Saturday, September 29, 2012

Halloween wreath

So I really had every intention of doing this blog late last week or over the weekend but things got a little crazy (more on that later). Its officially fall and just about time to start decorating the yard for Halloween so here is a very cute simple wreath for your door! Oh and the best part...its interchangeable!!!

So usually my husband And I go all out for Halloween but that was when we were in Illinois with a big front yard so this year I have my little door area at our apartment. And all over pinterest are wreaths of every kind! But I really liked this tutorial at Craftaholics Anonymous.

I changed a couple things for my wreath! I made my flowers from felt because I didn't like the colored burlap at my fabric store.

What you need!
-Wreath form (mine was 14inches)
- 1/3 yard of burlap cut into 2.5 inch strips
-Scraps of colored burlap or I used 2 page sized sheets of felt
-Hot glue gun and glue
-Coordinating buttons
-Alligator clips

Once you have a nice pile of bulap like this....

Take a strip and hot glue the end to your wreath form and start wrapping like this...

 One at the end of a strand glue it in place and continue with another until covered.
 Chai enjoyed helping me with this project!
The next step is to design your flowers. I just made mine up as I went along. But feel free to follow the steps on the original blog. 

After you make your cute little flowers glue a clip onto the back. Make sure not to glue the clip closed!

Now you can make the rings from extra burlap if you want. I didn't, I just slipped my clips in the over laps. But when I decided to add the little pumpkin you see I did have to add a strap for that to get it to sit right. 

I can't wait to take the accents off and come up with another design for the same form!!!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt

I wouldn't be surprised if you saw this on pinterest or even another blog, it has been floating around an awful lot. Its a very simple 4 ingredient frozen yogurt at home! So when I pinned this recipe it came from here .

This was so quick I made it during my husbands lunch break. I think he enjoyed getting a little treat before heading back to work.

What you need
1 cup vanilla yogurt, strained (my husband was nice enough to point out this is what greek yogurt is and I    
            could have just bought that)
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.

There ya go all you need my guess is you probably have 3 out of 4 already at home!

Mix those together and put into your ice cream machine until its your desired texture.

Like my little paper pumpkin?? It took longer to put together then the ice cream did. If you have a silhouette  machine I really suggest making it!

Oh and for a fun add on I wanted to give a little update on the cats part of this blog. They are chubby and sleep lots. Meaning they are doing just what a house cat should

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Clam Chowder

So here's the thing, kids are back in school and pumpkin greatness is back at Starbucks there for I say fall is here!! And even though I have no idea what the weather will be like here in San Diego for the next two seasons (for sure not what we are used to) that is not going to stop me from making those warm comfort foods that are enjoyed as the leaves turn colors and the kids bundle up in those cute costumes.

So my first comfort food soup! And this was not just any soup I made clam chowder in sourdough bowls!! But don't get too excited I didn't make the bowls. I did however take things from a couple recipes to come up with a simple yet yummy soup that lasted us one dinner and two lunches.

Clam Chowder
3 slices peppered bacon
2 cups chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 large potatoes cubed
2 (5oz) cans clams, juice reserved
2 cans cream of celery soup
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter

*Add bacon to large pot and cook till crispy.
*Add the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent.
*Add reserved clam juice and potatoes. Cook until potatoes are fork tender (15-20 min). Stirring occasionally.
*Add remaining ingredients and cook for another 30-45 min or until thickened. Don't forget to stir occasionally to keep from sticking!!

For the bowls check out the fresh bread section in the grocery store and find small sourdough rounds
 Use a paring knife to cut the top much like you would a pumpkin
 Use a spoon to help hollow out the bowl some more. Don't throw away any of the bread!! Use it for dipping in the warm goodness!
 Fill with the soup and enjoy! And when I say enjoy I mean don't forget to eat the bowl too.

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