Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Easy Apple Cake Recipe

This is the most easy and awesome tasting apple cake we ever made. We actually thought it could replace our apple pie on Thanksgiving day. Yes!! It was that good!! It tastes far better than it looks. It was definitely worth making. We hope you enjoy making it as much as we did. Thanks so much for visiting. Have a beautiful day! 

Easy Apple Cake

About 5 to 7 granny smith apples (or whatever you prefer), peeled, cored & thinly sliced
1 (9 ounce) package yellow cake mix
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 stick real butter


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Cut apple slices crosswise in half.
3. Place in pan; sprinkle with dry cake mix.
4. In small bowl, combine sugar & cinnamon; sprinkle over cake mix.
5. Drizzle with butter.
6. Bake 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown.
7. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired!

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Layer your apple slices (or other fruit) at the bottom of a pan that has been coated with non-stick spray.
Sprinkle on boxed cake mix.
Pour melted butter over the fruit and dry cake mix.
Bake at 180/350* for approximately 35-45 minutes -- it's done when it is nice and bubbly.

Check out the video on how we made our cake:



Friday, August 9, 2013

How To Make Crochet Coasters - For Beginners

How To Make Crochet Coasters

This is a simple tutorial on how to crochet. I wanted to make an easy project for beginners. After making one of these, I wanted to make more. They will make wonderful gifts to give to friends and family. My son, Dustin, helped me make this video. We wanted to encourage you by showing you how he learned to crochet too. This is the first time he ever did crochet. We hope this inspires you to crochet. If you have any questions please leave them in the comment section below. I will try to answer them as soon as I can. Thank you so much for visiting. 





- Size G (4.25 mm) or size needed to match gauge

Finished Size:
- Approximately 4½" wide by 4" tall (11.5 × 10 cm)

- 15 stitches = 3½" (9 cm), 14 rows = 3¼" (8.5 cm). Exact gauge is not necessary for this project

Stitches and Abbreviations Used:
- chain = ch
- single crochet = sc
- slip stitch = sl st
- stitch(es) = st(s)

SteStep 1

Note: Stitch counts are listed in {brackets} at the end of row instructions. For each coaster make one square.

Start with 1 sl st

Foundation: Ch 16.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. {15 sc}

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. {15 sc}

Row 3: Repeat Row 2.

Instructions: Tie the edge colored st onto the finished string of the center. Skip a link in between each sc and ch combo. Repeat these steps all the way around the coaster. End at the place you started with a knot.

Sc {1} at corner

Ch {3}

Saturday, August 3, 2013

How To Make Spongebob and Patrick Sock Puppets

My daughter, Ashley, made up this craft. Your kids are going to love it!! It is inexpensive and a creative craft for kids. They are so CUTE too. The kids will love playing with them. My granddaughter sure did. We did too !!! Our bloopers and giggles at the end of the video shows how much fun we had.  hahaha  
See Video

Here is what you will need:
*Foam Sheets
*Old Socks
*Goggle Eyes
*Pipe Cleaners
*Glue (hot glue, stick glue or tacky glue)
Tip: Hot glue works best but stick glue is easy for kids to use. Tacky glue takes a long time to dry but works good.


How To Make A Spongebob Sock Puppet

You can download the pattern from our Photobucket. It should give you the full size image to fit your paper when you want to print it off. 
Here is the link:  Spongebob Pattern

1. Cut out the pieces to the pattern and then trace and cut onto the foam pieces.

2. Glue the eyes, pants, shirt, tie, collar mouth and teeth on Spongebob.

3. Draw Spongebobs eye lashes, belt and freckles with black marker.

4. Get a pipe cleaner and make and hand on each end. Glue it on his back so that it is lined up with the shirt on the front. 

5. Fold a yellow pipe cleaner in half and make a foot on each end.

6. Color Spongebobs feet with black marker to make it look like he has shoes.

7. Glue his legs onto his back like this.

8. Glue Spongebob to the sock and let it dry.


How To Make A Patrick Sock Puppet

Here is the link to Patrick's pattern: Patrick's Pattern

1. Cut out the pieces to the pattern and then trace and cut onto the foam pieces.

2. Glue all the foam pieces into place.

3. Glue his google eyes into place too.

4. Draw Patrick's mouth, belly button and eye brows with black marker.

5. Glue Patrick onto a sock and let it dry.

Lots of giggles at the end... hehe

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it was simple to understand. If you have any questions I will be happy to answer them. Leave them in the comment section below. Thank you so much for visiting.
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!
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