All Things Thursday Blog Hop #17

Oh, my goodness! I just realized I didn't have this party ready to post on time! You know when you start something and then walk away intending to come back to it, but instead you start on five other things? Yeah, that's pretty much what happened. I'm so sorry, friends. Thanks for stopping by to link up! Anyway, here are the posts that caught my eye from the last party.

No Flour Brownies by Practical Stewardship
Glitter Pumpkins by Cheerios and Laundry
Monster Stromboli by Tastes of Lizzy T
Kitchen Island Makeover by A Stylish Interior
Keep up the great work! I am amazed each week by your creativity and the heart you put into each of your projects. If you were featured, I'd love for you to grab a button!
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Fall Rosette Wreath

Ever have one of those years where you just can't seem to get your wreath the way you like it? That has been my experience this fall. I tried re-working last year's wreath a few times, but was never really satisfied. I have finally settled on this Fall Rosette Wreath and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

So, I started looking through my stash of materials and found these burlap rosettes that I had made several weeks ago for another project, which I never finished. I made up a few more rosettes from the drop cloth I purchased to do the Stenciled Pillows a while back. Then, I just started hot glueing them to the grapevine wreath...largest rosettes first, filling in with the rest.
Finally, I added my turquoise/teal blue "H" by fastening it to the wreath with jute. It was even embellished with a couple of orange burlap rosettes. This seems to be my color scheme this year, as I've used it in my Orange & Turquoise Fall Mantel and some other fall vignettes around the house.
This wreath is a bit of a departure from my fall wreaths of the past, but I do like it. Best of all, I love that I could shop my stash and didn't have to spend a dime on it. How do you go about doing your wreaths? Do you try to re-work your old ones, or do you start from scratch every year?

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Apple Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

There is something so wonderful about the sights and smells of fall. I look out on the beautiful colors of Autumn dotting the landscapes and take in the pleasing aromas of bonfires and baked goods. These Apple Pumpkin Streusel Muffins embrace the very essence of fall using the bountiful fruits and sweet spices of the season.

The muffins themselves are pretty delicious, but the streusel topping just takes these...well...over the top!

I just pulled a batch out of the oven...can you smell the pumpkin, apple and cinnamon wafting through the air?

Apple Pumpkin Streusel Muffins (makes 24 muffins)

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups finely chopped apples
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin tins by spraying with oil or lining with paper liners. Combine first 8 ingredients in large bowl. In small bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Stir in the pumpkin and oil. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in the apples and pecans. Fill muffin cups  1/2 to 2/3 full. In another small bowl combine streusel ingredients until crumbly texture forms. Sprinkle over the filled muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until done.
This made a batch of 24 muffins. It is the perfect amount to eat some now and freeze some for later. Maybe they will even make it onto your fall brunch table. Better yet, come on over! I've got a muffin and cup of coffee with your name on it.

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Candy Corn Striped Cupcakes

Need another quick Halloween idea for those class parties? Why make regular cupcakes, when you can make these adorable Candy Corn Striped Cupcakes? Mind you, I love baking desserts from scratch, but sometimes it is necessary to take some shortcuts... like using cake mixes and prepared frosting. That's exactly what I did with these cupcakes.

Simply use your favorite yellow cake recipe (any box mix will do), make up the batter as usual and place about 2 cups of the batter in a separate bowl. Color the smaller quantity of batter yellow and the larger amount orange.

After lining your cupcake pan with paper liners, pour about 1 Tbsp. of yellow batter in the bottom of each of the lined cups. (I only get about 21 cupcakes out of a boxed mix) Then, divide the orange batter evenly among all of the cups.

Bake as directed and frost with any white vanilla frosting. (Again, I used prepared, canned frosting. If you are feeling ambitious, feel free to make your own.)
Place a candy corn and orange-colored sprinkles on top. That's all, folks! An easy, fun fall treat that the kiddos will love! Happy Halloween!

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Food for the Soul ~ Psalm 19:1-2

So thankful for a Creator that loves you and me. It is demonstrated even in His creation, as He formed the mountains, set the stars in the sky and gave flight to the eagles. Every night He paints a new sunset for our pleasure. How sweet is that?!? Let us not lose sight of the every day gifts He gives us. So thankful you stopped by today! Blessings to you and your family this week!

It's Fall Y'all Linky Party #6

Welcome to It's Fall Y'all - the BIGGEST & BEST Fall party! I can't believe we are nearing the end of our It's Fall Y'all run. Just this week and next to pack in all the Autumn Awesomeness! Remember your link-ups will show up on 10 different blogs!

