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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Raspberry Delivery!

Well, we've been keeping busy this week! Diane called me around 4 to let me know the raspberry bushes had come and her and Frank would bring them over to plant along with our kiddo's (Thursday is Grandma and Grandpa day for them...and mommy's work day). Jared had gotten done with work a little early so raspberry planting turned into a family event.

Jared and tank planting a raspberry bush.

Capri helping Grandma cut the plants apart from each other...

I proudly hoed 100' for the bushes to be planted in (and yes, I know my outfit color combination is just fabulous!)

Capri and Cedi entertained themselves in the sandbox for awhile...great and patient once again...

Frank, Jared and Diane planting
Above is a picture of our second year raspberry bushes.
And below are a few more pictures of what our apple blossoms are looking like now. If you look real close at one picture you may notice a touch of pink...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Apple Blossoms and Blueberry Bushes!

I actually have some apple orchard related news to blog about today! I know...what a surprise!

First...as you can see from the first two pictures below...the apple trees are budded out and blossoms are thinking about showing their beautiful petals.

I'm a little nervous about the blossoms wanting to show themselves already...we've been known to get frost in early May before...if that happens :( But, as I always say to everyone else...nothing we can do about it...

We also recieved 50 blueberry bushes in the mail today. We decided to plant them right away...rain is forecasted for the next few days so we thought we might as well get it done.

Frank and I dug the holes while Diane put the bushes in. (Oh, and I took the pictures!)

Cedi helped haul the bushes from the van for Grandpa to plant. She really likes it on the farm. I'm thinking that Cedi is going to be our planter/grower girl and Capri is going to be our animal lover...we'll see how my predictions turn out!

Have I said before that I am so lucky that I have great kids! It was not the nicest of days out...it was windy and chilly but the girls lasted pretty much the whole time. I think we had about 8 plants left to put in and Capri decided she really needed a nap. By the time I got her in and settled and the food in the oven, the planting was done. Cedi was ready to come in at that point. Between the sandbox and playing in the truck...as long as they're outside, my kids are happy.
Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Recipe - Baked Oatmeal

Almost forgot...but I didn't!

Baked Oatmeal
by Sarah Failing (now Larson)

1/2 c. applesauce (preferrable Lapacek's Orchard's Applesauce)
1 c. sugar (brown or white)
2 eggs
3 c. quick oats
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Mix all ingredients and bake in a 9x9-inch pan at 350-degrees for 30 minutes. Serve warm.

If you like these recipes and past Sunday Recipe's don't miss out on getting your very own 'Appletizing Recipe' Cookbook from Lapacek's Orchard! Availabe at KimsCraftyApple or at the store in the fall.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Emu Pictures

I've had a request for some emu pictures, so here are a couple. I'll try to get some of Mac on the nest as soon as the weather gets a little nicer.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Recipe - Warm Apple Pudding

Since I have a sore (I keep trying to write "soar" instead of "sore"...sort of a annoying!) throat and a cold I thought this sounded good:

Warm Apple Pudding
by Diane Lapacek

4 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 T. oil
1 egg
1 tsp.vanilla
1/2 c. milk

Put apples into greased 8-inch square pan. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over. Combine remaining ingredients. Beat for 2 minutes. Pour over apples. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 375-degrees.

Enjoy! Don't forget you can purchase your very own copy of Apple-tizing Recipes from Lapacek's Orchard either from my online store, KimsCraftyApple, or a Lapacek's Orchard this coming fall.
Monday, April 13, 2009

Mac 'n' Tosh are nesting

Many of you are familiar with our emus, Mac 'n' Tosh. This is the third winter we've had them and each year we've waited in vain for Mac to sit on some of their eggs. (Yes, it's Mac's job to sit on the eggs.)

Well, Friday (Good Friday, April 10) I was out in the barn looking for a couple old plastic chairs that I used last year in my little greenhouse. Frank used one on each end of the greenhouse and put an aluminum ladder between them to make me a shelf to put flats of plants on. I had hoped to have something a little more permanent this year, but that's one of the items on our to do list that didn't get done. And the ladders worked pretty well, so we'll be using them again.

Anyhow, back to the emus. I went in the barn and Mac was sitting on the emu eggs! Since them I've seen him off the nest to get a drink of water, but we're pretty sure he really intends to hatch the eggs. The info I found says 50 to 56 days to hatch, so we're looking at the end of May or first week of June.

We'll keep you posted.
Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Sunday Recipe - Apple-Pecan Cheesecake

Happy Easter everyone! I'm going to put up an extra special recipe today. It comes from the 'Wisconsin Apple Grower's Association: Cookbook" which we will be selling a limited number of this fall at our orchard.

Apple-Pecan Cheesecake
Barbara Starks, Edgerton
1996 Finalist

1 c. graham cracker crumbs
3 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. finely chopped pecans

Combine crumbs, sugar, cinnamon and butter; press into bottom of 9" spring form pan. Bake at 350-degrees for 10 minutes.

