Fall Leaf Jewelry




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Fall Leaf Jewelry 

I collected some leaves while going for a morning walk a few weeks ago. When I got back home I sat the leaves on my whiteboard and stared at them while finishing up another DIY post. I knew I wanted to do something fun with them but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I had a small container of cement sitting on my craft table and instantly went to google to search what I could do with leaves and cement. I found a TON of cool stuff but the coolest was a project called leaf casting. If you’ve never heard of this then I highly recommend looking it up! So I tried casting a leaf just to get a feel for it and it was actually pretty easy! I then saw my hemp cord and that’s when the idea for jewelry came to me. I collected all different shapes and sizes of leaves and found my favorite to be this longer feather like ones.

Materials:

  • leaves any shape or size you like
  • cement (only a few tablespoons are needed. I used underlayment. It was a little more expensive but I like how  fast it dries.)
  • gloves & a mask for working with cement ( I didn’t use either but I probably should have!)
  • water
  • wax paper
  • old bowl or plastic throw away bowl
  • plastic spoon
  • a piece of cheap foam
  • toothpicks
  • metallic paint ( or any paint you like)
  • Hemp Cord
  • earring hooks
  • 2 Gauge wire

How to: 

Step 1: Go on a scavenger hunt and find some cool leaves!

Step 2: Mix cement. You want a slushie-like consistency.

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Step 3: Turn leaves so vein side is up. Gently scoop on some cement and use a spoon to evenly spread cement over leaves. Gently pull leaves forward by the stem to get rid of any excess cement.

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Step 4: Carefully place leaves on top of the foam. Using a toothpick, poke a hole where you have the earring hook and necklace string to go.

*I highly recommencement using the foam. I have made these many times where I forgot to insert the toothpicks and then my cement hardened on me.

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Step 5: Allow cement to dry for about 20-30 minutes and GENTLY twist and pull toothpicks out. Wait an additional 15-20 minutes and gently pull leaves off of the cement. If it’s too wet your leaves will break but if its too dry they will stick! There’s a small window of time that this needs to be done in. Allow leaves to dry overnight.

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Step 6: Paint leaves and allow to dry. Next time I make these I may add a coat of sealer to them as the paint seemed to rub off a little.

 

Step 7: Necklace- Cut hemp cord to size and attach leaf or leaves. I like the look of a double hemp cord so I use two different colors. If you have trouble putting the cords through a toothpick will help!

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Step 7: Earrings: Thread a piece of 2 gauge wire threw the earring and attach earring hook to the front of the wire. Pull wire behind the earring and twist tight enough that it stays but leaving a little gap so the earring can dangle. A youtube tutorial of this will be up sometime this week!

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Looking for some trendy jewelry? I have the perfect place for you! Check out Autumn essence shop on Etsy! She has the CUTEST stuff!



Cheesesteak Casserole

 




 

 

Cheesesteak Casserole

Cheesesteak Casserole 

September and October are filled with fairs and festivals! I love how the smell of food just lingers in the air as soon as you arrive at one of these events. My go-to choice is usually pizza and some sort of fried dessert like Fried Oreos or a yummy funnel cake. My husband, on the other hand, usually heads straight for the cheesesteak line. He loves to get his cheesesteaks loaded with peppers, onions, mushrooms and lots of mayonnaise. In fact, there’s normally a glob of mayo running down his hand once he’s finished. Isn’t it so funny how when you are in the dating stage, men try to be so neat and proper and actually use napkins? And then once you get married you look at your man sitting across from you with mayo running down his arm, wondering if he should have been born in the caveman era. It’s okay though, I still love him! 

 
In fact, my love for him is what inspired this recipe. I wanted to make him a warm meal that made him feel like he was gobbling down one of those yummy cheesesteaks from the fair. My son and I don’t care for peppers and onions, so it will be grilled cheese for us on the nights that I make this. When I made my recipes, especially ones with ingredients that I don’t particularly care for, I always hand it out to neighbors, friends, and family. So far, everyone who had tried this has said that it is delicious! My friend Courtney said, “It’s like a cheesesteak in a bowl!” Another friend said, “Yes, Kyle [her husband] really liked that too! And he’s sort of picky!.” Sounds like this recipe is a winner!