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Let's meet the hosts, shall we?

This party is for all of your Fall related projects, recipes, crafts, decorating tips, tablescapes, DIY, printables, costumes, Halloween stuff, Thanksgiving stuff, etc .... By the way, they don't even have to be new posts - share your stuff from previous years as well and let's get them recirculated in bloggyland!

Everything and anything Fall is welcome!

Did you know, you can help spread the word and make this an even bigger party by placing this button on your post or blog .... or even by sharing a link back to the party. It's not mandatory, but we appreciate the bloggy love! :)

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We also have a Pinterest board for this party - Everything that gets linked up will get pinned for even more exposure! 

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Let's get this party started ... we're excited to see all of the great stuff you have! Just a quick note - by linking up, you are giving us permission to promote your links on social media - If we use your picture, it will either link directly back to your site or to your corresponding number in the party which links directly back to you. Let's have fun! :)

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Dinner in a Pumpkin

This is one of those meals that we only have in the fall, but one I look forward to each year. There is something so neat about cooking a meal inside a vegetable, or is it a fruit? Stuffed peppers, stuffed tomatoes and zucchini boats come to mind. Dinner in a Pumpkin is special, because pumpkins are only available in the stores in the fall. That definitely ups the coolness factor for me.

Here's what you need to make this simple, delicious dinner: smallish pumpkin (sugar or pie pumpkins are fine), ground beef, cream of mushroom soup, water chestnuts, wild rice, onion, brown sugar, Worcestershire Sauce
Start by preparing the pumpkin. Cut open at the top and clean out the seeds and fibers. Discard or make some yummy roasted pumpkin seeds. Set aside. (Just for fun, you could draw a fun Jack-o-lantern face on it with a Sharpie!)

Saute your chopped onion, then add the ground beef and cook until done. Meanwhile, make the wild rice according to the package directions, except only use 1/2 seasoning mix. When it is finished, combine meat, water chestnuts, cream of mushroom soup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Then add in the rice.

Set prepared pumpkin in a baking pan. Spoon meat/rice mixture into the pumpkin and replace lid. Set pan in 350 degree oven (low enough that stem doesn't burn) and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Serve in the shell, scooping out the cooked pumpkin with the meat.
Dinner in a Pumpkin

1 small pumpkin 
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 Tbsp. oil
1 box Long Grain and Wild Rice (only use 1/2 of the seasoning packet when preparing)
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1-2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
1 sm. can sliced water chestnuts, diced

Prepare pumpkin by cutting open the top and removing the seeds and fibers. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large pan, saute the onion in oil until translucent. Add in the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Meanwhile, cook the rice according to package instructions, except only use 1/2 of the seasoning packet. When the rice and the meat are cooked, pour mushroom soup, brown sugar, soy sauce and chopped water chestnuts into the meat. Stir to combine, then add in the rice. Place pumpkin in baking dish and spoon the meat/rice mixture into the prepared pumpkin. Replace the "lid".  Place in the preheated oven on a low enough rack to ensure the stem doesn't burn. Bake for 1- 1 1/2 hours, or until the pumpkin is softened enough to scoop out with the meat mixture. Serves 6-8.
This is the perfect meal to have ready to eat before your kiddos head off to load up on sugar. The cooked pumpkin pairs wonderfully with the savory meat and rice. Need more pumpkin inspiration? How about a little something for dessert?
Do you have any recipes that you only cook during the fall months? I'd love to hear what they are! In fact, why don't you link them up to our It's Fall Y'all Link Party that goes live tomorrow morning? Hope to see you there!
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All Things Thursday Blog Hop #16

Well, here we are... the week before Halloween! I can hardly believe it's time for another All Things Thursday Blog Hop! You all have been bringing some amazing projects to the party each week. Here's what caught my eye from last week's party:
{clockwise from top left}
Pumpkin Scones by The Emotional Baker
Crocheted Rag Rug by Hill House Homestead
Pancake Bacon Dippers by Ms. Moozy's Open House
Wheat-Burlap & Quail Vignette by A Stroll Thru Life
Herbed Monkey Bread by That's My Home
Monogrammed Pumpkin Fall Table Setting by Shop Girl

As I was going back through to make sure my links were correct I spotted a bunch more posts that I could have featured too. You all are so talented. Thanks for raising the bar for us all! If you were featured, I'd love for you to grab a button!
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The Anatomy of an Up-Cycled Sweater

So, last week I shared with you the final Orange Sweater project I had made. It was kind of bittersweet for me, as I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of using up every piece of that gorgeous yard sale find. I'm kind of sad that it is all gone. Throughout the process, I have had several of you question how I could possibly have enough of the sweater left to do all the projects. One reader even asked what size it was. (Small) Today, I will show you the The Anatomy of an Up-cycled Sweater.

