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A DIY Kids’ Craft to Say Thank You, Dear Teacher! by charity buchika

Schoooooool’s out for SUMMER!

Well, almost. But before it’s done and over with, let us thank those sweet angels, I mean, teachers, who put up with so much and guide and support our children all year long. They really are wonderful people, aren’t they?

Here at the farmhouse, we’ve been wracking our brains for a sweet, unique way to honor my son’s teacher. What we landed on? Well, nothing says “thank you for helping me bloom this year” more than an adorable homemade flower crafted by two little appreciative hands and set in a gorgeous vase. And it just so happens we have the perfect one right at the shop! Our stoneware vase hand-crafted exclusively for us right here in Central New York.

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Next up: Choosing a flower! We decided to be truly crafty and one-of-a-kind by making pretty tissue paper flowers!

Here’s how to “grow” your tissue paper flowers!

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You’ll need:

- 3-6 sheets of tissue paper (the more you use, the fuller the bloom!)

- Green pipe cleaner

- Scissors

- Jute or ribbon

- FREE printable “Thank you for helping me blossom” note to attach to the vase with the jute.

- A vase

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Get gardening:

  • Stack all of your sheets in front of you, portrait style.

  • Fold the pile like an accordion – fold it over an inch, then flip it over and fold it back on the other side. Keep folding one inch at a time.

  • Cut the accordion in half for two flowers (or thirds if you want three flowers).

  • Wrap a piece of pipe cleaner around the middle of each accordion to keep it together. (A.k.a. your stems)

  • Separate out each layer of tissue paper, pulling it away from the end towards the center and shaping your bloom. Make sure to do it gently so that it doesn’t tear.

  • Thank you note: Lastly, please feel free to download our FREE printable “Thank you for helping me blossom” note and tie it around the lip of the vase with a piece of jute or ribbon.

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There! How sweet is that? A handmade bloom and a sweet little note all in a gorgeous vase your teacher will be able to use again and again!

Please tag #teaselwooddesignif you make these for your teacher and share other creative end-of-the-school-year gift ideas you have!!

XOXO,

Charity

20% Off Teaselwood Design Shop by charity buchika

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We have a lot to be Thankful for this year and wanted to do something this holiday season to say Thank you to all of our customers, friends, and family! Please use the code LETITSNOW to take 20% off your  Teaselwood Design order now through the end of day Monday. We have lots of great gift ideas for everyone on your list.

To make it super easy we put together a gift guide filled  with our favorite new products that just hit the shop last week.

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Many of our products are made in the USA and are made by us or by local makers.

Having a hard time deciding on a gift?  Send us a email and we will help you put a gift that will be a favorite for years to come.

Please stop by, we  will be at the Lakeside Holiday Fair this Saturday at the First Presbyterian  Church Skaneateles NY  from 10-5. Hope to see you!

Hope youhave a wonderful Thanksgiving.

XOXO,

Charity

All Photos: Alice G Patterson Photography

 

 

MY FAVORITE KIND OF APPLESAUCE by charity buchika

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I am not sure how September flew by so fast, but somehow it is October already.   The falling temperatures have come upon us fast, and I’ll miss our Indian summer!  This month is super busy with multiple family birthdays, our anniversary, apple and pumpkin picking, and fall decorating.

A fun part of living in Skaneateles NY, are a large number of local farms and our farmers market that are at their peak harvest right now. Last weekend my son and I had a great time exploring the apple and pumpkin farms; I think we visited every farm in a 20-mile radius.

Our apple tour included Owens Orchard  where they had the best deal on apples.  We bought an 8-pound bag of mixed, but not particularly pretty apples for under $9.00.  We also went to Beak & Skiff which is considered one of the top 10 orchards in the country.  Congratulations -Beak & Skiff!  We think Beak & Skiff makes the best apple fritters.

At the orchards, we always have a hard time deciding which apples to get. There are so many types of apples to choose from now.  We tend to love Gala, but there are so many great varieties depending on what you are planning to do with them.

We are lucky enough to have two dwarf apple trees on our properties that are producing well. My husband is in charge of caring for the apple trees.  This year I think he finally nailed it plus the weather cooperated making it agreat growing season for them.  It wasn’t such a great season for cucumbers  and that could be a blessing, or I still would be canning pickles.

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At Teaselwood Farm, the most requested apple creation was named my son:  “My Favorite Kind of Apple Sauce” .  You can make the applesauce in small batches and save it in the refrigerator or large batches that are super for canning. I have even used a few apples that were not being eaten and made this. It is amazing with vanilla ice cream, it almost taste like apple pie filling.  

My Favorite Kind of Applesauce

6 lbs. apples
2 cups of water
1 cup of local raw honey
¾ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Peel, core and cut up apples. I used a variety of apple types, which gives varying textures and tastes.

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Put all the all apples and water in a stock pot and boil. When it starts boiling, turn it down to a simmer and cook 20 minutes or until the apples start breaking apart and becoming mush.

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Turn to low,  add honey, cinnamon and vanilla and stir together. You can vary the amounts of honey depending on how sweet you like your applesauce and the tartness of your apples. Once everything is mixed, you can take it off the burner.

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We love to eat our apple sauce a bit warm from the stove and put it in a pretty bowl and enjoy. If you prefer to enjoy your applesauce though the winter you use a water bath to can it.

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Love to know what your favorite recipe is with this time of year.

XOXO,

Charity

Styled applesauce photos by Alice G Patterson Photography.