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Campfire Baked Apples

Campfire Baked Apples:  The perfect camping recipe, just a few ingredients, and a sweet, delicious treat everyone is sure to love!

Tis the season for camping, and campfire recipes!  These Campfire Baked Apples are the perfect treat for campfire cookouts.  They’re easy to make, and so good.  They’re a simple treat, and easy to put together at home before you go, or at a campsite since they have just a few ingredients.

Campfire Baked Apples:  The perfect camping recipe, just a few ingredients, and a sweet, delicious treat everyone is sure to love!

I made them for our Summer Beach Campfire Picnic, and they were the perfect sweet ending to our cookout meal on the beach.

Once our campfire burned down a little I tossed the prepared apples into the hot coals.  Ours were done in about 10 -15 min.

Campfire Baked Apples:  The perfect camping recipe, just a few ingredients, and a sweet, delicious treat everyone is sure to love!

I had never made these before, but my boy scout friend said they were standard and favourite fare at camp.  I made them using Gay Lea’s Spreadables Butter.  Gay Lea’s Spreadables Butter really is the perfect thing to bring camping.  I’m a huge butter fan, but normally it’s a real pain when camping.  You can’t leave it out at room temperature because it might melt in the sun and make a mess, or attract animals.  When you store regular butter in the cooler, it’s really hard to spread when you need it, since it’s hard.  Gay Lea’s Spreadables are the perfect solution, real butter taste, handy storage container with a lid, and always spreadable. Gay Lea’s Spreadables Butter takes traditional creamery butter and adds unsaturated canola oil to make it spreadable right out of the cooler…or fridge. Perfect.

Campfire Baked Apples:  The perfect camping recipe, just a few ingredients, and a sweet, delicious treat everyone is sure to love!

Campfire Baked Apples

Ingredients

  • 1 Apple
  • 1 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Gay Lea's Spreadables Butter -divided
  • tinfoil

Instructions

  1. Core an apple with a sharp knife, removing all the core.
  2. Tear a square of tinfoil, and spread with about a 1 tsp of Gay Lea's Spreadables Butter. Place apple in the middle of the buttered tinfoil.
  3. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Place about 1/2 tsp Gay Lea's Spreadables Butter in the apple core, and then add the cinnamon sugar mixture. Top with 1/2 tsp more Gay Lea's Spreadables Butter.
  4. Wrap the apple up tightly in the tinfoil.
  5. Roast in hot coals of a campfire for about 10 - 15 min, until the apple is baked, soft and tender. (Or, roast in a bbq or oven at 350 for about 20 min.)
  6. Take care when opening the apple as it will be very hot, and juicy. Enjoy!
http://www.lifeisaparty.ca/2016/campfire-baked-apples/

Campfire Baked Apples:  The perfect camping recipe, just a few ingredients, and a sweet, delicious treat everyone is sure to love!

When the apples are ready, they’re soft and sweet and a little bit like warm, delicious apple sauce.

Campfire Baked Apples:  The perfect camping recipe, just a few ingredients, and a sweet, delicious treat everyone is sure to love!

If you’re not camping, you can enjoy the yummy apples at home by roasting them on your bbq, or in your oven.  If you make them at home, serve them with some vanilla ice cream for a real treat.

Campfire Baked Apples:  The perfect camping recipe, just a few ingredients, and a sweet, delicious treat everyone is sure to love!

With Campfire Baked Apples, life really is a party!

“Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies -easy sew, and the perfect play food for kids to enjoy!

For the #12MonthsofDIY Challenge this month, I’m joining with 11 other Canadian Blogging pals to share some great projects all made with felt!  When I heard that felt was the material for July, I knew I wanted to make some cute felt play food.  Could these Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies be any cuter?  And they’re really fun to make too.

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies -easy sew, and the perfect play food for kids to enjoy!

All our felt was provided by Kunin Felt.  Their Eco-fi Plus Premium Felt is made from re-cycled materials, and lovely and thick, and soft to work with.

Materials:

  • Felt – I used Candy Pink, Sandstone Beige,  Dark Brown Walnut and Black
  • Stuffing
  • Disappearing Marker
  • Embroidery Cotton – pink, white, black, dark brown and beige

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies -easy sew, and the perfect play food for kids to enjoy!

Directions:

Start by tracing a circle shape on to the beige felt.  I used a circle that was about 6.5 cm in diameter and traced around it.  I used a disappearing marker for this project, it worked really well, without having to worry about any pen markings on the final project.