Cheesesteak Casserole

This recipe is a version of a deconstructed cheesesteak from the fair. It has all of the components of a cheesesteak, right down to the goopy mayonnaise. The Italian hoagie roll is replaced with noodles and grilled mushrooms with cream of mushroom soup. If you wanted, you could definitely add some sautéed mushrooms to this. I would cook the onions and peppers until they were almost translucent, and then throw the mushrooms in and sauté them for a few minutes before adding the cheesesteak. You will still need to add the cream of mushroom soup as this adds the creaminess to the dish. If you left it out, your casserole will probably be dry and your noodles may get hard. I also cooked the noodles in beef broth which adds an amazing depth of flavor and makes your noodles not taste bland. I hope you enjoy this recipe!





Scarecrow Wreath


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Scarecrow Wreath

Remember earlier this month when I said this scarecrow wreath wouldn’t be the cutest? Well… I lied. It’s flipping adorable! Not only is it adorable but it’s a lot less messy than making a full scarecrow. It’s also very inexpensive to make. If you’re looking to make a full-bodied scarecrow check out the one my mom made a few years ago by clicking this link —>DIY  SCARECROW 




Materials Needed: 

  • wreath frame
  • flannel shirt ( check your husbands closet or a local thrift store)
  • Top hat ( I found mine at the dollar tree)
  • straw
  • Embellishments ( I used leaf garland from the dollar tree, an old hankie from my husband, and a few flowers from the dollar tree)
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors
  • twine for around the bottom of the shirt
  • floral wire

How to:

Step 1:  Put the shirt around the wreath and button half way up.

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Step 2:  Stuff the belly and arms with straw and button up the shirt.

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Step 3:  Take a piece of twine and tie a bow at the bottom of the shirt. This will keep the straw from falling out the bottom of the shirt.

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Step 4:  Cut a piece of floral wire to attach the arms in a folded arm position.  Do this by threading the wire through the flannel then attaching it to the back of the wreath.

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Step 5: Use the same technique that was used in step 4 to attach the hat.

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Step 6: Embellish the scarecrow with whatever your heart desires. We used leaves, pinecones, a hankie, and some sunflowers from the Dollar Tree.

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Stuffing Balls

Stuffing Balls 

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Making this recipe really reminds me of when my Nana was still around for the holidays. I remember how as soon as I walked into her house at Christmas, I’d be bombarded by her four dogs and the amazing aroma of turkey and stuffing wafting from the kitchen. I also remember how Nana would greet me with a kiss, and how as soon as she walked away, Pap would ask me if I wanted a beer. Of course, I always said no, though sometimes it may have helped me deal with my family’s craziness! Just kidding! I absolutely love my family and truly enjoy being around them.
Another thing I remember is how Nana used to buy paper plates so that she didn’t have to do dishes after our large family dinner. We would finish up dinner and still find her washing up the paper plates to use at another time!
This recipe is not the same one that my grandparents used, but it is very similar. I actually stole this recipe from my brother! I loved my grandparents cooking, but sometimes it could be a little bland. So I wanted to make sure that I incorporated a lot of flavor into this recipe. Now if you have any picky eaters, you could leave out the peppers and onions. However, I don’t recommend leaving out any of the cream soups as they add moisture and tons of yummy flavor to this recipe. This is a great spin on stuffing that is sure to become a family favorite!





Flannel & Pine Cone Garland

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Flannel & Pine Cone Garland 

Most of the supplies needed for this Flannel & Pinecone Garland can be found right at your fingertips! We went to the local park to gather all the pinecones along with a few other supplies for another craft. Since my husband didn’t have any old flannels that I liked I headed to the Goodwill and picked some up. I bought the sunflowers at the dollar tree and while I was there I found that they also sell raffia and twine. I would use the raffia, but I would advise against the twine, as I don’t think it will be long enough or strong enough. You can head to your local Walmart to pick up a nice strong twine. I believe mine said 2 ply on the pack.

Flannel & Pine Cone Garland

 Materials needed:

  • Twine
  • old flannel shirts ( If you don’t have any, check a local thrift store!)
  • Pine Cones
  • 2 cheap bundles of sunflowers ( I bought mine at the Dollar Tree)
  • wire cutters
  • Brown Textured Spray Paint
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • scissors

How to:

Step 1: The first thing you want to do, which I did not photograph, is to bake the bugs out of the pine cones. Put the pine cones on an old cookie sheet, or a cookie sheet lined with foil. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and bake pine cones for 20 minutes. You will LOVE the way they make the house smell… like fall!

Step 2: Cut the flannel shirts into strips. The quickest way to do this is to make a small cut at the bottom then use your hands to tear the cut all the way to the top of the shirt. Keep doing this till you have a nice stack of flannel strips.

