Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Cider Donut Muffins

I want to share this recipe with you before all the apple cider disappears. I made them a few weeks ago and they were a huge hit. I can't take credit for this one, though, because I found it over at Baked By Rachel. Be sure to stop over and send her some love, OK?
Doesn't that look delicious?  Here's the recipe:

Muffin Ingredients:
  • 1 & 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 3/4 C apple cider
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Topping Ingredients:
  • 7 tbsp. unsalted butter - melted
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1 & 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease muffin pan.
Combine apple cider, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Slowly add wet to dry ingredients with mixer on low.  
Once combined, pour batter into muffin pan.  I used a 1/4 cup measure for this step.
Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
While baking, melt the butter.  Combine the sugar, and cinnamon in another bowl.
Remove muffins from the pan and roll each one in melted butter and then in  sugar/cinnamon mixture.  Cool on wire rack.

Now, take a bite...is that the best fall treat you've ever tasted??

Since the weather is starting to get cooler, this is a great excuse to turn on the oven, warm-up the kitchen, and make your home smell wonderful!
Give this one a try - you won't be disappointed...and don''t forget to visit Rachel.

I'm so glad you stopped by, have a wonderful week!


Saturday, November 5, 2016

The "Tool" Box

This idea has been rattling around my brain for a while, and I finally made it happen.  I wanted to make something special for my son and since he loves to work on trucks, it had to be tool-related.  I found an old wrench at the flea-market for $1 and decided to combine it with some pallet wood.
I wanted the wrench to be the handle and that was the tricky part. The ends had to be built from two pieces of wood notched to fit around the wrench.  I used my jigsaw to notch the wood little-by-little until the wrench fit.  Here's how they looked before assembly:
The pallet wood was cut, dry-brushed with white paint and rubbed with dark stain.  The pieces, in the above picture, had just been dry-brushed.
A piece of scrap wood was used for the bottom and more pallet wood was cut for the sides.


Once everything was cut, sanded, dry-brushed, stained, and sanded again, it was assembly time.  I don't have pictures of this part because I needed both hands!  After fitting the end pieces around the wrench I used super glue to adhere them together.  
Once both ends were done, it was simply a matter of nailing the box together and adding wooden 'caps' for the ends.
Obviously this is not a real toolbox, but I'm sure my son will find something to put in it.  This is his Christmas present, so don't say anything!!!!  I hope he likes it!

This project was a little tricky so I don't think I'll be making another one anytime soon, but I do like it's uniqueness!

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll let you know what he thinks of it when I give it to him.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tea Cup & Mug Exchange

I recently had the privilege of participating in the Tea Cup & Mug exchange hosted by Stephanie at The Enchanted Rose.  I learned about the exchange after visiting her blog from a link party.  When I learned about it, the deadline for participating had ended, but after commenting that I'd sign-up for the next one, Stephanie e-mailed me and invited me to join this one.  I was ecstatic!

After completing a questionnaire on wanting to exchange a mug or tea cup & things I liked/collected, all I had to do was wait.  Soon, this beautiful package came in the mail from Pam @ Virginia Retro.
As you can see, she really spoiled me.  In my questionnaire, I shared that one of my favorite colors was yellow and my favorite teas were Earl Gray and Chai.  Pam sure delivered!  She also included some vintage linens, coasters, a creamer, and chocolate (another favorite that I listed).  

I sent a package to Barbara from Texas.  I learned that she liked black tea and vintage handkerchiefs.  Fortunately, we have lots of antique/vintage shops around here and I was able to find the perfect tea cup and handkerchiefs.  She doesn't have a blog, so here's a peek at what I sent to her:
I was thrilled to find handkerchiefs that matched the tea cup.

This was such a wonderful experience.  In a world where there is so much divisiveness it was lovely to participate in something that was fun with the intent of bringing joy to someone else.  We really need more of this, don't you think?

Many thanks to Stephanie for organizing this exchange.  I'm sure I'll participate again and maybe you will too! I'll be linking this post to her blog shortly.

Thanks for stopping by the Cottage.  I hope you'll follow and stop by again soon.  Have a wonderful week!