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Today  I'm making apple butter and apple peel-cinnamon jelly so I can add those to the assortment I have to give people.


Apple peel jelly? Would you mind sharing your recipe? We're getting two bushels of Romes next week from our rental tree, and I'd love a way to utilize the peels! And I have to say the thought of having something home-canned for gift giving this year would be great. 

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Apple peel jelly? Would you mind sharing your recipe? We're getting two bushels of Romes next week from our rental tree, and I'd love a way to utilize the peels! And I have to say the thought of having something home-canned for gift giving this year would be great. 


I would love to see this recipe as well!!
 

 

post #163 of 386

I'm happy to share.  I wish I could give you a link for this.  I know it came from somewhere online, but I just have it copied into a text document from a couple years ago.  It doesn't specify how many apple peels.  I just used all that I had from making a crockpot of apple butter.  I also added two cinnamon sticks to it.  Hope you all enjoy it!  We think it's pretty tasty!

 

Apple peel jelly:

 

Place apple peels, lightly packed, into a 4.5 qt. pot with 5 cups of water. There should be about 3-4 inches of peels in the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and boil for 15 minutes, stirring as little as possible. Remove from heat, put the lid on the pot, and allow to stand overnight. (Optional, add a cinnamon stick when you let it sit overnight.) Strain the liquid into a measuring cup, and make certain you have 5 cups. Return to the pot. Gradually dissolve 1 box of pectin into the liquid and bring to a full rolling boil, over high heat. Add 7 cups of sugar (all at once), stirring to dissolve. Return to boiling, and boil hard for 1 minute. Remove from heat, skim foam if necessary, and can into ½ pt. jelly jars. Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes

post #164 of 386

Thanks! I think I'm going to give this a try! I might do some apple-themed gift baskets for a few gifts this year - apple peel jelly, apple spice schnapps and maybe some kind of cracker or cookie. 

post #165 of 386

Good morning ladies! I haven't read through the whole thread, but did read the last few pages. I didn't take part in this last year, although I did make several gifts. A few years ago was completely homemade, but I don't have time for that anymore. I've gone to mostly food basket gifts in general for the masses. Oh, I did do several home decorating things last year and I really enjoyed being able to enjoy my own craftiness. Do many of you do that?

Anyways, I'm rambling. It sounded like this thread needed a jump start so I thought I would go ahead and list my plans. I'm still not making what I would consider a ton, but enough to satisfy my desire to create. Here's the list:

 

For several women in my family (EASY! and cheap!!): http://www.putapuredukes.com/2011/09/braided-scarf-tutorial.html

 

My father in law just passed so I'm going to get several of his button down shirts and make these for women in my family as well:http://www.liveinternet.ru/users/3173294/post145479436/

As well as one of these for my MIL (from Fil's ties): IT'S THE TIE one on the 2nd page: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/christmas-wreath-projects#slide-2  (She's the kind of person that loves and appreciates homemade and sentimental. I think this would make her so happy).

 

For newlywed Bil and his wife: http://christyrobbins.blogspot.com/2011/07/wedding-invitation-ornament.html (saved the invite and just bought clear ornaments)

 

One for me: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284853.0;all (only with a crochet hook).

 

For my children ages 6 and 4: http://www.lilblueboo.com/2011/07/spin-spiration-folk-art-a-tutorial.html  and something similar to these: http://pinterest.com/pin/270419036/

 

Food gifts (not decided on, but liking these ideas): http://pinterest.com/pin/288933287/ and http://pinterest.com/pin/200361736/ and http://pinterest.com/pin/313787242/.  I really tend to like to have a cohesive theme and I don't feel like these together make that theme. So I'm still knocking around ideas.

 

And randoms for mail carrier, trashmen/woman, whomever I might run across: http://pinterest.com/pin/313783328/ or http://pinterest.com/pin/297913354/ or http://pinterest.com/pin/295575615/ or

 

Oh and I always make an ornament for each of my children every year. I'm thinking something like these this year (but thinking their hands might be too big now):http://pinterest.com/pin/277697606/

 

I hope this helps get juices flowing. I will try to check in as I commence crafting. It sure seems like a lot when listed, but they are all so easy and will be very quick. So I have no doubt I can make it happen.  

