Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Springtime Crochet!

Spring is around the corner and I've been working on some fun new projects! These finished and ready to ship projects are available in my Etsy store now!


In addition to my own designs, I use a lot of free crochet patterns. Pattern credit is given in my listings.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

My One Year Anniversary!!

A whole year has gone by already! I remember the first week I was trying to set up this blog, I was ready to throw up my hands and walk away. I didn't even know what HTML was and I could not for the life of me make this thing do what I wanted it to do or look the way I wanted it to look. I didn't regularly read other's blogs, and didn't really have and idea of the possibilities. The blogging community is full of creative, smart and talented people who (thankfully for me) will even share some of their knowledge with you. My modest little set-up here is nothing compared to some other's that I've seen, but I'm OK with that. I'll get there eventually and in the mean time, I'm have fun creating and sharing new things.

Over the Apple Tree Blogiversary!


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One year blogiversary top 10, Over The Apple Tree

I've compiled my top 10 posts from the last year for your viewing pleasure. Just what you were waiting for right?


Pasta Fagioli, Over The Apple Tree

DIY Barbie House by Over The Apple Tree

Kitchen Table Makeover by Over The Apple Tree

Hobbit Hole Cake by Over The Apple Tree

DIY fix kid's shoes, Over The Apple Tree

Diaper Cake Tutorial by Over The Apple Tree

Refashion boy's clothes into Girl's Clothes by Over The Apple Tree

Grow an Apple Tree from seeds by Over The Apple Tree

Fabric memo board made from thrift store canvas, Over The Apple Tree

Tips to clean up pots and pans, Over The Apple Tree

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cinnamon Breakfast Biscuits

Cinnamon Breakfast Biscuits - Better Homes and Gardens Recipes


Cinnamon Breakfast Biscuits at Over The Apple Tree

I have passed by this recipe in my cookbook so many times thinking I was going to make it one day. I finally did and it was great! I forgot to do adjustments for high altitude though, so yours might come out a little fluffier than mine.

1 1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. wheat bran
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c. butter
2/3 c. milk
1/2 dried fruit bits
1/2 c. powdered sugar
2-3 tsp OJ, milk or water

1. Combine flour, bran, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Cut in the butter. Make a well in the center of dry mixture. add the milk and fruit; stir just till moist.
2. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Quickly knead dough 10 - 12 strokes or till nearly smooth. Pat or lightly roll dough to 1/2 inch thick. Cut dough with a floured 2 1/2 in. biscuit cutter.
3. Place biscuits 1 in. apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 400° oven for 10-12 mins or till golden.
4. Stir together powdered sugar and enough oj to make an icing that is easy to drizzle. Drizzle icing over biscuits. Serve warm. 12 biscuits

Cinnamon Breakfast Biscuits at Over The Apple Tree

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

The  first Better Homes and Gardens cookbook was introduced in 1930 and has been found in America's kitchens ever since. It was in my kitchen growing up and is still the place I go to look for classic recipes as well as new ideas on those days where I just don't know what to make. I thought it would be fun to share my favorite recipes that I cook for my family and maybe try some new ones. Some of the recipes I follow may be different that those you find on the BHG website just because the BHG test kitchens are always updating their recipes to reflect changes in America's tastes, techniques, and lifestyles. Any recipes I make will be coming from Better Homes and Gardens, New Cook Book(11th and 14th Edition) and Better Homes and Gardens, Our Best Recipes. 

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Winter Staycation

Winter Staycation

Winter Staycation, Over The Apple Tree
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Winter often means staying inside the house a lot more to keep out of the cold, but that doesn’t mean that you and your kids can’t still have a fun stay-at-home weekend!  Here are a few ideas for how to spend a snowy Saturday:


  • Cookie Decorating  Making cookies together is always fun, but why not try making cookies that you can decorate?  Roll out sugar cookie dough, and then use different cookie cutters to cut out cute shapes.  Kids will love decorating the cookies with a variety of colors of icing.  Sprinkles, crushed cookies, and small candies could all be good additions for adorning your cookies.
  • Have a Little Theme Party  You could have a small party for just you and your family at home.  One option could be an animal-themed bash with animal crackers and animal-shaped macaroni and cheese.  Use Zoo Pals plates to continue the animal theme.  You could even use foam plates to make your own animal masks.  First, take the plate and cut out holes for your eyes and mouth.  Then, use permanent markers in different colors to decorate your masks.  You could also use construction paper and glue to make the perfect animal mask.
  • Get Crafty  If you want to have a girls’ day, make homemade lip balm with your kids.  There are kits available, but there are also plenty of easy recipes online, too.  There are tons of flavors to choose from!  Having any kind of kit on hand is a great way to keep your kids busy on a particularly cold day.  From art-related to science-centric, activity kits come in all varieties.
  • Old Movie Night  Choose several old movies that you want to introduce your kids to and have a movie night.  Get the popcorn ready, and you’ll be good to go!


Winter can be just as enjoyable as summer, you just need to get creative sometimes.  These ideas can help keep you and your kids busy when the weather is just a little too bitter to venture out into the cold.


Author Bio: This is a guest post by Katie F. on behalf of Hefty®. Visit www.hefty.com to find products like trash bags and more that can help you out with your busy life.


Thanks Katie, these are some great ideas! Head on over to Hefty's website and check out the Kitchen Pitch-In tab for more great stuff.



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