Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Spiced Pumpkin Cookies


 I love fall and all that it brings with it. One of the most notable things in my home would be pumpkin everything! Last year I found a pumpkin mix at my local Sam's, and I fell in love with the recipe on the back for pumpkin cookies. The pumpkin mix is actually a pumpkin bread mix, and it can be used for cookies! All you add is one egg, a half cup of butter and mix. Now that is my kind of recipe!

I wanted something quick that I could whip up for an afternoon snack.

 Now here is the trick that makes these heavenly! I found Hershey Kisses in spiced pumpkin and decided to top my pumpkin cookies with these wonderful fall candies! Just one bite and this cookie makes everything in your day okay! I promise.

 Now pair this cookie with a cup of coffee and you will be hooked! 

These make such a cute fall snack to share with family and friends!
I love displaying them out on a cute platter. This makes for such a cozy feel and adds to all the comforts of home!
Happy Fall Ya'll!
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Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Super Easy Fall Leaves Tutorial

This was my fall touch on my fireplace last fall. I thought with the fall season gearing up, I would share this with you for a super easy way to transform your garland for your home. 

My fireplace mantle project that started out as plain old garland of fall leaves!

   I wanted some fall foliage with a mix of grapevine and some lemon leaves...I was in my local craft store (Michael's) and came across this fall foliage garland and it had most of what I wanted but not all..  You know what I mean, the ordinary garland you see hanging in store after store. So I decided to doctor it up some.. 

   I loved the fact it already had some grapevine and pine cones mixed in.

 I wanted to add some bronzed lemon leaf to spice it up a bit. I actually found these down the Christmas aisle.. Buried in all the Christmas picks!

 Yes, don't limit yourself to just the fall aisle in a store! I always scout out the Christmas picks when I am working on a new project.
 I hung the leaf garland on my mantle making sure it was centered. Then I simply added the bronzed lemon leaf into the vine in various spots along my leaf garland. I try to keep my added items centered throughout the arrangement so it stays in proportion..
You can also add a dab of hot glue to the end of your pick to make it stay in place. Should you decide you don't want yours to be a permanent arrangement you can just stick them in, and use some wire twisted around the vine. Honestly, mine fit so tight down in the grapevine I didn't wire mine at all.
Next .. I added another pick that I also found in the Christmas section!
 I loved how it sparkled with fall hues of amber and orange, with a hint of brown touches through out the pick! I immediately decided this was just what I was missing to finish this mantle piece!
 So I added the sparkle beaded picks, and sat back to examine the results with a cup of coffee! This is so easy to do and it takes only minutes of your time!
See, you don't have to settle with the plain "ole" boring fall garland you see hanging in your local  craft store! You can take a few minutes and create your own unique look right from a starter vine of garland! I love to add in burlap and ribbon or twine to a lot of my projects the possibilities are endless!
I will share with you this seasons fall decorating soon! Happy soon to be Fall y'all!
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