Fall Feed

Pumpkin Creatures

These adorable creatures made out of pumpkins just blow my mind!  The creativity with pumpkin carving just increases every year.  Now you can create almost anything you want out of these pretty fall gourds.  BONUS-kids will love helping you design your creatures!

Hungry Caterpillar

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Honey Bear

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Scare-dy Cat

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Creepy Ants

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Find out how to make these and other cool pumpkin creatures and carvings here!


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.

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(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!

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(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

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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)


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

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Kick-off Cupcakes

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Fall Owl Cookies

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Candy Corn Cookies

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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.

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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)


Fall Decorating

Well I just can't wait any longer to transform my home into a fall wonderland!  I almost enjoy decorating for fall as much as Christmas.  Anyone else feel that way?  Don't get me wrong I love Christmas decorations.  I think I am just more drawn to fall colors.

For fall I change out centerpieces, decorate the mantle, change pillow covers, and burn pumpkin spice scented candles.  YUM!  I keep it confined to the family room and outdoors (wreath, mums).  My mom even changes out her bedding!  

BHG has some great ideas for fall decorating.  I just love how this one is a combo of fruit and branches.  Great for the kitchen or as a table centerpiece.

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Do you decorate your home for fall?  I'd love to hear all about it!


Update

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Be sure to check out our football themed pieces, NEW Halloween goodies and our Harvest section for all of your fall celebrations!  Get them now while shipping is FREE!

Football Season Koozie

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Pick Your Poison Halloween Glass Slippers

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Candy Cornucopia

I hope this post isn't too soon for everyone.  We had beautiful fall-like weather here this weekend and it got me thinking of all things FALL!  As you know, it is my absolute favorite time of year.  The vibrant colors and cooler temps bring new energy with them. 

This candy cornucopia is one of the cutest things I've seen in a while!  I couldn't wait til September to share it with you.  What a fun activity this would be for kids.  These would make great favors for a fall themed shower or party too.

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How-to:

Heat water in a teakettle, and put pointed end of a sugar cone into spout. Let steam until softened, about 1 minute. Gently curve end 1/2 inch from tip; hold for 15 seconds. Steam 1 side of cone's open end; press to flatten (so cone won't roll). Let cool until set. Dip edge in melted white chocolate, and roll in chopped pistachios. 

Refrigerate until set. Fill with jelly beans and serve, or store in a covered container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 days.

 

(photo and how-to from marthastewart.com)