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Category: Seasonal

Simple Spooky Halloween: Lovely Bones

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It’s getting a little spooky around here!  Halloween is in just three weeks and this is the prefect time to start incorporating some small decorations around the house.  I don’t go all-out for halloween, but I like a few clever nods to the holiday.  My halloween decor usually is very very simple, not store-bought, and just a tad spooky.

There is a big reason why I don’t buy something pre-made and stick it up on the wall.  I think decorations are all the more eerie when they’re incorporated with your everyday look.  It almost makes someone do a double-take when they see it, which sends a little chill down their spine and that is the perfect way to decorate for this fun and festive holiday.

spooky cute halloween decorations

My plan worked like a charm too, last night these glass specimen jars where neatly styled in the bookcase and my husband all of a sudden was like, “are there bones in there?”.  To which I replied, “of course”.  I think he was a little weirded out, but that’s the point, no?

It’s a two step and totally do-able project!  Continue Reading…

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White Gourd Placesetting DIY

fall dinner party name card diy

When it comes to dinner parties, I like to think outside the dining room sometimes to create a more magical experience for our friends.  I’ve always wanted to do a big outdoor sit-down dinner, but various technicalities have gotten in the way.  This year, it’s happening.  I built a table (more on that later) and have been starting the planning process.

outdoor dinner party fall fall tablescape

One thing I knew I wanted to include were some white name card holders.  Although actual white pumpkins can be used, they’re fairly pricey and don’t last super long once cut.  I made a very sleek, modern version using some run-of-the-mill foam pumpkins from the Home Depot.

fall dinner party outside fall name card

The result is a beautiful, serene tablescape that isn’t a cacophony of color (which you know isn’t my thing). The white gourds lend themselves well to the other colors incorporated in the table and won’t compete with any of the other decor.  The best part is that since they’re faux, they’ll last throughout the whole season and I can use them all of the way through Thanksgiving.

It’s a super easy project that I’m almost embarrassed to call a ‘DIY’ but sometimes it’s the little things, right?  Let’s go!  Continue Reading…

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Pumpkin Spice Kahlúa Ice Cream

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Fall is in full swing, which means pumpkin everything. I take every opportunity I humanly can to incorporate fall flavors into everything this time of year and no food or drink is off limits! In Ohio, it’s still pretty warm during the days which makes ice cream a perfect treat for basking in the weekend harvest sunlight.

You guys might remember my method for ‘making’ ice cream and how I don’t really make it at all.  I don’t have an ice cream maker, so I take a fabulous short-cut that allows for infinite customizations.  As I plan out the menu for an upcoming harvest party I’m planning, I wanted to stay away from pies and cakes since I’ll make those later in the fall season (just wait!).  I really wanted to incorporate something sweet, light, and cool – the perfect treat for after a hearty dinner.  Adding in the coffee and rum flavors of Kahlúa is perfect for our crowd too.  Who doesn’t love a little after dinner liqueur?

kahlua pumpkin spice icecream pumpkin ice cream

What’s even better is that this recipe has a whopping four ingredients.  Roll up your sleeves and let’s make some fall ice cream!  Continue Reading…

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‘That’s My Jam’ Canning Party – Pt 1

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I think one of the things I love so much about fall is that it’s the season we seem to mingle so well with nature.  People revel in apple picking, pumpkin patches, and farmer’s markets.  I wanted to take advantage of this festive time, so I’m planning a JAM party for my girls!  I’ve divided the ‘party’ into two steps since I know canning can be pretty time consuming and tedious.

Step one is farmer’s market shopping.  Each friend lives on a different side of town and has their preferred market.  Everyone also has different preferences on food!  I armed each friend with a custom tote that reads, ‘That’s my JAM” (haha).  I made the totes last week on the iPhone app, Makr, and they arrived just in time to give one out to each girl with the challenge to return this weekend with a bag full of fall produce.

fall apple picking

I set out on the same assignment and picked up some Jonathon apples, pears, green beans, and tomatoes.

Step two will be this weekend! Continue Reading…

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Your Ultimate Fall Pumpkin Guide

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It’s officially fall tomorrow, so let’s get ready in the best way humanly possible starting today with a pumpkin education.  I am so absolutely obsessed with fall that I usually just dive right into pumpkin purchases willie nilly without any forethought, but that is the exact reason why I’ve had some interesting (not in a good way) pumpkin experiences.

Sure, pumpkins are beautiful and tasty, but we’re gonna give you a little more info on some of our favorite varieties and what they’re good for!  Have you ever wondered why the seeds you roasted weren’t awesome?  Or why that pie wasn’t as sweet as you’d hoped?  The variety of the pumpkin might have not been ideal, but you won’t run into those problems again! I hope you’re ready!

