Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Fall Ornaments Using Old Canning Lids #recycle #reuse #repurpose

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Fall Ornaments Using Old Canning Lids
#recycle #reuse #repurpose

At the end of every canning season I have accumulated a pile of rusty old canning lids that I rejected while preserving my garden produce.  I set them aside hoping that I will figure out a different way to use them (since they are no longer usable for canning).
This year, an alternative use for these lids popped into my head! (I often have ideas just pop into my head).  I decided to make double sided Fall ornaments.  These were fashioned with designs that could be used for Halloween or for Thanksgiving.  I waited until my 13 year old nieces visited and we crafted these cute decorations together.

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Items needed:
- old rusty canning lids
- scrapbook paper (various colors and patterns)
- glue gun and glue sticks
- ribbon
- scissors, exacto knife, scrapbooking shape stamps, puff paint (optional)

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Anything goes - there is no wrong way to make these decorations.  Begin by placing a round cutout that fits inside the canning ring.  With a larger round paper cutout & using an exacto knife,  cut faces or shapes and place that piece of paper on the outer edge of the ring to create depth resembling a jack-o-lantern (see the beginning of a black cat in the picture above).

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On the other side of that ring you can create a different face or decorative patterns making it a double-sided ornament. (see the ornament below shows both sides of one canning ring).
And then finally add a ribbon around the edge of the lid/ring with enough extra ribbon for a loop to hang the ornament (again, see picture below)

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You may also create Thanksgiving type patterns and designs (see picture below)

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Be creative & ENJOY!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #288

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #288!
Checkout the many great giveaways going on right now!
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!

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We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Checkout my amazing "Featured" Pinterest Board

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Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:

3. "A Traditional German Housewarming Gift" by Craftify My Love

If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

By linking up you give us permission to use these photos

 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!


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Monday, October 29, 2018

You're the STAR - Week#1 GARDEN (November 2018)

I hope that the weather is beautiful in your area - ENJOY this lovely season!
Thank you again for joining us!
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WELCOME to the November 2018 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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Please join us in welcoming our newest HOME cohost:  Kippi from "Kippi At Home"
Please feel free to visit her wonderful blog!!

WELCOME to GARDEN feature week of the November 2018 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your GARDEN week Hosts 
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This week is GARDEN feature week
Swing by the GARDEN Hosts blogs:
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling, outdoor activities &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  repurposed ideas, outdoor concerns, posts relating to farm animals etc all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the October 2018 "You're the Star" blog hop)
Filling My Pit of Doom With Dirt by Grandma's House DIY
Ok, that's what I thought because apparently I AM A PACK MULE and my new middle name is MANUAL LABOR. Filling a well shaft with lots of dirt before winter
Apple Cider BBQ Sauce by Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen
Apple Cider BBQ Sauce, homemade BBQ sauce, how to make BBQ sauce,
Disguising Electric Boxes by B4 and Afters

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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )

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Chili & Cocoa Chocolate Chip Cookie RECIPE
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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Christian Camp Songs & Chorus Hymns #32

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Christian Camp Songs & Chorus Hymns #32

I spent many years in my late teens and early twenties working at Christian Camps.  I even met my husband at a Christian camp.  These wonderful memories of great experiences make Christian camp songs very special to me.

On top of featuring an old hymn each month in what I call "Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing" - I will also be featuring a chorus hymn every month - ENJOY!
Today's featured song is "This is the Day" - by Les Garrett (1967).

"This is the day which the Lord hath made;  we will rejoice and be glad in it."  Psalm 118:24

I have included a YouTube video of this wonderful song (see below the lyrics)
This is the Day
Les Garrett

This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made.
I will rejoice, I will rejoice and be glad in it, and be glad in it.
This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made.

A special thanks to "itzamar10" for sharing this with us on YouTube

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Apple Walnut Coffee Cake RECIPE

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Apple Walnut Coffee Cake

The coffee cake is such an easy cake to make but it is so versatile.  It can be eaten with coffee for breakfast, in the afternoon at "kafee und kuchen" time (German coffee and cake at 4pm in the afternoon), as dessert after dinner or simply as a snack.

My recipe has a very subtle and delicate maple flavor.  I add Maple Cream (see picture below) to the batter but this extra flavor is not strong enough for the word "maple" to appear in the title.  This Maple Cream ingredient may be omitted from the recipe.

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2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons maple cream
1/3 cup butter
1 cup milk
1 apple (washed, peeled, cored and sliced finely)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg

With an electric mixer - combine the sugar, butter, maple cream and milk - beat until creamy smooth.  Add the egg and mix on low until combined.  Now add in the flour, baking powder, salt & cinnamon - stir with a wooden spoon until combined.  Finally, with a wooden spoon,  stir in the chopped apple (see picture above).  Set batter aside and make the streusel.

1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a separate bowl stir the flour, sugar and cinnamon until mixed.  With a pie cutter blend the butter into the dry ingredients.  Now stir in the nuts (I just use my bare hands to mix the nuts into the streusel but you may use a wooden spoon).

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Assembly:  In a sprayed/buttered square Pyrex pan - add half of the cake dough and then dot with half of the streusel.  Then repeat with the second portions of each (see picture below on the left).  Bake in a preheated 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean).

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Allow to cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.

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Slice, serve & ENJOY!

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