Fall Colors…🍁🍂🍃

Hope everyone’s Sunday is as beautiful as it is here in Indiana. This weekend has to be the peak color for the season. Everyone was afraid the colors would be drab and short lived cause of the lack of rain this fall but as you can see once again Mother Nature has not disappointed! 

     

This tree is outside the window at work and does this two tone display every year. I think it’s quite stylish! 

 My dear husband has started stacking the wood for the winter. We have a wood stove that supplements our furnace. Although I hate the mess,  I freeze during the winter if it’s not going. The heat from it is so much warmer than the lukewarm air our gas furnace blows around. 

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Pumpkin Cupcakes…Gluten Free!

At work I am the designated cupcake maker for all the birthday celebrations.  This month we had two birthdays and today was the celebration. The two birthday girls agreed on pumpkin cupcakes! We have one co-worker that has to be gluten free, so gluten free pumpkin cupcakes with maple buttercream icing was the choice.


Here’s the recipe:

Pumpkin Cupcakes

  • 1 cup All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée

Preheat oven to 350

Beat eggs, sugar and pumpkin together in a large mixing bowl.  In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients and spices. Add dry mixture to wet mixture beat till combined.

Line cupcake pan with liners and fill 3/4 full.

Bake for approximately 16-18 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean) makes approximately 12 cupcakes

Maple Buttercream Icing

  • 2 sticks room temperature butter
  • 3/4 powdered sugar (more if needed to thicken)
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Combine all ingredients and beat until syrup and sugar are incorporated approximately 1 minute. Increase speed and beat for approximately 5 minutes until light and fluffy. (This works best with a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, but can be done with a hand mixer also.)

Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container.


I always wrap up an individual cupcake for the birthday girl/s.😊

Bargain of the Day! 

 Just got my latest order from TJMaxx.com! I’m jumping on the fringe bandwagon with my new Lucky Brand crossbody clutch and Rampage blanket scarf.   The clutch is so cute and inside it has card slots and plenty of room for all your necessities!  The best part is the clutch was on clearance for $20…woohoo! And I used my reward money and got both items for just $7 out of pocket…cha ching😁

 The scarf is similar to the ones that have been all over Instagram and #liketoknowit. The weather is really cooling off this week so the scarf will be in use!!  

I love TJMaxx, Marshalls and Homegoods and am beside myself that now they are on line and I can bargain hunt from my couch!! 

What a great weekend!

Our lifelong friends, Clare and Earl, came for the weekend! It’s very seldom that when they visit do they get to spend two nights, but they did this time! It gave us time to do a lot of catching up, watch the Cubs/Cardinals games, Notre Dame football, do some crafts, have a beer tasting, go on a couple long walks, take tour of the property, and of course eat too much! 

I can’t believe they have never been out back on our property, so we loaded up in the mule and went on a ride around the woods.   

They brought a Leinenkugel fall variety pack so we decided to do a taste test. The opinions were as follows: Heart of Oak-smells like lake water but taste is smooth, Oktoberfest -smooth, slightly sweet, hint of caramel, Helles Yeah- Helles No! Hoppy and bitter,  Harvest Patch Shandy-pumpkin pie in a glass, gingery. 

 So since Oktoberfest was the favorite of the variety pack we decided to taste test the three different ones we had in our fridge. They all were similar but hands down the Sunking Oktoberfest was the winner! It has a nice caramel undertone, no hoppy bite and smooth finish!   

I taught Clare and my daughter, Molly how to make the burlap wreaths.

 And each morning Clare and I went on a 3 mile walk up and down our hilly road talking the whole time and enjoying the turning leaves and crisp autumn air.  

It was so good to see them and I can’t wait til we can get together again! One thing for sure is we will take up right where we left off, like we just saw each other yesterday! 

Fallification 🍁🍂🌻

So it has taken me a few days to get things ‘fallified’ here are a couple pics of what I have accomplished!  

 Here is my mantle not sure it’s what I envisioned but it is what it is! Please excuse the ugly green walls 😝 I am planning on changing them this fall/winter. I have had to live with them for way too long! It was one of those cases where the chip was what I wanted a nice sage green but I ended up with elementary school wall green….but to save my marriage I lived with it..ha!   The wine bottle candelabra was a birthday gift from my best friend Clare…love it!  Another shot of my painted pumpkins on my new/old wash stand. I just love the distress on it😍 

 and I finally made it to the craft store to finish my wreath! 

Burlap Wreath…

So I’m probably the last person on the planet to make one of these wreaths…ha!  But we were talking about them at work the other day and my co-worker Carol explained how she made hers, so I decided to try it. 

Here is my process:

You will need a wire coat hanger, pliers to help unwind the hanger, about 30 feet of burlap ribbon (I used two rolls like this from Hobby Lobby) and twine for a loop for hanging.  

  

This is what the hanger looks like after you unwind the neck.

 

Straighten it out, I used the pliers again to help with the sharper corners.

  
Now start weaving the coat hanger in and out of the burlap.


Once you have gone over and under you’ll want to twist the burlap before your next over/under stich.
 

Keep stitching over/under and twisting until your get to the end of your burlap.  Try to make your stitches relatively the same size (just eyeball it) so your loops are uniform when finished. If you are using more than one roll just start the new roll like the last one, you won’t be able to see it amongst all the loops.

 

After all the burlap is on the hanger form it into a circle and re-twist the hanger together. Fluff and arrange the loops until your satisfied with the look. Then you can either make a hanger out of this or use twine and tie a loop around the form.

Here is the finished wreath, now I need to embellish it! Guess I need to make another trip to the craft store … Darn😉 
 

It’s soup season!

Let me say it, I LOVE SOUP! Unfortunately my husband doesn’t…😫 So, I frequently make myself soup for lunch. Most of the time I throw it together before work and have my lunches for at least a few days. Today I made Roasted Tomato Bisque. It sounds fancy but it’s really simple and goes together quickly!

So here’s the recipe:

Roasted Tomato Bisque:

1 small sweet onion diced
2 carrots diced or 6-8 baby carrots diced

2 cloves of garlic minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup vegetable stock

1 can fire roasted tomatoes

1 tablespoon tomato paste

2 teaspoons sugar (I use coconut sugar)

Salt and pepper to taste

Red pepper flakes (optional)

1 cup evaporated milk

Directions:

1. Sauté carrots and onions in oil til tender

2. Add garlic sauté til fragrant

3. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, salt, pepper, pepper flakes and sugar let simmer.

4. Add evaporated milk

5. Purée with an immersion blender until smooth.

It can be eaten plain or garnished with cheese, sour cream, avocado, croutons or whatever else your little heart desires 😉

Enjoy!