On the Ranch

Apple Bread Recipe

Here’s the recipe I used for the apple bread with a couple alterations. I used about 1 1/2  cups of apples that I had chopped with cinnamon and froze. I let them thaw and used the juice in place of most of the milk. You can make this with all regular flour if you want then you don’t need to let the loaf cool completely before removing from pan.

I’ve also made a double batch of this recipe in a bundt pan and served it for dessert. Fabulous!

Apple bread recipe

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Great Baking Day

Change is something that happens all the time in everything whether we really want it to or not. But the changing of seasons is something I just love and fall is my favorite season.

Summer heat is gone, nights are cooling down and the leaves are changing color. We had a nice day this last week and it was perfect for doing a day of baking and jam making. My ranchman likes this time of year because he gets to eat it all. haha

I made sourdough bread, apple bread with apples from our orchard and peach jam of course from our orchard.

sourdough bread

apple bread

jam

I used a template for this one because I couldn’t wait to get this page made. 🙂 I’ve said it before but I highly recommend using templates to get your pages created quickly. To make it fast I removed all the elements from the template but kept all the papers. I used Be The Star You Are kit from Forever. I wanted to show you how you can make a page quick by only changing a few elements to your liking. All the thinking is done. Here is the template before I changed anything.

BnP_Autumn Bliss 03

Bits-N-Pieces Autumn Bliss 4 Template set – https://www.etsy.com/shop/BitsNPiecesRachelle

All the photos on this template have a basic mat around them. I decided I wanted to make the large photo stand out a bit more than the other two besides just being larger so I added a large dotted stroke in yellow.

Full photo dotted stroke

smaller photos solid stroke

My final page!

Fall Baking Day

Happy crafting til’ next time,

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Adopt Me Eyes

Ok, this picture of our dear Pudge and all her other ones since we got her, have the cutest eyes that just beg to be loved. We call them her “adopt me” eyes. She was never in a shelter but if she was she wouldn’t be there long! Don’t you agree?

Look at them eyes

I’m showcasing how a kit with totally different colors than what’s in your photos can still work great. The kit I’m using is Laura Burger’s kit called Boho Soul at Forever.

Boho Soul kit

This kit has some amazingly soft elements which I love, like feathers! Now, who doesn’t like wispy feathers AND along with flowers … I’m all over it. Haha

I created a cluster out of the flowers, feathers and even an arrow from this kit. Now, how cute is that!

arrow

cluster

Another thing I want to showcase is the template I used. It’s by Bits-N-Pieces in her Memory Lane 2019 August set.

BnP_Memory Lane 2019 August preview

Her templates are in .page format so they are super easy to use in Artisan   No converting needed all you do is import the template right onto your page and start creating. All the pieces are ready to fill with paper, color or even photos. My completed page was super quick to create albiet choosing a photo took the longest. There are just too many cute ones with “those eyes”!

Cherish

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Happy crafting til’ next time,

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Special Gift

I wanted to showcase a gift my daughter brought me when she was on a mission trip to Indonesia. These are so special to me because all of her gifts are something that she knows I will really love.

I’ve been a Starbucks coffee drinker for about 20 years so having a mug from Indonesia is really special to me.

Indonesia mugs

I didn’t want a lot of elements on the page to detract from the photos so I decided to create a parallelogram shape and duplicated it to make three of them. Now don’t stress out about how to make this shape – Artisan has so many shapes that are included it was as easy as selecting it, filling it how I wanted it. I then resized them to fill the whole page.

original shape

With these shapes fairly large I made the background a plaid then filled the shapes with one color from the paper. Added a stroke (frame) on each shape and filled them with a solid color of the plaid.

parallelogram shape

My page is simple but the photos are where I want you to focus so I think I succeeded.

special mug page

Credits: Amazed Mini by Blue Heart Scraps and font used ck deena.

