I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I had a really nice break and the day off today too so I keep forgetting it’s Monday! I’ve been feeling like sharing a few more lifestyle type things here, just the odd little thing like a recipe or project I’m working, a movie I’ve enjoyed or a pretty picture I’ve taken. Since I’ve started this blog I’ve also discovered the most wonderful sites so I’d really like to use this as a chance to share some of those too. I’m thinking of doing these at the end of the week – maybe every fortnight?? I’ll see how I go.
Baked Apple and Cinnamon Chips
My Parent’s Apple Trees are absolutely overflowing with fruit at the moment so we’ve been coming up with some creative ways to use them. Baked apple chips are one of my favourite Autumn snacks and they are so easy too. I actually did one half of this batch with cinnamon and the other with sea salt and rosemary – both were yummy but I don’t think you can ever top cinnamon with apples.
I sliced these with a sharp knife (a mandolin is great if you have one), sprinkled them with a bit of cinnamon and then dried them in a 90oC (200F) oven for about 2 hours, turning them over about half way through.
They are crispy as soon as they come out of the oven but become chewy (like commercial dried apple after a day).
Mollie Makes Magazine
I discovered this cute craft magazineat my local supermarket. The felt pinecones on the front first caught my eye, as well as a really lovely pattern for a crochet rose beanie and star shaped cushions. It came with a freebie felt doll kit too, which I thought was kind of fun and have already started to make:
The kit’s by Kitschy Digitals, which is currently my favourite new online find. They sell all sorts of cute printables there as well as blog designs and graphics. The sewing and needlework page is my favourite though, I especially love this one and this one. I think this doll will occupy me for at least the next couple of weeks or so but I’ll love to try a few of their patterns out in the future so stay tuned.
The petunias out the front are growing so beautifully at the moment. It’s late summer here so most of the flowers have gone or at least starting to go, so it’s lovely to still have a few in full bloom. This bright purple one is my favourite but I love the pretty powdery lilac ones too (in the back).
Here are some fun links I’ve discovered this week too:
3. Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Ideas (by Lisa Eldridge) – I love Lisa Eldridge’s tutorials, she is always so helpful and this guide to natural beauty ingredients is one of the most comprehensive I’ve come across online.