Etsy Shop Sale

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I’m currently running an end of the summer SALE on selected Night Lights on my Etsy Shop!

There’s a nice selection of pastel colors or you can also request a special order in any color you want!

Check it out! The offer lasts til the end of September. You can find them here and see what else is available for you!

 

French Apple Mini Tarts

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When it comes to baking I must admit that I’m not really good at it, but these apple tarts are so easy to make and so delicious that I couldn’t resist giving it a try.

Here are the instructions:

For the pastry mix flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor. Pulse for a few seconds to combine.
Add butter and pulse until the butter is in small sizes.
While still mixing pour the ice water and pulse just until the dough starts to come together.
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Dump onto a floured board and knead quickly into a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

 

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
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Roll the dough, place it on the buttered tart shells, and refrigerate while you prepare the apples.
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Peel the apples and cut them in halves or small pieces (remove stems and cores)  Place overlapping slices of apples making rows until the pastry is completely covered.
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Sprinkle with sugar and add dots of butter.

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Bake for 45 minutes until the pastry is browned and the edges of the apples start to brown. Rotate the pan once during cooking.

When the tarts are done, heat the apricot jam together with water and brush the apples and pastry completely with the mixture.

Allow to cool and serve warm or at room temperature and add a hefty scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor!

Enjoy!

 

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Back To The Routine

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And… here we are in full swing back into the routine.

The down side: getting up early, having breakfast at separate times, rushing against the clock, packing lunch boxes, beating the school bell, checking binders and homework, cooking healthy dinners, going to bed early, etc, etc, etc.

 

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The good side: Having the whole morning by myself, reading the news in quietness, sipping my coffee without interruptions, and eating quick simple lunches…

Wait a minute, I wrote more bad than good… but the good is so worth it!

And also I may add, blog posting more often ;-)

 

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Growing Up

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At first I thought it was just me, but whoever I speak with, everybody seems to agree that time is indeed flying by.  It’s crazy.  And scary.

This year I will be forty years old (age entirely unwelcome).  My son will start the “teen” years and my daughter will be 11.

Where did the time go?

 

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It seems not long ago we were attending “end of the year school programs” and putting backpacks away.

Now I am buying supplies because in one week school starts again and I’m sure that after that, which will probably feel like a split second, we will be getting ready for x-mas break.

This summer literally flew by!

 

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What really makes me sad is how fast my kids are growing up.

My son’s hands are way bigger than mine and his voice is getting as thick as my husband’s. My daughter is blooming and becoming a big girl, and amazing me everyday with observations that leaves me surprised and puzzled.

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I remember their “toddler stage” and how exhausting it felt, but I would trade anything in the world for them to be little again.

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I know, it sounds cliche but I so want to be able to stop time.

They’re growing just in front of my eyes and I realize how fast they’re on their way to adulthood.

Everyday I try to remind my self how much I need to hold on to these days and enjoy and treasure every moment, because truly time it is flying by.

 

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Market Bags

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At the beginning of the year when I organized my studio and got rid of unused stuff, I also went through all my fabrics.

I had quite a large quantity of rolls (especially for upholstery) that took a good amount of space and most of it, I knew, I’ll never use.

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The few rolls I kept have been put to good use.

For a while I had been wanting to sew grocery shopping bags in order to replace the reusable ones you get at the supermarket (not very durable or washable).

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Based on those reusable ones I made several shopping bags out of cotton-canvas like, and in case you want to give it a try, here are the very simple steps.

 

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Clip the bottom corners of front and back panels.  Take the front panel and pin it to the long side panel wrong sides together all the way around, curving it as you make the turns.

 

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Pin the other panel (back) to the  side panel and repeat as before.

Stitch bias tape around the entire bag using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Keep the tape close to the seams. Do the same on the other side.

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Fold over a small hem (1/2″) and iron down. Then fold a second larger hem (1 1/2″) and iron down. Stitch all the way around the top of bag.

Fold a small hem on each handle and iron down. Fold in half and sew along the long sides of each handle using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Press each handle.

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Place handles on the top part of the bag on the outside.  Align the top edge of each side of the handle with the top edge of the bag. 2″ from the side seams and 5″ in between the inner edges of each handle. 

Repeat with the other handle on the other side of the bag.

 

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They are so easy and quick to make.

Plus knowing that over 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide each year and being aware of the damage and waste the use of plastic creates in our environment, is another good reason to make your own.

 

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