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Something fun is coming up next week!

27 Sep
Fall is such a wonderful time of the year. 
I love the weather right now with a slight chill in the evenings. 
The leaves are starting to change.
I am thinking about getting my sweaters out!
Pumpkin pie. 
Hot chocolate. 
Hay rides. 
Apple cider and hot doughnuts!
I have a few really exciting events that are coming up. 
One of them is a special week celebrating Autumn with some special, 
very talented bloggers!! 
It’s going to be a wonderful, jam-packed week with tons of 
great ideas
recipes
crafts 
and fun!! 
 
I hope you will join us!!
  • On Tuesday, gear up for some delicious inspiration from Deborah at Taste and Tell...
  • Wednesday I will be talking about crafts/decorating with a fun Fall tutorial…

  • Friday, the ever cute Amy from Positively Splendid is going to show us how to spiff up our wardrobes with a fashion project…

And — we want YOU to  join in the fun!! Each day we will have a link up where YOU can share your ideas!!
Plus, there are going to be some exciting giveaways too!!
I’d love it if you wanted to grab a button and spread the word. It’s going to be a fun week and we would love to have everyone come join in the festivities!!!
 
<a border=”0″ href=”http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2010/09/time-to-celebrate.html&#8221; target=”_blank”><img src=http://i674.photobucket.com/albums/vv107/mmy308/CelebratingAutumn1502-1.jpg></a>

 XOXO
PS Coming up this week:
A beautiful giveaway tomorrow
Tuesday I have a Ruffly, Fall project to share!
Another fun giveaway
And a couple great Guest Tutorials
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Something fun is coming up next week!

27 Sep
Fall is such a wonderful time of the year. 
I love the weather right now with a slight chill in the evenings. 
The leaves are starting to change.
I am thinking about getting my sweaters out!
Pumpkin pie. 
Hot chocolate. 
Hay rides. 
Apple cider and hot doughnuts!
I have a few really exciting events that are coming up. 
One of them is a special week celebrating Autumn with some special, 
very talented bloggers!! 
It’s going to be a wonderful, jam-packed week with tons of 
great ideas
recipes
crafts 
and fun!! 
 
I hope you will join us!!
  • On Tuesday, gear up for some delicious inspiration from Deborah at Taste and Tell...
  • Wednesday I will be talking about crafts/decorating with a fun Fall tutorial…

  • Friday, the ever cute Amy from Positively Splendid is going to show us how to spiff up our wardrobes with a fashion project…

And — we want YOU to  join in the fun!! Each day we will have a link up where YOU can share your ideas!!
Plus, there are going to be some exciting giveaways too!!
I’d love it if you wanted to grab a button and spread the word. It’s going to be a fun week and we would love to have everyone come join in the festivities!!!
 
<a border=”0″ href=”http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2010/09/time-to-celebrate.html&#8221; target=”_blank”><img src=http://i674.photobucket.com/albums/vv107/mmy308/CelebratingAutumn1502-1.jpg></a>

 XOXO
PS Coming up this week:
A beautiful giveaway tomorrow
Tuesday I have a Ruffly, Fall project to share!
Another fun giveaway
And a couple great Guest Tutorials

FMM: Favorite Scents

9 Nov

It’s Friend Makin’ Monday! I haven’t been able to participate in the last few, and I really missed it. So I’m so happy to be able to join in this week over at darling Amber’s blog. Her question this week is:

What are your favorite candles/scents?

I love burning candles in the Fall and Winter.  Some of my favorite scents are:



Pumpkin



cinnamon




anything apple



I love Salt City candles. Some scents I want to try are:

Cafe Paris
The rich smell of the chocolate, the sweet smell of the caramel, the strong aroma of the vanilla beans all combined together to give you the energizing scent of an espresso.


Oatmeal Raisin
Sweet, fragrant and wonderfully comforting, the smell of freshly-baked oatmeal raisin cookies is a happy greeting to friends and family. A heady mix of spices and wholesome grains with just a touch of creamy vanilla, cookies are always welcome


I have always wondered about those no burn candles. Have you ever tried those? And what are your favorite brands/scents of candles? Go over to Amber’s to join in the fun!

And Happy Birthday to my darling sister Ashley! This is a picture of her with her sweet little baby. Aren’t they cute? Have a great day Ashley!!!


Have a great day!
XOXO

Ooey Gooey Fall Goodness

9 Oct
Growing up in Michigan, one of my favorite childhood memories is going for long drives as a family to see the Fall leaves.
We would drive into the Amish Country and stop at a huge barn where we would buy hot steaming sugared doughnuts and fresh hot apple cider. Those hot doughnuts were so heavenly.
And for some reason sugared donuts always remind me of those wonderful Fall excursions. So to celebrate Fall, the kids and I made a new version of those heavenly doughnuts.

Chocolate Doughnuts with Caramel Centers
Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flou
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups sugar (one for recipe one for coating doughnuts later)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 tabelspoons, melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 package caramel squares, unwrapped (about 30)
  • 5 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
  1. Sift dry ingredients together – flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt. In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, milk, butter and eggs. Then stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture until combined.
  2. Lightly flour a work surface, Roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into rounds using either a cookie cutter, or I used a small glass. The diameter should be about 2 1/2 inches. 
  3. Put a caramel on top of each round and fold the side up around the caramel. Roll it around in your hand until it is a round ball.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with paper towels. Then fill a bowl with 1 cup of sugar. Use a heavy pot or big frying pan and fill it with the oil. It needs to be about 4 inches deep. Heat the oil until it is about 350 degrees. Fry the doughnuts in small batches depending on how big your frying pan is. I did mine in about 10 donuts at a time. You might want to try one first to be sure the oil is at the right temperature. One the doughnut holes are in the oil, turn them frequently so they cook evenly. I cooked my for about 3 minutes. Then transfer them to the cookie sheet. Let them cool for about 4 minutes. Then roll them in the bowl of sugar.
  5. Serve immediately!

