Fried Cinnamon and Sugar Apple Rings

These are like fall, carnivals, funnel cakes, and all kinds of amazing rolled into one treat. And I'm trying really hard not to eat them all.

All you need are some apples and a few ingredients. Slice the apples (not too thick), dip them in the batter, and them fry them. Remove them from the oil and place them on a plate with paper towels. While they are still warm, dip them in a cinnamon and sugar mixture. Then wait impatiently for them to be cool enough to eat.

I used my star shaped cookie cutter to remove the center of the apple slices. 

Apple Rings Batter 2 large apples
1/2 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 large egg, beaten
oil for frying

Cinnamon Sugar Topping
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoons cinnamon

Prepare the batter. Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Then add the buttermilk and egg.

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat (approximately 350 degrees).

In a separate bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon for the topping.

Dip the apple rings into the batter and place in the heated oil. Fry the rings a few at a time, turning them to brown on both sides.
Once the rings are fried move them to the plate with the paper towels. Then dip them in the cinnamon and sugar mixture and coat evenly. Place on a wire rack to cool (just enough to eat).

They taste best warm.

And the batter can easily be doubled (tripled, or more!)

Fresh Finds #57

As a handmade shop owner I love promoting handmade businesses. 

Every Friday I share some of my favorite handmade Fresh Finds of the week. 

I've always been a fan of wearing my birthstone. And since I've been married and had kids I find myself drawn to their birthstones as well. The twins birthday is this month, so I've been admiring lots of sapphire and blue things.

This necklace isn't actually sapphire, it's lapis. But I do love the leaves with the initials. Perfect for the twins initials.

Homemade Biscuits with Chili and Eggs

I think we all have dishes that we are better at making than others. The ones we bring out for potlucks and parties. Personally, I make pretty amazing homemade buttermilk biscuits. I like to think it's because I'm a Texas girl. My Mom taught me how to make homemade biscuits. Her Mom (my Nana) made homemade biscuits. Her Mom made homemade biscuits. And probably further back than that.

They aren't hard to make, they don't take long to make, and they taste so much better than the ones from a can.

In addition to a long line of biscuit makers, my family does something different with ours. I can't remember how or why we started eating them this way. And I'm not sure I've met anyone else who does this. Homemade biscuits topped with chili and eggs.

It's not the most photogenic meal, but I promise, it's delicious.

Just two ingredients, a can of chili (no beans) and about 6 eggs. Whisk the eggs slightly and then put them and the chili in a skillet and cook it all together. The eggs essentially get scrambled within the chili. Serve it over your biscuits and it's good for either breakfast or dinner. Brinner food at its best.

I ended up making this for dinner earlier this week after Littlest and I had spent the afternoon talking about the letter B. Last year was the first year that I homeschooled Oldest Twin. My biggest challenge with Littlest was trying to keep him busy while his brother was trying to work.

Littlest doesn't start kindergarten until next fall, and I knew I wanted to do something different with him this year. I got a few simple workbooks and I try to incorporate some hands on things with our learning as well. So for the letter B I made banana bread for breakfast. I really like incorporating food with learning. Then I sent him on a hunt through the apartment for things that start with the letter B. Like a boat. Or something that was the color blue.

When I realized that I had subconsciously made biscuits for dinner on our letter B day I couldn't help but laugh at myself. I served Littlest his biscuits on his blue plate just to finish things off. 

As part of our Texas History study this year, Oldest Twin and I have been talking about the Native American groups that lived in Texas from the Ice Ages through the 1700's. The text we are currently using has lots of ideas for hands on activities for him to do. We've woven a mat from newspaper and we hand stitched a small pouch for him to carry things in. 

I admit it, I got a little giddy seeing him sitting there sewing.

Fall in {Leaf} Wreath

A new season calls for a new wreath. With browns, reds, yellows, and oranges, my thought is that this wreath can take me right through to Christmas. (Of course I reserve the right to change my mind.) 

This is my finger-knit base (tutorial for finger knitting here). I criss-crossed some orange yarn over the top. Then I added some fabric leaves. I used three different leaf patterns, and cut half of the leaves out of a leaf print fabric and half out of some duck cloth. 

Then I hot glued the leaves together and to the orange yarn on the wreath. 

I put the welcome bunting back on and it's ready for my front door. 

You can see last years fall wreath here.

M.A.D.E. Local

I'm crazy about things that are handmade and supporting local artists. This weekend was a combination of all those things. Which made it pretty perfect.

Saturday was the M.A.D.E. Pop-Up Bazaar that I have been helping to plan for the past few months. Thankfully, it rocked. It was hot outside, but the vendors were amazing and the shoppers came out. Plus the whole show was a benefit to the Hope Center 4 Autism.

And the timing for the show could not have been more perfect. It was overcast in the afternoon, but didn't start raining until the last vendors were finishing packing up and driving away. Whew.

I also got to go hear my middle sister Lauren sing. I love hearing her sing. And this time she recruited our youngest sister to do a duet with her. They sang "For the First Time in Forever" from Frozen.

Don't Rain On My Parade

You can hear all the songs she performed on her You Tube page (here).

And if you're in the Dallas/Fort Worth area I highly recommend checking out a Mama's Party at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie. Great local singers and it's only $8 to get in.