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I've been crocheting for over 30 years, and come from a family of yarn and fabric artisans. I learned to sew from my Grandmother who made several quilts a year entirely by hand...one for each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild. Life situations and changes caused me to take a chance and open my first Etsy shop in Feb. 2011. A few successful months later, I opened my second Etsy shop as BeccaTheBaker...and later in 2011 opened my third Etsy shop as BeyondCrochetToo. I'm a single mother of 2 teenagers (a girl and a boy), plus 2 cats. I'm a 5th generation Native Californian (Northern California. And am happy to be back on the West Coast in the Pacific Northwest where I belong.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Free Recipe: Oregon Apple Pie

Oregon, like Washington State, grows a LOT of apples, pears, berries, and filberts (aka hazelnuts)...among many other great farm items.

 I can't wait to be able to go directly to the source for fresh produce to make mouth-watering recipes like this one!!

I would consider this more of an apple crisp than a pie, but it's still really good either way. :)
*I've wondered how it would be to actually bake it in a pie shell, cutting back the topping mixture by about half - but, I have not tried it this way yet, so cannot recommend it. - Please let me know if any of you try it baked in a shell as an actual pie....or if you prefer it using one type of apple to another. :)

For 1 pie, 6 servings, you will need:
4 large or 6 small baking apples, peeled, sliced (see: "12 Great Apples for Baking")

2 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon

 6 oz butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
Powdered sugar, sifted
Pecans for garnish, optional

Arrange apple slices in an even layer in a lightly greased pie plate. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

For topping: Combine cooled melted butter, brown sugar, chopped nuts and flour in a bowl. Add eggs to mixture, mixing to blend well. Spread topping evenly over apples.

Bake pie at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 35 minutes or until apples are soft and topping is lightly brown.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and chopped pecans, if desired.

Tips: You can leave the peels on the apples if they are thin enough, such as with Golden Delicious apples. Also try substituting walnuts or hazelnuts for the pecans.
.......And don't forget to top it off with some Cinnamon, or French Vanilla Ice Cream - YUM!!

Sharing the Joy: Helping to Spread the Word About Fellow Etsians - SoapSudsBabyDuds

Sometimes just adding someone's item to your favorites list just isn't enough. That's been the case recently with a few shops I've recently purchased from on Etsy. So, in an attempt to show how much I appreciate their craftsmanship, I've decided to try to showcase them here on my blog. Now, I realize I don't have a large following...and I don't consider myself to be a great writer by any means. But, I'm sincere and TRULY appreciate the work they do, the personal touches they add, and in some cases: the support they have given me in return - whether it's been by leaving me encouraging convos, "liking" my Facebook page, or subscribing to me here. :)

So, here we go. I hope I do them proud.

I've had this in my drafts for months, but didn't post it due to technical difficulties with Blogger. Now I'm sad to say that the featured Etsy Seller will be putting her shop on an extended vacation. I still wanted to pay her tribute though, so here we go:

8 bar Sample Pack - You choose scents.

The first BNR I was ever in was curated by SoapSudsBabyDuds. As soon as I mentioned that it was my first, "Soap" immediately made me feel welcome and at home and answered any and all questions that I had. Her BNRs are still the main ones I am in, and I'm proud to say I'm part of her SoapSuds BNS/BNR fun Team on Etsy. :)

When Soap's not busy curating and running a BNS/BNR, she's busy making....you guessed it: Soap!! I've become a huge fan and repeat customer of her wonderful soaps and have members of my family buying them as well.

Unfortunately, Soap needs to put her shop on hold for awhile, but I'm hoping she will be back real soon so we can all enjoy her wonderful bath products again. Items are still currently showing as available in her shop, but you might want to send her a convo first before submitting your orders.

My personal favorites:
Creamy Coconut Goats Milk Soap
Sugar Scrub in your choice of scents

Pineapple Goats Milk Soap
Bamboo Teak Goats Milk Soap

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Newest Product Line - Turtle Coasters and Potholders

I've had this idea for awhile, and knew how I wanted the shells but it took all this time for me to finally find the time to play around with the head, legs, and tail. I'm very happy with how they have turned out. :)

So, now the turtles have finally found their way to the kitchen and dining room...

Fall Turtle Coaster Set 

Fall Turtle Potholder 

There will be many more sets to come in all different color combinations. And I will be participating in the Out of the Box Sampler Boxes for November 2011, which will include a turtle coaster for my sample.

And let's not forget what gave me the inspiration for these sets:
Autumn Leaves Amigurumi Turtle

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Playing Catch Up......again.

Well, it's been hectic as usual around here, but now I can finally relax a bit.

After what seems like endless months of preparing, the house is finally on the market!! Yay!!
Now it's just a matter of sitting back with fingers crossed, hoping and praying that an offer will be made soon so we can all be on our way to Oregon. :)

It looks like the kids and I will be driving in Winter through snow areas, but it's not like I haven't done it before (although it's been several years)....and it will be well worth it once we get to the West Coast.

Oregon forest in Autumn

In honor of the upcoming move (did I say "Yay!!" yet? lol), I posted two new recipe favorites in my BeccaTheBaker shop:
Florida Chicken

Oregon Chicken

As you all know, I'm VERY excited about this move!!

Now that things are a little more on track, I will be able to focus more on this blog. And share some more great Etsy finds with you as well as more free recipes, Pay It Forward features, etc. :)

Thank you all for your patience - Becca :)

I've Been Featured: RePost from Crafted

The Crafted Blog  has been gracious enough to feature one of my BeccaTheBaker recipes on her blog. :)

September 24, 2011

Lazy sunday

Today is such a wet yucky day in here Sydney. On days like this there is nothing better do to than stay in and get comfy. I have gathered some beautiful etsy creations that I would love to have with me right now. :)

Alas there is less than a week until the Crafted school holiday workshops so I have work to do. :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I've Been Featured...(RePost from CatalunaDesigns)

CatalunaDesigns has been gracious enough to feature one of my BeccaTheBaker recipes on her blog.

Wishful Wednesday

Food battles!  That’s what we have been having as of late.  My kindergarten will NOT eat.  She is always battling when she does not get what she wants.  Maybe it’s because she is tired – maybe she feels it’s one thing she can control because she lives by everyone else’s rules at school.  Whatever it is – I am going INSANE!
So I was talking with Angie today about all of this and she was coming up with different suggestions.
“What is your daughters favorite food?”
“Mac and Cheese.”
“Make Mac and Cheese but in a different way.  Different noodles, maybe a little different taste.  That might bring her around to food differences.”
What a good idea!  So starting Thursday – we are triyng mac and cheese – a little different!

Mac and Cheese Macbook sticker decal in black or white - Free shipping to Canada and USA

MAC and CHEESE - Pair of Handmade Recycled Glass Image Cufflinks in Silver Tone

Southern Style Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Italian Mac and Cheese

Decadent Lobster Mac & Cheese