Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fall Decor

Ok, so I have been very slack with the blog posts lately.......things have been crazy busy around this household!! But today I wanted to show you some of my fall decor around the house!! I usually start putting up the fall decorations on the first day of fall (remember I said usually) and then I just add a few things for Halloween. That way it's easy to remove them and continue with the same fall decor through Thanksgiving;)

Pumpkins in the kitchen! You can purchase a pack of these for around a dollar at Micheal's!

Table decor: Ceramic pumpkins from the Dollar Store, Burlap I had left over: just cut a strip to make a great fall table runner.

Great hurricane from Willow House.....just add a bag of split peas & a pumpkin spice candle and you're done!!

Don't leave out the guest bathroom!! I just added a few of my left over pumpkins from Micheals, along with a few orange soaps:)

On the couch.....a throw pillow from Pier One in warm fall colors!!

Dollar Store Fall Leaf Wreath......Start out with a grapevine wreath, hot glue on Fall Leaves (I used 4 packs) & hang with ribbon!! Total cost: $5

And last but not least my front door!! The door bucket is from Willow House, I use the red & yellow flower arrangement in it from June until November!! I just add different things to it depending on the time of year (flags for the 4th of July & leaves and pumpkins for the get the idea) I only take the door bucket down 3 times during that time frame. For my DH's birthday (& put up my Birthday Balloon Wreath), Halloween (& put up a Halloween sign) and for Christmas (& put up a Christmas wreath)!! Then just add some mums and pumpkins (these are fake ones that light up and have the Jack-o-lantern faces on them) I simply turn them around and plug them up for Halloween and turn them back around for Thanksgiving!!




Monday, October 4, 2010

Free Subway Art

Wants to thank Endless Crafting for doing all of the awesome work & making a subway art template that you can download for FREE! I printed one out and used a frame and mat that I already had........and I LOVE IT!!

Now I'm on a misson trying to find a home for this great piece of art!! For now it's above my cabinets in the kitchen.....

But only time will tell where this little jewel will end up;)

Project Cost- $0



Monday, September 27, 2010

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

1 & 2/3 cup flour

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon pumpkin spice

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of baking powder

2 large eggs

1 cup of plain canned pumpkin

1/2 cup melted butter

1 cup milk chocolate chips

optional-cream cheese frosting

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
Spoon into a lined muffin pan.
Bake at 350 for 28-30 minutes.


Happy Fall Y'all!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Quick & Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Today is officially the first day of FALL:)
So I wanted to share one of my all time favorite comfort food meals to kick off the Fall Season!!

Quick & Easy Chicken and Dumplings

(printable version)

what you need:

4 cups of water

3 cups cooked chicken

*I use a rotisserie chicken from the deli, a whole chicken makes about 3 cups

2 cans of cream of chicken

2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules

1 teaspoon of pepper (of course I use more;)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 (6 oz) can of refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

*you can use more if you want more dumplings.

Bring water, chicken, cream of chicken & bouillon granules to a boil in a Dutch Oven over med-high heat, stirring often.

Separate biscuits in half, forming 2 rounds; cut each round in half. Drop biscuit pieces, 1 at a time, into boiling mixture; stir gently.

Cover, reduce heat to low, & simmer. Stirring occasionally for 15 to 20 mins until dumplings are cooked.

*After my dumplings are cooked, I remove my pot from the heat & let it sit for a few mins to thicken!

{recipe courtesy of Southern Living}



Monday, September 13, 2010

Baby Washcloth Lollipops

A friend of mine recently had a baby shower so I decided to put together a baby basket!! P.S. I LURVE making BASKETS!! One of the gifts was a pack of washcloths......But you know me I couldn't just throw the pack of washcloths in the basket...Oh No...I decided for SURE they had a calling to be made into lollipops instead!!
These are super easy and a cute way to dress up a basket or use as shower decorations!!

All you need:
washcloths, any kind of craft stick, cellophane, tape & ribbon!