 

 

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Step 3: To begin making the garland wrap twine around the pine cone a few times and secure with a knot and some hot glue. Next, begin adding flannel strips and wrapping pine cones. I like to do 4 flannels, rotating colors, and then a pine cone. Secure pine cones with glue, this will keep them from unraveling and falling on the ground when you hang it.

*I’m not really sure where my head was when I was photographing this post… it seems I’ve missed capturing some of the most important steps! If you are having trouble understanding these steps please refer to my youtube channel for a full video of this DIY. flanel pine cone garland 4

Step 4: Once your garland reaches the desired length, cut the twine and secure with another knot and more glue. I then spray painted the dollar tree sunflowers with a light layer of multi-color texture spray I purchased at Walmart. You want to use a dark brown multi color to achieve a more rustic/primitive look. A good friend taught me how to do this and I have been using this technique ever since!

*I later added some raffia to this garland. You can make this with or without the raffia, it’s really up to you!

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Pumpkin Cake

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If you have been following me for a while, you may already know that of my love for all things fall! I literally love EVERYTHING about this season! Comfy sweatshirts, beautifully arranged mums sitting on porches, and especially pumpkin! Every year I get excited for the announcement that Dunkin Donuts is finally serving their pumpkin flavored coffees! Just give me this pumpkin cake and some Dunkin Donuts pumpkin flavored coffee and I’ll be a happy camper! A few weeks ago I was hungry for pumpkin cake and decided to turn one of my favorite recipes, White Mountain Cake, into a pumpkin cake recipe! The recipe for White Mountain Cake came from an old family friend who went home to be with Jesus years ago. It seemed fitting to turn this cake with great memories attached to it into a cake for my one of my favorite seasons… though I love Christmas, too!

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With the texture of a pumpkin roll, and spiced just right, this cake screams fall! This cake is very moist. When mixing the cake, be sure to not over mix, or it will end up a little on the sticky side. I loved making this cake because it does not require any icing. Tons of whipped cream is all it needs… and maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon! Now, if you wanted to make some icing for it, I’m sure you can find something delicious on the internet. I think a cream cheese icing would pair nicely with this cake.
I definitely plan on spending my weekend chowing down on this yummy cake with a nice, hot cup of coffee!


Wooden Pumpkins





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Wooden Pumpkins 

These wooden pumpkins are a cute way to dress up your home for fall at a fairly low cost. I am going to give measurements for these but feel free to make them whatever size you’d like! This is a perfect craft to use up those old scraps of wood laying around in the garage!

Materials List:

  • 1x6x6 Board
  • 1 shim ( for the stem)
  • chop saw ( If you do not have one of these your local home improvement stores may cut the wood for you)
  • Sander & Sandpaper
  • Spray paint ( Orange, green, & black)
  • stain – Here’s what I like to use:

  • Old rags
  • gloves
  • Small nails
  • 2 2-inch screws
  • 1 3-inch screw
  • Hammer
  • Raffia ( You can find this at the Dollar Tree!)

Step 1:  Cut the boards and Shim to the sizes below

Tall pumpkin –  17 inches

short pumpkin – 11 3/4 inches

Base – 8 inches

stems – 2 1/4 inch

 

You can use my measurements or you can just use your own.

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Step 2: Paint the boards the following colors & allow to dry:

Stems- Green

Pumpkins – Orange

Base – Black

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Step 3: Sand all the pieces of painted wood. I like to sand the corners extra good so it looks rustic once stained.

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Step 4: Apply the stain. I like to use 2 rags, one for applying the stain, and one to wipe it off. Make sure to wear gloves while doing this or your hands will be stained for a good week or so. Allow stain to dry.

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Step 5: Using a drill put 2 screws in the back of the larger pumpkin to hold the pumpkins together. When doing this I like to put one screw in and even things up before adding the second screw.

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Step 6: Predrill and use a larger screw to attach the base.

Here’s an easy way to do this: When attaching the base, I like to push my screw into the wood to mark where I need to predrill. I then take my drill and predrill through the base. Next, with the drill bit through the base, I attach it to the bottom of the pumpkin and continue pre-drilling. This helps to keep things lined up nice.

Step 7: Nail on stems & raffia bow. I like to pre-drill so the shim doesn’t split.

