Thursday, October 30, 2014

{Recipe} Hungry Girls Pumpkin Girl-Fredo

This was a super quick lunch.
I've been on a quest to try more savory pumpkin recipes and this one hit the spot.
 I used this recipe from Hungry Girl.
 I thought it was called  Pumpkin Girl-Fredo, but it's actually PUMPin' Fettuccine,my bad.
Whatever you call it, it's delicious!
Creamy, pumpkin-y, quick and easy!
(3 PP+ for the entire recipe too!!)

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

{Entertaining} Movie Themed Teen Birthday Party

Miss High School turned 15 this month (how is that possible?)and we did a movie themed party for her family party.
We found this back drop from Oriental Trading Company as well as the stars.  It was fun for the photo booth.
We even had a red carpet but it didn't last very long.
 I made Goat Cheese and Oven Dried Tomato Crostini as an appetizer.  We also served pretzel nuggets and a few other nibbles.
 We had a cozy fire in the fireplace, the temps had just dropped!
I whipped up some festive Apple Pie Punch which is always a hit this time of year. Recipe to come!
Here was our chalkboard menu.
When I think of movie food, I think of pretzels (served as an appetizer), popcorn (coming up) and nachos so we did a nacho/taco bar as the main course.   I made both vegetarian and 'meatetarian' taco meat and we had tortilla chips and soft tortillas for the base. I also made cilantro lime rice.
Here's where we put all of the taco fixin's. 
  I also served our favorite Sweet Kale salad from Costco. Get it!
I made two kinds of soup: New England Clam Chowder (seen here) and Potato Corn Chowder. Do you think the clam chowder is thick enough?
 We set up a popcorn bar for our guests.
We had sweet and salty popcorn and a bunch of different mix-ins.
 I thought it was a fun idea...
and it tied in with the movie theme quite nicely.
 Somebody else like it too!
 Of course we had to have dessert and the birthday girl made her own pink velvet cake. 
I made Reeses' No-Bake bars and we had a few other sweet treats too.
Speaking of sweet treats! Look what I found!!
Checked another thing off of my Fall Bucket List!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

{Acorn Love} Preserving and Decorating with Acorns

Collecting acorns was on my Fall Bucket List and I started collecting some on our walks in the park.
This was the humble start of my collection.
 I had mentioned to one of my neighbors that I wanted to come up to her house and collect acorns because I remembered they got zillions of them.
A few days later she texted me that she had left me a gift.  It was a coffee can full of sweet little acorns!  Before using them in my decor, I washed and dried them and then baked them in a low oven (200 F) on a foil lined cookie sheet for 1 1/2-2 hours, leaving the oven door slightly open as they baked.  This gets rid of any 'critters' that may be living in the acorns.
Speaking of critters....this was my first display. The squirrel looks like she's guarding her stash.
I put the rest of the acorns in a blue mason jar.  It's nestled in a vignette on our coffee table in the living room.  So easy!  Acorns are the perfect fall decoration and can even transition into Christmas decorations with a little glitter or metallic paint.
How's that for upcycling?
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Friday, October 24, 2014

{Link Party} Friday Favorites #84 & Features

It's that time again!
Friday Favorites time. I hope you'll link something up with us this week!!
Now onto my features from last week's Friday's Favorites.
First off is this DIY Reversible Wood Backdrop from Over The Apple Tree
I love a good wooden backdrop and this takes you through the steps to make your own.
Next up is this mouthwatering Brown Sugar Pear Tart from Carla at The River.

Pears, brown sugar and a pecan crust? I'm in!!
Thank you to everyone who linked up!
Here's what I'll be linking up--my Hitchhiking Ghosts Glowing Mason Jar.
I hope they don't scary you too much! :)
Now it's your turn!!
Rules:
LINK & LINGER WITH A NEW BLOG
Link 1-3 of your projects- older projects work too!
Social media shout outs for the party are encouraged!
Please add our button to your post!
I'm going to be co-hosting this link up with these lovely ladies!
Morgan from Finding Morgan
They'd love it if you'd follow them and link up a project!!
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