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His & Hers 2014 Football Charts

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Couple more days until the official football season begins and I gotta add something about Football to my decor. Football season always reminds me of the beginning of Fall and back to school. In my day 1st day of school was always around the same time as Football season, now here in the Desert we start school beginning of August and Fall doesn’t really start until October, just not the same.

So for the football decor I once again made the “His & Hers” schedules. We enjoyed it last year and its easy, fun and cute:) Can you use the word “cute” in football decor?
Hope it inspires you to make your own schedules and by the way
“GO FORTY NINERS”!!!!!!

Holidays

Printable Holiday Bucket List

Free Printable Fall Bucket List Punch Card, by Make Life Lovely

This looks like a fun Holiday Print out for family and friends, print out and attach to something off the list like maybe the caramel apple and pass out to your neighbors and friends. Click on the link below,print out on card-stock and your set.

Happy Bucket Listing!

docs.google.com/file/d/0B643k53ZgmarUGZfcGVqTnNJNHc/edit?usp=sharing&pli=1

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Autumn Free Printable

Everybody love’s free printable’s, I do!

Here is one that I got from jonesdesigncompany.com/decorate/autumn-essentials-freebie-art-print/

She has a great blog with lots of cute ideas. I like her style and free printable’s. I put mine  in this black frame and tucked it into a corner. Don’t you think this would  make a cute Hostess gift, wrapped up with some Candy Corn. That’s my idea for the day, cause I would think that was special. Sometimes it’s the simple cute little things that are fun.

Autumn Sampler

Thanks Emily and Happy Autumn!

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Burlap Wreath

October is right around the corner. That means I’ve started pulling out my Halloween & Thanksgiving decor. I like to mix the two starting the last week of September (which is now) and then November 1st, I pluck all the Halloween out and am left with the Fall/Thanksgiving decor. This is my favorite time of year so I want to be able to enjoy my decorations as long as I can. As with most of you we are done with summer heat and ready for all the changes that are starting to take place around us.

PINTEREST is my new bestie, we hang out A LOT, this is something my new friend has taught me.I guess you would call it Vintage/Victorian Halloween. I have started with this Burlap Wreath.There are a few different  ways you can make them, but super easy and not very pricey.Punch burlap wreaths into the search box in Pinterest and several will pop up.After searching a little you can find which one works for you. I then looked up “How to make a burlap wreath” into the internet and found a lot of DIY tutorials on how to make. I took ideas from different one’s and added some of my own. Don’t just stop with your first “How to Tutorial” because you will notice each tutorial is very different yet very similar so you need to find which one you connect with.

The fabric rosette’s on the wreath I learned how to make on Pinterest and they are very easy to make. I took an old sheet  and cut into strips, tea stained some of the strips for different shades. The one sheet made a lot of flowers(cheaper than purchasing material). I also found some scraps at the thrift store that only cost me change. So check what you have in your closet and then the local thrift shops and garage sales before you plop down more bucks at Hobby Lobby & Michael’s. Even though I want these store’s to be around forever we all need to save anyway we can.

I printed the words “Enter if you Dare” onto an old book page, added a photo of the flying witch and hot glued onto the wreath. Added the little scare crow and spider and this is what I ended up with.

It was fun crafting and adding a different touch to my Halloween Decor. I also made the “Book page wreath” that hangs on my mantle(pictured below) I think it has the same feel of Vintage/Victorian Halloween.This style of decor is very popular this year so you can find a lot of ideas on the internet.

Jones Design Company.com is where I learned to make the book page wreath. Check out her blog with DIY tutorials they are really cool. This is where I learned how to make the fabric rosettes.

I got my Halloween/Fall decorating done early this year “yeah” so now I have all month to hang out with my new friend and see what else I can come up with. I think Pinterest has so many ideas for you that no matter what level of crafter you are you can find something that you can make and fill your home with the things you love.

Happy Crafting! Ciao

Favs

I got some of my idea’s from this really cute blog:

http://adiamondinthestuff.blogspot.com

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Thanksgiving Themed Bunco

My favorite time of year is Fall and the Holiday of Thanksgiving, and go figure I live in the Desert where there is no changing of leaves and all that fall color. So I bring it indoors. Decorate with all the fall colors and smells and enjoy to my heart’s content until Christmas.

As you know my “crew” and I have our monthly Bunco game and this month was MINE 🙂 I could make everyone endure all the pleasures of fall. I themed it”Thanksgiving Bunco” and had my friends start their ovens and begin baking.They had to bring a favorite holiday baked good with the recipe,enough so everyone could get one to sample.Everyone out did their selves and I think it was a fun addition to our party nite.

We all love to eat so we started the evening with some homemade croutons w/mariana dipping sauce. Sugar & Nut Glazed Brie w/Apple slices & buttery crackers, Spiced Cider & selected spirit’s, we mingled,munched and enjoyed each others company until the game began. Wanting to follow with the “Theme” I made Mini Turkey Pot Pies for our intermission snack. As we played I could smell the Pie’s and the scent of the Cider and I was so happy to be here at this moment with all my girlfriends,surrounded by my favorite fall colors & smells, laughing and enjoying each others company, I thought ” this is a part of what Thanksgiving is about”

I picked gifts that I would love to receive and wrapped them in fall wrappings and passed them out to the lucky winners. 

