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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 08/28/12

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CROCKPOT APPLE BUTTER!

   This recipe comes from www.changingmydestiny.wordpress.com .  I know many of you have asked me for an apple butter recipe, and here is a truely, tastey one.  Good luck and don't go overboard on the butta!




CrockPot Apple Butter



I used this easy recipe from Cake Student because I had everything on hand and it worked out beautifully. I used a little more water than the recipe called for, and I did add slightly more brown sugar and spices. By slightly more, I mean rounded teaspoons instead of being specific with my measurements. I mean can a few extra pinches of brown sugar really hurt?


Crock Pot Apple Butter

(Makes a little more than 1 pint)

1 dozen apples, peeled, cored, cubed
1/2 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon All Spice

Step 1:
Peel, Core, and Chop a dozen apples. I used apples from our trip to the Apple Orchard. I’m no apple expert, but these apples were more dense than the apples I typically buy in the grocery store. The flavor was great, but it took longer to break down in the Crockpot.



CrockPot Apple Butter
CrockPot Apple Butter
CrockPot Apple Butter

CrockPot Apple Butter



Step 2:
Toss the apples in the sugar and spices.



CrockPot Apple Butter



Step 3:
Put everything in the Crockpot, then [say it with me] Set It, and Forget It!
anyone else remember that infomercial?
I cooked it on Low overnight and woke up to this…



CrockPot Apple Butter



After a few more hours on low, I bumped it to high and propped the lid.



CrockPot Apple Butter




it cooked down and thickened quite a bit.



CrockPot Apple Butter



Step 4:
I suppose it’s optional, but I decided to blend the butter down smooth. You can eat it right out of the Crockpot, I did. I just took a spoon to the Crockpot and dove in, it was divine. However, for the finished product I wanted it smoother and pulled out my Magic Bullet since I don’t own an immersion blender. Then poured it into clean canning jars.



CrockPot Apple Butter



So after 15 hours and a dozen apples picked right from the tree, I had 1 pint of delicious apple butter. I froze half the batch and have the other half in the fridge just waiting to be eaten…maybe straight from the jar.

DIY WAX PAPER TRANSFERING!!

   This great idea was found at www.unexpectedelegance.com .  A very cool idea that could be used on many different things and ways.  Good luck and may creativity strike you!



Wax Paper Transfer Tutorial

 
I have been playing around with a lot of mediums lately, one being iron on transfers. I had bought some the other day, but they are pretty expensive if you only make one item per sheet. So I thought I would try an alternative. The only thing I had around was wax paper, so I gave it a try and it worked GREAT!
 
 
 
 
 
 
I am betting that I’m not the first person to try this, but if you have never tried it, here are a few things I took away from trial and error.
I used an old wooden pizza peel, wax paper, an inkjet printer and a credit card.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I found that if you wet the wood a little, it would make the transfer darker. Just make sure it’s not too wet, then the ink will run (a happy balance).
Cut the wax paper to the size of printer paper.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I used a graphic from The Graphics Fairy…she has the BEST blog!! Check it out for some really great stuff!
You will need to reverse the image. Most computers have the program “Paint.” If you aren’t sure just do a search for it in your start bar. Open the picture you want to flip, then go to “Image” in the top bar. There is a drop-down option for “Flip/Rotate.” That should reverse the image for you.
Put the wax paper in the printer and make sure it’s under the rollers, but not too far in. If you put it on top of printer paper, you can use the paper as a guide on how far the wax paper needs to be in the printer.
Stand close to the printer and help guide the wax paper out. OH, and make sure there are no wrinkles!! It can cause the wax paper to get jammed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
You will have to work quickly, but once you set the wax paper down you CAN NOT move it.
Try to line up the paper then gently lay it on the surface you want to transfer it to. Holding the wax paper firmly down, use a credit card to gently scrap the surface.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Then carefully remove the paper. It will still have ink, so be careful not to drag it.
Here are the two sides of the board, the first one is without getting the board wet and the second one is damp. You can see that the second is much darker but the paper moves easily so it smeared a little. It all depends on the look you want.
 
 
 
 
 
 
This project takes about 10 minutes and is super cheap. I think I will be using this A LOT. It works on fabric too, but the thread has to be really tight for the best results.
Hopefully, I have taught you something you didn’t know! ;)

EISA FESTIVAL FROM OKINAWA, JAPAN!




