Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Adding Elastic Waistband to Shorts son won't wear shorts that are loose. Delema...he has a pair of shorts given to him by his Aunt that are darling but..... that are 3-4 inches too loose in the waist. I began tackling this project head on. I got some elastic from another pair of pants that I was throwing away and cut it into 2 pieces. Then I cut a slit in the inside wasteband area of the shorts.
 I hand sewed a button hole looking slit. not too professional but who is going to look there right?
 Then I hand sewed a button next to the hole. Pretty tricky considering I didn't want to sew through the other side of the shorts.
 I inserted the elastic band about 3-4 inches and sewed it in place. I sewed underneath a belt loop so that no one would know that we changed the inside of the shorts.
 I slipped the button onto the elastic and VOILA! Shorts that fit! 
My son now wears these shorts a couple times a week.

Simple & Sweet Apple Turnovers


Really simple to make: 1 Can apple pie filling(chop coarsely), 
1 Box Refrigerated Pastry Pie crust (2 circles per package), 1 egg, powdered sugar, 
milk, water, almond extract.

Cut out circles with a glass or small bowl. Use knife to score edges. Fill center with 1 TBls. filling.
Wet seam with a small amount of water and press closed.

Score edges with fork or I used a Wilton decorative stitching tool (used for cakes & fondant). 
It is pictured below. 

Beat egg with 1 tsp. Milk and brush on the top of the turnover. 
Yum! The egg wash created this nice browning effect after they were cooked in the oven. So awesome! 
After the turnovers cooled for a while, I glazed them with powdered sugar and 1tsp. water and 1tsp. almond extract. After I mixed the icing I poured the mixture into a Ziploc bad and cut a small hole in the corner. I used it as a make shift pastry bag. Then I drizzled the topping on and allowed it to dry.

Heavenly treats!
Warm, sweet and tasty treat for the Fall season. You can't beat these treats for the holidays.
These beauties remind me of the little Wonder Bread pies that my Dad used to bring home when I was a little girl. What a treat they were. They package up nicely for a great gift.