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cinnamon crusties

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Its that time- time to start all that last minute baking! I come from a family who appreciates baked goods and a favorite is homemade pie but and when making pie you always have leftover dough from the crust. My grandmother always used all those leftover scraps and turned them into what we call “cinnamon crusties”. This year I decided to skip the pie and just make a HUGE batch of these little crusties.

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My favorite pie crust recipe comes from the back of a crisco can and it is what my grandmother used for YEARS! Super easy to make and really yummy- a classice pie crust.
1 1/3 cup of flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup crisco shortening

3-6 tablespoons of ice cold water

BLEND flour and salt in medium mixing bowl.
Cut in shortening into flour mixture, using a pastry blender (or a fork) until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some small pea-sized pieces remaining.

SPRINKLE half the maximum recommended amount of ice cold water over the flour mixture. Using a fork, stir and draw flour from bottom of bowl to the top, distributing moisture evenly into flour. Press chunks down to bottom of bowl with fork. Add more water by the tablespoon, until dough is moist enough to hold together when pressed together.

Test dough for proper moistness by squeezing a marble-sized ball of dough in your hand. If it holds together firmly, do not add any additional water. If the dough crumbles, add more water by the tablespoonful, until dough is moist enough to form a smooth ball when pressed together.

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Roll out the dough

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and using sugar and cinnamon and even a little nutmeg (optional- melted butter)

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sprinkle on the surface of the dough.

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Cut into triangles

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and roll up.

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Transfer to a baking sheet

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and bake for about 5-8 minutes at 400 degrees or until brown.

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Serve warm.

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I promise it will be hard NOT to eat the entire batch all by yourself (at least this is the problem that I have!)

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updates from the studio

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I am back home from holiday travel (and SO happy to be sleeping in my own bed) and all ready to jump into 2011. But first I have the very unpleasant task of cleaning (I am drowning in clutter!), organizing and doing all that preparing for everything that comes next. A few more days and I am ready to get creating! I wanted to start the week and the new year with a handful of updates which will continue in the weeks to come.


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If you are attending CHA in LA January 28th-1st, look for me at the ilovetocreate booth! I will be doing a make and take project and would love to meet and interact with any of my readers…i heart you guys. As the show gets closer I will post my schedule.



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I am THRILLED to be teaching at Donna Downey’s Inspired Artist Workshop in Concord/Charlotte, NC!!! The four day event is jam packed with six amazing teachers, workshops, mini workshops, events and the opportunity to challenge, grow and expand your creativity. Visit Donna’s site for all the info



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I am also SUPER DUPER excited to be teaching Oct 11-17th at Art Camp for Women in Winter Park, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains! If you like nature and art- this is the retreat for you! Its just me teaching so there will be all kinds of 1×1 time together to hang out, eat good food, sketch our surroundings and make art together. Space is limited (to create a more personal retreat experience). Head over the the site for more info.



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My next online class will go live in February and here is a hint- it’s all about sketching! Later this week I will be announcing all the details, opening up registration and even giving away a couple of slots in the class :) so check back for more details!



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I am in the midst of some MAJOR website changes and business updates. I can’t quite give all the details yet but in the next couple of months, I will be working on growing and expanding in new ways. Just know that soon, very soon I will be launching some fun things.



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Remember this post that I shared before the holidays? Well, I am preparing to dive into my own personal goal of giving more than ever this year. In addition to finding volunteer and giving opportunities that fit into my life and make use of my gifts, I want to include all of you. I want to hear about your stories of giving, opportunities that you are involved in or how your life has been affected by “thinking outside of yourself”. My plan is to share inspiration, stories and opportunities every couple of weeks with the hope to connect and inspire a spirit of giving. To submit a story or giving opportunity for review email me at alisaburke@gmail.com


And last…I have been given permission to share the title of my new book- Sew Wild -and while I can’t yet share the cover or anything else for that matter- just know that this book is all about sewing MY WAY and it is looking AWESOME!! I am beyond excited for the release in the fall. As always I will share info as I am able!

its that time of year again- the flower fields

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see post here

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The Flower Fields- Carlsbad, CA