2 - 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Combine cream cheese and sugar, mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in vanilla, pour over crust.

3 cups thin peeled apples - sliced
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. chopped pecans

Toss apples with combined sugar and cinnamon. Spoon apple mixture over cream cheese layer; sprinkle with pecans. Bake at 350-degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim of pan. Chill.

If desired, drizzle caramel ice cream topping over each serving.

I hope everyone has a fabulous and fun Easter Sunday on this beautiful day!
Thursday, April 9, 2009

It's Time to Vote again!

This time for the EtsyBABY Story Book Challenge!

Here's the email I received regarding this fun April challenge:

Dear EtsyBABY members,
It's challenge time! We want you to tell us a story using your favorite crafting medium!
You may list as many as you want but only 1 entry will be eligible for the poll. The winner will get official bragging rights, lol.

Here are the following details to participate in the Story Time Challenge:

A. Design an item to be listed in your shop that tells/interprets an original or classic or modern story.

B. All Items should be listed by the 1st of April.

C. Include in the title listing : EtsyBABY Story Time Team Challenge. Write in either the title or the listing body what the name of the book or story is...

D. Add the following tag to the listing: "EBST"

E. A poll to vote for your favorite "EtsyBABY Story Time" item will be available on April 4th and will end on April 15th.
All Etsybaby members can vote just once.

F: The use of licensed materials (ie Disney, Olivia, Dick and Jane) is prohibited

Please take the opportunity to use this for a treasury and to further promote the team and the challenge.

Thanks and GOOD LUCK!
Anna - EtsyBABY Moderator
Jen - EtsyBABY Team Leader

AND NOW here are the entries for this month's challenge! Not quite as many as the Spring Fling Challenge but some amazing work was done!

I will start out the 'show' of the entries with my own..."Patchwork Corduroy Quilt."
This quilt was inspired by the book 'Corduroy' by Don Freeman for the EtsyBABY Story Time Team Challenge.A patchwork blue, green and brown base make up the main part of the quilt. Light blue faux bois fabric borders this patchwork. 'Corduroy' is made from brown suede and some upcycled cordoroy's. Black buttons make up his eyes and two green buttons are for his overalls (one is 'lost' in the quilt). It is perfect for a little boy or girl...they will love the different textures! The buttons are securely sewn on using extra strong thread (quilting thread). I quilted a random pattern throughout the quilt and appliqued the bear on. My signature fancy stitch border is also quilted on.

TadpoleCreations enter her "The Little Mermaid Lap Tee or Onesie".

The TrendyTot entered 'Elmer, the Patchwork Elephant Long Sleeve T-shirt' into the challenge.

AmyRoseDesigns entered a Captain Underpants Super Hero Cape into the Challenge!

LemonDropBaby created this 'Blue Whale' onesie:

Baby Boots - Little Red Riding Hood were created by Charliemac1000.

Daisy Creek created this: A Bad Case of the Stripes Fun, Twirly Dress and Book Set for the team challenge:
ImogensGarden created Alexander a Waldorf-inspired doll for the etsyBABY Story Book Challenge.
LuLusWoobies was inspired by Dr. Suess' Fox in Sox!

AlamodeFabric made a Giving Tree Wall Art for her challenge entry.

Love Forever Wall Hanging and Photo Frame is LYIS's entry into the challenge.

New Girls Boutique CIRCUS Merry-Go-Round Pants Set Peasant Petal Tie Top and Ruffle Pants was made by RozzisSweetPeas

ZadyBall created this Where The Wild Things Are - Monster -

CandyStickLane The Hat Gift Set

BloomHillBaby Cow Over Moon Baby Bib

TweedleBee's The Little Red Hen -- Plush Toy or Pillow with Jingle Bells

And that concludes the entry for this month's challenge! I hope you take a few minutes to go to to http://shopetsybaby.com/StoryTime and vote for your favorite entry!
Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sunday Recipe - Apple Strudel Puff Pastry

by Diane Lapacek

1 frozen puff pastry sheet
2 lg. cooking apples, peeled and sliced
2 T. raisins
1 T. sugar-mix with 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 egg-beat with 1 tsp. water

Thaw pastry 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350-deggrees. Roll pastry into 12x15-inch rectangle. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Arrange apples down center. Sprinkle with raisins and cinnamon-sugar. Brush edges of dough with egg wash. Roll up jelly roll style with seam down. Turn ends under. Brush with egg wash. Make diagonal slits across top at 2" intervals. Bake for 50-60 minutes.

Recipe Note: EASY!!!!!

For more fabulous apple recipe's make sure you pick up your very own Appletizing Recipe Cookbook...available at Lapacek's Orchard in the Fall or on Kim's Crafty Apple Year Round!
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