Happy crafting til’ next time,

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Cute & Easy Template

I know I’m posting twice in one week but I’ve got something special for you that you don’t want to miss out on, keep reading. ♥ Sometimes when I see a template I love the basic idea, it helps me get my own creative juices going. With this one, I fell in love with it right away and only changed a couple things. If you want a FREE template to use it’s only available for a couple more days. You’ll need to join the ALFLT Blog & FB Group

Each month many designers share a template you can download and use. This one is from Bits-N-Pieces 

Bits-N-Pieces designs in .page format also so if you’re an Artisan user like me you’ll want to join her FB group for sure. Here’s the original template:

Bits-N-Pieces ALFLT Aug

Didn’t I say it was cute!! I’m surrounded by sunflowers and this template is perfect for that.

I just changed a few elements with a surface texture then added a few other flowers, added shadows and I was done.

Beauty of Summer

Totally easy and fun to use. Took me literally 10 minutes! Be sure and check out the FB Group links above so you can start making pages quick also.

Other credits: Rain, Rain Bundle from Sheila Reid at Pixel Scrapper.

Happy crafting til’ next time,

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Peach Pie Anyone?

If you don’t know it, today is National Peach Pie Day! I’m all over it!! We’ve been blessed with an abundant peach harvest this year and we still have two more trees that aren’t ripe yet – YIPPEE!!

peaches

This was a fun page with a technique I’ve not used before. I made a frame with an INSIDE shadow out of paper. I’ve seen this and haven’t tried it until now.

The frame on the left has no shadow with the one on the right has the inside shadow. It doesn’t look like it shows up much. 😦

I used a heart shape edge cutter on paper since we LOVE pie I thought it was a good shape to use. 🙂

heart edge shape cutter

The shape cutter in Artisan is so versatile, you can vary the size of heart and space between each heart. I wanted the hearts to be touching just like a true border so I chose no space between each shape. Then I selected to cut and save the NON shadowed piece.

heart border

I want you to note I didn’t use a single flower on this page because I thought my cluster of baking items, peaches, and the apron gave this page the look I wanted. LOL

cluster

Completed page!

Peach Pie Page

Celebrate National Peach Pie Day and get yourself some pie!!

Credits: Le Chef Mega bundle at Forever

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Mix It Up

I missed last weeks post because my “best sis” came for a visit. We live in different states and usually only see each other 1-2 times a year so my time with her is so special to me and to be honest – everything else falls to the wayside. 🙂

I usually show you how to make a page using one kit but today I want to show you how you can use items from several different kits to create a page. Time to think outside the box. 🙂

Naps this time of year are almost a daily activity for Pudge and my “ranchman” after spending the morning outside in the heat. This is the photo I want to use for my page. Isn’t she a cutie!

photo

Choose your photo or photos you want to use then look for kits that have the same or complementary color schemes. At this point don’t worry about the theme of the kits because many have generic items within them you can use for any theme. Then look for elements that go with your page idea. My photo of pudge shows wood palettes and a bale of straw so you might think I want ranch or farm kits. But look at the names of the kits I’m using – Dreams of Daffodils, Boho Soul and a mix of appreciation items.

Here are the items I’m using from each one of these kits. They are grouped together as I have placed them on my page.

Dreams of Daffodils – Dreams of Daffodils group

Customer Appreciation random gifts –

Random item kit

Boho Soul –

Boho Soul group

As you can see from these titles they don’t have the same theme at all or have ranch or farm themes, but they work with my photo. All of these kits have many more items in them that don’t go with my photo but if you take just a few minutes to review your kits you’ll be surprised at what you can create with them. I challenge you to try some “out of the box” ways to use the kits you have.

Here’s my page:

full page

This page used  Dreams of Daffodils kit by Forever, Boho Soul kit by Laura Burger Forever and Forever fall 2012 customer appreciations. Font used: Amable

Check out my link to Forever for artwork, Artisan, Historian, photo printing and many other things. Get $10 just for signing up with me:          https://www.forever.com/ambassador/denise-houser

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Happy crafting til’ next time,

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