I tried to draw out the lines as accurately as possible to give you an exact account of how I used the sweater in all the projects. To see the projects in detail, click on the links. They'll take you right to the individual posts.
Here are all the projects together in the same order as the anatomy diagram (clockwise from top left). From seasonal home decor to DIY accessories, this sweater made them all.  Using what I had in my craft stash, linen closet and a couple of dollars for the vases (1 thrifted and 1 dollar store), together with a little ingenuity, I was able to up-cycle an entire sweater into 8 different projects. Almost every one of the projects could be done in a different colored sweater for a different theme (other than the pumpkins maybe).

I hope you'll be able to see beyond the orange sweater and envision these and other projects to make for yourself for the coming colder weather months. These were all what I would consider 'beginner' projects with no special skills required...just a love for crafting and a little creativity. Your sweet comments throughout the process inspired me to keep going. Thanks a bunch! I was so excited each week to come up with a different project to show you and a little bit sad when I finished the Neck Warmer, the last piece. Don't feel too bad for me yet, I am already starting on disassembling another sweater, although I'm pretty sure I won't be as lucky to get 8 projects out of it. I need some ideas for the sleeves and hoodie part. Do you have any suggestions for me? Have you done any sweater projects in anticipation of the cooler weather?
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Kleenex Purse Pouch

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #KleenexAllergy #pmedia

"At-choo! At-choo! Bless you. Bless you." If I had a dollar for every time those sounds and words were uttered in my house, I'd be a rich woman. Allergy season has hit us with a vengeance, so we are constantly clamoring for a Kleenex. I've almost always got a stash of them at the house, but in my purse? Well, that's another story. If I do have some in the black-hole-of-a-purse that I carry, they usually get crumpled up or stuck at the bottom where all the crumbs and rogue pieces of gum are. After a particularly bad allergy experience recently, I made myself a Kleenex Purse Pouch to ensure that I (and my sneezy family) are never without Kleenex again.

There is nothing worse than being out at the soccer field rooting for your team when an allergy attack happens. September and October seem to be really difficult months for my family's allergies.

True story...Just a couple of weeks ago, we watched my daughter's soccer team beat another team. My husband had come over to see her game during his lunch break and as we were leaving he started sneezing up a storm. "Bless you, bless you. You need a tissue,"I said. "Do you have one?" he asked as he continued blasting out sneeze after sneeze. This started a frantic search by all family members as we could see the drippy evidence of this attack. Not a tissue or napkin was to be found, because someone had removed the packet of Kleenex I had had in my purse and there were none in my car either. Hubby went rummaging through his car looking for something with which to wipe his nose and the only thing he could come up with was dirty work shirt he had with him. Ummm, gross. It got the job done, but wouldn't it have been so much better if I would have had some Kleenex tucked safely in my purse?

To make these pouches, I started with 2 pieces of coordinating scrap fabric: 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches for the main fabric and 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches for the lining. (This is actually the same Waverly fabric I have on my sofa pillows.)
With right sides together, sew the two 5 1/2 inch sides together on one end and then on the other end.
Turn right side out...

and press allowing the lining piece to act as a border for the main color.

Bring both sides to the center, overlapping by a about 1/4 inch. Pin in place and sew the sides up, making sure to reinforce the overlapping area.

Turn right side out and and it's ready to stuff with your Kleenex Pocket Pack! Sew easy! (Sorry, I had to do it.)

I even made one up for my daughter with some left over fabric from a Halloween bag I made her a couple of years ago. Not a moment too soon...we spent yesterday afternoon outside at my son's baseball games. It was beautiful and breezy...perfect allergy weather ;-) She brought her own Kleenex Purse Pouch with her in her backpack.
I was sew excited (sorry, I did it again) this week to see that Target was offering this sweet coupon (while supplies last) if you Buy a Kleenex 4pack, you get a free wallet pack (2-pk) or pocket pack (3-pk).
Great! Now I can have plenty of Kleenex in my stash at home and have some pocket packs for my purse! I might even sew up some of these purse pouches for gifts. They took hardly any time at all and used up some of my scrap fabric.
You know that misery loves company...Do you have any embarrassing allergy stories for me? Do you or your family suffer more in the spring or fall?

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