Friday, October 4, 2013

Samhain's Sirens: Day 4 , October 4

Welcome back to Day 4 of the Samhain's Sirens Extravaganza!

Let Serena know if you have any questions or concerns. Just email her or use the contact form at the top of the page.

Our Crafty Witches take over on Fridays and Saturdays, so enjoy the fun with Robyn on Fridays and Renee on Craftacular Saturdays :)

And, we're off with another great tribute by Kestril Trueseeker!




Today's tribute is to Nat King Cole.








Autumn’s Amish Apple Pie
*Best Apple Pie ever!!


 Make Streusel topping:
 1/3 cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup plus 2 Tb all purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Speck of salt
½ cup (1 stick) butter, cold
½ cup coarsely chopped English walnuts

 In a food processor bowl, mix the first 6 ingredients.  Add the butter and process until the mixture is crumbly; it should still have a dry look to it..don’t over process.  Stir in nuts and set aside.



Apple filling:

 4 large apples like Granny Smith, McIntosh or Cortlands (which I love!)

1 cup sugar

3 Tbs all purpose flour

½ tsp ground cinnamon

1 egg

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp vanilla

 Preheat oven to 350*F.  Peel, core and thinly slice the apples;  there should be 4 cups.  Place the apples in the pie shell.  In a small bowl, mix sugar, flour, and cinnamon.  Set aside.  Beat the egg in a medium bowl, and add the cream and vanilla.  Add the sugar mixture to the egg mixture and blend.   Pour over the apples.  Bake for 1 hour in the lower 1/3 of the oven.  After 20 mins of baking, sprinkle the streusel over the top of the apples and continue baking approximately 40 mins longer, or until the top puffs and is golden brown.

 Crust:

 Ok..you can of course just buy a pie crust ready made and there is nothing wrong with that at all.

 However…I have a great recipe for a Pat-in-the-Pan crust that is easy and awesome!  It will fit an 8” or 9” pie pan.   You’ll love it!!  It is flaky and delicious!

(Oh this is can only be used for a single crust pie…you can’t double it and try to roll it out for a top crust…its too soft to do that)

 2 cups all purpose flour

2 tsps sugar

1 tsp salt

2/3 cup vegetable oil

3 Tbs cold milk


 Place the flour, sugar and salt in the pie pan and mix with your fingers until well blended.  In a measuring cup, combine the oil and milk and beat with a fork until creamy.  Pour all at once over the flour mixture and blend with a fork until it is completely moistened.  Pat the dough with your fingers, first up the sides of the plate, then across the bottom.  Flute the edges.  It’s now ready to be filled with the apples!



A couple of hints..I make the crust first..then put it in the fridge til I have the apples ready to fill it..keeps it from getting too wet.  I halved the nutmeg for myself..but you can put in up to 1 tsp of nutmeg if you love it!…it’ll be strong but great!  The juices in this pie can  run over the edges of the pie pan..so put some foil under them to catch it if you don’t want to clean your oven.


Blessings!!
Autumn




Meet Robyn!

Robyn is an insatiable creative with a bad case of Shiny Cauldron Syndrome. Born “sensitive” and tagged as a “wild child” she spent most of her young life wondering why everyone else was so different.  Taking every opportunity to explore new paths, Robyn found that her earth-loving, cyclical, curious nature was more comfortable in the world of artists than behind the corporate desk. She now spends her days happily immersed in shiny, new, creative pursuits. Robyn is currently writing a novel, a series of children’s books, two craft books, and designing jewelry—told you she had Shiny Cauldron Syndrome! She blogs about artsy-crafty things at Museiddity.com and just about any other subject at A Ponderance of Things. You can also visit her online shop at Creations by RLC.



Illuminated Picture Boxes

By Robyn Chausse

Photo Credit - Robyn Chausse 
Be the curator of your own ghostly museum! Display a gallery of eerie, glowing images with these DIY light boxes.

Craft Materials:

Empty boxes—one for each illuminated picture. These will be your frames.
Ruler to measure the “window” size for your print.
Item to trace for “window” (optional)
Vellum for printed picture (about .99 cents at the craft store; scrapbook section)
Computer and computer printer for printing picture onto vellum
Paint, pretty paper, or other embellishments to decorate frame
Craft knife or scissors
Tape
Glow stick or battery operated light source.

Craft Steps:

Choose an empty box—an empty cereal box or tissue box will work nicely. Tape closed any open ends and cut a large opening out of the back side of the box.



Photo Credit - Robyn Chausse

Lay the box face down and measure or trace your desired picture window opening
(I used the lid to a can). Cut out the opening.


Photo Credit - Robyn Chausse

Measure your window to determine the needed size of your printed picture. If you will be painting your box you might do this now so it has time to dry.


Photo Credit - Robyn Chausse

Using your computer, choose a photograph or illustration to print. You might want to manipulate the image using photo editing software. Save the image.

