Wednesday, February 29, 2012


A family at church gave us a big box of apples a while back. Slowly we've been eating them and using them for cooking/baking, but it was time to take care of the rest before they went bad. Yesterday I set out to the task and here's what I ended up with.

I peeled, cored, cut, boiled, strained, name it! We've got 2 jars of apple juice, 2 jars of apple sauce, 5 bags of apples cut up and ready for pies or crisps, 4 mini jar pies plus one jar crisp & apple fruit snacks. Phew!

Unfortunately the fruit snacks didn't turn out. They didn't have any flavor (the recipe calls for juice concentrate) and the consistancy was kinda weird. I want to give it another try though. If they turn out I'll let you know and share the recipe!

I'm excited to try the jar pies. I got the idea from HERE and have been wanting to try it for a while, so this was the perfect opportunity. I used THIS recipe for the filling and topping [minus the oats because we were out. :( ]. Now they're just sitting in the freezer waiting to be eaten. :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Etcetera, Etcetera, Etcetera...

After opening up our online store, Far Above Rubies, we've already received our first order! That was pretty exciting! We still haven't gotten hats down to the local shop for consignment...things have been kinda busy around here and I just need to finish up a few small details before we're ready to take things down there. For those who have Facebook, you can get updates on our little shop and see pictures of hats that we've

The weather is at the point right now where it seems like spring *might* be right around the corner, but then it snows. It snowed some over the weekend, but I was thankful for it because it covered up our soggy yard that's not so pretty to look at right now. :) I'm ready for spring though. We discovered a park in our neighborhood this past fall, and I can't wait to take Braxton and Lizzie to it on warm spring/summer days and just enjoy being able to be outside and play.

Speaking of them, Braxton's cut it healing SO well...Praise the Lord! A week after he got it, he ripped it open and they had to butterfly bandage it back together. At that point it looked like it was going to be a nasty scar with lots of scar tissue, but praise God He answers prayer and it's healing really well. Poor little guy is sick with the flu right now and is sleeping next to me as I type. Lizzie-girl is growing so much! She will be 9 months this week and refuses to crawl. Haha. Apparently her mom skipped crawling and went straight to walking, so maybe that's what she'll do. She is sitting up really well and is getting so much personality. I sure do love those kids.

This past weekend Josh's girlfriend, Liz, came up and it was so nice to finally spend some time with her. (We also had a wonderful visit with the Greens and a family from church that come over Friday night!) The reason she came was to help with Josh's move to Arizona. Saturday morning my dad & I bid farewell to Josh, Mom, Maggie, Liz & Guage (and Josh's friend that's moving with him). I hate to see him go, but I know that's where he feels the Lord wants him right now. Mom & Maggie are helping him move, as well as visiting my aunt that lives there, so they won't be back until the 28th.

I've really been getting into crafting lately and have so many things I want to try. With an extra room opening up in the house, we plan on turning that into our craft room. It's going to be so nice to have a room dedicated to that purpose where we can leave sewing machines and projects out and be able to just close the door and walk away without having to worry about leaving a mess. I'm sure I'll be posting some pictures of the room as it comes together as well as some crafts. Here's one that I recently did as a gift for someone.

Just in case you can't read the tag, it's a heat therapy pack (or a rice bag). You put it in the microwave to heat it up and it's perfect for headaches, sore muscles, etc!

To wrap up the post, here's the recipe for the flour tortillas I mentioned in this post. I had a request for the recipe, so I figured I'd just post it.

4 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
4 Tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 - 1 3/4 c. warm water

Combine dry ingredients. Mix in oil and water until blended. Knead dough 25 to 30 times. Allow to stand, covered in a bowl for 10 minutes (keep warm). Form dough into balls the size of a golf ball. Then roll out flat with a rolling pin, until 6 inches in diameter (I find it's easier sometimes to form and stretch it with my hands.) Place tortilla on a hot griddle until brown (1-2 minutes), then flip over on other side.

I made a double batch and only cooked half of it, while putting the rest of the dough in the refrigerator. The next day I pulled it out and formed/cooked tortillas with no problem. Having cold dough didn't seem to make a difference.

If you try it, you'll have to let me know what you think. It's alot of work (and be prepared for sore arms :)), but they're SO good!

Monday, February 6, 2012


Remember when I said I was working on a project? Well I'm ready to tell you what it is!!

I went into the new year praying/thinking about opening up an online store. I wasn't entirely sure what I would sell, but I had some ideas. After mentioning it to Maggie, we decided that it would be something we could do together. Not long after that...maybe even days...Braxton's mom told me that she was out in town and a lady saw the hat I made Braxton and loved it! This lady just happens to own a store in town and wanted to know if I would be willing to do consignment! This got me so excited!! I talked to her and confirmed things and also have something else lined up to do consignment once I have it ready. :)

Maggie and I have been busy making hats to put in her store and have also officially opened our online store! Be sure to stop by and take a look...and pass the word!! Right now we only have hats listed, but hope to add more items in the future. 

You can get to our shop from the button on the side ---->

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