Cut out two circles for each cookie, along with tiny circle cheeks in pink, eyes in black, and varying sized chocolate chips in the dark brown.  Sharp scissors are a must when working with fabric, especially when making the little detail pieces.

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies -easy sew, and the perfect play food for kids to enjoy!

Use the disappearing marker to mark your face.  Mix and match different eye and mouth styles to make lots of unique little faces.

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies -easy sew, and the perfect play food for kids to enjoy!

To create the mouth, use 2 strands of embroidery cotton, and back stitch the mouth.  For the eyes, stitch closed, winking, or sleeping eyes, or use black felt dots.  You can also add stitched eye lashes.  For the centre of the eye, use white embroidery cotton to make a french knot.  Add the pink felt checks with one stitch.

The chocolate chips are cut in varying sizes and shapes -to imitate real cookies.  Stitch them to the cookie with a small x.

Once the face and chips are attached, it’s time to sew the cookie together.  I used 2 strands of beige embroidery cotton, and sewed with a blanket stitch, I like the way it finishes the edges.

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies -easy sew, and the perfect play food for kids to enjoy!

Leave a little gap near the end, and add in a little stuffing before closing.

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies -easy sew, and the perfect play food for kids to enjoy!

They’re a little time consuming, but simple and so, so cute.

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies -easy sew, and the perfect play food for kids to enjoy!

I started out making three, but it was so much fun coming up with their little facial expressions, that I made more.

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies -easy sew, and the perfect play food for kids to enjoy!

Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies -easy sew, and the perfect play food for kids to enjoy!

I think this little cry-baby cookie is my favourite.

Might be easier to sneak up on a sleeping cookie. 😉

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies -easy sew, and the perfect play food for kids to enjoy!

With handmade Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies, life really is a party!

Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY felt project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!

12MonthsofDIY-July-Felt-DIY-Craft-Ideas

From the top left, they are:

No Sew Felt Sewing Needle Storage Case from Time With Thea

DIY Felt Succulents from Brooklyn Berry Designs

DIY Felt Feather Garland from Vin’yet Etc.

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies from Life is a Party

DIY Felt Basket from Love Create Celebrate

DIY Felt Fruit Mobile from Woman in Real Life

DIY Felt Notebook Covers from Lifeovereasy

Felt Flamingo Bag from PMQ for Two

DIY Felt Coasters from Fresh Crush

DIY Nautical Throw Pillows with Felt Fabric from Sustain My Craft Habit

Floral Felt Tic-Tac-Toe Game from The DIY Mommy

Felt Wall Organizer from Love Create Celebrate

Beach Campfire

Summer Beach Campfire Picnic: A fun menu of hotdogs, smores, and campfire baked apples, along with pretty decor.

This month for our #ayearoffeasting we had a great Summer Beach Campfire Picnic with friends, and it was so much fun.

Summer Beach Campfire Picnic: A fun menu of hotdogs, smores, and campfire baked apples, along with pretty decor.

We visited some friends and were introduced to one of their favourite spots.  I brought lunch, and we had a great time roasting hotdogs, marshmallows and apples on the campfire.

Summer Beach Campfire Picnic: A fun menu of hotdogs, smores, and campfire baked apples, along with pretty decor.

This was such a fun way to entertain, with everyone entertained by the lake, enjoying cooking their own yummy lunch and chatting and playing away the afternoon.

Summer Beach Campfire Picnic: A fun menu of hotdogs, smores, and campfire baked apples, along with pretty decor.

If you’re not able to have a campfire on the beach, a picnic would be really great too.  This is the perfect way to host friends if your house is too small for big groups, or you struggle with all the cleaning and prep of having people at your house, or you just want to get out and enjoy the summer weather.  I have to say, after hosting 6 parties/get togethers for the A Year of Feasting Challenge -read more about it here, I wasn’t as enthusiastic about another party as I have been in past months.  Let’s face it, it’s a lot of work to entertain…But, but, but when I was sitting on the beach enjoying the sound of the waves, and kids laughing and screaming over the cold water, and munching on all the yummy foods I was so glad that we’d gone to the effort.  We forget so often that it’s worth it.  Just about every time, it’s worth it.  And, it doesn’t have to be fancy to be fun, it could involve cute bunting, but it certainly could also not, and be just as much fun.