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Summer Movie Nights!

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I am home in Ohio and am going to hit the ground running after spending a relaxing weekend in Nashville.  This week we are starting something which I hope will be very fun and grow to be a friend favorite.

We are beginning a ‘Summer Movie Series’ which we’ll have every week at exactly the same time, outside in our yard.  We were throwing around the idea loosely at first, and then we just kept going further and further with elaborate treats to eat, high tech (or low tech) ways to put together the outdoor sound, and of course, what movies we’ll watch and how they’ll be picked.

Since I’ve been out of town for the last five weekends, I haven’t started the planning phase, but I’m jumping in this week.  Of course, I’ll keep you on the up and up with the decorations and how I’ll organize the lounging.

The men, however, have been feverishly putting together desired titles and genres. Everything from horror to comedy to chickflicks is involved, but the one commonality is that every movie we’re choosing is somewhat of a cult classic (to our generation, at least). Everything we were throwing out fell under a few categories:

chick flicks from the 80s horror nostalgia

My biggest stipulation is that the movie must be appealing and attention grabbing for both the girls and the guys to avoid one of the groups peeling off one by one and congregating at the bar, turning the night into just a plain old party and the movie falling off the radar.

Although ‘Nostalgia’ is a pretty big category, it’s mostly the male version of chickflicks and some general all around goodness. We didn’t even hit the tip of the iceberg here, but it’s not as easy as it seems!

Take a try!  Which movie would you love to see during an outdoor movie night?

 

 

p.s. we start this Friday!  If you’re local, email me and I can give you details!

 

photo: The Urban List

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Grand Old Flag

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She sure is a grand old, high flying flag, huh?  All around the world there is political unrest, there are varying opinions on politics, and there is unease that might accompany the decisions of our country and other countries.

Still, however, I am proud to be an American.  I’m proud of the strides we take each day to become more progressive and more tolerant.  If watching a lot of the buzz surround the World Cup has taught me anything it’s that no country is perfect, just as no person is perfect.

I’ve learned that we are really all in this together, this quest to make the world and the country we call home a better place.  That doesn’t happen by one person believing, but by a country believing.  Just over 300 years ago our founders believed that something wonderful could be created in this place and today we’re here to continue a legacy that was started for us.  So today, on our anniversary, here’s to our Country, and our united effort to make it as good as we want it to be.

Have a happy 4th of July guys!

 

 

Photo: Rachel Halvorson

 

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NYE Party Hat with Christmas Ribbon

cute new years eve party hats

I’m a hat kind of girl.  I have always loved collecting fancy antique hats with nets, feathers, and all of the trimmings.  As the years go by, I seem to have less and less places to which I can wear some of my more extravagant pieces, but New Year’s Eve is certainly an occasion where (even if you’re not a hat person) it’s totally acceptable to rock something over-the-top (literally).

pretty new years party hat

new years eve cute party hat diy

This easy, DIY fascinator is a great use of leftover ribbon from the Christmas holiday, so the only things you may have to purchase are the clips, felt, and numeral stickers – should you want to use them! Don’t put away the Christmas ribbon just yet! The easy step by step tutorial might just inspire you to get creating!  Continue Reading…

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Merry Christmas

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I hope you all are having an absolutely beautiful day! Merry Christmas!

*gorgeous Rectory Red is a new color from Farrow + Ball and isn’t it stunning in this entry?

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Sparkling Christmas Cocktails

holiday cocktail recipe cranberry

Happy Christmas Eve!  I hope you’re home, spending some relaxing time with family and friends.  I’m preparing for a little cocktail party that I like to have on Christmas eve which incorporates both sides of our families and any friends who wish to stop by.

Since we don’t have children, I always felt like Christmas eve was lacking some sort of spark.  We don’t set out milk & cookies for Santa or read “T’was the night before Christmas”, but we still want to do something festive with those we love.  So, we started having this cocktail party and made the ‘eve’ about just hanging out and really letting the joy of the season set in with anyone who has the time to swing out to our place.  Last year I think we got into playing cards and listening to carols.

christmas champagne cocktail

This year, I’ve got a full menu planned out with heavy nibbles (mini ham sammys, cheese straws, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, a giant cheese tray, and lots of cookies!).  Aside from the food, I like to make a very festive cocktail.  It’s really the only night of the year I feel compelled to make my big manly guy friends drink frilly drinks from gold confetti glasses. They might retire to the scotch after a few, but the ‘signature’ cocktail definitely takes a load off my shoulders when it comes to setting up a bar for such a wide range of people who come through.

For my signature cocktail this year, I’m making a Sparkling Cranberry Blush.  It’s so easy and SO good.  Keep on for the full recipe and some very fun tips to keep the drink festive!

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