Previous month:
August 2009
Next month:
October 2009

September 2009

Door Decor

This season I haven't made a wreath for the front door like I did in the spring.  I found one that I fell in love with and bought it instead.  If I were going to make one it would look like this one.  I love how the flowers and foliage are in sections instead of mixed together.  I think it makes each decoration stand out even more.  You can make a wreath like this with natural items or go to Michael's and choose from their big selection of branches, leaves, and flowers.

Ss_100991404 


(photo from bhg.com)


Corny Candles

You know I love to use fillers in my candle containers or floral arrangements.  Remember the peas?  Well I was just thinking the other day about what I could use for a fall filler.  Nuts, leaves, etc...?  Check out this candle with corn.  I think it's perfect for fall and you don't have to worry about the corn changing in appearance if you buy it already dried. I love that it is natural too.  BINGO!

Ss_100991393 


(photo from bhg.com)


One to Try

I have been under the weather this week and craving anything warm and comforting.  What could be better than wine and warm spices?  I've always wanted to make mulled wine.  It is still too hot for it right now, but I can't wait to try this recipe next month!

Mulled Wine

Mulled-wine-rs-1856952-l 

Makes 8 drinks

  • 1  navel orange
  • 4  cups  apple juice
  • 2  tablespoons  honey
  • 1  2-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 6  whole allspice berries
  • 10  cinnamon sticks
  • 1  bottle dry red wine

Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zest from the orange in long strips. (Reserve the fruit for another use.)

In a large saucepan, gently simmer the zest, apple juice, honey, ginger, allspice, and 2 cinnamon sticks for 20 minutes. Stir in the wine and cook just until heated through. Serve hot with the remaining cinnamon sticks.

Tip: For an extra touch, spike it with a splash of Cointreau. Add 1/4 cup Cointreau or some other orange-flavored liqueur to the pot.


(photo and recipe from realsimple.com)


Wrap It Up

This Saturday we are having our friends over for the games.  I've been looking for new snack recipes that are more substantial.  Though I love chips and dip, they don't fill you up for very long.  This one looks really good and easy to me.  You could cut them up smaller for appetizer size.  Wish I had one now!

Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Buffalo-Chicken-Wraps-54040 

Prep Time:
10 min
Total Time:
30 min
Makes:
4 servings
 
8 frozen breaded chicken breast strips (3/4 lb.)
1/4 cup  KRAFT Mayo with Olive Oil Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. hot pepper sauce
2 cups  shredded lettuce
4 spinach flour tortillas (8 inch)
1   large tomato, chopped
1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese

BAKE chicken as directed on package. Meanwhile, mix mayo and hot pepper sauce until blended.

PLACE lettuce down centers of tortillas; top with chicken, tomatoes and cheese.

DRIZZLE with mayo mixture; roll up.


(photo and recipe from kraftfoods.com)


Baking Goodies

One of my favorite shops-Fancy Flours has a new website!  The new design is so user friendly and full of eye candy!  They have tips and and how-tos on every baking project you could dream of.  I could spend all day looking at their new fall and Halloween ideas, toppers, cupcake wrappers, cupcake stands etc etc! 

Here are a few of my favorites.  I don't have enough room for them all!

Back to School Cupcakes

Backtoschoolphoto 

Kick-off Cupcakes

Footballcupcakesrecipe 

Fall Owl Cookies

Owlcookierecipe 

Candy Corn Cookies

Candycorncookies 

Now I just need one of these cookies to dunk in my coffee!


Leaf Butterflies

Carry your love of butterflies into the fall this year!  Here is a simple, pretty idea for decorating your home for autumn while still including the beautiful butterfly.

A100925_1004_leafbutterfly_xl 

Collect your favorite color turned leaves from the yard.  I can't ever decide between red or orange! Press between the pages of a heavy book for two weeks. Use a small strip of plain paper for base. With a skewer, apply glue to tip of a leaf; secure to base for a bottom wing. Working from bottom to top, glue remaining leaves, which should overlap slightly, to base. Glue two leaf stems to the top of a thin leaf for antennae. Glue thin leaf vertically to white base for the butterfly's body. A mat border and frame give a finished look while protecting the leaves.


(photo and how-to from marthastewart.com)