Monday, September 29, 2014

Apple Cake

A few weekends ago we had a dinner party with some friends that we had not seen in a while. We decided it was much too long and we needed to get together more often. It seems when we get together many times we talk about food (they love to cook and try new recipes). My daughters had mentioned that one of their favorite desserts was apple cake. We all chuckled because they had never had an apple cake before, apple pie of course, and have added applesauce to different recipes for moisture. 

The next day,  I thought to myself…ahh….I think we will make an apple cake for dessert (and makes a good breakfast as a coffee cake too)!

Apple Cake
¾ cup chopped walnuts
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 large baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
4 large eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup orange juice
2 tsp. vanilla extract 

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 10-inch bundt pan with oil to help the cake in not sticking to the sides. Sprinkle walnuts at the bottom of the pan evenly. In a large bowl, mix 2 T. of the flour, ¼ cup of the sugar, and the cinnamon together. Add apples to the bowl and toss.

In another bowl, mix the remaining of the flour and the sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, oil, butter, orange juice, and vanilla. Mix together until the batter is well combined.

Pour half of the batter into the bundt pan (roughly 2 cups). Then place the apple mixture on top of the batter and spread evenly. Add the remainder of the batter, on top of the apples.

Bake for 1 ¼ hours. Let the cake cool for 15-20 minutes. Take a knife and run around the sides of the pan, turn over, cool a little more and remove the cake from the pan. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Autumn Family Tradition and Apple Crumb Pie

One family traditions that we do each autumn is to visit our local apple orchard. It has been a tradition ever since my daughters were little and the same for me with my family. We pick all varieties of apples off the trees and when we are ready to leave the orchard, my daughters pour their favorite treat of all...pure apple cider that has been frozen to make a slushy. 

This week on MHC we are going to be sharing some favorite apple recipes for you to enjoy. To kick it off, we are sharing an apple crumb pie. 


Apple Crumb Pie
Crumb Topping
1/2 cup + 2 T flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon (we sometimes add a little more but we like a strong cinnamon flavor)
1 stick - cold butter (sliced/cubed)

7-8 medium sized apples
1 T. lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
3 T. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

Preheat the oven 450F. 

Peel the apples and cut into bite size pieces. Then place in a medium bowl. When all apples have been cut, sprinkle the 1 T. of lemon juice onto the apples so that they do not turn brown. Mix the remaining filling ingredient into the bowl of the apples. Pour the apple mixture into your pastry crust. 

Crumb topping: In a separate bowl from the apple filling, combine all dry ingredients together and a sliced stick of butter. Next gently "mash" the butter into the dry ingredients. 

Next, spread the crumb mixture on top of the apple filling. Spread evenly. 

Bake for 15 minutes at 450 F and then reduce to 350 F for 45 minutes. 

When done remove from the oven and cool. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Exciting News to Share

The editors of Modern Handmade Child are proud to announce that we are relaunching the online magazine! The magazine will relaunch for the Winter 2014 issue. We have lots of exciting things planned for our launch issue, and hope that you will continue to follow us. 

If you are a handmade business and are interested in learning more about advertising in our launch issue, we have some exciting opportunities available to the handmade community.

As you know, Modern Handmade Child has a diverse readership interested in a variety of subjects including DIY, home decor, sewing, cooking, health, art and education. Our mission is to provide a fun and valuable resource helping families to embrace the handmade way of life by intertwining the skills and values of the days gone by with the trends and technology of today.

To learn more about the advertising opportunities please click here

Monday, November 19, 2012

Winter 2012 issue out now!

Winter is quickly approaching, and here at MHC, we are excited to kick off the season as we present our Winter 2012 issue! Enjoy fun winter craft tutorials, delicious and allergen-free cookie recipes, a holiday gift guide with handmade gifts for every budget, tips for living green and getting organized for the new year, and much more!

So grab a mug of hot cocoa, then simply click on the cover below to view the Winter 2012 issue!

Wishing you a warm and joyful Winter,

The Staff at Modern Handmade Child

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Autumn 2012 Issue out now!

For many of us, August marks the last month of summer vacation.  It almost seems as though time speeds up in the month of August - it can be a very busy time as we try to pack in as much summer fun as we can, all while preparing for the next school year and for fall.

Here at MHC, we're ready to help with our Autumn 2012 issue!  Inside you will find some great ideas for back to school time, including a roundup of handmade fashions and tips for packing fun lunches for the kids, inspiring interviews with children's musician Laurie Berkner and sewing instructor/pattern maker Karen Krug, and some easy DIY projects.  Plus Halloween costume and party ideas (and free printables!), advice on getting your kids to sleep better, and more!  Simply click on the cover below to view the new Autumn 2012 issue!  

Your feedback and ideas are always welcome...send us an email, chat with us on facebook, or just post a comment right here!

Wishing you a fabulous fall,

The Staff at Modern Handmade Child

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Create: Felt Balls (Wet Felting Tutorial)

A few months ago, while traveling along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we came across some cute hair accessories that I thought the girls would be able to make. They were made of felted balls. So, to kick off our summer vacation this year, we learned the art of wet felting. 

Wet felting is the process of taking layers of carded wool (typically comes in batts or roving) and applying hot, soapy water and friction to them, which shrinks and interlocks the fibers creating felt (in our case, a ball). 

We purchased pre-dyed packages of 100% wool roving at our local craft store. Wool roving comes in a variety of colors that you could select. The only other supplies you need are hot water, dish soap, a container to hold the hot soapy water, and your hands!

Fill your container (we used a large plastic tub that was big enough for all of us to use) with hot water, and add about one tablespoon of dish soap to create a sudsy mixture. The wool will felt best in hot water, but make sure you don't get it too hot for your (or your little ones') hands.

Pull off a small section of the wool roving for each ball you would like to make. Take a section of roving and pull at it to loosen the fibers, then shape it into a "loose" ball. If you are interested in having multiple colors in your wool balls, this is the time that you would want to have your second or even third color of wool roving ready. Gently wrap the additional color(s) of roving around the ball. It does not need to be super tight - once you get the wool wet, it will begin to blend together.

Next, dip the wool roving ball into the hot, soapy water and begin to gently shape it using the palms of your hands (similar to how you would roll play-dough when you want to make a ball). Be careful not to press and roll too hard. Continue dipping the wool roving ball into the hot, soapy water and rolling it in your hands with a circular motion, making sure that it stays a nice round shape. You will begin to feel the wool become denser and denser as you roll. 

After the balls are fully felted, you will want to rinse them carefully to remove the soap from the wool. It takes roughly 24 hours for the wool to try. We just placed them on a plate and laid them on the counter top. When they are completely dry you can make necklaces, bracelets and hair accessories.  Have fun!

- Michelle
Hi Mamma

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring/Summer 2012 Issue out now!

The temperatures are rising, the sun is shining, and Spring is definitely here.  After the cold dark days of winter, there is something about this time of year that is so welcoming.  From the first buds of the season, to flowers in full bloom, there are so many moments to enjoy about this transitional season.  We have been doing some transitioning of our own, and couldn't be more excited to unveil our new design with our Spring/Summer 2012 issue!

This issue is full of handmade goodness that will surely put you in the mood for Spring and Summer - from handmade fashions for kids to fun craft projects and tutorials, from inspiring interviews to tips for living green.  Simply click on the cover below to hop into Spring!

Your feedback and ideas are always welcome...send us an email, chat with us on facebook, or just post a comment right here!

Wishing you a vibrant and cheerful Spring and Summer,

The Staff at Modern Handmade Child
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