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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies

Soooooo, today is the first day of autumn...YAY! And to celebrate, I'm sharing one of my favorite cookies (with a twist)!


Are you sick of my pumpkin posts yet? Sorry. I just can't help myself.

These cookies are a variation of the ones that I usually make with chocolate chips, however when I saw these little gems...


I knew I had to shake it up.

And let me tell you...they are GOOOOOOOOD!!! They are chewy (and stay chewy for days) and are not overbearingly pumpkiny.



Let's make them, shall we?

INGREDIENTS:
1 c. (2 sticks) butter, at room temp
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. rolled oats
1 c. pumpkin spice morsels

DIRECTIONS:
Heat oven to 350 degrees
In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars until creamy.
Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
Add flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Mix well.
Mix in oats.
Stir in pumpkin spice morsels by hand.
Using a medium-sized cookie scoop or spoon, drop rounded scoopfuls of dough on a cookie sheet.
Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Let cool for 1 minute and transfer to wire rack.

Enjoy and Happy Fall Y'all ;)

Friday, September 19, 2014

All things pumpkin

This morning I made this for my coffee...

Pumpkin coffee creamer - The Stitcherati

I used 2% milk, my Pumpkin Pie Spice and regular maple syrup. It is a fall party in my mouth! 

And since I had to open a can of pumpkin, I will just have to use the rest for these...Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (made from a cake mix). 


My family will eat them all by the end of the weekend. Truth. They are a favorite around here.

If you're looking for more pumpkiny things to make this weekend, I have a great list here.


Happy Friday Friends!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Raspberry Almond Cream Cheese Danish

Happy Thursday! Today I'm sharing a super easy and delicious pastry over at 30 Days.


























These bakery-style danishes are the perfect addition to breakfast or brunch.


Go get the recipe here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

40+ of the best Pumpkin Recipes

Today I'm over at 30 Days for a recipe round-up featuring all things PUMPKIN!


Hop on over to get some amazing pumpkin recipes for every meal of the day! YUM!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DIY Growth Chart

I remember growing up, I had friends who used to measure themselves and mark it on a doorjam in their house. I always thought that was pretty cool. But because we moved quite a bit, it never made sense for us.

But, what better way to measure than on a HUGE ruler and create something that you can take where ever you go!


This is a super easy project and with just a few materials, you can make one too.

First, I purchased the vinyl decals from Little Acorns By Ro on Etsy. The included instructions are incredibly detailed and helpful. The instructions include different types of wood and stains as well as directions on applying the decals. Here's how I did mine...

I bought a 1x6x8 Hemlock board from Home Depot.


I lightly sanded the edges and stained it  with an oil-based, clear stain.

After it dried for 72 hours, I measured out my marks. The ruler is designed to hang 8" off the floor so starting at the bottom, mark at 4", 16", 28",  40", 52", 64" & 72".

Then, by lining up with the measurements, I applied the tick marks.


After the tick marks are complete, it's time for the numbers.


The decals are super simple to apply. Just stick, rub and peel. Easy peasy.


I added a prongy-hanger-thingy to the back and it's ready to hang!


It really is that simple. It only took me about 30 minutes to complete. The longest part of the project was waiting for the stain to dry.


I just love how it turned out! And a certain little kiddo was excited to try it out.


How do you keep track of your kids' growth?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Back to School Organization

With all the kids going back to school last week, we needed to get organized. A place for all the papers and permission slips. Hooks for backpacks and coats. Here's what I came up with...



This space is in our laundry room, but it's the perfect place to hold all the kids' school stuff. It's right off of the garage so as they bust through the door after school they have to pass it. 

The hooks are from Home Depot. The file/paper holders are from Pick Your Plum. And the letters & fabrics are from Joann's.

I started with this rug that I found at a rummage sale. 

I love the design and colors. So I went to Joann's and purchased some coordinating fabrics and letters for our kids' names.



To wrap the letters with the fabric, I coated them with Mod Podge (made for fabric).

 

Then I placed the letter on the fabric (glue side down)


And started wrapping like a present, gluing as I went under and on top of the fabric.

Some of the edges were not pretty

but I tried to keep those on the back.

Keep wrapping and gluing until it's completely covered.

And voila! 

 It was a quick and easy project and made such a difference in the room. Hopefully we'll stay organized all year!



Friday, September 5, 2014

First day of Preschool

Our youngest started preschool yesterday.


Can you tell she was excited?



She had been counting down the days and it was pure joy to be able to her that today was THE day!

She walked in like she had done it a million times, hung up her backpack and started exploring shells under a magnifying glass.


I gave her a hug and a kiss. She said "bye mom" and went back to her shells.

She didn't even look back. She's so ready for this! I might not be, but she definitely is. I may have cried just a little. Our baby is growing up!

It's the beginning of a new era for us. Sad, but exciting all at the same time.