ordinary cupcakes would envy the amazing mini cakes found within the pages.  This book is eye candy, pure and simple, but doesn’t stop there.

Cupcake Envy - Book Review by Crafty Staci

The author, Amy Eilert, refers to these treats as cakelets.  They’re more than a cupcake but smaller than a regular cake.  She starts off the book with the charming story of how her business came to be, followed by a chapter laying out the pans, tools and ingredients you’ll want to consider using.  I thought the Tricks of the Trade section was nice for those of us who are novice cake decorators.  Who knew vodka was a handy decorating tool?

Cupcake Envy Book Review by Crafty Staci

There are basic recipes included for cake, icing and frosting, and then comes the fun part – decorating.  It starts off with some lovely, girl options.  My favorite was Playing Dress Up.  Each project has a difficulty rating in the upper right corner, and this one is Easy/Intermediate.

Playing Dress up from Cupcake Envy Book Review by Crafty Staci

The next chapter is all about edibles, like this sweet Cup ‘O Joe.  Wouldn’t this be perfect for Mother’s Day?

Cup O Joe from Cupcake Envy Book Review by Crafty Staci

A bag full of groceries?!?  I never would have guessed that would make such an adorable cake theme!

At the Market from Cupcake Envy Book Review by Crafty Staci

If you’re planning a baby shower this year, there’s an entire chapter that’s sure to impress friends and family.  If making desserts for a whole party is too intimidating, one sweet cakelet just for her is sure to be appreciated by a new mom.

The guys weren’t left out here, with a chapter to themselves, right down to the manly intro.

Macho Men Chapter from Cupcake Envy Book Review by Crafty Staci

This garden cakelet is one of my favorites, but how could anyone bring themselves to actually EAT this?  It’s just too pretty.

How Does Your Garden Grow from Cupcake Envy Book Review by Crafty Staci

I have to admit, they lost me a little in the Offbeat and Edgy chapter, but I’m probably not the target audience there.

There’s a handy section just following that though, full of ideas to use if you don’t have fondant available.  I realized as I reached the end that it has those ever-useful flip-outs on the front and back to use to hold your place.

Cupcake Envy Book Review from Crafty Staci

For me, getting fancy with my cake decorations means adding sprinkles on top of the frosting which, in truth, is probably to hide the crumbs.  I’ve never even touched fondant.  However, after drooling over Cupcake Envy, I’m inspired.  I really want to give these little cakelets a try!

Creamy Red Hot Dipping Sauce

With New Year’s Eve parties planned for this week, I thought this would be the perfect time to share my new favorite dip recipe.  I originally made this as a dipping sauce for meatballs, but we’ve tried it on just about everything.  It’s a great sandwich spread.  It makes Sauerkraut Balls even better.  I’ve even eaten it just spread on a cracker.  Besides all that, I find its orange color kind of festive.

Creamy Red Hot Dip by Crafty Staci

Creamy Red Hot Dipping Sauce

1/2 cup sour cream

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons minced parsley

Creamy Red Hot Dipping Sauce Ingredients

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Mix with a mixer or stir until completely blended.  This is even better after it sits in the fridge for a few hours.  If it’s too thick for your taste, just blend in a little milk or cream.

I called this “Red Hot” because of the pepper sauce, and it is spicy, but not in a crazy way.  I can’t wait to try this on a burger, or as dip for chicken tenders, or with french fries, or veggies…

Creamy Red Hot Dipping Sauce from Crafty Staci

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies

I spent the entire day cooking last Saturday.  Homemade salted caramels, No-Bake Biscoff Balls, peanut butter cup and truffle cookies and gluten-free lemon bars are all piled in abundance in my kitchen.  Even after a family Christmas party and making a plate for my husband to take to work at the police department, there’s still plenty of sugar.   And this year though, I added some sweet, salty, bacony goodness.

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies by Crafty Staci

It was time for something new and different.  I decided to really go for it, and my Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies were born.

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 package Heath bar bits (with chocolate)

6 slices of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

1 1/2 cup crushed, ridged potato chips

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies - ingredients

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Cream together the butter and sugars.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add the flour and baking soda and stir until combined.  Stir in the Heath bits, bacon and potato chips.