Summer Beach Campfire Picnic: A fun menu of hotdogs, smores, and campfire baked apples, along with pretty decor.

Our menu was simple and delicious.  We started out roasting hotdogs.  I love this cute little condiment caddy and it was super convenient.  I used a wood caddy I had, and added the condiments in pretty mason jars.  Perfect for the cottage or even just the backyard too.

Summer Beach Campfire Picnic: A fun menu of hotdogs, smores, and campfire baked apples, along with pretty decor.

Along with our hotdogs, we had some chips.  I served them up in little paper bags, which meant no plates necessary and super easy cleanup.

Summer Beach Campfire Picnic: A fun menu of hotdogs, smores, and campfire baked apples, along with pretty decor.

After the hotdog roasting, it was time for some sweets -in between visiting, sand play, swimming and exploring that is.

Summer Beach Campfire Picnic: A fun menu of hotdogs, smores, and campfire baked apples, along with pretty decor.

I brought some smore fixings, because campfires require smores.

Summer Beach Campfire Picnic: A fun menu of hotdogs, smores, and campfire baked apples, along with pretty decor.

I also set up a little tea station for the grownups.  It was so nice to have a nice hot cup of tea on the beach.  The big thermos container kept the tea nice and hot, what a treat.   Along with our smores I also brought along some apples to bake.  The recipe is coming soon, it was a great addition to the campfire feast.

Summer Beach Campfire Picnic: A fun menu of hotdogs, smores, and campfire baked apples, along with pretty decor.

What a fun day, we came home with sun kissed faces, sand in our shoes, and full and happy hearts.

Summer Beach Campfire Picnic: A fun menu of hotdogs, smores, and campfire baked apples, along with pretty decor.

Summer Beach Campfire Picnic: A fun menu of hotdogs, smores, and campfire baked apples, along with pretty decor.

This year of feasting on food and friends really is turning out amazing!

Summer Beach Campfire Picnic: A fun menu of hotdogs, smores, and campfire baked apples, along with pretty decor.

With a Summer Beach Campfire Picnic, life really is a party!

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

I saw these little bottles at the dollar store one day, and thought they’d be perfect for a little, teeny, tiny Miniature Fairy Garden in a Bottle.  I love how they turned out, and they were a lot of fun to do one afternoon with my little girls.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

We each made one, making a sweet little trio.  They look great as a centre piece on the table, someplace where someone might notice them as they sit, since they’re so teeny, weeny.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

I was inspired by Pixie Hills mushrooms and miniature houses, if you don’t know this blog then you’re in for a treat!  I made mine out of polymer clay, and it worked great.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

Supplies:

  • Polymer Clay
  • straight pins
  • matchstick
  • moss
  • tiny rocks
  • small glass bottles
  • white glue

Instructions:

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

Start out with your polymer clay, we used red, white, beige, and pink made by combining red and white.  Knead your clay to soften it, and then use a very small amount to make the mushroom stem around the straight pin.  The straight pin will make the finished mushroom stronger and easier to work with.  Slowly work your clay around the pin, rolling and shaping it with your fingers.  Once the stem is made, make a little mushroom cap and press it onto the stem.  Feel free to change the shape, and colours of the mushrooms and even add spots of white clay to some.

The houses are made by making little rectangles, then an angled roof by pinching and shaping with your fingers.  Lastly use a matchstick’s square end to make window and door indents.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

We inserted our mushrooms into a piece of fruit to keep them upright while we baked them.  Bake your clay according to the manufactures directions, based on the thickness.  We did ours about 5 min.

Then let the baked clay pieces cool a little.  Next,  you’re ready to put your garden together, with moss on the bottom as a little base.  We glued our houses in with white glue.  The mushrooms were a little long, so I used some wire cutters to shorten them a little.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

Fitting everything in the jar is a little fiddle-ly.  I found tweezers helpful for this step.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect.  Add in some tiny rocks too, if you like.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

I also found the tweezers helpful to wipe the inside of the jar with a tiny piece of damp paper towel, to remove the moss residue at the top.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

This is the perfect rainy day summer activity…or maybe just any day.

How To Make A Miniature Fairy Garden In A Bottle: Tutorial using polymer clay to make adorable mushrooms and a fairy house, and then arrange in a teeny, tiny glass bottle.

With a sweet little Miniature Fairy Garden in a Bottle, life really is a party!

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