Friday, September 28, 2012
Already the end of September and my Halloween mantel is still to be designed and shared. #Fail. But this is not a time to highlight my shortcomings. Instead, let's look back on the month that was and relive the great news and celebrations that we enjoyed in the last 28 days. A few babies, birthdays and congratulations around!!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The pins for pumpkin recipes on Pinterest lately are making me drool, especially the one from Brown Eyed Baker. They have inspired me to dig out my mom’s pumpkin bread recipe - what better way to welcome fall?! From this recipe, I made 3 small loafs and used the extra mix to make a few muffins with chocolate chips. So delish!
My Mom's Pumpkin Bread Recipe
3 c. sugar 1 tsp. nutmeg
3 1/3 c. flour 1 c. oil
2 tsp. baking soda 2/3 c. water
3 tsp. cinnamon 4 eggs
1 ½ tsp. ginger 2 c. pumpkin (1 small can)
** Chocolate chips (optional)
** 1 c. nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Grease & flour 2 large or 4 small loaf pans. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients & stir with a whisk. Add moist ingredients-mix until smooth. Pour into pans. Bake at 350 for:
2 large pans - 60 minutes
4 small pan - 50 minutes
muffins - 15-20 minutes
Test with a toothpick. Cool in pan. Turn out on racks. Wrap in plastic. Freezes well.
Gender Neutral Baby Shower
This summer, I offered to do the decorations for a relative’s baby shower. The parents-to-be are not finding out the sex of the baby, so I went with a color palette of mostly green and yellow pastels. I searched Etsy and Pinterest for ideas. Here is what I found and how I made it my own.
Thanks to A to Zebra Celebrations for the banner inspiration:
Thanks to Sunny Side Print Party on Etsy for the prediction inspiration:
My prediction card:
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
This past weekend two of my closest friends celebrated their birthdays by running a half marathon. I got some items that could be enjoyed before and after the big race. Contents included: party hat, wand, mini Presseco, chocolate bar, coconut water and a mini diary.
To spruce up the pack I used some patterned paper and spray adhesive glue (outside toy). I only wrapped the base of the pack, because once the items are placed in pack you can't see the handle. For a little extra fun, I did use Glitter Blast spray paint on the handle (also outside toy!).
I then individually wrapped each item in white tissue paper and placed in the pack. I finished off with a coordinated gift tag, tied to the handle with a nice pink ribbon.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I went to Whole Foods Market because that was the only place that I could find lemongrass stock and followed the instructions. My lemongrass is growing and I can’t wait to enjoy it.
Monday, September 24, 2012
I inherited this clay-colored lamp from my mom years ago. Its days of taking up space in the garage were numbered the minute I saw the post from Christian's blog, Bless Our Nest on Pinterest.
Happy spray painting!!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
- Thank you cards for guests (make it personal)
- A homemade treat from someone who really wants to help out and just so happens to be a great baker
- Directions for wedding events to and from the hotel
- Weekend timeline so that everyone shows up on time
- Water, Aspirin, gum/mints -- these are key!
- Copy of the local newspaper, magazine, travel guide
- Local eateries: add some of your favorites and include your menu recommendations (double double animal style)
- Activities to do in the area, especially if little ones are involved (Target is only a fun house for adults)
- Local activities: farmers' market on Sundays, movie in the park on Fridays
- Quiz about the bride and groom
- Name and contact information for questions
Friday, September 7, 2012
And look at how great the new color matches the pavers in the backyard!! Although, when we remodeled the backyard last summer, we did have in mind this future house color. It's just really nice to see it all come to life!