Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Baked oatmeal with apple topping

  I had a bunch of apples to use up from a, family apple picking outing, and so I decided on a nice, baked oatmeal with a apple topping. 
 

 
 
This is a great dish to whip up the night before!
 
 
BEFORE

BAKED
 

 1  orange squeezed
 
2 tsp
      apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice
 
2 2/3
cups old-fashioned oats  
1/2
cup raisins or dried cherries
4
cups milk
1/3
cup packed brown sugar
2
tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4
teaspoon salt
5
medium apples, chopped (4 cups) 
  
 
  • Heat oven to 350°F. In 2-quart casserole, mix oats, 4 cups milk, butter, cinnamon and salt and apples.
  • In a separate bowl, mix apples, raisins (or cherries), 2 tbsp orange juice, brown sugar and apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice.
  •  Spoon apple mixture over the oatmeal mixture
  • 2 Bake uncovered 40 to 45 minutes or until most liquid is absorbed. Top with walnuts. Serve with additional milk.
 

Tulle Turkey Wreath

                         



Saturday, October 19, 2013

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Candy Treat Box

My son's school is hosting it's first, Trunk-or-Treat, that I am thrilled to be participating. We have slowly been putting our theme together for our decorated trunk, and it is going to be pretty cool! The one thing I was having trouble deciding on was a treat box for the candy. Originally I wanted a cauldron but, of course, I couldn't find one. Then I thought a cute pumpkin bucket AND then the idea hit me, to make my own!

I had a nice cardboard box from a recent delivery that I thought would be the perfect size, and my idea was put into motion.


What you will need:
  • Cardboard box 6 1/2" x 12" (well, this is the size I used because it matched the felt sheets dimensions)
  • 4 sheets orange felt
  • 1 sheet black felt or you could use yellow
  • Spray adhesive
  • scissors
  • pattern for pumpkin face
So basically, this is a very easy project. First, I covered the sides of the box using spray adhesive and some scrap orange felt, I had on hand. Cutting the felt to size, first. Then I covered the front and back in the same manner.

 To make the face, I cheated and used a, pumpkin face pattern, from a pumpkin carving kit we have. I cut the pattern out in black felt and used the spray adhesive to adhere the pumpkin face. And that's it! Fill with candy and done!! Easy peasy!!!