Amy @ Keeping up with the Schultz Family is hosting a Round Robin of Fall ideas today. Go on over and check out all of the clever things!

Have a Fantastic Friday!

XOXO

Ooey Gooey Fall Goodness

9 Oct
Growing up in Michigan, one of my favorite childhood memories is going for long drives as a family to see the Fall leaves.
We would drive into the Amish Country and stop at a huge barn where we would buy hot steaming sugared doughnuts and fresh hot apple cider. Those hot doughnuts were so heavenly.
And for some reason sugared donuts always remind me of those wonderful Fall excursions. So to celebrate Fall, the kids and I made a new version of those heavenly doughnuts.

Chocolate Doughnuts with Caramel Centers
Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flou
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups sugar (one for recipe one for coating doughnuts later)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 tabelspoons, melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 package caramel squares, unwrapped (about 30)
  • 5 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
  1. Sift dry ingredients together – flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt. In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, milk, butter and eggs. Then stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture until combined.
  2. Lightly flour a work surface, Roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into rounds using either a cookie cutter, or I used a small glass. The diameter should be about 2 1/2 inches. 
  3. Put a caramel on top of each round and fold the side up around the caramel. Roll it around in your hand until it is a round ball.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with paper towels. Then fill a bowl with 1 cup of sugar. Use a heavy pot or big frying pan and fill it with the oil. It needs to be about 4 inches deep. Heat the oil until it is about 350 degrees. Fry the doughnuts in small batches depending on how big your frying pan is. I did mine in about 10 donuts at a time. You might want to try one first to be sure the oil is at the right temperature. One the doughnut holes are in the oil, turn them frequently so they cook evenly. I cooked my for about 3 minutes. Then transfer them to the cookie sheet. Let them cool for about 4 minutes. Then roll them in the bowl of sugar.
  5. Serve immediately!

Amy @ Keeping up with the Schultz Family is hosting a Round Robin of Fall ideas today. Go on over and check out all of the clever things!

Have a Fantastic Friday!

XOXO

Trendy Tuesdays: Fall front porch inspiration

22 Sep

Don’t you just love Fall? I got the inside of my house decorated, now I need to work on the outside. I found a few images around that have given me some inspiration:

Directions with bat pattern
door with spider
 Gilded pumpkins with tutorial
Country Living Magazine

 fall window box

pumpkin topiary with spiders
patterned pumpkins
Halloween wreath
2004 Country Living
I posted this last year, but I still love it!
pumpkins with upholstery tacks
And another take on the embellished pumpkins
monogram Pumpkins with instructions
polka dot pumpkin arrangement
Candy wreath
Outdoor Chandelier
pumpkin on a bird bath
pumpkins with rake
Better Homes and Gardens
Stenciled pumpkins
Better Homes and Gardens
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I love the cool Fall weather, hot cocoa and soup,
the leaves changing and candles.

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What is your Fall favorite?
Have a terrific Tuesday!

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XOXO

Creative Fridays: Fall wreath re-do

18 Sep
 
I was thinking of some ways to spruce up my old Fall wreath. I looked around for a new one, but couldn’t find anything that I liked. So I took my old wreath and decoupaged a star to use in the middle. It still needed something else. I wanted to sew some fabric leaves and add them to the wreath, but since I don’t have a machine that works, the next best thing were scissors and my trusty glue gun. 

I leaves out of some cute Amy Butler fabric that I had in my craft room. Then I found some twigs and branches in my backyard to glue the fabric leaves to.

And voila — a new Fall wreath. It’s easy to do!
 
If you want to spruce up your old wreath, this is what you will need:

  • A wreath
  • Some twigs/branches
  • a few different patterns of fabric
  • some cardstock
  • glue gun
  • scissors
  • wire
  • a star (you can find one at most craft stars). The tutorial on how to decoupage the star is HERE.
Directions:
  1. Lay out your twigs and branches (take all of the leaves off)
  2. Figure out how many leaves you want to make
  3. Cut out a leaf pattern from the cardstock, then duplicate that leaf for as many leaves that you are going to make (I made 18 leaves – 6 each out of three different fabrics)
  4. Take the leaf pattern and cut out the leaves from your fabric. You need to cut the fabric leaf a little larger than the carstock leaf. I doubled the fabric so both sides of the leaf perfectly mirror each other
  5. Once all of the leaves are cut out, Open each fabric leaf and lay a cardstock leaf inside one of the fabric leaves. The correct side of the fabric should be face-down. 
  6. Run a line of hot glue around the edge of the cardboard and inside the edge of the fabric. Then lay the corrdinating leaf over the top — kind of like a sandwich. Press down gently to adhere the two sides of the fabric together. Lay aside.
  7. Do this for each of the leaves
  8. Once the leaves are all assembled, run a line of hot glue on the outside of the leaf and attach the end of the twig/branch. Hold gently for a minute until it has cooled slightly.
  9. Do this with each of the branches/twigs until you are satisfied
  10. Take each of the twigs/branches and arrange them on the wreath. Don’t attach anything until all parts look pleasing to you.
  11. Attach each twig/branch with light wire. Wrap the wire around the twig you are attaching and a sturdy part of the wreath. If you don’t have wire, you can use string.
  12. Hot glue each twig/branch on to your wreath.
  13. Attach your star by either wiring it onto your wreath or hot gluing it on.

have a creative Friday!
and a great weekend!