Friday, September 23, 2011

Delectable Apple Crisp

Last night I made this apple crisp

- it's kind of a mish mash of several recipes, but it turned out great so I wrote down what I did and decided to share (yeah the pic is not great because I had already started eating it then ran into the kitchen to snap a pic before I gobbled it all up).  In my opinion here are the secrets: fresh vanilla bean, salt, pecans.  Those three things combined with the usual apple crisp ingredients make a rich, flavorful dessert.  AND bonus - it's wheat free (not necessarily gluten free because of the debate over oats and cross contamination, but oats in and of themselves don't contain gluten.  I think. ) 
Anyway here's the recipe!
Serves 4:
3 large apples peeled, cored, and sliced thinly
1 T. granulated sugar
3/4 cup of pecans
1 vanilla bean
3/4 cup of quick oats
1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
5 T butter
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350.  Lay the apples in a tart plate or pie plate.  Sprinkle the granulated sugar over the apple slices.  In a medium bowl place the pecans, oats, brown sugar, and cinnnamon.  Slice a vanilla bean in half and scrape out the seeds - add it to the dry ingredients.  Cut the butter in - then with a sharp chopper, chop all the ingredients together until it looks all pretty and crumbly.  Pour this mixture over the apple slices.  Lastly sprinkle the salt evenly on top and bake for 20 - 30 minutes.  Don't over bake.  Since the apples are sliced thinly they should take that long to bake.  Remove from the oven and let cool slightly then serve it up with ice cream!  Yum!  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

{DIY} Anthropologie-inspired Headband

Okay, sincerest apologies for flaking out on you for the last week.  I didn't really mean for that to happen, but I was in the process of getting our family completely out of TN and down to FL.  We will be here for the next 2 months before we move to Japan.  BUT I did manage to whip up this little headband last night and I wanted to share it with you. 
 I haven't done anything Anthropologie in a while
- and I was craving something in their style. 
Here's Mine:

Here's Anthros:

I made mine out of cotton, but theirs is made using a rayon fabric and I think it would be great to make another one using that. 
Here's what you'll need:
1/2 yard of cotton or rayon
(I used Anna Maria Horner's LouLouThi)
scissors/thread/sewing machine
a 6" piece of 3/4" elastic

Step 1:  Cut 1 strip (the one you want to make the knot in) 6"x26".
Cut another strip 6"x22".
Step 2:  Fold each strip in half, length-wise and sew right sides together along the long edge.

Open that seam and press it flat.
(I changed fabrics half way through...sorry for the confusion)

Step 2:  Turn that tube right sides out and repeat with the other strip of fabric.

Now you should have 2 strips, one 4" longer than the other.

Step 3:  Tie a knot in the middle of the longer strip.  Pin it on top of the shorter strip.

I kind of pinned it so it would look like it was flowing, rather than just flat.

Step 4:  Sew this piece onto the bottom piece - you just need a few little stitches to keep it in place.  Turn the raw edges under and sew them down.
Also secure the knot with a few stitches.

Step 5: Cut a 5" square.

Sew it into a tube like you did with the strips at the beginning.  Turn it right sides out.

Step 6:  Slide the elastic inside this tube.  Then put the elastic and little tube inside the larger - tucking in the raw edges of the larger.  Stitch across.
Step 7:  Now try it on your head, and pull the elastic until it meets the other end of the headband and feels comfortable on your head.  Keep your finger where the stretched elastic and free end of the headband meet.  Take it off your head and put a mark on the elastic where your finger is.  Scrunch up the little tube until the raw end matches up with the mark on the elastic.  Slide the elastic and little tube into the open end of the headband and sew across.

Enjoy your new headband!
happy wednesday