DIY Fall Wreath

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Back when the leaves were just starting to fall off the trees, I finally got around to sitting down and working on a Fall wreath for our door. I had wanted to make one for a while so it felt good to finally do it! I had taken my boys to a playground that evening so my youngest offered to help me find the prettiest leaves (and he did)! After the kids went to bed I got to work using the basic straw wreath I had gotten for free on giveaway weekend, (the best idea ever here in Winnipeg), and started wrapping it half in burlap, and half in ribbon. I had done a general search online to get inspired, then took elements of different wreaths I saw online and combined them to make something more personal. Of course I had to make it a monogram wreath, even more special! πŸ™‚ So I got out my hot glue gun and started gluing all the leaves to the bottom in beautiful array, adding on a craft ladybug on top afterwards since I find them cute! I figure that even though the leaves will dry out and crumble, I can always add new ones on next year so why not? Its nice to have that natural element in there anyways. πŸ™‚

I also took a wooden craft ring I had and made the monogram with a piece of paper trimmed to the same size circle and glued to the back of it. I enjoy drawing so I added some extra touches to the letter ‘F’ and coloured it in. Using a ribbon I had tied around the ring prior to gluing the paper to the back, I tied the ring to the wreath itself, being careful to center it in the wreath. And I wrote a ‘Welcome’ sign on the other side of the circle in case it ever flips over when closing the door. πŸ™‚ Then I got out my wreath hanger, and hung it on the door, all set to be viewed by whoever comes by! Yay! I finally got this done, feels good to do crafts – it’s been too long! I am thankful that I get to do stuff like this still, and that my boys are young enough to appreciate it. πŸ™‚ What have you been up to??

~Roxy~

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Homemade Ice Cream

Hello Foodies – this post is for you!

Caramel Apple Ice Cream

I recently made my own ice cream for the first time. It was a choice between chocolate and caramel apple so I asked the kids, and guess what? They chose apple! (I know, I thought the chocolate would win too!) Well, since I have an ice cream maker that I got for Christmas that I didn’t use yet, I decided to give it a try. It’s a Big Boss Ice Cream MakerΒ and as a bonus it’s fairly straight forward to use. I just washed the mixing bowl, and froze it in my deep freeze a few days earlier so it would be ready to use. Next I went to work looking up recipes!

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Poured liquid into bowl for cooling in fridge

I had looked up recipes online and found the caramel apple one, (see here for recipe), so I went to work making it! Basically, I just processed a bag of frozen, cut up apples in my food processor. Then I went to the stove, and heated up some white sugar, constantly stirring it until it turned into liquid (caramelized). At first it wasn’t seeming to do anything and wasn’t browning so I asked my hubby who is more experienced at cooking than me, and he said it would liquify fast – which it did, so I was happy that it only took about 5 minutes! Then I had to remove it from the heat fast and stirred in my milk and whip cream, but the sugar had started to solidify so my hubby helped to stir it up again on the heat until it liquified again. Note: Sugar will solidify fast so keep stirring it if you take it off the heat! Eventually we got it all smooth so we let it cool afterwards and put it in the fridge for a few hours.

Chopped up apples

The next step was to cook the apples so I took the chopped up apples and put them in a sauce pan with melted butter, and cooked them up nice then cooled them, adding cinnamon afterwards. I could have ate the apples right then! πŸ™‚

After the liquid was all cool from the fridge, it was time to take the ice cream bowl out of the freezer and put it into the Big Boss Ice Cream Maker. So I put the mixing arm into the bowl and the lid on top and poured in the liquid. Read to mix! I just plugged in the machine and turned it on. It said to mix it for about 30 minutes depending on the amount – I think next time I’ll leave it longer until it is more frosty as it was still a little runny when I took it out.

Mixing Ice Cream

Next I added in the apples and mixed it some more, and afterwards, poured it into a plastic tub with a lid and put it in the freezer for a few hours until after supper. Verdict: The flavour was amazing, one kid liked it, the other didn’t, but hubby loved it so that’s a bonus! :p I would make it again but next time just let it churn a bit longer for ice cream perfection! Et voila! You have some yummy, homemade dessert! Love the organic lifestyle. πŸ™‚

Till Next Time,

Roxy