Recipes & Crafts


>>>>>>>>Click Here to view my sugar recipe from my post last year. You can make the cutest little sugar shapes with my molds.....


Make Gummy Flowers or Bears! These make great party favors or cupcake toppers!

 Make Your Own Gummy Bears

I use one of my gummy bear molds to create cute 

little bears.

1 (3 ounce) package of any flavor Jello
7 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup of cold water
Mix all of your ingredients in a saucepan until the mixture is gooey. Turn the heat on medium until your gooey mess is melted.
Using a measuring cup with a spout, pour into your molds.
I immediately pop mine in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes to cool down.
Once they are firm and cool you can pop them right out of the mold.
You can sprinkle fine sugar on them once your remove them if you like.
Blackberry Jam 

Recipe yields 9 cups:

5 cups of crushed berries
7 cups of sugar
1 package of fruit pectin
(I added a 1/4 teaspoon of butter to reduce the foam)

Measure sugar and set aside.

Put the berries in a large cooking pot. Add 1 package of fruit pectin to the berries and bring to a rolling boil. Quickly add the sugar, stirring until mixture boils again. Boil for 1 minute and then quickly ladle jam into already washed hot jars.

Screw on the lids tightly. I don't have a canning pot so I boiled my jars in a pasta pot! Works great. Fill the pot with water, covering jars with at least an inch of water, and boil for 10 minutes. Jam should set up within a day. Enjoy.

 Autumn Cinnamon Cutouts Recipe….A
 Favorite Fall Craft

I love the scent of Cinnamon and use it regularly in my soaps and holiday decorations for Autumn.  This is an easy craft that is also fun and kid friendly.  These also make wonderful Christmas Tree Ornaments.

Autumn Cinnamon Scented Shapes

1 c. ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. ground nutmeg
1 tbsp. ground cloves
3/4 c. applesauce
2 Tbsp. tacky glue

Combine the dry ingredients and then stir in the applesauce and glue. Stir the mixture until it is smooth. If it is too dry you may add more applesauce and if it is too wet you can add more cinnamon.

Divide the mixture into 4 portions. Roll out your cinnamon portions onto a cinnamon covered surface into ¼” thick sheets. Cut your shapes with your cookie cutters.

Pierce a hole in the ornament for your ribbon later.

Dry on a cinnamon sprinkled cookie sheet for air drying. Or you may bake in a 250 degree oven for a couple of hours turning frequently and checking for doneness. 

I paint a coat of Gloss or glue on my ornament and sprinkle with dried orange peels, dried apple curls or whole cloves. It gives it a more rustic look and smells wonderful!