Friday, July 27, 2012

Grandma's Apple Butter

There is no butter in apple butter.  The name come from the smooth, buttery texture. Apple butter is wonderful on buttered toast. Mmmm!  My grandma used to make it all the time, then she quit.  A couple years ago I decided it was time to learn.  As much work that goes into it, it is relatively easy to make!

You will need:
8-10 Medium Apples [I use Granny Smith]

Cinnamon to taste

Preheat Oven to 225.

Boil apples until soft.
Extract pulp.  Mix 1 cup apple pulp to 2 cups sugar.
Cinnamon to taste.
Put mixture in a flat pan and bake for 1 hour. [I use two pyrex pans, and put a cookie sheet underneath incase it boils over.]
Mixture will thicken and turn brown.
Spoon mixture into 1/2 pint jars.  
I use the waterbath method of securing the seals.  

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

4H Project -- Crayon Canvas Art!

This is a very easy 4H project. My seven year old did most of the work himself, with only 'minor' help from Mom.

What you need:

Glue Gun & Sticks

Blower Dryer

Sort the crayons out by color. Then line the crayons up in desired order and position them on the canvas.  Parker and I chose to line them up along the top of the canvas because it was the easiest thing to do.

 Now that the crayons are all placed on the canvas, take it outside with your blow dryer and a cardboard box.

 When the crayons start too get a glossy, shiny look to them the wax will start dripping!
 This was my view as the canvas holder.
 He had a lot of fun doing this!

As you can see it was hot out, and the longest part of the process is melting the wax...poor kid started sweating!

 But the finished product is so cool!