Happy October, friends! Definitely one of my favourite months. And without a question, Fall is my most favourite season. Beautiful colourful leaves, cozy sweaters, and everrrrrything pumpkin! 😀
I’ve had some fun decor out since mid September and it feels all homey in here (I mean, is there really enough time to enjoy Fall decor before Christmas stuff comes out otherwise?!). The leaves are just starting to get some colour in them and the temperatures have been dropping to the most comfortable degree.
We had our first family outing to a local orchard yesterday and Levi had so much fun. It’s his first Fall (cannot BELIEVE he’s going to be ONE in November! 😦 ) It was great to take him on the hay ride, and see the pumpkin patch – he was smiling from ear to ear! ❤
Tonight I’m going to be making some pumpkin cookies with cinnamon frosting – I tell ya, all the best eats are in the Fall 😀 ! I’ll be sure to share the recipes. 😉
I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. What’s your favourite thing about this time of year?
Happy Sunday, friends and followers! It’s a B-E-A-Utiful sunny day here today. The temperature is cool and comfortable and I’m just sitting here enjoying a homemade pumpkin spice latte (more on THAT later 😉 ), listening to one of Elevation Worship’s albums. I hope today is your day of rest, too, and your time can be spent amongst your family and friends.
Last night as I was perusing through good ol’ Pinterest, I came across a recipe for a Pumpkin Spice recipe, and I wanted to share it with you. I made a few adjustments of my own, made a couple pumpkin spice lattes with it and believe me – tasty!
Why bother to pre-make a pumpkin spice mix? Well, for one thing it’s super simple, and if you love all things pumpkin (like me!) at this time of year then it’s handy to have ready-made! Secondly, it’s economical and good to know what’s going into your food. PLUS, this spice can go waaay beyond its namesake. Sure, you can make a delish pumpkin pie with it, but it can also be used in other baking recipes. It’s yummy in smoothies, on oatmeal, in lattes, mixed in whipped cream, in pancakes, on toast, and as a pumpkin seed or popcorn topping – among other things! I’ll post some recipes below to show more examples. So versatile. 😀
I have a few spice jars on hand that I bought at my local dollar store awhile back, but there are other really cute ones around that you can purchase (Williams and Sonoma)! One day when I’m feeling particularly OCD and ambitious, I plan to make chalkboard labels for all of mine. Right now, I just have a taco seasoning and the pumpkin pie spice, and so far haven’t gotten confused yet by my
lazinessunlabelled jars (although that would be a pretty awful tasting latte if I were to get them mixed up!) 😉
ANYWAYS! Onto the recipe:
Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/4 c. (4 Tbsp.) ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp. ground ginger
4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tsp. ground all-spice
2 tsp. ground cloves
In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients until well-blended. Store in an air-tight jar.
Mmm! Pumpkin season is my favourite! ❤
**If you make this let me know what you try it on!**
The other day I had a bit of a crafty craving come over me! Does anyone else ever feel like that 🙂 ? I was just itching to make a craft or two. I had pulled out our Fall decor, and then I began rummaging through my craft supply bins. I started making a “FALL” sign for our front entrance (which I’ll share another day), and then it occurred to me to utilize the wine corks I’d been storing…
A friend of mine actually collected them over time, and asked if anyone would be willing to take them off her hands. Of course I couldn’t pass them up! After snatching them off her, they sadly sat, unused for roughly a year. I finally put them to good use, and they are looking pretty cute! 😉
This craft is super simple to make yourself and I, this perfectionist, did it in about 40 minutes.
What You’ll Need:
- 25 Wine Corks
- Green fabric or scrapbook paper
- Orange paint
- Paint brush
- Paper/styrofoam plate
- Thin, crafting wire
- Spanish moss
What To Do:
- Pour a little paint onto your disposable plate.
- Using the paint brush, paint the bottom ends of each wine cork (I used the bottom because the other sides had been punctured with the bottle opener). *You COULD just dip each end in paint, but I think using the brush would make it more neat.*
- Lay each cork to dry on some newspaper.
- While the paint is drying, plug in your glue gun to get it hot. (Also place on newspaper to protect the surface you’re working on).
- Using the scissors, trace out a leaf onto the piece of fabric/craft paper you’re using. Set aside.
- Once paint is dry, beginning gluing each row together. First (bottom row) is 4. Next row is 5, then 6. Then glue 5 more together side by side, and lastly 4 again (for the top).
- Allow to dry.
- Start stacking cork rows and gluing together. (Cork rows are as follows: 4,5,6,5, and 4).
- In between the 4 on the top section, using thin wire, puncture corks and ‘screw on’ last remaining cork on for the ‘stem’ 😀
- While corks continue to dry, gather a small bit of moss together and glue into place at the center. Glue into place under the pumpkin ‘stem’/ cork.
- Glue your ‘leaf’ shape just under the moss and cork stem.
And there you have it! Your cute, little wine cork pumpkin that is pretty easy and quite budget friendly. Ours resides on our dining room shelf next to a wine glass and bottle. Enjoy! 😀
*Check out the rest of the Fall decor I have out so far!*