Crockpot Applesauce

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Hey, have you missed me? I’ve been trying to get the motivation to write a post, even thought it really doesn’t take that much time at all.  Sometimes when I  have a million other little things to do, I put things off even the things I enjoy doing.  Since I graduated in July, I have been busy wedding planning, job searching and taking care of some sick family members in Indiana, so needless to say I’ve been busy.

I’m posting this recipe for multiple reasons.  One, its super easy, two its healthy, and three it’s so easy I can’t believe I’ve never made it before!

I love anything that I can throw in a crockpot while I do other things.  Bonus: it smells amazing!

Here is what you need:

  • 6-8 Apples, diced (with or without skins)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Add all ingredients to the crockpot and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.  I chose to leave the skins on my apples for fiber, but if you do this I would recommend blending it in small portions in a blender.  If not, and especially if you like it chunky like I do I would just use a hand masher.  I did this and while it was good, the skins were a little much.

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I got the original recipe from The Healthy Maven Blog and tweaked it a bit to fit my preferences and crockpot size.  Homemade applesauce is tastier than store bought and so cheap and easy to make, it would be a great healthy snack for kids.  I love it because its a sweet snack with no added sugar.

Enjoy!

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Hello Again!

Hello remember me!?  I know it’s been a looooong time since I’ve posted anything and the reason was because I was going to school full time and working on my installation art and this hasn’t left me too much time to craft or bake or anything like that.  Not to worry though, I am almost done with school and have some awesome projects lined up to try and post about!!

If you want to see what I’ve been up to in my art I just made a new website that you can check out at jennamishler.com and let me know what you think!

I might not always get around to posting as much as I would like to but rest assured I will always get around to posting projects eventually.

Cheers,

Jenna

Christmas DIY Roundup

Hey all, remember me? Ah I just realized I haven’t posted since October!  The reason being grad school is keeping me super busy.  But even though I have been working on my art more than crafts I still want to spread some holiday cheer so I found a couple of my favorite diy’s I posted last Christmas time for a little refresher.

First there are these super fun and easy to make Snow Globes

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Next the ever amazing Dyed Bottle Brush Trees and Wreath

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And last but not least…Clay Paw Print Ornaments

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I hope these give you some inspiration and fun and I’d love to see what other Christmas diy’s you come up with so show me on Instagram with #peppermintsandhoneybees.  Also I have an exciting announcement to make soon so stay tuned!!!

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My Halloween Costume

I hope you had a spooky good Halloween! It was super cold here and even snowed a bit but Saturday night I dressed up and went to a party so I thought I’d share my costume, homemade as usual!

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I went as Leela from the cartoon Futurama; see here for those not familiar…

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She’s a Cyclopes who is the captain of a spaceship and an all around BA.
Here’s how I made her eye. I wanted to make sure I could still see so I used some of that plastic canvas people use to make needlepoint art with. I traced it, cut it out and colored the lashes and pupil in with a sharpie.

I bought the purple wig and the rest was put together with stuff I already had.

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I went for something simple this year but was very pleased with how it turned out. What were you for Halloween?

Here’s one more withy sister. 😀

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Table and Chairs Refresh

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I’ve never really liked this table and chairs since they look like and probably are from the 90’s.  Ben had gotten them used before we lived together and were definitely outdated and showing their age.  We were going to buy a new dining room set but couldn’t find one (or a price) that we like. I decided that since they are still in pretty good shape we could keep them a little longer and I’d be happier with them if they looked a little more modern and a little pop of color can go a long way!  I painted everything that was painted white and left the wood showing.  I used satin latex paint with a semi-gloss polycyclic over it to seal it.  It did take about four coats of the blue though since I was painting  such a dark color over the white.  It was a nice summer project and I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out!

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Before

After, plus my Birthday Flowers! :)

After, plus my Birthday Flowers! 🙂  Plus find the cat for bonus points…

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Dip Dye Dress

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Hello all! I have been wanting to be able to post this all summer, but haven’t been able to because it’s taken me all summer to get it right.  Arg! I think I finally got it to how I like it.  It’s not quite as I had pictured in my head but oh well, that just goes with the territory of making things sometimes.  I bought this awesome gray dress at Plato’s Closet, one of my favorite used clothing stores and wanted to spice it up a little bit.

I had originally planned on bleaching the bottom 1/3 and then dip dye the very bottom either purple or blue, so that it would go gray, a bleached cream color, and the purple on the bottom, but after bleaching didn’t get it completely bleached (and I tried a couple times) I tried dying with Rit.  Well the color didn’t take so yeah…  I’m pretty sure all of my problems were due to the material of the dress, it’s mostly polyester and rayon. So moral of the story is check the fabric before dying, lesson learned!

I did how ever get it to a color I like by dying the bleached part with a mix of beet juice and mulberry juice.  I love when the natural way is the best way!  So here is my final result.  Not what I had first pictured, but I still love this dress.  Plus it has the built in bra pads so woohoo!

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