Fall Front Porch Decor

Well, it rained this weekend here and for a second it felt like fall! So I got my first pumpkin spice latte and decorated my porch 🙂 I am a creature of habit when it comes to decor (and we have no storage space so I have to keep the non-essentials to a minimum!) but this year I decided to change it up a bit!  

  I love this chalkboard I found at a vintage market! We leave it outside and Maddie loves to color on it!  The crates and window we had outback and I figured why leave then out there where nobody can see them! Aren’t the pumpkins cute too?! They are fairytale pumpkins from @traderjoes ! 

  This wreath was super easy and quick too, they sell them at any craft place and I just added a burlap bow and fabric strip to hang  it from. The mini welcome banner I made years ago and just added to the wreath (message me if you want one!)  
This was all super quick and easy, which is about all I can do these days! Hope you are all enjoying this fall season – and hopefully it’s feeling like fall where you are! 

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Fall Favorites

It’s no secret that Fall is my favorite. I always feel more inspired to create and bake in my cozy house with hot cocoa and slippers and a cozy sweatshirt. Although it’s still hot here in southern CA (so so hot!!), I can’t help but dream about what’s to come in the next few months. Here are some of my favorite fall traditions that I’m looking forward to!

…Fall leaves…

I know we don’t have many fall leaves here, but when they come, I love it!!

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…Apple picking…

Every year we go up to an apple farm and pick apples and apple “seconds” (not as pretty apples, but perfect for applesauce)

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…Canning Applesauce…

And of course with all those apples we make apple sauce and apple butter! Post about that process HERE.

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…Canning Jam…

I always can in the late summer and early fall and use the jam for Christmas gifts! (Post on how to can HERE!)

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…Foamy Lattes…

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…Decorating Pumpkins…

Last year we made Gold Polka Dot Pumpkins and they turned out so cute! (DIY post on that HERE)

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…Front porch decor…

I love decorating our front porch for fall! Even if it’s still hot here it somehow makes me feel like the season is coming!

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…Pumpkin Spice Lattes…

I love coffee and Starbucks, so naturally the PSL is a fall favorite 🙂

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…Lighting Candles…

For some reason lighting scented candles is just so much more cozy in the fall! I usually pull them out early and make my house feel like its fall even if it isn’t yet 🙂 I love these scents from Bath and Body Works best: Leaves and Cider Lane.

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…Baking…

I love to bake year round, but in the fall it is my favorite. I like not only making seasonal pumpkin things, but also cobblers and crisps and muffins and scones… sooo many fun things I can’t wait to bake once it’s not so hot in my kitchen!

This photo below is of Pumpkin Cream Cheese muffins. The recipe I used for these is HERE. For my other favorite baking recipes see my post HERE.

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Now, let’s stop this heat wave and bring on the FALL!! Are you feeling inspired? I sure am! I think I’ll decorate my front porch, light some candles and bake something this weekend and pretend it’s cool outside 🙂

DIY edible gift – Canning Applesauce

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What to do with all these apples?! Why, make apple sauce of course! We have a started a fall tradition of going apple picking and while we always get what we call fancy apples (for eating),  we also learned that getting “seconds” or the less perfect apples that go for cheaper are PERFECT for making apple sauce! While you have to pick through lots of apples to find the best, and you always end up with a random mixture, they work awesome for a really well rounded apple sauce.

Here’s what we used (although we ended up doing this several times) 🙂

…about 12 pounds of apples..

… 2 cups apple cider…

That’s it! It’s so easy and so tasty! It ended up making 7 pints of apple sauce. And no sugar added! The apples were perfect by them selves. We had a mix of jonagolds, pippin, braeburn, fugi, and others that I can’t even remember! It helps to have a mix of sweet and sour.

You can also add cinnamon if you like that flavor (we did for one or our batches) about 1 tbl was perfect!

It also helps if you have an apple peeler/corer and of course if you are canning it, you will need a canning pot and jars.

