Raspberry Sauce // DIY Gift

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Hello there!  It’s me again, Katie from The Casual Craftlte.  Today I am sharing a homemade idea for the holidays.  This Raspberry Sauce DIY Gift is perfect for topping cheesecake, ice cream, yogurt and more.  Plus, I have included labels which you can print later in this post.   I love the idea of making raspberry sauce for Christmas.  It says “Happy Holidays” with it’s vibrant red color.  The recipe I used makes approximately 6 oz, which is the exact size of mason jars I bought. In a medium sauce pan on the stove, combine 2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1/3 cup water. Add 12 oz of thawed raspberries and cook over medium heat. Stir constantly until the mixture boils, mashing the raspberry with the back of a spoon. Once the mixture is boiling, cook and stir for one additional minute.  Strain the sauce through a fine mesh sieve placed over a bowl to remove seeds. [Read More…]

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Stamped Christmas Gift Bags::Bloggers Best 12 Days of Christmas

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Hey there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete.  Are you enjoying the 12 Days of Christmas Series?  I sure am.  Today I am sharing my super cute and easy Stamped Christmas Gift Bags! I am a huge lover of all things packaging.  Giving a homemade gift bag or wrapping lets the person know how much you love them.  Plus, you can be as creative as you want to be when it comes to making these stamped gift bags. I love these fabric gift bags!  I ordered mine from a website but you can always make your own.  You can use the gift bags for just about anything.  Sweet treats, homemade candies or those odd shaped gifts that you can’t wrap. Let’s get to it! Supplies: Fabric gift bags Stamps Ink pads Fabric scraps Scissors Paint *optional Glitter *optional I wanted my bags to look simple and rustic and I think they turned out pretty good.  For my bags I used Christmas [Read More…]

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Apple and Pear Skillet Crumble

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Hey there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete.  Fall is in full swing (YAY) which means Thanksgiving will be here soon.  Today, I am sharing an Apple and Pear Skillet Crumble recipe.  Not everyone loves pumpkin pie so I wanted to have a non-traditional dessert this year but still reminds you of fall. This crumble is such an easy dessert to make.  It’s really hard to mess it up.  My home town just had their annual Apple Festival, so I had a big bag of Honeycrisp apples that I bought at the orchard.  For this recipe I like mixing a hard tart apple like Granny Smith with a softer and sweeter apple like the Honeycrisp.  The pears just give the crumble a great texture and some more sweetness. Let’s get started! To start, you combine apple and pear slices, freshly squeezed lemon juice, granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon and nutmeg.  Next, you make the amazing crumble topping [Read More…]

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Back to School Scrapbook Paper Notebook

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Hey everyone!  It’s me again, Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  I can’t believe summer is coming to an end and we have to start thinking about back to school stuff.  With that being said, I have a really simple and cute DIY craft to share with you today.  I am loving this Back to School Scrapbook Paper Notebook!  It’s a great way to customize a plain notebook into something that fits your style.  And, we all know expressing yourself makes life more fun.  It’s also a  inexpensive and easy project for the kids to do, to hopefully get them excited about the new school year if there not already.  Just a side note about myself:  I really love paper a lot!  It’s my favorite material to use when it comes to making crafts and cards.  Plus, the pattern paper is so pretty to look at. Let’s get started! MATERIALS: Notebook Scrapbook paper Cutting mat X-Acto  knife Adhesive tape  Step [Read More…]

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Fabric Button Earrings

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Hey lovelies!  It’s me again, Katie from The Casual Craftlete.  I am beyond excited to share these super cute Fabric Button Earrings with you all today!  I have done a lot of crafts in my life but this might be my favorite so far.  These earrings are so modern and classy looking.  Plus, they are incredibly easy to make, with no sewing required.  I banged out four of them in no time.  It’s also a great project to use up any scrap fabric you have laying around and they make great gifts too! Earrings are the one piece of jewelry I regularly have on and when I don’t, I feel bare without them.  Studs are my go to and that’s what you will typically see me wearing.  I just like the look and feel of them better then dangly earrings.  Just recently I had a birthday (31) and wanted to make some modern earrings for myself. Let’s get started! MATERIALS: [Read More…]

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Lemon Pound Cake with Macerated Strawberries

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Hello friends of The Crafting Chicks!  My name is Katie and I’m the blogger and creator of The Casual Craftlete.  Today, I’m here to share one of my favorite summertime sweets treats, Lemon Pound Cake with Macerated Strawberries.  I live in a tiny town in Southern Illinois where we are surrounded by corn fields, orchards and berry patches.  I recently went with my 3 year old daughter to pick strawberries and came home with a flat of red beauties.  So, I immediately went to mashing away. I knew I wanted to make an easy lemon pound cake to pour the macerated strawberries over.  So often when you think of strawberries you quickly think shortcake, so I wanted to change things up a bit.  I just love the lemon and strawberry flavor combo.  They work so well together.  Plus, my husband’s a huge lemon fan and I knew he would be happy. First I started by making this easy lemon pound [Read More…]

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