Monday, October 11, 2021

Easy Apple Raisin Fritters


Apple Raisin Fritters are luscious fried pastries filled with apples, raisins, and cinnamon, drizzled with a flavorful glaze. They're my hubby's favorite pastry! So naturally, you understand why I'm sharing this recipe for this month's Fall Recipes Blog Hop Challenge hosted by Beverly @Across the Blvd


These easy to make homemade apple fritters are packed full of fresh apples - perfect for the fall season - and raisins - along with a few other simple ingredients. Truly a quick and delicious recipe that's filled with fall flavors! And the best part, you can be tasting these warm apple fritters in less than forty minutes.

Let's start with peeling and dicing the apples into small chunks. Granny Smiths are the preferred apple for pastries, tarts and pies. They're incredibly crisp, firm, and juicy. Once diced, sprinkle a bit of lemon juice to prevent them from browning.
Next, blend in the dry ingredients in a large bowl - flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with a folk, then add applesauce, and milk.  Add to the dry ingredients and stir together to combine. Then fold in the apples and raisins.

Heat a couple of inches of vegetable oil in a heavy skillet to 375 degrees. It's important that you maintain this temperature. Too hot and the fritters will burn. Not hot enough and they'll be soggy in the middle.
Drop about 1/4 cup of batter into hot oil .  .  .
and cook each side 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
Remove to paper towels to drain, then move to cooling rack to air dry and to drizzle the glaze on.
 
To make the glaze, whisk the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract together in a 2cup+ measuring cup until smooth. Use the cup to drizzle the glaze on top of the apple raisin fritters while cooling. 

 Easy Apple Raisin Fritters 
Ingredients                                                     Prep & Cook time: 40min approx.
  • 1 ½ c diced apples  

  • Lemon juice 

  • 1 ½ c all purpose flour 

  • 2 tsp baking powder 

  • ½ tsp salt  

  • ¼ c granulated sugar 

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon 

  • pinch of nutmeg 

  • ½ c unsweetened applesauce 

  • ½ c whole milk 

  • 2 eggs 

  • ½ c raisins 

  • Vegetable oil for cooking

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Directions 

  1. 1. Blend in the dry ingredients in a large bowl - flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. 

  1. 2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with a folk, then add applesauce, and milk.  Add to the dry ingredients and stir together to combine. Then fold in apples and raisins. 

  1. 3. Heat a couple of inches of vegetable oil in a heavy skillet to 375 degrees. 

  1. 4. Drop about 1/4 cup of batter into hot oil, and cook each side 2-3 minutes until golden brown. 

  1. 5. Remove to paper towels to drain, then move to cooling rack to air dry and to drizzle the glaze on. 


To Make the Glaze: whisk 1¼ c powdered sugar, ¼ c milk and ½ tsp vanilla extract together in a 2cup+ measuring cup until smooth. Use the cup to drizzle the glaze on top of the apple raisin fritters while cooling.   

ENJOY!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Craft Wood Lantern DIY




Hello and Welcome! It's the first Wednesday and you know what that means - it's time for our monthly DIY Challenge hosted by Terrie @Decorate & More with Tip! In case you don't know about this DIY Challenge, on the 1st Wednesday of each month, a group of talented bloggers create something based on a theme or material that's selected by Terri, our fearless leader! This month's theme is Craft Wood Inspiration!

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I'm sure you know that lanterns delightfully elevate the mood of any home decor space with its' warmth and coziness. You see them just about anywhere - both indoors and out. And for the DIYers, it's really so simple to turn basic craft wood - including dowels and craft rings -  into a unique accent piece by creating a handcrafted lantern!   DIY lanterns can make a huge impact with very little effort and don't require much time or money to make! And the best part, you probably already have most of the materials in your stash or easily available in craft stores! 

 If you're coming over from Terri @Decorate & More with Tip, wasn't her wood craft amazing!  Follow along with my very easy tutorial on making a lantern using dowel rods and other craft wood. 

So lets get started with what you'll need to make a Craft Wood Lantern:

For my craft wood project, I was determined to make a lantern out of materials I had in my stash. I have a collection of odd dowel rods of various sizes - even a pack of ten from the Dollar Tree. But I needed at least 12 to have a decent showing. Luckily, after searching through lots of my craft containers, I was able to find 13 of the same size - twelve inches long. While searching, I also found craft rings and wood circles - all perfect to make a lantern!
Since I had twelve rods, I marked off a six inch craft ring into twelve equally spaced spots (clockwise) and hot glued them onto the craft ring.
This piece would be the beginning of the lantern base with the rods on the outside.
Then I hot glued another craft ring to the outside of the opposite end of the rods - for the top portion.

