Decorative Pumpkins

Well with it officially being October, it is definitely time for some pumpkin decorating!

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A couple of friends of mine from work held a pumpkin decorating party..

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And it was really fun! Normally I only carve pumpkins, but this is way cuter and a lot less messy!

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Four very different pumpkins! I had no idea on how I was going to decorate them so that’s why lines aren’t straight, things aren’t even, and a lot of glitter is outside the lines. But sometimes that’s okay. It was about hanging out with some new friends and displaying cute pumpkins at my house. Hope this inspires you to decorate your own!
Here are the pumpkins my friends made:

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ZORO!!!!

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Godzilla!! (crazy detailed, right!?)

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Made for her husband who is coming home from Afghanistan soon!

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Happy Pumpkin decorating! I know I will be making more, and I would love to see yours!

Stay lovely,
Jenna

Fall Wreath

YEAH PEOPLE IT’S FALL

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So that means it is time for fall stuff. I already decorated a couple weeks ago, I just couldn’t wait.

So today we are making a lovely fall wreath to hang on your front door.

Supplies:
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1 hay wreath (hay is very Fall feeling, and it is $3 so yay)
1 30 yard ribbon in Orange
1 ‘rope piece’ of leaves
1 burlap sunflower
1 burlap pumpkin
3 twigs with balls on the end
1 glue gun and TONS of glue sticks

First, wrap your wreath with the ribbon.
Start on the back by putting a good sized spot of glue and attach ribbon.
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Continue to wrap ribbon around the wreath. Every other wrap, I put more hot glue on the back.

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And here is what your wreath will look like after the ribbon (and yes, I almost used all 30 yards).
I love this look for many reasons. You can still see the hay through the ribbon, and yet there are pieces that are dark and leave spots of dark orange visible after you put the rest of the pieces on. Of course if you do not want any hay showing, just wrap the wreath again with the ribbon and this should solve the problem quite nicely.

Next, I took the leaves and wrapped them in the same manor as the ribbon. I am sorry, I do not have any other pictures of step by step. They seemed to have run off of my camera. Once you wrap the leaves around, flip over the wreath and cut off the ones that are facing backwards. This not only cleans up your wreath a little, it also gives you extra leaves that you don’t to buy to decorate with :). Next, eyeball where you would like your pumpkin, sunflower, and sticks. And glue.

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When my friend saw  my wreath she said, “Oh so you decided to go out and buy a wreath instead of making it?” Uh.. yeah sure I did ;).

Wreath TIP: Do NOT be afraid to use a LOT of hot glue. More glue means it will stick better, and ultimately last longer.

We also went and bought out first mini pumpkins of the season and I picked up a cute owl Halloween decoration

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Is it Fall yet?

I can’t believe it! All I hear is talk about how “summer is over” and “fall will soon be upon us”. Like, what!??? I am use to at least 2 more solid months of summer!
I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around the season changes. I mean this year I get to watch the leaves change color and fall to the ground. I get to have an actual season change, and then I get to see it snow. It will be an interesting change for sure.

However I’m not letting it stop me from buying decorations! This is the first time my husband and I will be living in our own home together since we got married a year and a half ago. And you bet I’m buying decorations and going a little over board (okay, maybe a lot).

Here’s a look at some of the stuff I’ve gotten!:

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The first picture is of two adorable wooden leaves that I bought at Hobby Lobby
Second picture is of the table cloth I bought at Michael’s.
And the third is of the cute harvest pillow I bought at Michael’s.

The best part?! It was all 40-60% off! Fall is looking better and better.

However there is this issue of fall clothes shopping….

Herb Planters

ImageOne of the things I love most about Kansas is the fact that I get to have my own garden!

See, in Arizona most of everything just dies. I mean the only place we have grass is at the park (and I’m sure they pay a fortune to water it with the 120 degree weather). So I’ve really loved having a garden. I love flowers and things like that. However, my older brother (who lives in California and has his own garden) started to rub off on me. His garden consists of all things you can eat, while mine is full of pretty flowers and bushes.

So I decided to plant some herbs! And I hope to rub off on you too, so you plant some as well! I planted basil, thyme, parsley, and cilantro. Now you might be thinking ,”I don’t even use those herbs”. But would you use them more if you had them lying around and they were free? Probably.

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To make the planters, I just painted the top and bottom different colors. I used a paint pen to write the different names of the herbs on the outside. And they’re super cute!

They definitely spice up the kitchen with the bright colors. I’m in love, and I can’t wait to season my food with my own herbs!

Mason Jar Lovin’

I’m OBSESSED with Mason Jars. They are so cute, and have a million and one uses.
And I have found yet another cute use!
I was doing my weekly thrift shopping and found a mason jar kit.
It came with: 2 mason jars, 2 ribbons, 2 blank recipe cards, to wooden hearts to attach to the string, and 2 circle pieces of fabric.

I have seen this idea before, but the whole concept is to layer ingredients to 1. display cutely, and 2. have the ingredients pre-measured and mixed for fast cooking!

For mine, I did the best ever chocolate chip cookie recipe (which I will share after because it has been a long search and I finally found a good one).

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So cute! I love it. And although my layers aren’t perfect straight like all of the examples, I still like it.
Note: If you are going to do this, make sure to always start with the soft stuff on bottom and the chunky stuff on top. The bottom layer of mine is the flour, salt, and baking powder needed. Then I did the brown sugar, to help separate so when I do make the cookies, I can separate as need like in the recipe.

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And In the end,  I used the ribbon and fabric that came with the kit.
Not bad for $1.79 at the thrift store, huh?

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Pretty Planters

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SO I saw this picture online of some cute ribbon glued to a pot. And thought, “well why didn’t I think of that sooner” and “how CUUYTEE”.

I am a die heart scrapbooker, so ribbon is something I totally love. Plus, I am an old lady so I love ribbon and lace attached to anything.

Super hard steps to make:

1. Get pot and ribbon and glue (or Mod Podge) and scissors.
2. With a paint brush, paint the areas in which you want the ribbon to be. I’ve seen people use regular Elmer’s glue, and it works just fine. I used Mod Podge’s Matte, which is a glue, sealer, and finish.
3. Apply ribbon to glue.
4. (Optional, but recommended) After sticking the ribbon to glue, apply another layer of glue over the ribbon. This helps it to stick better and prevents it from coming up at the edges.

And now you have yourself some cute pots!

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Whole Wheat Banana Pecan Waffles

My husband and I have been trying to find alternative healthy breakfasts other than the regular oatmeal, eggs, and fruit. And we stumbled upon this recipe in a Zen Buddhist Monestary recipe book (no we are not Buddhist followers, it was just a cheap vegetarian recipe book on Amazon). And we love it!

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup pecans or walnuts
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
3/4 cup mashed ripe banana
3 large eggs
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted or unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps:
1. Turn on and coat waffle iron with butter spray
2. Combine the flour, pecans or walnuts, baking powder, baking soda, and salt thoroughly in large bowl. Whisk together the buttermilk, bananas, eggs, honey, butter or applesauce, and vanilla in medium bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just evenly blended.
3. Cook waffles accordingly to your iron, and serve warm!

Very simple, and very delicious. Of course you can skip on the nuts altogether or use white flour if you prefer. When making these myself, I was very skeptical about using applesauce in place of the butter. I thought it would give it a weird texture and a funky taste. But I went ahead and used the applesauce, and I am so glad that I did! There was literally no taste difference or texture difference in the waffles what-so-ever. And by substituting the butter, it made this morning meal even healthier. I hope you try it and love it just as much as I did!