Sunday Quotes #6

Sunday Quotes #6 makes me think about seeking beauty or making beauty…..

Which person are you? The seeker or the maker? In life, I think we are a bit of both. Afteralll when we are creating beauty, whether its through an artistic project, a garden or simply a beautiful room,….are we not seeking beauty?

Sunday Quotes #6 seeking beauty

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Mason Jar Apple Crisp

It seems everywhere I turn lately, I’m seeing food in mason jars – salads, pasta, dips and desserts. They’re rustic looking, easy to travel and work beautifully on a buffet. And that’s what I’m doing with this recipe for apple crisp in mason jars – they will be part of the sweets table at my daughter’s wedding next weekend.

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It’s a basic apple crisp recipe adapted to individual serving dishes – this time in  Wide-Mouth Canning Jars in the 8 oz. size. Easier to get your spoon in with a wide mouth jar.

For 10 mason jars this size, start by peeling, coring and slicing about 8 apples – enough to make 8 cups.

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Mix together the apples, 1 cup of sugar, 1/4 flour and 1 tbs cinnamon. Spoon into mason jars until they are heaping full. The apples will cook down, so there’s lots of room to add the topping.

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Set them on a cookie tray for easier handling and transferring in and out of the oven. Plus if there’s spillage, it won’t run all over your oven (this time).

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In a separate bowl, crumble together 1 cup butter with 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup flour. Toss in 1 tbs of cinnamon for some added flavour. I also added 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts, but that’s optional. Personally, I love the taste of walnuts, cinnamon and apples together.

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Bake in a 350F oven for approximately 40 minutes or until the apple mixture is bubbling and the topping has browned. Let cool on cookie sheet.

Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream, whipped cream or on their own.

These are going to make an awesome, rustic fall addition to the sweets table. But they are perfect for a weeknight dessert too. Even tucked into a lunchbox. That’s the cool thing about making food in mason jars – they are so versatile.

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Seven Fabulous Fall Containers

With the last long weekend of the summer fast approaching, my mind is turning to all things fall. The urns at the front of the house are beginning to look a bit tired – the geraniums are looking sad and the petunias are overgrown and leggy. It’s time to switch things up to greet the new season. So I asked some of my blogging buddies to share their fall planters with me…

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Not only is Thea’s urn gorgeous, but she shows us how she created it on her blog Time With Thea

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Jane’s whole front porch is decorated beautifully. But I think my favourite feature is this gorgeous planter from Cottage at the Crossroads.

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There’s a little bistro set by our front door where this little watering can planter from The Gardening Cook would fit perfectly.

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If you’re not ready to get rid of all things summer, Pam from House of Hawthornes shows us how to add just a bit of fall to your summer planters.

 

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This sweet jack-o-lantern planter is the perfect greeting for your veggie patch. Don’t you love how Barb from Our Fairfield Home and Garden added the pepper “hair”?

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Jacki from Drought Smart Plants fills the gap with capsicum and grasses in this container.

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Although not a planter, this gorgeous window box from Our Fairfield Home and Garden is a lovely welcome to fall.

Okay, now I think I’m ready. These ladies have inspired me to get out to the nursery and buy that first pot of mums to make my own fall containers.