Homemade Fruit Leather – Fruit Roll Up

This has been so fun to make. I really have enjoyed it!! I love to use my Nesco Dehydrator. It isn’t one of the super fancy expensive ones but I can do up to 5 trays in it with no issues. Works great and easy to clean up and pack away.

I had alot of strawberries that were not very sweet. I did not want them to go to waste. I decided to try fruit leather and now I am HOOKED!! My kids love it and I love it FAR TOO MUCH!!

To make the strawberry roll ups I cleaned and cut my strawberries. I then in my blender pureed the strawberries with sugar to taste. I don’t really have a recipe because it depends on your strawberries how sweet they are. I think I ended up using a full cup of sugar for 10 cups of pureed strawberries. I simply just sampled the puree till I was happy with the flavor.

Be sure there are no lumps/chunks.

Homemade Fruit Leather - Fruit Roll Up

Once I had my puree ready I inserted the fruit roll sheet inserts. The Dehydrator came with 2 however I wanted 2 more and ordered additional ones as well. They were very inexpensive!! I love amazon!! So I could make 4 trays at the same time!

Homemade Fruit Leather - Fruit Roll Up

To help ease the peeling process I lightly sprayed the tray with cooking spray. VERY LIGHTLY!

Homemade Fruit Leather - Fruit Roll Up

Pour the puree into the tray.

Homemade Fruit Leather - Fruit Roll Up

Level out the puree so it is level all the way around.  I repeated this till all 4 trays were filled.

Homemade Fruit Leather - Fruit Roll Up
I set my dehydrator to 135 degrees. For 8-12 hours. It depended how thick I poured my puree. I would just peek occasionally and touch the leather till I knew it was fully done and not gummy any more.

Homemade Fruit Leather - Fruit Roll Up
Homemade Fruit Leather - Fruit Roll Up

Carefully peeling off the fruit from the tray onto a large piece of parchment paper. It came off pretty effortlessly.

Homemade Fruit Leather - Fruit Roll Up

I then rolled up the parchment paper and cut into strips my fruit leather to look like Fruit Roll-Ups.

I store them all in a zip top freezer bag till we are ready to take one out at eat.

Homemade Fruit Leather - Fruit Roll Up

YUM!! I can’t stop eating them!! They are SOO SOO GOOD!!!

I have tried other leathers as well. I had frozen peaches in my freezer and made them the same way. I also had cinnamon apple sauce. I simply poured the apple sauce into the tray and it too made leather. That was EXTREMELY EASY!!

I got a bit crazy and now have a full pantry full of fruit leather and we are stocked for a while. However at the rate we are eating them I may be making more next week!







Fun with Sugar Cookies

I have really enjoyed lately working on sugar cookies. I still enjoy making cupcakes and baking however I have always envied (thats a sin I know) People that could make fabulous cookies. A wonderful girlfriend who makes cookies taught me one morning before my birthday. I enjoyed every minute of it. I soaked in everything she told me. Then I never went home and made any. I was scared. Not sure why. Finally I jumped into it and I am loving it.  It is alot of work and I need to figure out my methods better however while I do I enjoy practicing. I bit off more than I could chew one night making 9 colors. That is discouraging. DON’T DO THAT. You will then wonder why bother. I have learned now, pick just 2 or 3 shapes with a few colors when you create. However you can see what I have worked on over the last month. :)  Each time I bake/decorate I can feel more in control of the icing. LOVE LOVE IT!!

Fun with Sugar Cookies

My crazy rainbow of colors I attempted. Fun with Sugar Cookies Photo Mar 31, 12 55 35 PM
All these different cookies I did in 1 evening. WAYYYYY Too many if you ask me. Next time I will narrow it down to a few designs. But I will admit- it was FUN!!

