Cinnamon applesauce ornaments

I made cinnamon applesauce ornaments for the first time this morning. I have never heard of these before and was intrigued. I decided to give them a try and make one for each person in my family. I used a recipe from McCormick.

Some recipes I saw used a little bit of glue in the mix. This recipe did not have glue and that appealed to me. I love the idea of just using Cinnamon and applesauce to make a dough that will harden.


Getting ready for the oven. 200 degrees for 2 1/2 hours


They came out great, although some things I learned are:

Don’t roll these out on parchment paper or plastic wrap. I know the recipe says to use plastic wrap, but when I did if there was any little wrinkle in the parchment paper or the plastic wrap it transfers to the dough. It’s easy enough to see wrinkles on the top but it was really frustrating to roll out the dough, cut out the shapes and then see creases on the underside.

I decided to roll out the dough on my countertop. This went well except when I thought I put enough cinnamon down on the counter to keep the dough from sticking. Luckily this is easily fixed by sprinkling more cinnamon down on your work surface. Check to make sure the  ornaments will come up from your surface before you cut out all your ornaments.

Also, the cheapest place I found to get cinnamon was at Walmart. They had bottles for 64cents.


What I’m loving Wednesday

The Simpsons Tapped Out game (free to download on Google Play and iTunes)

I started playing The Simpsons Tapped Out game in the middle of Halloween and loved it. Like many other people who play the game I have been looking forward to the Christmas update which finally happened yesterday.

The Simpsons Tapped Out Christmas 2013

The Simpsons Tapped Out Christmas 2013

This is my first Tapped out Christmas and I think the update was worth the wait.  The snow and the decorations are wonderful, and the gardener in me loves that they put winter coverings on the flowers and around  some of the trees. Now if I could only win some races at Springfield Downs.

Maple Bacon candle

I stopped in Michaels this morning to look for some textile medium to add to paint. Didn’t find what I was looking for but saw that candles were on sale for $4.00. They had several scents that I had high hopes for as they were some of my favorites, but the candles were very disappointing. I was ready to give up, when I smelled the Maple Bacon candle. I’m not sure how bacony it smells but it smells just like maple syrup with maybe a hint of bacon. It’s a great candle for the coming fall/winter weather. Very homey and yummy smelling. image