Thursday, November 11, 2010

It's All in the Crust

It happens every holiday season. With all the tempting recipes out there, I get on these baking sprees. I even relish the long process of making homemade crusts. Here are my "kitchen notes:"
Pear-Plum Pie from Better Homes and Gardens
This is the most fabulous pastry crust I've ever tasted. Definitely a winner to keep in your recipe files!

Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake from Kraft Foods
Be careful not to bake this too long. Recipe says 1 hr 20 min, but I'd check it at 1 hr to make sure the crust isn't getting too dark. It was a little overdone, but still yummy.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Harvest Garland

This craft project couldn't be simpler. Not the most beautiful decor you could dream up, but it was a great activity for me and my toddler--not to mention, it's a great lesson in learning letters.

- 2 scrapbook sheets in autumnal colors (12x12in)
- marker or pen
- hole punch
- scissors
- yarn
- glue

  1. Take two sheets of scrapbook paper, fold into quarters and cut along folds. You should have eight (6x6in) squares.
  2. Using marker or pen, write one letter per square to spell out h-a-r-v-e-s-t.
  3. Punch hole in top center of each square.
  4. Trace letters with glue and have your "little helper" run yarn along the glue lines. Trim yarn with scissors to fit each letter.
  5. Cut a long piece of yarn and tie from one end to another to create the garland. (I used the two window latches/locks to tie the yarn to. You could do this on a wall using thumbtacks or the like.)
  6. Attach each letter using a small piece of yarn and tying to the garland.
  7. FYI, the pumpkin sitting above the garland is a craft from Paint - Cut - Paste.