Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Taffy Apple Salad (A low-cal twist that's yummy as can be!)

 Lots of variations of Taffy Apple Salad on the web, many having been passed from generation to generation and all sounding delicious. I wanted to share a recipe for Taffy Apple Salad that is quick, simple and just as yummy as it's higher calorie counterparts. Enjoy!

Taffy Apple Salad
  • 1 20oz can crushed pineapple (in it's own juice) Do Not Drain
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, cored and diced (use 2 green and 2 red for a bit more color)
  • 1 lemon (for juice)
  • 1 small box Instant Sugar Free Butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1 small container Fat Free Cool Whip (thawed)
  • 1 cup Nuts (your choice) I like walnuts, but any nut will do.
Core and dice apples and toss in lemon juice.
The lemon is just to keep the apple from turning brown.

Put pineapple (with juice) in large bowl, stir in dry pudding mix. Add apples. Add Cool Whip. Stir gently to mix. Fold in nuts. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. How easy is that!!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Bias Binder Attachment

Available at www.yoursmineandhers.com
Using a bias binder gives you a clean, neat finished edge on many projects from large quilts to hems for garments and other projects.

We love bias cut bindings, however, if you are not binding around a curve you can also use straight cut fabric in our binding attachments. Just be sure you cut the width of your binding exactly to the size of the binder you are using or your finished results will not be satisfactory.

 We love the 6th Finger Stilletto and include one with each binder.
It is very handy for use with the binder, as well as, many other projects
that might require a delicate touch.

The binder mounts to the machine at the 2 threaded holes to the right of the pressure foot.


Cut the end of your fabric strip at an angle so it will be easier to slide into the binder.

  This is one place the sixth finger stiletto comes in very handy to help feed the fabric through the binder. Note the wrong side of fabric facing out toward you.

Insert your project into the binder between the metal as shown. Begin to sew and have the stitching fall where it catches the binding fabric. If your machine has  the left/right needle position you can position it perfectly!  I also use different decorative stitches to attach the binding. The serpentine stitch looks great on many projects.

Whether using bias or straight cut bindings, our binder attachments can help you achieve a professional finish (in short time) in a variety of widths and on a variety of projects. Mom has a much more detailed tutorial over on her blog. You can check it out here.