Decide how you will print the image and print a test page on regular paper.
How you print the image depends on your equipment. I use my Word program and insert the image onto a document. The rulers on my screen help me to size the image.

Check your test page against the window you cut from your box. If you are happy with the size then print a final copy onto a piece of vellum. Note: Vellum does not take ink as well as regular printing paper, so be prepared to allow a few minutes of drying time. Your image might have roller lines or other ink imperfections but that just adds character to your final work. (wink*)

Cut out your image allowing enough of a border for taping to the box.

Photo Credit - Robyn Chausse

Place your box front down on a table. Place your image face down inside the box. Check the placement to be sure the image is correctly positioned in the window. Tape the image to the inside of the box.
Photo Credit - Robyn Chausse

Finish decorating your frame. When the time comes to illuminate your box simply tape a glow stick—those little sticks you break and shake—or a small, battery operated light source to the inside bottom ledge of your box.

Photo Credit - Robyn Chausse



Robyn's shop, Creations by RLC is sponsoring today's giveaway.
Here's what you'll receive:



Handmade, drawstring bag measures 9” x 7” and is fully line. Bead detail on ties. Arrives with a surprise gift inside!

Retail Value: $10

Here’s how to enter:
Canadian residents, please pay close attention as by law, you have to use a different set of rules. Not to worry, we have you covered :)

How to Enter this giveaway: You have until 6am EDT on Monday to enter and the winner will be announced at 9am EDT on Monday (October 7).

The drawing will take place and will be announced both in email and on the blog at 9am EDT on October 4.

You MUST provide a valid email address to enter the contest.

1. Go to Creations by RLC . Find your favorite item, come back here, and tell us about it in the comment section. (1 entry)

2. Blog about this giveaway (make sure you link back here), come back and leave us a link to your blog. (1 entry)

3.  Tweet about this giveaway (link to us, please), come back, and leave us a link to your tweet (1 entry)

4. . Be a follower of this blog, Samhain's Sirens (1 entry)

5. . Like Samhains Sirens on Facebook (1 entry)

Note: If you want your entries to count as separate entries, you must post them separately. If you post 1 comment with all of these on it, it will only count as 1 entry.

Canadian residents, by law, instead of the above, you must answer the following question to be eligible:

What is 7+1?

YOU MUST PROVIDE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS TO ENTER

What's cool about being a Canadian? You automatically get 5 entries per giveaway for just answering 1 question! :)



The winner of October 3rd's Giveaway from A Witch By Any Other Name is:


Mary EH



Keep playing, everyone! Every time you enter, you are also automatically entered into the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the month  as well!

Tune in tomorrow for Craftacular Saturday with Sosanna! A great craft and giveaway from Sosanna's Closet!

See you Monday!

67 comments:

  1. Oh I love the silver and rose gold bracelet! oneoldgoat1962@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Beth,
      Thank you! I decided I liked that one too so I made one for myself (shhh). It's my everyday bracelet :)

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  2. I follow Samhain's Sirens - oneoldgoat1962@gmail.com

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  3. I like Samhain's Sirens FB page - oneoldgoat1962@gmail.com

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  4. What a fun way to repurpose boxes! And the pie looks delicious! Very hard to pick one thing, but the Bohemian Turtle bracelet caught my eye - nice!

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    1. Oh oops - lfe61@comcast.net

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    2. Hi Lynda. Thanks for visiting my shop! Good luck in the drawing :)

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  5. https://twitter.com/TheAuldGreyMare/status/386125573623275522 - I tweeted this entry!

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  6. I follow Samhain's Sirens on GFC.

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  7. I like Samhain's Sirens on Facebook.

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  8. Loved the apple pie recipe!! my youngest son was just asking for some, since i mentioned we could make it with all the apples i just got! ^_^ Looks super easy and not too time consuming! i'll have to make a couple, as i know how quickly they'll go once finished! ;)

    The light boxes are GENIUS! i'm gonna have many boxes left after unpacking.. i'll repurpose some of them for this project! thanks!
    ~V

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    1. I'd love to see a pic of your finished light boxes!! Enjoy your apple pie! I can't wait to try that crust:)

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    2. Hi Celtic...let me know if you make it....it truly is the best pie I've ever had...and it is reasonably easy and most definitely make 2...it disappears fast! I often pass one on to neighbors or family and then have to make two more! LOL

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  9. On Creations by RLC I found the (1) Rose Gold Wire Wrapped Bracelet with Swarovski Crystal to be gorgeous! I follow Samhain's Sirens blog (2) and like her fb page (3). Sorry I don't blog and can't seem to figure out tweeting. Best email is Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

    Any chance of posting a pumpkin donut recipe for a donut maker? I am having troubles finding one. Maybe you can conjure one up :)

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    1. OOH, pumpkin donuts sound delicious...Autumn???

      Thank you for visiting my shop, Paula. Good luck in the drawing!