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookie dough

Drop by spoon onto an ungreased baking sheet 2” apart.  Bake about 8 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.  Cool.

You could also make these bar-style by pressing the dough into an ungreased jelly roll pan, baking for 15 – 20 minutes and cutting into bars.

Makes about 7 dozen 2 1/2” cookies.

Bacon Toffee Potato Chip Cookies on Crafty Staci

The bacon flavor is pretty subtle in these, which is what I wanted.  If you want it to be more apparent by all means, add more bacon.  You could also go with half the package of toffee, which will make the other flavors stand out more.  You really just can’t go wrong here.  I mean, come on – bacon.

Bacon Wrapped Turducken Roast Review

This Bacon Wrapped Turducken Roast was provided by Echelon Foods in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own.

I know from the recipes I’ve shared here it looks a little like my family survives on sugar and snacks.  Cookies are my kryptonite, but we eat normal food too.  Sometimes we even get a little adventurous with it, which is why we recently had our first taste of Turducken, courtesy of Echelon Foods.

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If you’ve never heard of Turducken, let me fill you in.  The name is a composite of the different birds used in preparing it – turkey, duck and chicken.  The way I understood it was done was that the chicken was stuffed inside the duck, which was then stuffed into the turkey.  While that is one method, thankfully the one we received was a little different.  From the Echelon Foods website:

“These turducken roasts are composed of turkey breast that is wrapped in bacon and layered with boneless, skinless chicken breast meat, boneless, skinless duck breast meat, more bacon inside and stuffed with an Italian sausage mixture.”

No bones, some of each kind of meat in each slice, dressing inside and wrapped in bacon.  Bacon.  We were so in.

The turducken arrived frozen, wrapped well in a styrofoam cooler and surrounded by dry ice.

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We decided this was the sort of thing that should be shared, so we invited a couple of our friends over to join us.  I was at a fabric shop teaching a class that day, so my husband was in charge of cooking.  He went with the low and slow cooking method for the roast, so you can imagine how my house smelled when I walked in.  He also made homemade cheesy bread rolls and oven roasted potatoes and squash.  Sorry ladies, he’s all mine.

The roast said it would easily serve 10.  I was skeptical, but they’re absolutely right.  There were four of us, and we had more than half of it left over.  I have to say, I’m not normally a fan of duck, but this was delicious.  Three out of the four of us liked it, with the holdout being the guy who spent the day cooking it.  He thought is was okay.  Our friends said it would be a great addition to a Superbowl party or other special event. 

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The turducken is definitely on the spendy side.  It’s not something you’d have for Tuesday night dinner though, but at a time when you’d splurge on a special item anyway.  Our cook thought the directions could have been more clear.  He wasn’t sure whether to cover it or not, but cooking it for the first hour covered, then the rest uncovered, seemed to work out fine.  It was a little difficult to slice because the different meats wanted to fall apart.  However, we all tried each kind of meat and a bit of dressing.  I wish we would have thought to make some gravy from the drippings in the pan.  I’m sure it would have been fantastic.

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This was definitely a little out of the norm for us, but my thanks to Echelon Foods for letting us try something new, unique and tasty!

Friday Favorites–Gifts for Guys

I’ve been writing Friday Favorites for years now, and some of my most popular collections are the Gifts for Guys.  Take a spin in the Way Back machine to see the 2011, 2012 and 2013 versions.  See, guys aren’t that tough to make stuff for!

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Make a hanging rack from hammers for your guy, like this one from The Family Handyman.  Just make sure you don’t use the good tools – maybe old hammers with broken handles.

Hammer Hanger from Family Handyman

There are all kinds of fun games to be played with these Wood Dice from The 36th Avenue.

Wood Dice from The 36th Avenue

I can only imagine how fantastic this Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream from Food for my Family smells.

Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream from Food for my Family

Add to that these Burly Man Shaving Towels from Sew Mama Sew for a fun shaving set.

Burly Man Shaving Towels from Sew Mama Sew

My favorite thing about this Dad’s T-shirt from She Knows is that little established year.  It’s a cute touch.

Daddy T-Shirt from She Knows

It would be nice to have a couple of these Rough-Cut Lumber Beer Flight Sets from ManMade around for beer tasting with friends.