Fun with Sugar Cookies Fun with Sugar Cookies Fun with Sugar Cookies

Etsy is a wonderful place to get CUSTOM made cookie cutters. I used an Etsy store – NEW CREATIVE CREATIONS.  He worked with me on some fun designs I wanted for myself. I ordered about 5 – 6 new shapes from him. He was awesome to work with!! Photo Apr 02, 9 05 26 PM Fun with Sugar Cookies Fun with Sugar Cookies

This was my FIRST EVER paid order from a customer (friend.. but still.. she put alot of faith in me) I was so thrilled with how he Easter cookies turned out. Much easier narrowing down a few colors this round. :)

Fun with Sugar Cookies Fun with Sugar Cookies Fun with Sugar Cookies

I then decided to try to make cookies to take to a party. Beach Themed and loved how they turned out. However I didn’t have beach cutters at all. My limited supply of shapes– so I had to get creative. I had a star and circle. I needed a shell shape. As you can see I used 2 different cutters I already owned to create the shell shape. I am proud of how it came out. WOOT WOOT!! SO EXCITED!!

I just use the Wilton royal icing recipe and my favorite sugar cookie recipe.

This is a new adventure for me. I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen!!







Youth Activity- Mutual – Human Hungry Hungry Hippos


This activity was NOT created by me. The Youth discussed this at one of their meetings and someone suggested it and made it happen. The parents all came together bringing what was needed for the event.

Balloons, Laundry Baskets, Helmets (but they tended not to be used but they were meant to be used hahaha) and 4 rolling piano/furniture dollies.  Very simple and was awesome!!!  The kids had a blast and parents like me enjoyed watching it happen.

To keep the game fun– each round after they counted to see which team had the most balloons. They changed up the rules a bit. A parent had a football, basketball, volley ball available so as the game started they would toss one of the balls into the middle randomly and the teams knew if they captured one of the balls it was worth 5 points vs 1 point (balloons were 1 point each)  It made for excitement as well.  Great event and I loved watching the youth work as a team for a fun night!! I love our Young Men and Young Women and their leaders!! They rock my world!!

Youth Activity- Mutual - Human Hungry Hungry Hippos

 

Youth Activity- Mutual - Human Hungry Hungry Hippos

 

Youth Activity- Mutual - Human Hungry Hungry Hippos

 

Youth Activity- Mutual - Human Hungry Hungry Hippos

 

Youth Activity- Mutual - Human Hungry Hungry Hippos

 

Youth Activity- Mutual - Human Hungry Hungry Hippos







Easter decorations made from old fence boards

Creating all these pieces listed here– I used the same method from a past post — LUCKY BOARD

Easter decorations made from old fence boards

I wanted something SPRINGY- to have in my home and to keep the true meaning of EASTER in our home. I love the scripture John 3:16

Easter decorations made from old fence boards

These are all approximately 24 inches long and I cut them from old fence boards from my yard that was falling apart. LOVE the look it gives!!

Easter decorations made from old fence boards

Easter decorations made from old fence boards

The tops of the fence boards I used as well from cutting the other projects out. I saved the tops and drilled holes in them to let them look like tags. I then dry rubbed (just painted with a dry brush) Acrylic by Plaid paints. –  FOLK ART by Plaid paints is the best!! Once I colored the wood, I then cut out vinyl stencils with my Silhouette Machine.  I LOVE MY SILHOUETTE!! I do so much with it. BEST INVESTMENT EVER!!

I then stenciled on rabbits and my word Easter onto the boards. To give it a worn look took 80 grit sand paper and lightly rubbed it after the paint ad dried.  Tied on some jute/twine at the top and was a quick project. Another FAVORITE this season I made!!

Easter decorations made from old fence boards







Easter Egg Display Holder

Easter Egg Display Holder

I had chalkboard eggs that I decorated with my favorite chalk board markers. The Bistro chalk markers are the brightest and goes on the best in my humble opinion. LOVE LOVE THEM!! I wanted a way to display them. We have a rotting fence in the back yard and I am always using the boards for projects these days. I cut off a 24 inch piece and had my husband drill me 8 holes into them to hold my eggs to display.

Easter Egg Display Holder

I wanted to keep it antique looking and found 2 drawer handles in our stash. You can find them at Lowes, Home Depot or Ace.

Easter Egg Display Holder

Simply attached the handles one on each end on the under side for legs.

Easter Egg Display Holder
Project DONE!! Very easy and I love the look of metal and old wood together! No painting needed!! QUICK AND EASY!! Now my eggs can be displayed!

Easter Egg Display Holder

Everyone that comes over has to check out how it was made and can’t believe it was made so effortlessly. (At least to me it was… it requires having tools.. and a Husband that is willing ) :)







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