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Friday, August 9, 2013

New ideas and recipes for a fall apple harvest | Dutch Oven and Grill Recipes

Amish Outdoor Cookbook
Amish Outdoor Cookbook
Amish Cookbook- Cooking with the Horse and Buggy People II
Amish Cookbook- Cooking with the Horse and Buggy People II
Healthy Choices Cookbook from the readers of Keepers at Home Magazine
Healthy Choices Cookbook from the readers of Keepers at Home Magazine

Also make Dutch Apple Bread and Apple Butter Spread!

If you are looking for something different recipe ideas to try with apples this year, consider these easy recipes for outdoor and indoor cooking. Recipes come from Amish and Mennonite cookbooks courtesy of Cottage Craft Works .com
Baked Apples on the Grill
4 med. Tart apples cord
1/3 c. raisins
¼ c. coconut
¼ c. walnuts
½ c. packed brown sugar
Place each apple on a 12” square piece of heavy-duty foil. Combine all of the remaining ingredients; spoon into the center of the apples. Fold the foil over the apples and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until the apples are tender. Yield: 4 servings
Recipe from: Outdoor Cookbook
Dutch Oven Apples
½ c. butter
¾ c. brown sugar
½ tsp. salt
¾ c. apple juice
1 Tbsp. vinegar
3 c. apple slices
4 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/3 c. apple juice
Melt butter in an 8” Dutch oven. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt; stir until smooth. Mix in the ¾ cup apple juice, vinegar and apple slices. Cook until the apples are soft. Thicken with cornstarch dissolved in 1/3 cup apple juice. Serve warm. Apples are also good with pancakes. Top with whip cream.
Recipe from: Outdoor Cookbook
Apple Dumplings
4 c. pastry flour
½ c. white sugar
1 c. Crisco
1 egg
½ t. salt
Cinnamon Mixture:
1 c white sugar + 2 t. Cinnamon
Mix first 3 ingredients like pie dough, put egg in 1 c. and fill with milk. Beat slightly and pour most of this into flour mixture, till right consistency. Roll dough out into 3/8” thick and cut in squares. Place half of an apple in center of dough. Fill apple center with 1 t. sugar cinnamon mixture. Moisten edges of dough and pinch shut. Place in cake pans. Pour caramel sauce over top and bake at 400°, till tender.
Carmel Sauce:
1 c. water, 1 c. brown sugar, ¼ t. cinnamon, and 2 T. butter. Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes (The last procedure in the recipe)
Dutch Apple Bread
½ cup butter + 1 cup raw honey + 2 eggs + 1 tsp. vanilla: cream together
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour + 1 tsp. baking soda: stir together adding in ½ cup buttermilk
Fold in: 1 cup chopped, peeled apples and ¼ cup chopped nuts
Spread into a greased bread pan.
½ cup whole wheat pastry flour + 2 Tbsp. honey + 2 Tbsp sucanat (sweetener) + ½ tsp. cinnamon + 2-1/2 Tbsp. butter
Crumble together on top of loaf and bake 350° until browned and springy, test with toothpick done.
Recipe from: The Keepers at Home Healthy Choices Cookbook
Apple Butter
This will make a large batch, Downsize recipe as needed
3 gal of apples cut up
1 gal light Karo Syrup
8 lbs sugar
Cook together for 3 hours, convered. Do not take lid off while cooking. Put through sieve. Add cinnamon to taste. Put into jars and seal.
Recipe From: Cooking with the Horse and Buggy People II
More-ish Apples
4 apples + ¼ cup peanut butter + ¼ cup honey
Mix honey and peanut butter. Spread in core (holes) in apple halves. Enjoy!
Recipe from: The Keepers at Home Healthy Choices Cookbook

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Best Man Gift | Groomsmen Gifts | Personalized Hunting Calls

Tried of the old traditional groomsmen gifts? These beautiful Amish handcrafted personalized hunting calls are becoming very popular best man and groomsmen wedding gifts.

Unique wedding party gifts for a group of die-hard hunters.  They will love them for years to come.

These old fashioned wooden hunting calls will be a home run.  Best of all they will fit right in with a frugal budget.

Hunting calls are available for all types of hunters and can be personalized for each person.

Cottage Craft Works .com with their subsidiary CCW Hunting and Game Calls has one of the largest selection of  turkey calls on the Internet.

The Lil Champ 6” dugout box call is one of the most popular items ordered for wedding parties.  It features an engraving of a strutting turkey coming through a barbed wire fence toward a group of turkeys underneath a large oak tree.  The groomsman name can be engraved in the top of the hunting scene.

Other popular groomsmen gifts have included deer grunts, and duck calls.

 Leather duck straps have also been personalized for waterfowl hunters.

For an over the top best man gift the complete gear belts for all types of hunts are patterned after old fashioned hunting gear.

For the bride who loves to bake personalized pottery wedding  and batter bowls are also available for wedding gifts.

Cottage Craft Works .com is a full line general store featuring the old fashioned products from the 1900s.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Game Board | Vintage Reproduction | Aggravation | Checkers | Chess | Carrom

Bring back family togetherness and build new family traditions with these vintage reproduction board games.

Do you miss the more simpler life when growing up was all about family and having fun together at home?

Pull the plug on electronics for at least  one night per week to have quality time teaching your children, develop new family traditions, and be with them to detect early on crisis issues.

Some say that television, computers, and electronic games have deteriorated the family connection.

While these old fashioned board games are now available in an electronic format, the one on one solitude of just sitting down in a quiet corner next to a blazing warm fire is an excellent way to discuss lifelong development and values with children.

There’s just nothing like an old fashioned game board to provide some quality family time away from modern electronics.

Some board games like Aggravation and Carrom can be played with multiple family members while chess and checkers challenge the mind and coordination to visually watch a child’s or teen one on one interactions.

If you should become snowed in this winter without power these vintage board games will also help beat cabin fever.

Reproduction board games are made and used in the Amish self sustaining communities who still use these old fashioned entertainment boards in lieu of modern electronics.

Aggravation board games are available for four and up to six players.  It’s a game using marbles and dice with the winner who ends up capturing their opponents marbles.

Carrom Game Board is  a multipurpose double sided game board providing 100 different game options.  Your family can play everything from Ring Carrom®, Crokinole, Billiards, Bowling, King of the Castle, Backgammon, Blockade and 93 other exciting games.

The Carrom game board was originally introduced in the late 1800s and was one of the main entertainment game boards used up into the mid 1900s before television began to change the family entertainment culture.

Vintage game boards are also popular home decorating items.

You will find quality vintage reproduction game boards at Cottage Craft Works .com 

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