Cranberry Apple Casserole recipe & post-Thanksgiving deals!

I am stuffed with all my Thanksgiving favorites and I’ve been getting my etsy and artfire shops ready for the big weekend sale. Check them out and take advantage of free shipping anywhere on everything in both stores! Meanwhile I am hiding from the random Thanksgiving thunderstorm, good thing we went for our walk earlier! I thought I’d share my favorite holiday recipe; in our house it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it!


3 apples (usually we use red delicious, this year we tried gala and I don’t think the cooked casserole tasted much different but I nibble while I cook and these were tastier uncooked than the red delicious!)
1 bag cranberries (fresh or frozen)
3/4 c. sugar (the recipe calls for 1/2 but we always use more)

for the topping-
1 stick margarine or butter, melted
1 c. oatmeal
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. pecan bits

Chop the apples and mix them with the cranberries and sugar in a large baking dish. Usually we mix the sugar with the apples as we chop them as this helps to prevent browning. In a separate bowl, mix melted margarine, oatmeal, brown sugar, and pecans (you may want to break them into smaller pieces if they are too large). We prefer to use a large, shallow baking dish, and up the topping ingredients to 1 1/2 sticks butter, 1 1/2 c. oatmeal, 3/4 c. brown sugar and 1/2 c. pecans (that’s just how they come). Bake at 325 for 45 minutes. If the casserole is very liquidy, you may have to cook it a bit longer, but if you have leftovers they will soak up the remaining juice nicely. By the way, be very careful transporting this dish because it stains! (yes, that’s experience speaking)

By the way, you can now follow RippingItDown on twitter too!

Now I’m ripping it down on too!

For the month of October,, another online arts and crafts marketplace, has been offering unlimited listings and some other features to their free account holders that are usually reserved only for their paid members. A while ago, I’d taken a look at Artfire and registered with them, as it’s always good to get additional exposure, but it didn’t seem worth the effort to list the small number of items that basic members are usually restricted to, especially since I hardly have time to list anything on Etsy these days.

Then I came down with strep throat and was sick in bed for 3 days. Down but not out! I spent a lot of the time editing photos I had taken back when there was actually sunshine and free time, and listings those items on etsy and artfire. Thanks to the artfire deal, currently all of my jewelry there is a bit cheaper, and that price break should last through the holidays, so be sure to have a peak!

Ripping It Down on

I think this earring and necklace set is my favorite new item, although the image at the top of this post is probably my favorite new product photo!

although this psychedlic photo of one of my mermaid bracelets is probably my favorite new product photo!