Monday, September 30, 2013

Pumpkin Syrup

Homemade Pumpkin Syrup - perfect for making pumpkin spice lattes!

Pumpkin Syrup

1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups granulated syrup
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Heat water and sugar over medium high heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently.
Add pumpkin puree and spices.  Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 to 7 minutes.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth.
Store in lidded container.  Refrigerate up to 2 months.

To make pumpkin latte: add 2 tablespoons syrup to coffee, along with cream and sweeten to taste.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Autumn Hanging Basket

Autumn has arrived.  Which means the flowers on the porch are well past their prime and it's time for a change.  What to do with my hanging basket?  A little stalking around Pinterest...  a shopping trip to Michaels and the dollar store - and I was ready to give it an autumn makeover!

Before: empty, dull, dreary

Add a little pumpkin

Tuck in a couple of fall floral picks with autumn leaves, berries, acorns, and pine cones

Wrap the basket with some colorful leaf garland

A few more colorful autumn leaves...

Voila!  A pretty seasonal porch accessory!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Thanksgiving Turkey Hat

Just wanted to share this hat I made for my favorite little turkey.  He can wear it to gobble up all the goodies at our Thanksgiving feast in November.

(yes, I do make myself laugh)

This was the closest thing I could get to a good picture of the grand baby wearing the hat.  Kid would NOT be still! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Falling For Autumn

Autumn is my very favorite season.

What's not to like? Cooler weather, colorful leaves, delicious apple and pumpkin dishes.  It's all good!

I also look forward to switching out the summery touches I have had around the house for the past several months and putting out all my autumn themed decor!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Home Coffee Station

You could say I'm a coffee fan. (You would be making a bit of an understatement, but still...)

So, naturally, when I saw the idea of a "coffee station" for the home - I was all over it!  I was in the middle of a little painting makeover of an old dry sink cabinet we keep in the dining room, and I knew this was the perfect spot to set up my own little coffee center. 

 After finishing the painting and installing new hardware...
A few glass jars to hold coffee, sugar, and tea...
The addition of a few decorative items such as the female offspring's tea-for-one teapot, my White Star Line (Titanic) inspired creamer, some crocheted rounds to use as spoon rests, and a cute printable...

 Our coffee center is ready to supply all our caffeine cravings!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Laundry Room Make Over

I recently got to a point where I was tired of feeling as if my laundry room is sort of the armpit of the house.  It always seems to look a little cluttered and messy no matter what.  

I wasn't ready to sink a lot of time or money into it, and in fact, it hasn't been that long since the Man of the House gave it a fresh coat of sunny yellow paint, some shelves, and new flooring.  But it still seemed as if it needed some sort of a pick-me-up makeover!  A few nice touches to spruce up the feel of the room.



After a little bit of time searching Pinterest - I had a couple of easy little ideas to make the space a little more pleasant.
I revamped an old garden theme sign by painting it black and making a "Laundry" sign

New containers to hold laundry supplies makes the shelves look less cluttered 
A planter from Michael's for dryer sheets.  A cute mint canister from World Market for the detergent. Basket from Target to hide the fabric softener ball, stain remover and fabric refresher.  Recycled bottle and jar for oxi-clean and liquid fabric softener. (and the best part - I found all of these items on sale!)
And a few nice touches for the wall shelf.  The crown picture came from Michael's.  The Wash and Dry plaques I made (more on those in a future post!)

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