Custom Rough Cut Lumber Beer Flight Set from Man Made DIY

If you want to expand that beer theme, try this Beer Soap from Suzy Homefaker.

Beer Soap from Suzy Homefaker

No matter how hard we try, we always seem to have several remote controls around.  Keep yours confined to one place with this Remote Control Pillow from Make it Handmade.

Remote Control Pillow from Make It Handmade

Bags don’t get much more manly than this Canvas Bucket Tote from Sew 4 Home.  Unless you rub some dirt on it.

Canvas Bucket Tote from Sew 4 Home

Cashew are delicious, and bacon is bacon, so what guy wouldn’t love this Cashew Bacon Brittle from Taste and Tell?

Cashew Bacon Brittle from Taste and Tell

Friday Favorites – Autumn

It’s been a pretty great week here at Crafty Staci.  I’m leaving today to attend the Schoolhouse Craft Conference in Seattle, which I’ve been wanting to do for years.  I’m hoping to come back better, smarter and faster than before, but I’ll settle for a fun weekend.  I also found out I’m going to be one of the curators for Sew Mama Sew’s Handmade Holidays series!  In the past I’ve provided one of the giveaways and had my projects featured, so it will be fun to complete the circle.

Last, but not least, meet my new toy:

My New Pfaff

My Etsy shop stays hopping, so I’ve been working with a second machine for a while now, but it was missing my favorite feature:  the built-in walking foot.  I love my old Pfaff, and found out I could buy a brand-new one that has everything I want and need, and nothing I don’t.  Now they can sit side-by-side with white thread in one and black in the other, while I glide smoothly back and forth.  Or dive frantically, depending on the day.

Another great thing about this week was the start of autumn.  I love the sun, but after an exceptionally warm summer, I’m ready for my boots and scarves. 

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We had a pretty good wind storm here recently, and the pinecones rained down like we were under attack.  I’ve got plenty of supplies to make these Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders from Freebie Finding Mom.

Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders from Freebie Finding Mom

We also have a few leaves hitting the ground already.  From what I read elsewhere, you want to press and dry them before making something like this Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder from Spark and Chemistry.

Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder from Spark and Chemistry

One thing we don’t have around here is acorns but I’d love to find some to make these Acorn Owls from Bloesem Kids.

Acorn Owls from Bloesem Kids

This Fall Tree “Snow Globe” from Frugal Fun for Boys is a fun take on a winter tradition.  The author mentioned the water turning brown from the twig, but I think that could be remedied by using an artificial branch.

Fall Tree Snow Globe from Frugal Fun for Boys

I can imagine so many ways to use these Happy Autumn Leaves from Moogly.

Happy Autumn Leaves from Moogly

We can’t talk about autumn without bringing out the big, orange pumpkins, can we?  These Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches from Sewlicious Home Décor are a great transition from warm weather into fall.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches from Sewlicious Home Decor

I’ve seen pumpkins made from just about everything in the craft world.  I particularly like the simplicity but unique quality of these Framed Pumpkins from Country Design Style.

Framed Pumpkins from Country Design Style

My son loves fritters, so I’m almost afraid to show him these Apple Fritters from Greek Food and Greek Life.  On the other hand, he’s becoming a good cook himself…hmm.

Apple Fritters from Greek Food and Greek Life

Need a quick, simple but cute little something sweet?  Check out these Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns from Tikkido.  There are so many flavors of Hershey Kisses, you could really get creative.

No Bake Easy Acorns from Tikkido

I used to be really into cross-stitch.  I still do it once in a while, and love the look of it.  This Wood Plank Cross Stitch Fall Décor from Make It and Love It puts a fun spin on it.

Wood Plank Cross-Stitch Fall Decor from Make It and Love It

Now, I’ve got some sewing to do!

Friday Favorites–Disneyland!

This time last week I was losing my voice on California Screamin’, waiting in the long line for Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and trying to be the one person in the boat to not get soaked on Grizzly River Run.  That’s right my friends – I was in Disneyland.  It was a big family trip which included me, my husband, my daughter, her husband (technically on their honeymoon!), my son and his friend, who was a Disneyland newbie.  It was VERY hot, but we all had a fantastic time, and I’m still finding myself Disney dreaming now and then.  Since I’ve still got the mouse on my mind, I thought I’d share a few crafts today that relate to some of my favorite rides.

