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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Candy Corn Inspired Nails and Chocolatey Spiders

I haven't dressed up for Halloween as an adult, I was hesitant at first, but we had tons of fun in our costumes at work! I was a nerd....

I had almost more fun painting my nails with a Candy Corn theme....

We had a Scary Grub Contest at work. I'm not much for gross and creepy, so I went with these no-bake spider cookies!

No-Bake Spider Cookies
Adapted from Architect Mom
1/2 cup butter
3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder  
1 cup sugar 
1/4 cup honey  
1/2 cup milk 
1/2 cup peanut butter 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
3 cups oatmeal
Crunchy Chow Mein Noodles
1. Mix butter, cocoa, sugar, milk, and honey in a sauce pan, and bring to a boil.
2. Lower heat, and stir in peanut butter and vanilla until peanut butter is melted.
3. Remove from heat, and add oatmeal.
4. Allow mixture to cool. (I let mine sit for 2 hours)
5. Spoon onto wax paper.
6. Stick 8 crunchy noodles into each cookie for legs, and 2 M&Ms for eyes
These were so easy! No baking or anything. :)

Have a happy Halloween Night!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

How To: Gold Spotted Painted Pumpkin

This past weekend, my friend Hannah came to stay with us for the weekend. It was so encouraging to catch up. :) We had an awesome time cooking out, shopping downtown, watching movies, making pumpkin donuts, and...painting pumpkins. 

Here is a super quick and easy idea to add golden detail to a plain old pumpkin. 

I found these cute funky pumpkins at a little patch down the street.


Take a new sponge and cut a circle out of it.


 This can be any size you wish, but about an inch diameter is easiest to work with. 

Pinch the back of the sponge with a clothespin to keep your hands clean and avoid smudging.


Dip your sponge into gold craft paint and press it onto the pumpkin. (I've found that yellow gold stands out more vibrant than a silvery gold.)


 Repeat this process all over the pumpkin as many times as you like.

 I started close together and spread the spots apart as I went down for a cascading look. Random polka dots would be adorable too! Allow pumpkin to dry for a few hours.

And ta-daaa! A fancy elegant fall decoration just like that!


 We experimented with different designs :)

 They turned out so pretty! I love the look of the elegant gold over the rustic pumpkins. A perfect Saturday afternoon  project--Thanks for joining me Hannah!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Pumpkins and Leaves

Fall is beautiful in Utah! I'm loving the mountains patched with colorful trees. In spirit of the season, I had to bring some autumn warm tones inside. :)

 Last fall, I did this project with my 3rd grade art class....

These little pumpkins turned out so adorable, I decided to make some for our home. Seeing them on our coffee table makes me smile.

I strung these leaf cut-outs from scrapbooking paper to add more fall touches around the house. 


Fall just isn't fall without pumpkin spiced treats! I've been on somewhat of a pumpkin craze.

Last weekend, I made these scones by Sweet Pea's Kitchen to take on our hunting trip. 

Photo by: Sweet Pea's Kitchen
They were delicious! Too delicious...I knew I'd never stop eating them all weekend, so I had to make myself a healthy alternative. 

Pumpkin Spice Yogurt

2 cups Vanilla Yogurt
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of cinnamon to garnish

Simply blend everything together, and there you have it! A healthy autumn treat :)