 

I'm going to go through the thread and look for y'alls food ideas. Happy crafting!

 

post #166 of 386

I've had a huge spurt of project-making lately and finally some of it spilled over onto holiday projects. lol

 

I've just about finished 3 pairs of jingle bell anklets for the kids on my list, and next up is to get back cracking on a felt advent calendar I started last year for my son.

 

I am also LOVING Printerest for collecting ideas for this year! A few on my list:

 

"Nerd Herder" for DH (case for iPod, earbuds, business cards & other miscellanea).

Peppermint fudge cupcake jars for friends/neighbours

Cinnamon butter for various family members, probably along with oven hand mitts and/or tie-on kitchen handtowels

"Lost sock" board for extended family members with young families 

Grinch pills for FIL

And for SIL/friends probably either washer necklaces or a mug cozy

post #167 of 386

 

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My father in law just passed so I'm going to get several of his button down shirts and make these for women in my family as well:http://www.liveinternet.ru/users/3173294/post145479436/

As well as one of these for my MIL (from Fil's ties): IT'S THE TIE one on the 2nd page: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/christmas-wreath-projects#slide-2  (She's the kind of person that loves and appreciates homemade and sentimental. I think this would make her so happy).


I love the aprons made out of men's shirts! I wish I had someone on my list this year that would appreciate one of these. I'm keeping in the back of my head for future years... and maybe one of these days I'll get around to making one for myself... but I probably shouldn't since I still haven't really started any of my Christmas crafting this year yet. And we're on a super tight budget, so if there is to be a Christmas, I have to get on it! 

post #168 of 386

CuriousCanadian- all of your crafts are great ideas. I especially love the lost sock board. Too cute! Oh and I'm so loving Pinterest too!

 

Kitchensqueen- I'm prob. the only one that will actually use the one I make, but I'm making one for Sil and MIl anyways as a keepsake and they can hand it down one day if they like. I think they are super cute too and obviously soo affordable. Who doesn't like that?

post #169 of 386

My mom started talking about how nice a needle felted nativity would be yesterday, so guess what I'm working on.  I've completed the Mary figure so far and Joseph's body has been created, I just need to do the skin/clothing/hair etc on him.  The hardest part will be keeping this a secret because a) I like it so much I want to tell everyone about it, and b)DS has been around while I've been working on it and even helped me to wet felt Mary's cloak  and he is really really excited about it.  I hold my breath each time he gets on the phone with my mom now.  I'll take pictures to share once I get Jesus, Mary and Joseph all completed.   I'm not sure if I'll go on to make other figures beyond that this year or not.  Part of me would love to give her the complete set all at once, but I think it would be nice to build on in the coming years as well  and I'm not sure if I have the time to do the whole thing this year.  It's not a good crafting Christmas around here unless someone cries over a gift... and I think this will foot the bill this year for my parents.

 

Now to come up with something equally special for my IL's.  Last year I gave them  a framed and matted set of pictures of FIL, DH and DS all around 18 months old.   I edited the photos so they were all a similar angle and made them all sepia tones.  They all look so alike, but just slightly different and at first glance most people think it is three pictures of the same child. It was such a hit that I'm not sure I'll ever manage a gift for them that they like that well again.  This year I really am struggling with it.

post #170 of 386

I just found out we might be moving around Christmas instead of March/April like we had originally planned. So I need to redo my gift list to stuff I can transport with us easily (aka nothing that is big or bulky, things i can fit into a van). One of these days Im going to stay in the same place for an entire year... one of these days. Off to brainstorm ideas for Christmas.. Cheap and easily transported.

post #171 of 386

 

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I just found out we might be moving around Christmas instead of March/April like we had originally planned. So I need to redo my gift list to stuff I can transport with us easily (aka nothing that is big or bulky, things i can fit into a van). One of these days Im going to stay in the same place for an entire year... one of these days. Off to brainstorm ideas for Christmas.. Cheap and easily transported.