Fold the washcloth in half & then into thirds

Start at one end and roll it up really tight and secure it with tape

Next I folded and rolled a second washcloth around the first! Now add your stick to the back & secure it with tape. Put some cellophane over it and tie a ribbon around it and your done!!
*I decided to use the pre made lollipop bags from Micheals for time reasons & a PLUS is they already come with ribbon.....but if you already have a roll of basket cellophane you could definitely just use that and cut out your own squares!

Cute little sweet treats that are sure to make anyone happy:)


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Labor Day Labor.....Turned Shabby Chic

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!! We enjoyed our relaxing 4 day maybe a little to on Labor Day I thought it would only be fair to do some manual LABOR!!

Recently I had purchased a dresser from Goodwill for $25 (sorry no before camera was DEAD and I just couldn't wait) It was a mess with dents, scratches & stickers all over it!! But the bones of it were in GREAT shape so I bought it & it sat in my garage.....until I decided it was time to give it a go on Labor Day!!

I started out by cleaning it and taking the hardware & stickers off! Then I spray painted it with a white primer.....Really?? who has time to sand!!

Paint it CUTE and let it dry if you can be patient....which I totally can not!!
Next all the hardware needed to be replaced......I got the pulls for ONLY .94 cents....YES you read that correctly..... .94 cents a piece at Lowes!! SCORE:)

Here's the catch they were BRASS!! And I don't do I spray painted them with gray primer and then spray painted them black (stuff I already had around the house)

Then I distressed it......I am absolutely in LURVE with the Shabby Chic look right now!!! And it's so easy to do!! You can use sand paper, but your finger nail works just as good....maybe even better!!

Now all I have to do is find a home for it & move on to my next furniture victim!!



Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Our Favorite Dip for Football Season

Football Season has officially started......WOOHOO!! That means it's time for some of my favorite things!! Cooler weather, fall leaves, pumpkin spice candles, blue jeans & of course our Favorite dip to eat while watching the games!!

(printable version)

Spicy Cheese Dip

1 tube of HOT Jimmy Dean Sausage

1 big block of Velveeta Cheese

2 cans of Rotel Tomatoes (original)

First cook the sausage and drain the grease. While the sausage is cooking cut the Velveeta in to small thin pieces (it will melt faster)

Add 2 cans of Rotel Tomatoes (juice & all)

Next throw on the Velveeta & let it melt. Stirring occasionally

Serve hot with tortilla chips

That's it......15mins to LIP SMACKING GOODNESS FOR THE GAME!




Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Turn Lemons into Lemonade

Next time you go shopping PLEASE don't let the scratched up beyond repair.....marked WAY DOWN because no one wants them items SCARE you!!
EVERYTHING.....I repeat EVERYTHING can be fixed or used for something else!!
You can ALWAYS turn Lemons into Lemonade
Use your imagination as to how you could fix it or use it for something else & I promise you will SAVE a HUGE amount of $$$ in the process!!

Take my homemade chalkboard for instance.....I was on a misson to find a chalkboard for my dining room!! But there were some things that I wanted in this chalkboard.....1 it had to be BIG and 2 it had to have a chunky slightly formal frame!! I searched and searched with no luck!! And any that I found that I liked were anywhere from $50 to $100 bucks and that was NOT about to happen!!!

Until I found this at Kirklands:

Scratched up beyond belief......and on sale for ONLY $10!! (originally $40)

This picture is not really my style, but I had to look past that.....1 it was BIG and 2 I LOVED the frame....oh yeah and I can't forget the price!!

That's all you need to make Lemonade!!

I started out guessed it spray painting the frame white! But it turned out a little to white & I wanted the detailed edging of the frame to stand out. So I used a glaze (acrylic paint with a little water) Painted the glaze on & wiped it off with a rag!! Once that was dry I painted right over the glass with my next favorite thing....Chalkboard Paint!! (make sure you use the paint that can be used on glass & use a couple of coats)

And this is what I ended up with, it's perfect for my Dining Room:

I'm in LOVE!!