Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Strawberries and Cherries

I wanted to share with you a little red with you today. Wednesday is my last day of groups with my elementary children. I have four third-grade girls that I helped embroider and sew a pillow. They just loved sewing and wanted to do more. I wish I had time to really teach them how to be little seamstresses! I decided to give them a special present on the last day of group. I made them each a strawberry needle book using this pattern. I used craft felt (since my budget is thin) and didn't blanket stitch around each piece. I gave the girls each five needles, four colors of embroidery floss, a small hoop and some fabric. The other red I'm going to share is from Mrs. Woods recipe box. Nolan has really been out of sorts lately with all the changes in our lives. I've been trying to give him a little extra attention and so he and I made this cherry crumb dessert yesterday. It matches our cherry wallpaper. It is very sweet and if I made it again I'd use regular crumbs instead of making them with cake mix. This was super easy though.

Cherry Crumb Dessert
from "the box"

1 yellow cake mix
21 oz cherry pie filling
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Cut the butter into the cake mix until crumbs form. Reserve 1 cup. Press remaining crumb mixture into bottom and 1/2 inch up the side of a 13x9 inch pan. Pour cherry pie filling over crust. Mix walnuts with reserved crumbs and sprinkle over cherries. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Eat warm with cool whip or ice cream (or both....what the heck!)

Thanks again to everyone who sent out the lovely comments. Keep praying for Mike's dad as he has a difficult road ahead of him.


Jacquie said...

How nice of you to send them on their way with a gift that will help them continue with what you taught them. They will appreciate the gift and you!

amandajean said...

the cherry crumb recipe sounds delightful! thanks for sharing.

volpecircus said...

oh my goodness, you are so creative and with such little time to pull things off. i'm jealous of your follow through. :) that cherry crumb brings back memories of spending the weekend with my grandma. she would always make that for me, minus the nuts. i have found that it's wonderful if instead of pie filling you use fresh sliced peaches or nectarines and add a bit of flour and sugar over the top of them so that they make a sauce of sorts.

Happy Zombie said...

Oh Beth... it warms me so that you made the needlebook for the kids! I'm sure they will always remember your gift and cherish it forever!

Speaking of cherish... or 'cherrish'... I've been hankerin' for some cherry pie and your recipe is gonna do the trick. Thanks for posting it!

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