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Cream Cheese,Garlic, & Veggie Bagel Spread

 Bagel Spread




Cream Cheese, Garlic, & Veggie Bagel Spread 
My sister and I love going to Lewisburg, PA when we get the chance. Lewisburg is home to Bucknell University, so it’s a cute little college town! One of our favorite places to visit is a little bagel shop. This bagel shop makes the most amazing bagel spreads. They have everything from sweet Oreo cookie spread to a more savory vegetable spread. I recently tried the vegetable spread and fell in love! I knew I needed to recreate the recipe and that’s exactly what I did! In my opinion, it’s even better than the bagel shop. Not only is it delicious, but it has a super yummy superfood blend in it. That totally cancels out the fatty cream cheese and carb-filled bagels, right? So, not only does this taste good, but it’s sort of good for you due to the superfood blend.
This spread has become a staple in our home. My husband has been asking me to make it constantly. Thankfully, it’s super easy to make so I don’t mind. And, if I’m being honest, I’ve been craving it just as much as he has! Plus, I like that I can make a batch of it at the beginning of the week and have breakfast all week for everyone. At this point, we might have to buy some stock in a bagel company. It’s so good that we’ve been eating it for both breakfast and late night snacks! I will warn you though – this cream cheese will give you some wicked breath! You might need to brush your teeth directly afterward! The other downside to this recipe is that since it’s so amazing, my husband is constantly toasting bagels. That means that he’s also messing with the toaster dial! There are two things that are totally non-negotiable in a marriage – no touching the toaster dial, and no touching the thermostat! That may have even been in my wedding vows! Just kidding!
I hope that you enjoy this delicious blend of cream cheeses, superfood, and garlic!


Cement Candy Corn Yard Ornaments


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Cement Candy Corn Yard Ornaments 




These Cement candy corns are fun to make and will be a great addition to your fall decor. Because they are made out of cement they are durable enough to use both inside and outside. I have made 4 of these and plan on using mine randomly outside in amongst my flowers.

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Materials needed:

  • Cement ( I like to use a fast setting underlayment, It’s a little more expensive but I like that it sets within minutes of pouring.)
  • cheap plastic bowl
  • cheap wooden spoon
  • water
  • Traffic cones from the dollar tree
  • cooking spray
  • paper towel
  • sandpaper
  • paint ( white, orange, and yellow)
  • paint brush
  • tape
  • cup

How to:
Step 1: Add cement to a cheap plastic bowl. Then slowly add water and mix until the cement is a slushy-like consistency.

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Step 2: Flip traffic cone upside down into a cup to keep stable. Spray the inside of the traffic cone very well with cooking spray.

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Step 3: Pour cement into a traffic cone until even with the top. Using a paper towel dab off any excess cement. Allow drying overnight. As soon as you are finished pouring the cement, rinse bowl and spoon right away, unless you plan to throw them away. And whatever you do, DO NOT rinse in an indoor sink or down any drains. Rinse outside using a hose only… Unless you want a visit from the plumber.

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Step 4: When the traffic cone is dry push edges of the traffic cone down to help release cement from traffic cone. Flip upside down and give a few taps till the cement pops out. You will have something that looks like this:

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Step 5: Use a piece of sandpaper to smooth down any rough edges on the bottom of the traffic cone.

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Step 6: Tape top and bottom of the traffic cone and begin to paint. Once the paint is dry you are all finished.

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Lemon Blueberry Crumb Cake

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Memories of Nana 

When my Nana passed away, she left me all of her recipes. These ranged from cookbooks to handwritten cards with notes on the back which are so exciting to read. These recipes are very special to me. I love that when I open them, they still smell like her house. It makes me feel like even though she has passed, she’s still with me in the kitchen. Every time I open the recipes I can still see my Nana walking around the kitchen in her Clark’s slippers. There are so many things that I still remember about her. The way she’d wave her neatly manicured hands in church, the sparkles in her diamonds, the way she smelled, and how she would softly kiss me on the cheek when she’d see me wearing her pink Mary Kay lipstick. I miss her dearly and am glad that I can still feel close to her when looking through the recipes she’s passed down to me.

 Lemon Blueberry Crumb Cake 
This lemon blueberry crumb cake recipe was an amazing find! So many of my Nana’s recipes are good, but this one is absolutely amazing. Of course, as with most recipes I find, I had to put my own twist on it. The original recipe was just a lemon cake. I added the blueberry and the crumb topping which took this recipe over the top! I mean, who doesn’t love a good crumb topping? When I was a kid, I used to sneak into the kitchen and make myself a little bowl of crumb topping. My mom still doesn’t know I used to do that!
Nothing says summer like the delicious combination of Blueberry and Lemon. I also like that this makes a smaller pan. There’s less for me to stuff my face with! But if you’re planning on taking this cake to a get-together, I’d recommend making 2 or 3 cakes and cutting into smaller pieces.
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