Tuesday Ten: Pumpkin Decorating

It’s October! This is when the leaves start to change, cuddling under blankets becomes a must, and things get spooky, festive, and fun! This is one of my favorite times of the year – it’s a great excuse for parties, baking, and crafting. This year, I’ve become a little obsessed with finding new ways to decorate pumpkins. Of course, I won’t do away with the traditional carving – I just couldn’t not carve a pumpkin, that would be ridiculous! So instead, I intend to buy several pumpkins and choose a few new things to try out on them…which I’m sure is going to drive my boyfriend crazy when he’s down to visit and I drag him to a pumpkin patch to load up on pumpkins (Sorry in advance, Jim).

I’ve linked most of the pictures below to the site where you can find directions on how to create that type of pumpkin. There were a few that I couldn’t find, but they should be similar to the other pictures within that category. Just click on the photos to find out how to execute each design. Happy decorating!

  1. Glitter – You can make glitter polka dots, glitter shapes, glitter covered pumpkins, use colored glitter, and so much more.


  2. Rhinestones – With rhinestones there are endless possibilities. You can vary the shapes, make a design, make abstract art – let your creative side go wild!





  3. Ribbons, Tulle, & Buttons – These embellishments are a very classy way to upgrade your pumpkin decor. My mom always taught me that tulle can be a girl’s best friend when used correctly.





  4. Black Paint – By using black paint, you can give your pumpkins a different vibe. Be creative, make them spooky or goth-esque, ad stripes or dots, or just paint on a jack o’ lantern face!



  5. Paint – Paint in general is a great way to make your pumpkins stand out exactly how you want them too. Use different types of paint, paint on designs, or let your kids go free and make their own pumpkin designs without the mess of pumpkin guts.









  6.  Lace – Simple and elegant  Use tights or lace fabric. I actually found some Martha Stewart lace pumpkin covers at JoAnn’s Fabrics a few weeks ago and snapped them up to try this year. I looked online and couldn’t find a link, otherwise I would’ve posted it to show you.

  7. Polka Dots – This can be done in many different ways. I’ve already shown you how to do it with glitter and paint up above, but this is creative in a different way.
  8. Chalkboard – Super fun for kids or classrooms. Totally cute and simple.
  9. Sequins – Here’s where your crafty side would need to find some patience. Using sequins may take a good amount of time, depending on your design. But doesn’t it look adorable?
  10. Stencils – This is an easy way to get the design that you want without all of the fuss.

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Tuesday Ten…Plus One: Fall Recipes

It’s fall y’all! I went through a bunch of recipes to decide what I wanted to put in this post (hence it being late…sorry about that). I couldn’t settle on just 10, so there’s an extra one to make 11. I’m lucky I got it down to that number! These are some really fun recipes that look absolutely delicious. Hopefully, I’ll get to make at least some of these this season! Let me know if you guys try any of the recipes and let me know how they turn out!

  1. Apple Steal Cut Oatmeal – Get the recipe here
  2. Crock Pot Minestrone Soup – Get the recipe here
  3. Classic Beef Stew – Get the recipe here
  4. Apple Cider Chicken – Get the recipe here
  5. Split Pea Soup with Ham Hock – Get the recipe here
  6. Snickerdoodles or Sinickerdoodle Cupcakes – Get the recipes here and here
  7. Skinny Pumpkin Pie – Get the recipe here
  8. Apple Turnovers – Get the recipe here
  9. Spice Cupcakes or Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Homemade Caramel Sauce – Get the recipes here, here, and here
    * You can also use a boxed spiced cake mix for a quicker cupcake fix.
    * Instead of using the bottle Magic Hat #9 for the sauce, try using Blue Moon Caramel Apple Ale (seasonal) instead!


  10. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread – Get the recipe here
  11. Inside Out Caramel Apples – Get the recipe here

Saturday Sip: Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

It’s fall! And that means warm drinks, cozy blankets, and cuddling by the fire. This week, in honor of the autumn season, I’ve found a recipe for white hot chocolate with a pumpkin spin. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 cups whole milk
  • 12 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions:

In a heavy saucepan, combine 2 cups of milk, white chocolate, and cocoa powder. Cook over medium heat, whisking periodically, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is well combined. Whisk in the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and ginger. Add the remaining milk, 1 cup at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.

If desired, serve topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg. Just be sure not to fill the mugs too full before adding the whipped cream, or you might have some overflow.

Source: goodlifeeats.com

It’s Officially Fall!

Today is the first day of fall! I love fall. I absolutely love the crunch of leaves under your feet, wearing sweaters and boots and scarves, cider and pumpkin pie, the cool autumn breeze in the air…I’m so excited! Happy first day of fall everyone!