Slow Cooker Blackberry Apple Cider

This recipe is pretty going into the cooker, makes your house smell amazing for a few hours, provides you with a tasty hot beverage, then later a delicious cold drink, all with just a few ingredients, and it's very easy to make.  Does it get better than that?  Well, yes it does, because you can enjoy those delicious Oregon blackberries from the freezer in the cold of winter…

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Friday Favorites–Apple of my Eye

We have two dwarf apple trees in our yard.  Every year we root for them (ba-dum-bum), but the number of apples they bear wouldn’t make one pie.  The Asian pear that stands right next to them has so much fruit on it right now the limbs are touching the ground.  I’m no gardener, so I’m not going to begin to understand that, I’m just going to enjoy whatever fruit wants to come my way in the fall. 

Apple Recipes and Crafts - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

Why is it when you bite into an apple and find a worm (or worse yet, half a worm) it’s icky, but when you add the little guy to a crafted apple, like this Patchwork Apple Tote from Hungry Hippie, it’s adorable?

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This Upcycled Soda Bottle Candy Apple from Club Chica Circle is a great way to reuse those fun, round pop bottles that are available now.

Candle Apple Teacher Gift from Club Chica Circle

I’ve never heard of Apple Nachos, like these from Allyson Kramer, but I definitely need to give them a try.

Apple Nachos from Allyson Kramer

It’s hard to believe that these shiny Apple Earrings from Sowdering About in Seattle start out as simple paper.

Apple Earrings from Sowdering About in Seattle

There’s that worm again.  I love how Craft Gossip used the handle to add him to these Mason Jar Tumbler Teachers’ Gifts.

Mason Jar Tumbler Apples from Craft Gossip

This Apple Scented Bubble Bath from Smart School House is a great gift idea to stash away for the holidays.

Apple Scented Bubble Bath from Smart Schoolhouse

Oh my goodness.  This Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze from Inspired by Charm is just…I don’t think I need to say any more.

Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze from Inspired by Charm

These Apple Coasters from The Purl Bee are so cute.  I especially like the ones with a bite missing.

Apple Coasters from Purl Bee

This Apple Bag from The Ribbon Retreat looks just about right for carrying some books.  And, of course, an apple.

Apple Bag from The Ribbon Retreat

I love this idea so much.  No mess, no core, nothing but crunchy apple, gooey caramel and whatever toppings strike your fancy.  Thanks to She Knows for the next autumn dessert I’m going to need to try.

Mini Caramel Apple Bites from She Knows

Friday Favorites–Apples

My kids love apples, so I buy them year-round at the grocery store. They’re shipped from far away, exotic places, I’m sure.  When they’re in season around here in the fall though, I buy them with the least amount of travel distance as possible.  There’s just something about a local apple.  They look better, taste better and signal the start of autumn. 

This Apple Vase from Craft is a great project for combining the end-of-summer flowers with the first fall apples.

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These Harvest Apples from Bright Ideas would be nearly impossible to eat, but it’s definitely worth a try.

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These Autumn Apple Print Tees from Twig and Toadstool would be fun to make with the kids…maybe with a quick reminder not to take a bite out of their painted apple!

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Another fun kid project, since you already have to clean up paint anyway, are these Apple Placemats from Bloesem Kids.

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All that painting and fruit is going to make everybody hungry.  Try this Peanut Butter Apple Sushi from On a Whimm.

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If I didn’t work from home, I would have to buy an Apple Cozy from Etsy seller UnravelMe.  I might need one anyway, just to get my apple from the kitchen to my office safely.

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This Apple Applique from Wee Folk Art would be cute on lots of things.  There’s also a bonus Apple Crisp recipe in the post.

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This Apple Journal from the Split Stitch would be a great make-ahead gift to keep on hand for the holidays.  Yes, I said it – the holidays are coming!

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This Apple Thank You stationary from Paperglitter is adorable.  I need to find someone who needs a good thanking.

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Have a great Labor Day weekend!