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Pirates of the Caribbean

This one has always been one of my very favorite rides.  I think they did a great job of incorporating the movie aspects into the ride without ruining it.  This simple Felt Pirate Hat from Simple Simon and Company will have you feeling like a rowdy rapscallion in no time.  Also perfect for Talk Like a Pirate Day today!

Felt Pirate's Hat by Simple Simon and Company

It’s a Small World

The kids suffered through this one for me and my husband.  It’s a must-ride for us on every trip.  What would a day at Disneyland be without that song stuck in your head?  You’re welcome. If an occasional vacation isn’t enough for you, check out this It’s a Small World Kids’ Room Mural from Merryweather’s Cottage.

It's a Small World Mural by Merryweathers Cottage

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

My son was a huge Buzz Lightyear fan when he was a little guy.  We have a photo of him, beaming, next to the Space Ranger on a previous Disney trip.  He loves this ride now, but back then he would have flipped.  I remember at least one DIY Buzz costume, but this one from Fun at Home with Kids is really impressive.

DIY Buzz Lightyear Halloween Costume by Fun At Home With Kids

Sleeping Beauty Castle

We didn’t manage to get a photo out front or go inside the castle on this trip, but even without that it remains an unmistakable focal point in the park.  It’s also home to my favorite Disney villain:  Maleficent.  I think I just like that she turned into a dragon.  When you visit Paper Dolls by Cory’s Facebook page for this free download, you have to check our her other paper dolls.  They are incredible.

Maleficent Paper Doll by Cory

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

One of my favorite rides is my daughter’s most hated.  We started calling it the Tower of Terrific just to get her to ride it once.  After that we took a couple of turns sitting out with her so others could ride it again.  Yes, she hates it that much.  Maybe we need this iPod TV Dock from SHIFT! on Instructables so we can watch Twilight Zone instead of living it.

iPod TV Dock by SHIFT! on Instructables

The Haunted Mansion

We’ve been to Disneyland many times, but somehow we’ve always missed the Halloween holiday season.  This time we arrived on Tuesday and it started on Friday, which also happened to be my daughter’s birthday.  We managed to get through the Haunted Mansion with it’s special Halloween decorations only once, and the ride wasn’t even working right then.  I guess we’ll just have to plan another trip for the fall one of these days.  Darn.  In the meantime, we can get our scary fix with this Haunted Mansion 13 Hour Clock from DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Props.

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion 13 Hour Clock by DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Props

Radiator Springs Racers

Last time we were at Disneyland, Cars Land had opened less than a week before.  It was crazy.  My husband and I finally got to ride this by settling for the single rider line and happening by when it had just reopened after being down.  It was a little better this trip, but not by much.  It’s a popular ride, and for good reason.  Disney really did it right with this one.  Love him or not, Mater is a key component in bringing the world of Cars to life, and you can enjoy a bit of that at home with this Adirondack Chair from Jefferson Woodworks.

Tow Mater Child's Adorondak Chair by Jefferson Woodworks

Indiana Jones Adventure

Our son bought an Indiana Jones hat on our last Disney trip.  He brought it along again this time and wore it all week.  He even had people comment on it.  I think we’ve joked about him needing the whip to go with it, and now he can have it, thanks to Skip to my Lou’s Duct Tape Bullwhip tutorial.

Duct Tape Bullwhip by Skip to my Lou

Peter Pan’s Flight

This is another required ride whenever we visit the House of Mouse.  There’s just something special about flying in a pirate ship over London that makes you feel like a kid.  This Peter Pan’s Escaped Shadow Costume from Tikkdo is a stroke of genius, and it would keep trick-or-treaters from eating candy before they get home.

DIY Peter Pan's Shadow Costume by Tikkido

The Enchanted Tiki Room

The line for the pineapple treats outside this ride never let up while we were in the park.  The nearly 100 degree weather could have played a part in that, but I can tell you the pineapple float I enjoyed while watching the show inside the air-conditioned building never tasted better.  Now I can make them at home with this recipe from Finding Bonggamom.