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All we did was peel, core, and slide the apples…

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And then put them in a giant pot!

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We added 2 cups of cider and just let them cook down! It think it probably took about 30 minutes to cook down. We continued to stir and then when it looked like a smooth consistency and there weren’t many chunks left we scooped it into the sanitized jars to can!

We filed the jars with 1/2 inch head space and processed for 15 minutes.

So tasty!!

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This also makes a great hostess gift or holiday party favor!  Happy canning oh and Happy Halloween!!!

Fall project: Polka dot Glitter Painted Pumpkins DIY

I have a fun, easy fall project with you! Polka dot glitter painted pumpkins!  Fun fall home decor! I’ve seen a lot of photos lately on pinterest and in magazines of pretty painted pumpkins, so I thought I’d try to make my own! And I’m so happy with how they turned out, I thought I’d share!

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All you need is…

..paint..

..mod podge or glue..

..glitter..

..paint brush..

..paper plate.. (to catch all the extra glitter)

..and it helps to have these foam pouncers like these… but you could do with out too…

OH! and PUMPKINS!!

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Just use the glue and pouncer for your dots, and then (over a plate) pour on the glitter! Then fold the plate in half to pour the glitter back in the jar. Or use the paint brush and paint to paint designs on the pumpkin!

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PS – the glitter dipped mason jars will be available on my ETSY shop soon!!!

Fall baking fun!

I love fresh fruit and berries (hence all the jam I make) but I also love to bake with them! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE baking in the fall. Just something about the smells of cinnamon and sugar and the warmth of the oven… and though I’m not usually a cooking blog, these all turned out pretty good so I thought I’d share. Most of the recipes I found on Pinterest or cookbooks I have, so I don’t take credit for them! Enjoy!

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Blackberry Scones (recipe is for blueberry, but I used blackberries)

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Peach Cobbler

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Apple Crisp (sorry we ate it before I got a photo!)

Pomegranate Muffins

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Blueberry Crumble Muffins  (recipe below)

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This recipe is adapted from a recipe in a cookbook I have called Food For Family and Friends by Ryland, Peters and Small which can be purchased here.  Makes 12 muffins.

Muffins:

2 1/4 cup flour

3 Tbl baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs, beaten

1 stick unsalted butter melted

3/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup whole milk

1 1/4 cup  raspberries (I used blueberries)

Crumble:

3/4 cup flour

5 Tbl butter, chilled and cut into pieces

2 Tbl sugar

3 Tbl slivered almonds

Preheat the oven to 375. Line the muffin pan and grease the surface of the pan where the muffins will rise and stick.

For the crumble, putting the flour and butter in a food processor and pulse briefly. Put in a bowl and add sugar and almonds and crumble it together.

For the muffins, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt into a mixing bowl. In another bowl mix the eggs, melted butter, sour cream, and milk. Wisk. Pour the wet into the dry and and add the blueberries and fold until combined.

Pour into the prepared muffin pan and fill to the top and then add the crumble. Bake 25 minutes at 375 and then Enjoy!!

The Burlap Wreath. Versatile front door decor.

Why is it that the fall season gets so many of us in the crafty mood?  Decorating the porch…baking pumpkin goodies…thinking of DIY Christmas gifts…I feel this way most of the time anyway, but for some reason this season and into the new year, I feel full of creative energy.  Today I wanted to share my favorite little front door decor, The Burlap Wreath.  I realized I have had this on my front door for almost a whole year! I’ve just changed out the decor and phrases for different seasons!  I don’t have any step by step photos, but this basic wreath is perfect, simple, and can be changed all year round!

Here’s what I use for the basic wreath:

..foam wreath.. (floral section at Michaels or Hobby Lobby)

..thick burlap ribbon.. (like THIS)

..hot glue gun..

..twine..

