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DIY // Ombré Caramel Apples

October 16, 2012


Fall is one of my favorite times of the year!  And, with fall comes apple season!  What is more fall than caramel apples?

I was recently asked by Orson Gygi to come with a recipe for their tasty Peter’s Caramel, so I decided go with the ombré trend!  So, ombré caramel apples it was!

You only need a few ingredients!

Be sure to check out the full tutorial, pictures, and instructions over on my post for Hellobee.

{all photos by Caroline Armelle Drake}

DIY // fringe chandelier

October 2, 2012


You may have remembered the fun fringey chandeliers I made for Thomas’ first fox inspired birthday party.

I am now just getting around to getting a tutorial together for how to make them!

They are really fun to make, and really add to your party table.  You could do so many different color combinations too!

All you need is:

Crepe Paper
Wooden Embroidery Hoops
Fishing Wire

For the full tutorial, and step by step instructions, be sure to head on over to my post on Hellobee!

{all photos by Caroline Armelle Drake}

Recipe // strawberry basil jam

September 27, 2012


I have been wanting to make strawberry basil jam for a while, ever since I was gifted a jar at a holiday social over at Alice Lane Home.  My basil is growing like crazy now, so I thought I would use some of it up before the first frost hits and it all dies.
The combination of strawberries and basil is really a mouth pleaser.  Such a unique taste, and perfect on your morning toast, or over some goat cheese with crackers!
The recipe is simple, basically off the box of pectin, but you just add some minced basil!  
{Strawberry Basil Jam}

adapted from the MCP brand strawberry jam recipe

5 3/4 cups mashed strawberries, that is about 6 pints (12 cups) fully ripe strawberries, washed with stems removed
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped small
8 1/2 cups sugar* (in a separate bowl)
1/2 tsp butter
1 box MCP brand pectin (2 oz box)

BRING water canner, half full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.
STEM and crush strawberries thoroughly, one layer at a time with a potato masher (you want to keep it chunky, do not puree!). Measure exactly 5-3/4 cups prepared mashed strawberries into 6- or 8-qt. saucepot. Stir in lemon juice, and minced basil.
STIR pectin into prepared fruit in saucepot. Add butter to reduce foaming. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn’t stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 4 min., stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.
LADLE immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with 2-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.) Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 10 min*. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middle of lid with finger. (If lid springs back, lid is not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.) Let cool, and sit at room temperature for 24 hours.  Store unopened jars in a cool dry place for up to a year.
Do not try to reduce the amount of sugar for this recipe.  You have to have the exact amounts of each ingredient, or the jam will not set up.
At altitudes above 1,000 feet, increase processing time as indicated: 1,001 to 3,000 feet-increase processing time by 5 min.; 3,001 to 6,000 feet-increase processing time by 10 min.; 6,001 to 8,000 feet-increase processing time by 15 min.; 8,001 to 10,000 feet-increase processing time by 20 min.