Dole Pineapple Whip by Bonggamom

Stay tuned for the Disney craft I made the night before we left – coming soon!

Friday Favorites–Welcome to the Jungle

I’m about to show my age here, but if you’re familiar with the song title I’m using, bonus points to you.  When my daughter was a tiny little thing, she used to sing it with her dad.  It was the cutest thing ever.  Today is that same girl’s birthday, and while she would (and does) happily sing this with her father, she’s all grown up now.  This week’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to my first-born monkey!

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Around the same time as all that singing, my little girl could not get enough of The Lion King.  That was back when we were all watching on VHS, and the tape was so well-worn it had a permanent stripe across the top of the screen.  Needless to say, we had a lion-themed birthday or two in there.  This little Jungle Party from Simply Designing would have been perfect for my fruit and vegetable lover.

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This Jungle Vine from One Charming Party is a great idea, and I think you could probably recycle paper bags for the vine, making it very inexpensive.

Jungle Vine from One Charming Party

It’s kinda crazy how easy it is to make this Zebra Stripe Cake from My Cake School.  I have got to try this.

Zebra Cake from My Cake School

Craft, Interrupted shares an adorable Feed the Monkey Game here, but what I particularly liked was the little Banana Beanbags.

Banana Bean Bags from Craft Interrupted

A couple of basic paper shapes and some clothespins are all you need to make these stand-up animals from Estefi Machado.

Clothespin Safari Animals from Estefi Machado

This No Sew Leaf Girl Costume from Alpha Mom would be great for your rainforest girl.

No Sew Leaf Girl Costume from Alpha Mom

These sweet Sleep Toy patterns from Livemaster remind me of some I had when I was a little kid.

Toys for Sleep from Livemaster

I remember my kids coming home from school with rain sticks they had made, like these from The Imagination Tree.

DIY Rain Stick from The Imagination Tree

Make play binoculars for your mini explorers with this DIY from Make Life Lovely.

DIY Binoculars from Make Life Lovely

I adore every single part of this Felt Safari Quiet Book from A Handmade Tale.

Safari Quiet Book from A Handmade Tale

Friday Favorites–Apple of my Eye

We have two dwarf apple trees in our yard.  Every year we root for them (ba-dum-bum), but the number of apples they bear wouldn’t make one pie.  The Asian pear that stands right next to them has so much fruit on it right now the limbs are touching the ground.  I’m no gardener, so I’m not going to begin to understand that, I’m just going to enjoy whatever fruit wants to come my way in the fall. 

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Why is it when you bite into an apple and find a worm (or worse yet, half a worm) it’s icky, but when you add the little guy to a crafted apple, like this Patchwork Apple Tote from Hungry Hippie, it’s adorable?

Patchwork Apple Tote from 1 Hungry Hippie

This Upcycled Soda Bottle Candy Apple from Club Chica Circle is a great way to reuse those fun, round pop bottles that are available now.

Candle Apple Teacher Gift from Club Chica Circle

I’ve never heard of Apple Nachos, like these from Allyson Kramer, but I definitely need to give them a try.

Apple Nachos from Allyson Kramer

It’s hard to believe that these shiny Apple Earrings from Sowdering About in Seattle start out as simple paper.

Apple Earrings from Sowdering About in Seattle

There’s that worm again.  I love how Craft Gossip used the handle to add him to these Mason Jar Tumbler Teachers’ Gifts.

Mason Jar Tumbler Apples from Craft Gossip

This Apple Scented Bubble Bath from Smart School House is a great gift idea to stash away for the holidays.

Apple Scented Bubble Bath from Smart Schoolhouse

Oh my goodness.  This Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze from Inspired by Charm is just…I don’t think I need to say any more.

Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze from Inspired by Charm

These Apple Coasters from The Purl Bee are so cute.  I especially like the ones with a bite missing.

Apple Coasters from Purl Bee

This Apple Bag from The Ribbon Retreat looks just about right for carrying some books.  And, of course, an apple.

Apple Bag from The Ribbon Retreat

I love this idea so much.  No mess, no core, nothing but crunchy apple, gooey caramel and whatever toppings strike your fancy.  Thanks to She Knows for the next autumn dessert I’m going to need to try.

Mini Caramel Apple Bites from She Knows