The throbbing beat of traditional drums will be heard across Okinawa beginning tomorrow, a dance celebration of Obon that fills the air with excitement and happiness amidst prayers for good health and a good harvest.
Okinawa City is hosting what many bill as the largest Eisa festival on the island, the 53rd Island-wide Eisa Festival on a three-day run beginning tomorrow. The festival takes place at Koza Athletic Park and Track and Field Stadium, starting with a parade Friday at 7 p.m. The parade winds its way through Mutsumiga Oka Park, Koza Music Town and along Gate 2 Street.





    Eisa, in Okinawan ceremonial dance using drums, was originally performed to welcome and console the souls of one’s ancestors during the Summer ‘Bon’ season, but has evolved into community celebrations. Eisa festivals are a photographer’s dream, with the steady beat of various drums leading dances to multiple dynamic moves, while the colorful and exotic costumes get spectators caught up in the excitement.







    Okinawa City, which has generated countless famous Eisa teams over the years, has been hosting the Island-wide Eisa Festival since 1956, inviting Eisa groups from across the prefecture to participate. The festival comes the weekend after Obon holidays themselves.
    Festival admission is free, except for entrance to the main grandstand. S-seat reserved tickets are ¥2,000 in advance and ¥2,500 at the door. A-seat reserved tickets are ¥1,200 in advance, or ¥1,500 at the gate. B-seat tickets, which are actually standing room spaces in the grandstand, are ¥500 at the door. They are not reserved.






Saturday entertainment at Koza Athletic Park begins at 7:15 p.m. with Okinawa City’s Noborikawa area young people, followed by Yamasato, Kubota and Goeku area teams. A Kachashii dance at 8:45 p.m. brings everyone together for the evening finale. Ceremonial presentations Sunday begin at 3 p.m., followed by a children’s performance.
    Eisa dance continues non-stop from 3:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., with performances by Okinawa City, Yomitan, Uruma City, Kadena Town, Ryukyukoku, Itoman, and Chatan groups. A Kachashii dance takes the evening toward a grand ending, with fireworks at 8:50 p.m.








    The Island-wide Eisa Festival is the granddaddy of festivals, events and exhibitions slated for this weekend, with a dozen other opportunities for people to get out and have fun. Anyone not finding recreation this weekend can only be labeled a ‘homebody’.
Yoetsu-no Mori Park, Ishikawa, Uruma City is the venue Saturday for the free Ihijya Youth Eisa Festival, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Okinawa Peace Memorial Park festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park in Itoman City. Admission is free. Kadena Town is active Saturday, hosting the free Kadena Shin-machi Eisa Festival on Shimachi Street. Start time is 6 p.m. Uragahama Park in Heshiki Fishing Port is the setting Saturday for the Heshiki-ya Youth Eisa Festival. The free fun begins at 6 p.m.






 
 
 
 
    Two-day events start with Eisa Night at Koza Music Town in Okinawa City Saturday and Sunday. Events are free. Kunigami Village’s annual Kunigami Festival starts its weekend run Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Kunigami Middle School Grounds. At Camp Kinser, a free Flea Market takes place Saturday and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m. The Kumoji Summer Festival kicks off Saturday at 5 p.m. at Palette Kumoji Square in Naha City. Admission is free both Saturday and Sunday.




 
 
 
 
    An International Cat Exhibition kicks off Saturday at Ryubo Department Store’s 6th Floor Exhibition Hall, running until the 25th. Tickets are ¥700 for adults, while junior high school students and younger are ¥500. Entry is free to kids under three. Ryubo Department Store is located in Palette Kumoji, Naha City.




 
 
 

    Bullfighting takes center stage Sunday at Ishikawa Dome in Uruma City. Tickets for the 1 p.m. fights are ¥3,000. Motobu Handicraft Market runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sunday at the Motobu Market Square. Entry is free. Tomigusuku City stages its Town in the Air Sunday noon to 8 p.m. The fun occurs on the roof of the Tomiton Building in Toyozaki district.
   For those who can’t get enough excitement across Okinawa, there’s always the following weekend. The big event ahead is the Eisa/Orion Beer Festival August 22nd ~ 24th.