Sunday, July 19, 2009

Fruit Leather Tutorial

If you are like me then you have grown up on fruit leather that your mom made. This is one of the things I loved and still do. I thought I would share the easy way my mom made fruit leather.

First you get your fresh fruit from your garden (or wherever else.) Enough to make a blender full. I have peaches here.
Cut the peaches in half and remove the pit, any nasty parts, and the skins (Optional. My mom keeps the skins on. I didn't this time.) If you have really ripe peaches the skins peel right off.
My blender is about 5 cups and I filled it to the top. When blended it made about 4 cups.
This is after blended. I did not add any water. It didn't need it since the peaches were really ripe. I did add 1 tablespoon of sugar. My mom doesn't add anything.
Line your pan with plastic wrap. I did it twice and overlapped in the middle. You want to cover the whole pan.
Pour the blended fruit into the pan and shake it around till it is evenly distributed.
Lay it out in the sun for a couple days. When I made this it was about 107 degrees outside. It was almost done in one day. It took about 1 1/2 days. If you don't want to do that put it in the oven at 140 degrees. It will take about 8-12 hours doing it this way.
The fruit leather will be done when it is no longer sticky and has a smooth surface.

After the leather is dried roll it up in the plastic wrap and store it in the fridge or freezer. The leather will come off of the plastic wrap easily.

For a different way to make it (and with a couple more ingredients) go here. How To Make Fruit Leather from Simply Recipes.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Beaded Watches

When I was on vacation the girls of the family had a craft hour. That's all we could find with kids running around. We ordered the watch faces at and went to Michael's to find the beads that we wanted to use for the band. We all went with a turquoise theme and they all turned out really cute.

This watch is what we called the turquoise M&M's. We used elastic on this watch.
Here are the other three. Mine is at the top. I have two shirts with those colors so I thought I would mingle the two colors together. I think they look good together. I used wire on my watch. I wanted to have the option of taking off the band and putting another on.

We also made a couple necklaces and a ring out of the remnants. I'll see what picture of the ring I can put up. It's so simple. I just used some stretchy cord and one of the big round crackly beads. It's kind of cute.

Click on the pictures to see them bigger.
The watch face website had really good prices for their watches. I think the faces we got ranged from $3.95-$5.95. Not a bad deal.

So cute.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Gone On Vacation

I am leaving on vacation from July 3-9th. Nothing will be happening here for that time.

If you want to grab my button here is how you do it.
-Right click on the image. Go to Save Image As. Save it to your computer.
-Go to you blog and click on Customize in the top right corner of your blog.
-Click on Add A Gadget
-Click on Picture
-Get image from your computer and add my blog address ( where it says Link.
-Click Save and you are done.
-View Blog. It should be there.

If anyone knows an easier way to do this let me know. I sat for a couple hours trying to figure out how to do this. I know there is another way to do it through Photobucket but I haven't figured it out.
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