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Recipe and Design Tin Can Luminaries

Quick Apple Dumplings

Ingredients • • • • • • • • • •

1 1/2 cups sugar 2 cups water 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, divided 1/4 cup butter or margarine 2/3 cup sugar 2 (15-ounce) packages refrigerated pie crusts 8 medium Braeburn apples, peeled and cored* 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut up Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Preparation: 1.

Bring 1 1/2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in 1/4 cup butter. Set syrup aside. 2. Combine 2/3 cup sugar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. 3. Cut pie crusts in half, and roll into 8-inch circles. Place 1 apple in center of each circle. Sprinkle each evenly with sugar mixture; dot evenly with 3 tablespoons butter. 4. Fold dough over apples, pinching to seal. Place in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Drizzle with syrup. 5. Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired. *Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples may be substituted.

Southern Living ,SEPTEMBER 2001

These easy-to-make tin lanterns are the perfect accent to scatter around a porch or patio for a charming, folk art touch. What You Need: • • • • • • •

26-ounce tin cans Bottle opener Work Gloves Hammer Sharp Nail Terra Cotta Saucer Votive Candle

Instructions: 1. Remove labels, tops, and bottoms of 26-ounce tin cans. Use an old-fashioned beer can opener to make triangular holes around the perimeter of the top and bottom of each can. Wear work gloves and be careful with sharp edges. 2. With a hammer and sharp nail, carefully punch additional holes in a pattern on the surface of each can. Aim for a simple, stylized pattern. Work with a spare can or two for practice, if desired. 3. Place each can in a terra cotta saucer with a votive candle inside. For a taller, fancier base, hot glue a pair of saucers bottom to bottom.

Courtesy of Better Homes and