I had a wonderful evening with my girlfriends and am truly blessed to have them all in my life, so this holiday season they are all in my prayers and I am Thankful to have them as my Crew.

Party Recipes:

Sugar and Nut Glazed Brie
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Prep Time:10 minInactive Prep Time: -- Cook Time:8 min
Level:
Easy
Serves:
16 to 20 servings

Ingredients
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts or pecans
1 tablespoon brandy
1 (14-ounce) round brie
Apple wedges, for serving
Pear wedges, for serving
2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
Crackers, for serving
Directions
In a small bowl stir together the sugar, nuts, and brandy. Cover and chill for at least 24 hours or up to 1 week.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Place the brie on a ovenproof platter or pie plate. Bake for 4 or 5 minutes or until the brie is slightly softened. Spread the sugar mixture in an even layer on top of the warm brie and bake for 2 to 3 minutes longer, or until the sugar melts. Brush the fruit wedges with lemon juice and arrange them around 1 side of the brie. Place crackers around the other side.
*I doubled the amount of the Nut Mixture because it really added alot to this recipe and the amount they had just was not enough.

Mini Turkey Pot Pies:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of cooked turkey breast, cut into cubes
  • 2 sheets of pie crust
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, cleaned, and thinly diced
  • 2 carrots, cleaned, skinned, and thinly diced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 1 tsp of dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, beaten, for brushing on top of the pie crust
  • Ramekins

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Gently roll out the pie crust and lightly flour them. Take a ramekin, and press into the dough, gently cutting into it. Repeat this process with both sheets of dough until you have 12 dough circles for your 6 ramekins. Lightly butter the inside of each ramekin, and take a dough circle, and place inside of each ramekin, pressing inside to form the shape of the ramekin.Reserve the remaining 6 dough circles.

Mini Turkey Pot Pies

Place the ramekins on a baking sheet, and place in the oven for 8 minutes. Remove them after the eight minutes.  Let them cool.

Now for the filling. To a large pot, add the butter, and slowly melt. Next, add in your onions, celery, and carrot and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring on occasion. Add in your flour, and stir, cooking for another couple of minutes. Whisk in your milk and continue to whisk until smooth. Stir in the chicken stock, and sherry. Bring the heat to low, and cook down for another 10 minutes. You will notice the sauce begin to thicken. This is what you are going after. Next, stir in the thyme, parsley, peas, turkey, and season with salt and pepper. You will want to taste this a couple of times, getting your salt and pepper right on point before adding the mixture into the ramekins.

Fill each ramekin to the top with the mixture. Top each ramekin with a dough circle, making sure it is just a bit longer than the top of each ramekin. Seal the top of each ramekin by gently pinching around the edges. Brush the beaten egg onto the top of each ramekin, and sprinkle with kosher salt.(I also sprinkled some fresh Rosemary on mine)

Place these back in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until they are a nice golden brown.

*I made my own crust this time because I wanted to do something special and I only put on the top crust. But usually I just use the pre-made pie crust cause it is truly just as good and much easier.MB

Ciao!

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It’s October 1st, and do you know where your Decorations are?

I finished putting up my Halloween & Fall Decor, YES! This is one of my favorite time’s of year. I put out Halloween & Fall Decor together and after Halloween passes I pluck out the Halloween and enjoy the Fall decor until after Thanksgiving. I figure you guys do the same and I just wanted to share some of my favorite things:

This is my Dining Table and sometimes I put so much stuff you can’t sit down and eat, so I cut back a little this year.

In the middle is a Hurricane Lamp that I layered with moss (from Craft store) and little skull heads from Kmart, I love that one (idea stole from Pottery Barn)

It looks so scary, I caught my grandson Brody just staring at it 🙂

The place setting at the left is another skull head from Kmart and the napkin ring is a set of plastic vampire teeth (that was my idea)

The Wine bottle is from Trader Joe’s and if you zoom in you can see the cool label it has for Halloween and I doctored it up with some ribbon & small skull head (Kmart)

On some of the family pictures by the front door I stuck google eyes on their eyes, kind of makes them look silly & a little scary.One year I put google eyes on ALL the pictures in the hallway & my Grandson Gage got so freaked out he wanted me to take them all off.He got over it 🙂

I got some big skull heads and placed them in these lanterns thru out the house for a cool effect. 

In the kitchen I decorated my spice wheel and when my printer starts working I have some creepy labels I’m going to print out (Martha Stewart.com) and stick on the salt jug and the Olive Oil bottle.

My neighbor pulled out a dead tree from his yard and all this week I kept driving by it thinking “I want that tree”, so I got Michael to go drag it home for me and chop off a big branch and I made this scary tree to put by my front door.I filled an Urn with dirt stuck the branch in and attached a few crows to it, its really cool and I think I will go get some more of that moss and string it  from a few of the branches. I think that would be a cool effect also. Then I stuck this cute little pumpkin that I got at Lowe’s in one of the potted plants,he has a cute face.So those are a few pictures of some of my favorite things this year, I hope you all have fun with your decorations and will send me some pictures of your fav’s.

My Candy Jars, Kmart skull head :), Candy Korn, Black Licorice and that is a scary spider on top of the Candy Korn

Ciao!