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Baked Apples


Once a week I drive across Brooklyn to shop at my favorite fruit & vegetable store Two Guys from Brooklyn. There wooden bins are brimming with the best local & freshly delivered fruit.  I love the Neighborhood & the diversity of the customers are unlike anywhere else I’ve shopped.  From the Italian grandmother’s to the new immigrants who are all carefully selecting the freshest ingredients for their families. Everyone is friendly & if you can’t reach the peppers there’s someone for that too.

This is where I find the best apples for my Grandmother’s baked apples recipe. I hope you like it too.

4 to 6 Large Rome Beauty’s or Gala Apples
Dark brown sugar
9” x 13” glass baking dish

1.  I pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
2.  Wash the apples and pat them dry with a paper towel
3.  Remove the core with a paring knife

Pat’s Tip:  I use a teaspoon to dig out all of the seeds
Take a teaspoon of brown sugar and push it to the bottom of the apple, add a tablespoon of butter (forget the calories)
Add more brown sugar to the top of the apple and a slice of butter on top
Arrange the apples in the pan so they are touching, and add ¾ cup of water

-Bake for 45 minutes to an hour
-Test with a fork that goes in easily, turn off the oven and sit the pan on top of the stove to cool
This is an easy recipe to make; it tastes delicious and makes the house smell really good too. Enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee


Hand Made Greeting Cards

As an avid collector buttons are one of my favorites.  They’re colorful smooth and interesting shapes.  I started collecting them as a child, keeping them in my grandmother’s mason jars.  I decided a few years ago that single greeting card had gotten to expensive.  So, I decided to use my buttons to embellish plain note cards.  Be as creative as you want.  I use embroidery thread to attach the buttons to the front of the cards.  I send to friends, family, clients all of whom say

“Love the new look Pat” -Thanks

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-One package of Blank Greeting cards that you can purchase from any nice paper or craft store locally.  We will be offering specific kits in the future to make projects for your friends or just to create a different holiday embellishment

-Your favorite colors of Embroidery Floss

-A huge collection of buttons!



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Donut Pin Cushion


Time to Make the Donuts (non-edible)

This is a nifty project to make or keep for you.  I bet you can’t make just one! I teach all over the US and when I am in class I am intrigued by all of the tools and gadgets quilter’s own. My Grandmother and Mother both had several pin cushions in the house so it was easy to find needle and thread. This is a simple pattern that I have adapted from others I have seen

1.  1 square of felt I like a tan or chocolate for the resemblance of a homemade donut
2.  1 square of felt for the icing i.e. Pink, Orange, or Yellow
3.  25 to 30 small beads
4.  Neutral Thread
5.  Needles
6.  Scissors
7.  1 small package of poly stuffing

Donut:  Trace two 5 inch circles out of the tan/chocolate felt, and cut with scissors
Cut a one inch hole in the middle of the donut
Stitch around the perimeter with a small running stitch using a ¼” seam

(Leave about an inch opening)
Turn inside out and set aside

Frosting:  Trace one 5 inch circle out of the icing color chosen
With a pair of scissors cut free-style so the icing will flow over the donut
Cut a one inch hole in the middle of the icing
With needle and thread sew beads on one side of the frosting. You can let the thread travel to the next area instead of starting and stopping. (This will be the underside of the frosting) Think of it as adding sprinkles to the donut

Stitching the Donut
Using a whip stitch close the inner circle of the donut. Stuff the donut with the poly-stuffing. Use your index finger to push the stuffing in and all the way around the donut. Make sure it’s full and firm. Stitch the donut closed
Adding the Frosting
Lay the frosting on top of the donut and use an appliqué stitch to secure both the inner and outer edges of the frosting to the donut.
Enjoy your new pincushion!