That’s it! Just wrap the foam wreath in the burlap ribbon (or cut burlap into about 7 inch strips) and hot glue and the end!  Use the twine to wrap around the top several times and tie to make a loop to hang.  Then decorate as you please!  I’ve also had other little mini pennant banner phrases like “WELCOME” or “HI THERE”, and you can use different ribbon for color if you wish!

Here is last years Christmas / Winter wreath…

Do you have cute wreath ideas? I’d love to see them!

Fall Wedding Trend – Burlap and Lace

At our wedding we used 40 foot long tables for our guests at the reception, instead of the traditional round tables. It made it feel more like a large family picnic which is exactly what we were going for. Because of the long tables, we decided to use classic white linens with long burlap table runners. And although we got married almost a year ago it’s fun to see that the burlap trend has continued for rustic weddings, especially for those in the fall. Since it is FINALLY starting to cool down and feel like fall here I thought we could talk BURLAP!! Burlap table runners, burlap wrapped bouquets, burlap and lace mason jars, and burlap and lace placemat centerpieces!

First things first, burlap table runners!  To make really long runners (like these pictured) you can purchase whole rolls of burlap from places like Joann’s fabric for a decent price (and don’t forget they have coupons online!). They will cut it to whatever length you want but it will be really wide, and so we found that cutting it into thirds makes for perfect width for table runners (about 15 inches wide). Your table lengths will determine what length you’d like them to cut the fabric.  If they are really long (like ours) it will be quite a task to cut it into thirds, but if you have a long table, you can lay it out in sections and use a tape measurer and chalk to mark the section. Make sure you have a good pair of scissors to cut the fabric since burlap can be kinda rough.  The good thing is, burlap is forgiving since it is already frayed, so if you are a little off, no one will notice!!

Next burlap wedding idea…burlap wrapped bouquets!

Burlap can be a great detail to use to wrap your bouquets with!  If they are first wrapped with floral wire, then it’s easy to wrap any material around!  You can either cut from burlap that you already have to the width of the stems, or you could also find burlap rolls (like these HERE) that is a great width for bouquets.  To secure the material around the stems, you can use twine and wrap it several times (we wrapped it pretty wide) and then tie at the end! 

Burlap can also be great as decor on mason jars for centerpieces!  We didn’t use these at our wedding, but if we had more time I bet we would have!  I actually created these for my ETSY shop because I thought they would make great vases or candle holders!  You can use any combination of lace, burlap, and twine to make beautiful creations!  Just use glue! If you want to order these, Click Here!

Another option for your tables that provides a more romantic, shabby chic feel, are burlap and lace runners, or place mats!  You can always add lace to the ends of the burlap runners you cut, or cut smaller pieces into place mat size (mine are 12 inches square with 2 inch lace on either side).  The place mats can be used to go under centerpieces for round tables!

Just add a little lace trim to the ends of the burlap and you’re done!

If you’d like to order the burlap and lace runners or place mats that are pictured above you can find them HERE!

Where did September go? Happy October 1

I can’t believe it’s already October! It seems like September flew by, so I decided to look back and see what all went on in the month. In the midst of work, busy weekend plans and 23 etsy orders for the month, I actually managed to get a few projects done for myself! Maybe that’s why it went so fast!! Check it out!
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..Mason Jar drink cups..
..Canning Jam (first time!)..
..Printable tags and labels..
..Fall front porch wreath..

More posts on How To’s for the projects to follow – but maybe this gives some inspiration for more fall projects this month!

Happy First Day of Autumn and Canning Jam…

Happy First day of Autumn! Although it’s still 95 degrees out, the signs of fall are coming – I can feel it. And I’m so exited. My favorite season. So in celebration I’m reigning in the fall season by… canning jam. Strawberry…Raspberry, Pear Vanilla – some sort of combination. I’ve had a few first attempts and now I’m going all in. I’ve scoped the sales on season end fruit and I’ve gotten all my supplies. Stay tuned for the results. Happy Saturday and happy first day of Fall!

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