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    2. Well I do have a pumpkin donut recipe...let me see if it can be added in somewhere along the line :)

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  10. I. Follow Samhains Sirens on FB. The_penns@cox.net

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  11. I LOVE following Samhain's Sirens blog posts! The_penns@cox.net

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  12. I like the Rose Gold bracelet! My e-mail address is oursunnyview @ gmail. com.

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    1. I follow Samhain's Sirens on Blogger :)

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    2. I follow Samhain's Sirens on Facebook.

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    3. Hi Sarah,
      Nice to meet you! Good luck in the drawing.

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  13. I wrote an entry on this here: http://thecauldronborn.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-hierophant.html

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  14. I am a blog follower syren_keigo@hotmail.com

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  15. I LOVE the Bohemian Style Sea Turtle Bracelet on Creations By RLC. syren_keigo@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Janille, Thank you! I grew up by the beach--that bracelet makes me think of long skirts and dancing in the waves.

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  16. I have liked Samhain Syrens on FB. syren_keigo@hotmail.com

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  17. I love the blue bead & black wire bracelet.

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    1. Are you a denim girl? That one looks great with jeans. Those blue beads are the prettiest color blue...I just love them! Good luck in the contest:)

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  18. I follow Samhain's SIrens via Bloglovin. jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

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  19. I liked Samhain's SIrens on FB under Jonquil Alexia. Also, Cortland apples are my favorite for applesauce.

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    1. Cortlands are wonderful for any kind of cooked apple indeed petoskystone!

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  20. I love the pearl bead bangle bracelet. It's lovely!

    Orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Oh, thank you! I love pearls--they remind me that it is often our struggles that give character to our life. Good luck in the drawing!

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  21. I am a follower of Samhain's Sirens.

    Orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

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  22. I have liked Samhain's Sirens on Facebook.

    Orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

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  23. My favorite bracelet would have to be the rose gold wire wrapped with the pink, lilac and clear crystal beads. It is very pretty!

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Engie, nice to meet you! Good luck in the drawing and Merry Samhain :)

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  24. This giveaway has been tweeted.

    https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/386190360721911808

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  25. I am following this blog (:

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  26. Samhain's Sirens has already been liked on Facebook (:

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  27. First let me say I am loving the give-a-ways, I am discovering so many new places to get goodies. My favorite item at Creations By RLC would have to be the "Silver Sea Turtle Bangle" it's just beautiful!!

    chaoticdreamer68@gmail.com

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    1. Aw, I'm so glad you like that one :) I'm enjoying all the giveaways too...and meeting so many new friends. Best of luck in the drawing!

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  28. Oh my goodness, that apple pie looks so delicious! I will definitely try to make it. I have only baked cakes, cupcakes and muffins so I hope my attempt at making this pie will be edible haha

    I think I will make my own illuminated picture box this weekend (:

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    1. Hi Engie! It's a wonderful first pie to make because the crust is so easy :)) Enjoy!

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    2. Engie, if you would like to share a picture of your finished box I'd love to see it:)

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  29. I love the silver and rose gold bracelet, those are my two favorite jewelery metals! rapowell4@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Rebecca,
      I love rose gold too. Thanks for visiting my shop and good luck with the drawing!

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  30. I follow the blog! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  31. I follow on Facebook :) rapowell4@gmail.com

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  33. I already like your blog, like the page (although the link doesn't work on here for fb) I did tweet, just not sure how to link here, lol
    Jenn Hodgson ‏@PPIJenn

    Don't miss out on an amazing contest! http://samhainsirens.blogspot.com/2013/10/samhains-sirens-day-4-october-4.html …

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    1. Hi Jennifer,
      To show your link from Twitter what you do is pull up all your tweets. On the one for the contest juct click on the time over in the right hand corner. This will bring up a page showing just that tweet alone. Look up in your bar that shows the URLs, the URL for that tweet will be there. Just copy that :) This is what it looks like https://twitter.com/PPIJenn/status/386216009780047872

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  34. Wire Wrapped Bangle Style Bracelet with Glass Pearl Beads, love, love, love this!

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    1. Oh, thanks for visiting the store! Good luck with the contest!!!

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  35. Love the Bohemian style sea turtle bracelet! So gorgeous!

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    1. Hi Hex-- that's one of my favs! Thanks for visiting the shop and Good Luck in the drawing!!

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  36. I follow the blog via Feedly. Bohowitch@gmail.com

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  37. Tweet, Tweet!
    https://twitter.com/BohoWitch/status/385758570135842817

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  38. The rose gold wire wrapped bracelet is my fave!

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    1. Hi Cyndi, Thanks for visiting my store :) Good luck in the drawing!!

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  39. I follow the Samhain's Sirens blog

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  40. I've liked Samhain's Sirens on FB

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  41. Here's my tweet https://twitter.com/cjrccm/status/386288128631123968
    cyndi.richards@yahoo.com

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  42. I'm so excited I won yesterday's giveaway!!! WOOHOO

    The answer is 8 :)

    wayfaring.dreams@gmail.com

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