Apple Turnovers

Homemade Old Fashioned Apple Turnovers or Tarts

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Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnovers

Here is a wonderful old fashioned, easy and quick dessert that the whole family will enjoy.  The crust is flaky and tender.  The apple filling is a fabulous blend of tart and sweet. Give it a try with sugar sprinkled on top, or even a thin glaze.  This recipe can easily be made into tarts too!


Homemade Old Fashioned Apple Turnovers or Tarts


1 tsp. grated orange zest

2-3 Tbl. freshly squeezed orange juice

1 ¼ lbs. tart apple

1/4 cup butter

3 Tbl. craisins or dried cherries, opt.

3 Tbl. sugar, plus extra for sprinkling on top

1 Tbl. flour

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. nutmeg pinch salt

1 package (17.3 oz, 2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrostedApple Turnovers 1


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel, quarter, and core the apples and then cut them in ¾” dice.Apple TurnoversMelt the butter and toss with the sliced apples.

Cover a baking sheet with either parchment paper and place one layer of the apples on the sheet. 

Bake in the preheated 400 degree oven.Apple Turnovers 2Bake until browned, approx. 15 minutes, however this will depend on the size of apples. 

When the apples are browned on one side, turn over to brown on the other. 

Combine the orange zest and orange juice in a bowl. 

Very gently toss the browned apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; mix well.

Apple Turnovers 3

Flour a board and lightly roll each sheet of pastry to a 12×12” square. Apple Turnovers 4

Cut each sheet into 4 smaller squares and keep chilled until ready to use.Apple Turnovers 5Brush the edges of each square with an egg wash or water and neatly place about 1/3 cup of the apple mixture and seal by pressing the edges with a form (but not thin or it will burn).Apple Turnovers 6If you are adding in the craisins or dried cherries, add them on top of the apple mixture and brush edges with beaten egg as pictured above.Apple Turnovers 7

Fold the dough over the apple mixture to form a triangle.

Using the tines of a fork, press firmly to seal the edges of the turnover.Apple Turnovers 8Transfer to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

Sprinkle with sugar, make 2 small slits Apple Turnovers 9Bake for 20 minutes in the 400 degree oven, until browned and puffed.

Serve warm or at room temperature.Apple Turnovers 10

To make tarts:

Roll the puff pastry to about 14”, then cut into 16 squares.

Put a bit of the apple mixture in each, and a couple of craisins, if using, in each tart.

Poke holes with a fork to vent instead of slits due to smaller size.

Copy­right Car­rie Grone­man, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Hair Bows

Homemade Hair Bow Clips

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Tu Tu 2, Ornamen, hair bow 3Hair Bows

These are the cutest hair bows!  They are adorable for babies, little girls and even big girls.  You say you can’t sew? No worries, this is a no-sew tutorial.  If you can handle a glue gun you will be just fine.  Also, this is a perfect way to get rid of all that scrap fabric.

Hair Bows




Hair Clip

Glue Gun Hair Bows 1


Step #1 –    Cut one piece  of fabric 6″ x 10″, which will be the bowHair Bows 2


Step #2 –    Cut a piece of fabric 1  1/2″ x 4″, which will be the strip in the middle of the bow

Step #3 –   Fold the 6″ x 10″ fabric over 2″, then fold it again so its three layers thick, 2″ total.Hair Bows 3Step #4 –   Glue it down and cut off the extra so the edges look nice.

Step #5 –   Fold each end into the middle with one overlapping the other so you can glue it in place. This will help the outside edges look finished.Hair Bows 4

Step #6 –   Now pinch the middle of the fabric so you create three little folds. Place a small dot of glue in between each fold to hold them in place.Hair Bows 5Step #7-   Using the small strip of fabric, repeat steps above. Your strip will now be 1/2″ x 4″.Hair Bows 6Step #8 –  Use this skinny strip to wrap around the middle of the bow. Cut off the excess and glue it in place.Hair Bows 7

Hair Bows 8Step #9 – Glue the hair clip to the back of the bow. Gluing both ends of the clip to the bow with give it more stability and help it to not flop around. Hair Bows 9Step #10 –  Clip off all excess threads.  Be sure to remove all excess glue strings for a nice hair clip.

TIPS: Do not use too much glue, just small drops of glue as it doesn’t take much to hold the fabric together, and too much glue will result in a sloppy looking bow.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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Hand Made Thank You Card

Hand Made Thank You Card

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Hand Made Thank You Card

Hand Made Thank You Card

My very good friend Dorthy is back with a perfect Thank You card. This card is easily made, as it is  really quick to put together, and you probably have most of the supplies on hand already.

I hope you will make this very creative and ideal card for someone special and a few extra to have on hand.  A handmade card speaks volumes to express gratitude and appreciation.

Thank You Dorthy for sharing this excellent idea with us at A Mother’s Shadow.

Hand Made ‘Thank You’ Card

Supplies needed

1- 4 ½” x 11” plain piece of cardstock

1-3 ½” x 5 ½” print piece of paper

1-1 ¼” x 5 ½” contrast piece of paper

2- Solid colored tags cut out of cardstock (1-1 ½” x 1 5/8” 1- 1 ¼” x 1 3/8”)

1-embellishment of your choice

12”- coordinating ¼” ribbon

Stamp and ink for sentiment (or handwrite it or print on computer)

Scissors Ruler Hole punch Paper glueHand Made Thank You Card 1


1-     Cut all pieces according to directions

2-     Fold 4 ½” x 11” cardstock in half

Hand Made Thank You Card 23-    Glue large print to the front of the card on the right side (fold is at the top)Hand Made Thank You Card 34-    Glue smaller contrast to the front left side (it will overlap slightly)Hand Made Thank You Card 5

5-    Cut 5 ½” of ribbon and glue over the paper seamHand Made Thank You Card 46-    Trim ends even with card

7-   Cut corners on tags on one end (make it look like a tag)

8-   Put sentiment on the small tag and glue to larger tag. Hole punch through bothHand Made Thank You Card 69-     Thread remaining ribbon through hole in tag. Tie in a knot and trim ends

10-  Glue tag over ribbon on the card approximately 1 ½” downHand Made Thank You Card 711-    Add embellishment to bottom right corner. Ta Da! Hand Made Thank You CardRecognize a blessing and be a blessing today.