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23 October 2013

Recent Creative Ventures

The other day, I was craving apple crisp. My occasionally sweet husband went on an extreme Google search and declared there were no restaurants that served apple crisp in the general vicinity. (For the record, I don't tend to be a big fan of desserts of any kind, but fruit crisps NOT fruit pies are my weakness).

At first, I sat indoors and bewailed my lack of apple crisp. I didn't want to go to the grocery store to buy the apples I would need, because that would involve driving and parking and spending money, and other unpleasant activities of that sort. But then I remembered that I had a much easier access to apples...

Angel in the wilderness this summer. 
Have I ever mentioned that I seem to live in a fruit wilderness? We have a nearly endless supply of wild black raspberries in the summer, and there are a few pear and apple trees in the woods behind our house as well. I walked out back, picked a dozen or so apples, and got to work.

Honestly, the apples were basically the worst apples ever. They were small and kind of wormy. But I cut around the worms and the bruises--telling myself that these pesticide-free, wild, fresh picked apples were a rare privilege. Besides, they were free, so what did I have to complain about?

I eventually had enough chopped up for apple crisp--and I have to tell you, it tasted amazing. Better than I expected. I ate 3/4 and generously shared the last 1/4 with Angel.


Also, a few days ago, I decided to try my hand at piecing a quilt made with little scraps of fabric from previous projects. It was an experiment. This quilt is for my dollhouse, made according to the 1 inch=1 foot scale, and it will go folded up and lying across the crib in the nursery.

What creative things have you been up to lately?

28 comments :

  1. Sometimes that old wormy fruit tastes the best. A friend at work used to bring in some small wormy pears for me every year. They looked bad, but they were the best tasting pears I've ever had.

    I make jewelry. It's a very fun hobby and it's pretty easy too. I make lanyards out of beads for people at work - you know that long necklace that people wear their name badge on. I also have some plans to make earrings and bracelets.

    Hey, remember that diamond mine I told you about? I just saw on the news that a girl found a 3+ carat diamond there the other day! Wow!

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    1. Seriously, those were the most flavorful apples I've had in a long time! I love actually doing creative projects every once in a while
      And a 3+ carat diamond?? That's an amazing find. I was looking at their site and seeing the list of large diamonds that have been found in the past few decades it's pretty cool!
      -Rachel

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  2. I've made a crisp like that before and they do really taste the best. As much as they are a pain to make. My husband and I actually had to walk to the place where the tree was and risk our lives as it was on the side of the ocean. But boy did that crisp taste good!

    I've wanted to try my hand at making a quilt like this too...but large enough for a single bed. Was it super hard?

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  3. What a cute quilt. I am not keen on any desserts at all, though. And reading about your apples don't make me want one ;-)
    xo
    Lenya

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  4. mmm LOVE dessert. And yay free fruit!

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  5. apple crisp is WAY better than apple pie! That is seriously so awesome that you made it with apples you picked outside! Now you've got me craving some haha
    Jessi
    http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh boy fruit crisps are so delicious. And since you picked your own apples, you have a super special apple crisp that no one else can have.

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  7. I'm not a big pie person either (unless it's pumpkin, sweet potato, or involves chocolate) but fruit crisps are AMAZING. Apple crisp is so easy to make, too, I really should make it more often...it's Isaiah's favorite dessert, too.

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  8. the not wanting to drive to the store, park, shop, etc. part sounds so much like me! i am so jealous of your fruit wilderness! it sounds amazing!

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  9. How wonderful that you have a fruit wilderness!!! I'm so jealous! I would love to be able to go in our backyard to pick fruit! :-)

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  10. That quilt is amazing! I have no creative bug in me at all!

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  11. I just posted an apple crisp recipe the other day! That is so awesome you can just wander outside and find fruit, I'd be in heaven.

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  12. Mmm, what is better than apple crisp in the Fall? Seriously, it's the tops.
    --Lily
    Fifth Freedom Fashion

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  13. Do you use a recipe? Please share if you do! I'd love to try an apple crisp some day.

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    1. I don't cook with recipes (I guess I like never knowing how something will turn out exactly!) I just make a traditional butter, flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, and brown sugar crust, and this time I poured a little orange juice on the apples because I heard somewhere than orange juices tasted good in apple crisp. Highly unscientific!

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    2. You lost me at "male a traditional crust." I have never made my own crust in my life!!! I'm trying to learn things in the kitchen, but it's coming slowly. Still, thank you for letting me know and sharing your ingredients!

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  14. You are so lucky to have apples right in your backyard! I am sure your crisp came out lovely ... I always wing my own recipe with flour, oats, brown sugar and butter ... It's never come out bad once :)

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  15. The little quilt is simply adorable! I want one of my own! And I'd also like an apple tree for my backyard. Hey, a girl can dream.

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  16. I would LOVE having black raspberries out my backdoor all summer long!!!!!!!!!!! LUCKY!

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  17. Super cute quilt! Nice job. And how funny about the apples I couldn't have gone through with it after the first worm lol

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  18. that's awesome that you have that fruit in your backyard. i love apple crisp and need to make some! glad yours turned out!

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  19. I'm so pleased you got your apple crisp in the end my sweet friend. I adore the quilt, I've wanted to make something like that for so long, must get round to it one day.

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  20. Aw what a fun apple adventure! Isn't it funny how sometimes the worst apples make the best crisps?

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  21. Even if there was a worm somewhere in the apples, it would only add some protein. ;) It all gets cooked out anyway!

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  22. Nice quilt! I am sooo into brooches from chiffon brooches to felt brooches...haha :) Its amazing when our creative juices just start to flow.

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  23. Hey free fruit, is free fruit! Cute little quilt! It will go great in the doll house!

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  24. Yum! I love apple crisp. That little quilt is so cute!

    I've been trying to make two Halloween costumes for my boys, and I also bedazzled two pumpkins, one with the letter C for my last name, and the other with the word, "Boo!" Those did not turn out as planned.

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