Are you into knitting or crocheting? 

 

post #172 of 386

I can do some basic knitting and pretty much can figure anything out as long as there is a pattern.. I haven't figured out how to knit something without a pattern.

post #173 of 386

OkiMom, that sounds so hard! We moved around all the time when I was growing up, and I am staying put now. I hate moving. This is approaching the longest time I have lived in one place at around 6 years now, and I am really enjoying being able to put roots down. I never intended to stay in Michigan, but dammit, I'm not going anywhere anytime soon. I hope you get things figured out for your Christmas, weren't you having to make transportation friendly gifts last year, too?

post #174 of 386

I moved around a lot as a kid as well (I moved 19 times from the ages of 4 and 18) so I always swore when I grew up and got my own place I would never move again. Then I joined the Marines.. then I married a Marine. Now its like my childhood all over again but at least we stay put for a year at a time. The longest time I spent in once place (ever in my life) is 1 1/2 years. I feel bad for the children growing up moving around but there are some advantages.

 

Yea, last year we moved in April so I did mostly portable gifts then as well. Its getting to be a pattern. Luckily my girls are easy to please.

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Originally Posted by kitchensqueen View Post

Thanks! I think I'm going to give this a try! I might do some apple-themed gift baskets for a few gifts this year - apple peel jelly, apple spice schnapps and maybe some kind of cracker or cookie. 


Can you share your apple spice schnapps recipe?

Also, does it keep unrefrigerated?

Thanks!
 

 

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Can you share your apple spice schnapps recipe?

Also, does it keep unrefrigerated?

Thanks! 


Schnapps is so easy to make and it's really tasty! Here's my first recipe for the apple spice schapps (as well as basic spiced and orange spice). These are my tasting notes for those three after I let them steep for a week. And just for fun, here's my info on making cinnamon and cardamom schnapps

 

One thing I don't think I mentioned in any of those posts is this - you should steep them in a quart mason jar and not the original bottle they came in. The spices expand in the liquid (especially cinnamon) and they can be next to impossible to get out of the bottle. As long as you strain out the solids, you can keep these unrefrigerated indefinitely. Keep the original bottle though because it's great for gift giving - just peel off the commercial label and replace it with your own. I like to serve schnapps at room temperature, but some people like it chilled. 

 

post #177 of 386

I have been so busy and haven't been to MDC in so long, I miss it. Right now I'm browsing cross stitch pattern makers for a "Cthulhu For President" cross stitch piece for my best friend, he'll love it. He's practically a Lovecraft scholar at this point. I need to browse through this thread to get some more ideas...everyone here always comes up with great things.

 

 

post #178 of 386

I got some more stocking stuffers done for the kids.. I got beanies and scarfs done for the girls. I also got 3 of 4 gloves made. For the baby Ive made a soft book and a taggie ball. Hopefully tomorrow I can finish the gloves and do another stocking stuffer for the baby..

 

Why is putting together the stockings more fun than the actual gifts?

post #179 of 386

Thank You so much for all the info!

I'm going to try this and a pear one for gifts and myself of course :)

 

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Schnapps is so easy to make and it's really tasty! Here's my first recipe for the apple spice schapps (as well as basic spiced and orange spice). These are my tasting notes for those three after I let them steep for a week. And just for fun, here's my info on making cinnamon and cardamom schnapps

 

One thing I don't think I mentioned in any of those posts is this - you should steep them in a quart mason jar and not the original bottle they came in. The spices expand in the liquid (especially cinnamon) and they can be next to impossible to get out of the bottle. As long as you strain out the solids, you can keep these unrefrigerated indefinitely. Keep the original bottle though because it's great for gift giving - just peel off the commercial label and replace it with your own. I like to serve schnapps at room temperature, but some people like it chilled. 

 



 

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Thank You so much for all the info!

I'm going to try this and a pear one for gifts and myself of course :)


Awesome! Let me know how the pear one turns out; I might have to give that try. I'm always looking for new concoctions. 

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