Huge Summer Sale

SUMMER SALE – MAKING ROOM FOR FALL

A quick shout out to let you know I am running a HUGE sale in all my shops right now – stop by and get a great deal!

PINWHEEL PRETTIES SALE

All ready to ship pinwheels are marked down!

Plenty of sunny days that are perfect for pinwheels before the colder fall weather arrives.

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP SALE

 

Many party decorations from confetti balloons to hanging fans marked down to 30% off in the shop.

READY SET CRAFT KITS SALE

Stock up on stickers, tags, gems, ribbon, die cuts, and embellishments- all on discount in my craft supply shop.

Bring summer indoors with these wood paintable flowers – priced so low now!

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS SALE

Art, wall decor, interior home designs, and more 30% off in my home decor shop.

The sale lasts all through Labor Day – so, I guess its a Labor Day Sale!  Actually, I’m just clearing out all my spring and summer inventory as I’m getting all the shops ready for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas!

I’m also celebrating with an anniversary sale for my 6 years now on Etsy!

Get your home ready for the holidays or stop by any of my shops for some spooky party decorations for Halloween!

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Gifts for Crafters

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE CRAFTER

Crafter Christmas Presents

Is your wife or best friend a crafter?  If you are not a diy’er or crafter yourself and are scratching your head on what to get a crafter this year, I am here to help you!

Or maybe you are a crafter and you just want to know what craft things are trending this year- these recommendations should inspire you too!

There are no affiliate links in this post- so keep in mind you’ll need to Google these items or head over to Etsy and search for some of these amazing gift ideas.

House shaped shelves have been popular this year and are a great way for a crafter to display some of their handmade goods in their home or craft space or these shelves are perfect for storage in the craft room.  Actually everything house shaped has been trending this year- so why not add a little house pillow to your home or a house shaped bed if you have a little one.  The simple house frame design takes its influence from the Scandinavian contemporary simple designs. ill be all over the place this year. It will dominate especially in kids products where clouds and raindrops have been key decor pieces in the last few seasons, the pitched roof house is set to join the party.
Paper folding has really improved this year and the new contemporary designs focus on geometric shapes. Many come as kits or printable templates too for the paper crafter.  Now there are wood templates like the one above.  These are also perfect for making your own Christmas ornaments this year or for decorating your own party with some of these stunning designs.
Every crafter needs to get organized so why not pick up a pretty planner! Anything to make 2017 more productive and to plan out craft projects over the year.  Get ready to get organised!
This year the popular patterns have been the palm print or any large tropical looking leafy plant print is what the pineapple was to 2015. Everything palm print to keep you calm!  Don’t forget succulents are huge too!  They are wonderful for the home already made in either felt, paper, or even plastic- or many Etsy shops now offer them as kits to make your own.
This year, for the first time Pantone chose two colors of the year –  light pink and light blue.  If you want to get fancy, the you can call these color names “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity”- whatever name you call them by, these two color shades are ideal for all craft supplies: card stock, fabric, knitting yarn, buttons, and any thing else your crafter may need to stay trendy.
I would love to hear your favorite craft tool or craft trend this year, comment below with your recommendation for craft gifts this 2016 Christmas.
If you need a craft kit for your crafter or supplies to inspire your next project, head over to my craft supply Etsy shop –
Craft Supplies
Thanks for stopping by the blog today.
Jill Signature

 

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Caramel Apple Cake Recipe

CARAMEL APPLE CAKE RECIPE

Caramel Apple Cake

This is a great recipe for Thanksgiving but I love it anytime during the fall season.  Caramel and autumn go perfect together.  Wait until you try a bite- it is simply divine!

The recipe is below –  but before we get to baking, stop by any of my shops over the Thanksgiving holiday for some early online Christmas shopping.

ONCE UPON A HOME

Christmas Gifts

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

Party Decorations

READY SET CRAFT KITS

Craft Supplies

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

Paper Pinwheels

Browse all the new holiday decor and gift items available in my shops –  I am adding more new items every day!

CARAMEL APPLE CAKE RECIPE 

Recipe for Thanksgiving Cake

Applesauce Ingredients:
3 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and quartered
3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and quartered
1/4 Boiled Apple cider
3/4 cups apple juice
2 tablespoons of brandy
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons honey (I like clover honey)
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

How To Make The Applesauce:  
In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients, and stir to combine. Cover the saucepan, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher to your desired consistency. Chill sauce to room temperature before adding to cake batter (see recipe below).

Apple Cake Ingredients:
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
4 cups homemade applesauce (see recipe above) or store-bought unsweetened applesauce

How To Make The Apple Cake:
Preheat the oven to 325-degrees. Butter three 8-inch round cake pans, line the bottoms with parchment paper, and butter the parchment. Dust the parchment with flour and knock out the excess flour.

Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves together into a large bowl. Set aside.

In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until creamy, about 4 minutes. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat until combined.

Add the flour mixture to the mixer bowl in three parts, alternating with the applesauce, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Scrape down the bowl, then mix on low speed for a few more seconds.

Divide the batter among the prepared pans and smooth the tops. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer the pans to a wire rack and cool for 20 minutes. Turn the cakes out onto the rack, remove the parchment, and let cool completely.

Caramel Sauce Ingredients:
(Yield: about 2 cups)

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, softened, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 ½ cups heavy cream

How To Make The Caramel Sauce: 
In a medium saucepan with high sides, combine the sugar and corn syrup with 1/2 cup water. Stir the mixture gently so you don’t slosh any of it up the sides of the pan. Turn the heat to medium-high and continue stirring until the sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high, stop stirring, and allow the mixture to boil. Once it begins to turn a rich caramel color (if you don’t want to eyeball it, take the caramel to 300 degrees F on a candy thermometer), remove it from the heat, add the butter and cream, and stir until combined.

You can save the caramel sauce, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Let it come to room temperature before using it on cakes, ice creams, or quick breads.

If you want a warm topping, heat the caramel sauce in short bursts in the microwave or in the top of a double boiler.

Caramel Buttercream Ingredients:
1½ cups sugar
1⁄3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1⁄3 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, soft but cool, cut into small pieces
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1⁄3 cup plus 2 tablespoons Classic Caramel Sauce (see recipe above), at room temperature 

How To Make The Buttercream: 

In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk the sugar and flour together. Add the milk and cream and cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture comes to a boil and has thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on high speed until cool. Reduce the speed to low and add the butter and vanilla; mix until thoroughly incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy.

Add 1⁄3 cup of the caramel and continue mixing until combined. If the frosting is too soft, put the bowl in the refrigerator to chill slightly, then beat again until it is the proper consistency. If the frosting is too firm, set the bowl over a pot of simmering water and beat with a wooden spoon until it is the proper consistency.

Assemble The Cake:
Place one of the cake layers on the cake base and level off the top. Put a thin layer of caramel sauce on the layers and then spread caramel buttercream on top. Next, add another layer of cake and level and frost as you did with the first layer. Trim the top of the last layer and then place it on top of the cake bottom side up. Spread a very thin layer of frosting over the entire cake (crumb coat) and place the cake on the fridge for 30 minutes. Remove the cake fro the fridge and use the remaining frosting to ice the top and sides.  Use the remaining caramel to drizzle over the top. Add chopped peanuts, if desired.

 

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