Thursday, September 18, 2014

Burlap & Flower Fall Wreath

It is past time that I share a new seasonal wreath—a fall wreath. I mean, the last time I shared a wreath, it was my spring butterfly wreath...which turned into my summer one. It became so much of a fixture in the house that my 3-year-old twins got upset that I took it down to put up my burlap and flowers fall wreath. I mean, how dare I remove butterflies from the house!


But it was time to ease the house a little more into fall.

If you're intimidated with designing wreaths, please don't be. It can't be simpler.

Here are the materials I used:
Grapevine wreath
Burlap scraps
Twine
Various fallish silk and burlap flowers flowers

I took a scrap of printed burlap (I used the rest on these embellished letters) and wrapped it around the wreath, tying it on with the twine. 





Then I just jammed the flowers in as I pleased, twisting the stems around the grapevine to secure. 


And really, that was it. No fuss, no muss.


Instant fall gratification.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Iced Pumpkin Latte (Brew Over Ice with your Keurig)

How to Make and Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte in your Keurig





This is the time of year to obsess over Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Everyone seems to craving it, tweeting it, commenting on the nutritional value (or lack thereof), or making it. I am no different. I love the taste of pumpkin, and I love coffee. The only problem: Carolina weather doesn't really lend itself to hot beverages all fall long. Last week, the temperatures were hovering around ninety, and it was pure sticky outside.

Couple that with my frugality (Starbucks is how much??) and the fact that I'm the only coffee drinker in my house, and I had a problem.

So what's a pumpkin-loving girl to do? Make her own recipe of pumpkin spice latte mix, freeze it, and then brew her favorite coffee with her Keurig over the ice cubes! The result: refreshing, cool pumpkin spice heaven!

Here's what you need for the pumpkin spice latte mix:

2 1/2 cups water
2 cups dry non-fat milk
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp molasses
2 tbsp vanilla
2 tbsp pumpkin spice (homemade or not)
dash pepper
1 can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

Microwave the water for 2 minutes. Whisk all ingredients except the pumpkin together until dissolved. Add pumpkin, and use a blender or immersion blender to combine well. 


Pour into ice cube trays. Freeze overnight.


When you're ready to make the coffee, add 8-10 ice cubes to a large mug. Brew a k-cup over the ice cubes. The Pumpkin Spice Latte Mix will make about 9-10 cups of coffee (depending on how pumpkin you like your coffee).


Add whipped cream and another dash of the pumpkin pie spice if you desire! Enjoy a frosty pumpkin spice latte even if the weather doesn't seem much like fall!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Menu Planning Monday 2014-09-15

Are you ready to start another week? One way I prepare my mind for the week is to plan out our meals. It doesn't always go as planned, but it does help me focus.


Do you struggle to menu plan? It helps to have a list of "go-to" meals, meals that are easy, yet everyone in the house loves. It helps if those meals are healthy, too. Of course, if you have picky folks in the house, or children whose tastes seem to shift from week to week (my eldest daughter, for example), then the task becomes harder...but not impossible. My strategy: always have at least one healthy item on the plate that you know your picky one will eat. Fruit is a good bet in my house. Then, have a "thank you bite" policy. Everyone has to take a bite (or 2, or 3). No one can reject a dish without trying it. After that, anyone can  reject the dish. However, no dessert will be offered for those who do not eat an acceptable amount of food on their plates.My philosophy is that I have spent time to make the dish (or someone else has). It is only polite to try the dish. This will help your child handle meals in social situations, too--maybe you will avoid embarrassing temper tantrums at someone else's house.

Anyway, here's the plan for this week:

Monday:  Tacos with hidden veggies, fruit


Tuesday: It's a fundraiser night for Lil Bit's school at Chick-Fil-A and open house night, so we'll be doing a rare weeknight dinner out.
Wednesday: Spaghetti with   Dressed Up Sauce

Thursday: Hidden Veggie Nachos (using leftovers), Honey Spiced Applesauce


Friday: Breakfast for Dinner, Fruit


Saturday: Dinner with friends. We're contributing Baked Beans


Sunday: Italian Chicken Rollup, Salad


What are you eating this week?

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

How to Gild Acorns - Easy Fall Decor on a Budget



Want to add some glamor and glitz to your fall decor this year, but you're on a budget? Why not use liquid gilding to shine up some found objects like acorns? It's super easy, and although you do need to set aside some time to do it right, not much of that time is hands on.


Even better, you can recruit your kids to collect the acorns. My girls are pretty proud of their collection...although be forewarned, your decor may become toys!

First, you need to prep your acorns. Do not skip this step! If you do, you run the risk of mold and worms invading your autumnal display. Trend may come and go, but I doubt that stuff will ever be in style!


We found our acorns on a hike just a few days ago. To get them ready for their shining moment, I cleaned them (just a rinse of water) and then baked them for 2 hours in a 200 degree oven in a foil lined pan. This dries them out and gets rid of any creepy crawlies. Allow to cool in the oven overnight.

The next day, I just brushed silver liquid gilding onto the acorn nut, leaving the cap natural.


If you wanted, you could always paint the caps too. You may need a couple of coats to get good coverage, but the gilding dries really quickly.



And...you're done. A simple way to add a little bit of glitz to your decor.

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