For the handle, I cut out a portion of an 8" craft ring .  .  .

sanding the cut edges to make them smooth .  .  .
and then placing the ends in a pot of boiling water to straighten the curves. 
After a few minutes in the boiling water, the ends were straight. 
While the wood ends were drying .  .  . two of the wood circles were glued together using DAP RapidFuse glue to make the lantern base stronger and .  .  .
were clamped together until dry.
Once dry, the wood base was glued to the inside of the bottom craft ring.
Next, match up the ends of the handle with the top craft ring and drill small holes into the handle.  
Since I didn't have any screws or brads thin enough to fit the width of the handle without splitting the wood, I improvised by making fasteners using floral stem wire. This was done by twirling the end of a two inch piece of floral wire using small floral needle nose pliers and .  .  . 
inserting the opposite end into the craft ring and handle. Then twirling the wire end around for a decorative effect and .  .  .
flattening both twirled wire against the wood craft ring and handle.
And finally,  attached an eight inch craft ring to the bottom exposed rods with hot glue for a matching bottom and top effect.
I decided to keep the wood natural. The lantern is so clean and chic looking! 
A nice touch for Fall or .  .  .
any colorful season!  Don't you just love the glow using a remote control 
illuminating light in the bottom of the lantern!   And doesn't the lantern look cool in purple!

Stick around and visit all the other fantastic craft wood projects shown below!

                                                    
    
Decorate and More with Tip          Purple Hues and Me                     Pai
       Patina and Paint

                                            

  K's Olympic Nest                              Blessings by Me                       The House on Silverado 

                                            
 
        Junk to Gems                           Cloches and Lavender                       Bluesky at Home

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Accent Tin Can Using Ribbon

Are you like me and hate to throw cans and bottles out? I have bags and bags of all types of containers just waiting to be upcycled into something creative! The ongoing question around my house is, "do you want to save this?" Well of course I do! Lol! They can certainly come in handy when I need to make a special craft for a blog hop like 'Do It Over Designers!' 

'Do It Over' Designers is a group of talented bloggers who love to recycle/upcycle/DIY, hosted by Anne @The Apple Street Cottage. It happens the 4th Saturday of every other month and it's all about taking something old and/or unused and 'doing it over' into something new. Anything from fabric, old dishes, and decor to dressers and hutches. Items found in closets, cabinets, barns, garages, yard sales, thrift stores, you name it!

I have lots of tin cans in my stash. Crafters like me know they are a valuable craft supply item! There are so many ways to create something using tin cans. And anything  woven is quite popular right now - checks, plaids, and stripes - you name it - it's on trend! And if you have lots of ribbon like I do, weaving ribbon on a tin can is a fun crafty project to do - especially in these times where we are confined at home because of the pandemic. Imagine all the possibilities of what you can do with a decorated tin can as an accent piece!

Materials Needed:
Tin Can
Ribbon - (2) 7/8"
Scissors
Measuring Tape/pencil
Hot Glue 
Cardstock
 
Let's get started by measuring the height of the can with a strip of ribbon and cut a length with a little bit of overhang.  Begin by placing ribbon strip over the edge around the bottom rim of can (upside down) and glue in place with hot glue. Cut out additional strips using the first one as a guide.  
For this can, I cut 16 strips of ribbon and glued them down over the edge on the bottom.
Once all of the vertical ribbons are attached,  measure around the circumference of the can to get the length of ribbon needed to weave and cut a strip of ribbon.  Place strip on can going from top rim to bottom rim to determine the number of strips needed and cut out using the length of the first strip as a guide.  I needed 6 strips for this. 
 Then, take a horizontal ribbon strip and place the edge right next to the inside rim and glue in place. 
Begin by weaving over and under the vertical strips as you wrap the horizontal ribbon around the can.  
The wrapped horizontal woven ribbon should end at the place where you began. Glue ends in place.

Straighten and adjust the ribbon by pulling down the strips.  
Continue adding and gluing horizontal strips on, alternating and weaving over and under .  .  .

until reaching the top rim, and gluing in place.


Cut off excess ribbon at the rim - gluing in place at edge when needed.


To cover the bottom of the can, place the can bottom on a piece of cardstock - roughly 6"x6" - drawing a circle around the can with a pencil. Then glue on strips of ribbon .  .  .
along the edge of the cardstock.
Then cut out several strips of the second ribbon and begin weaving over and under over the cardstock circle.
Gently lift up the woven ribbon, adding glue to the cardstock paper and smoothing the ribbon down.
Then cut the woven circle out and .  .  .
and glue in place on bottom of can and you're done!
Doesn't this look cool as a vase to show off ornamental grasses! 

Be sure to check out all the 'Do It Over Designers' listed below to see their lovely "do overs" too! 

Little Vintage Cottage

Modern on Monticello

Pandora’s Box

Purple Hues & Me

Unique Creations by Anita

My Hubbard Home

The Apple Street Cottage

Birdz of a Feather

Exquisitely Unremarkable