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Here is a really easy and inexpensive way to add some decor to a room. I made these framed letters for my niece's bedroom after she painted and redecorated. There are so many variations of this project - you can start with this basic idea and just let yourself go crazy with creativity!
I think the project just speaks for itself, I almost don't need to tell you how to do it, but I will, just for the heck of it! The large letters were cut out on a die-cut machine, but you can purchase them at craft stores, or if your friend owns a machine, ask them to cut some letters out for you. The main cost of the project will be your frames - and depending on how many letter you need to frame! If the name you're working with is Bartholomew you're going to have to shell out a few more dollars than I did just for "Violet"! I purchased these frames at the local dollar store. As with most projects, I look back and think what I would have done differently. With this project, I think I would have purchased white frames or painted these to look like distressed white frames, but that's just a matter of preference - you can choose whatever frames you like and go with your decor.
After you have your letters and your frames, the next decision you have is what paper backing you want to use. For these frames, I used some digital scrap-booking papers that I could just print out. I wanted them all to have similar colors, but different patters - just to make it a bit more whimsical. I also think it could look nice if all the papers matched. Just mess around with it and see what you like.
After you decide what papers you are using, you just measure them and cut them to fill out the entire area of the frame.
I glued down the letters in the center of the patterned paper - then put them into the frames! Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy!
When you put all the frames together and hang them, they look adorable! You could also frame words instead of names - some word that makes you feel happy. You could also frame an image to go with the letters - really it's whatever strikes your fancy. Best thing? It can so easily be changed and switched up you'll never get bored with it!
Since it's the New Year, a lot of people are thinking about eating better. I've made you a little menu planner to help you keep things on track! There's a colored version and a black and white one. It will print 8-1/2 x 11" so you can hang it on the fridge and have all your information handy! Just click on the image to download!
CLICK HERE FOR THE BLACK AND WHITE VERSION
Here's a great sweet potoato recipe that you might like to try - especially since Thanksgiving is fast approaching! I got the recipe from Taste of Home and it is delicious!
3 cups thinly sliced tart apples (about 3
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 pounds sweet potatoes (about 5
medium), peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup soft bread crumbs
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar
Place apples in a large bowl; sprinkle with lemon juice. Add the sweet potatoes,
syrup, butter, salt and pepper; toss to coat.
Transfer to a 3-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at
400° for 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring once.
In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, oil, cinnamon, nutmeg and
vinegar; sprinkle over potato mixture. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until topping
is golden brown.
Wow - we had a great time as one of Snickers' Coolest Houses on the Block! They provided their new Peanut Butter Squared Candies to give away to trick or treaters AND lots of cool Halloween decorations - including a fog machine and strobe light! Needless to say - our yard attracted some attention! (we live in a small town - so of course any little thing stirs up lots of conversations!!!) If you want to try out some products follow this link!
Okay back to Halloween! David did a great job highlighting the sign that Snickers sent us.
It all starts out so innocently!
but slowly sun sets and shadows creep across the haunted landscape, and ghostly fog envelopes the horrible scene. Even the maniacal glow of the jack-o-lanterns in the window can't brighten things up . . .
Finally inky blackness settles in for the night! Beware of goblins and ghouls lurking about!
Poor Frankie - he just wouldn't listen!
This seemed like such a nice group to come calling . . . but we haven't seen them since . . .
Here's hoping you had a wonderful Halloween - and many thanks to Snickers for making ours so memorable!!! Everyone loved the new treats!
Isn't this cute? I found these Frankenstein inspired green peppers over at The Family Kitchen at Babble.com I love them because they're so cute, but they're also stuffed with quinoa - so awesome! Head over there, they've also got a great link to some Monster Nachos . . . yum!!!
Frankenstein Baked Peppers
2 cups black quinoa or black rice, cooked
1 can black beans
1/2 cup black olives, chopped
1/2 teaspoon beef bouillion powder
1 cup pepper jack cheese, grated
4 green bell peppers
8 water chestnuts
8 black olives, whole
4 black olives, halved
4 small, thin slices of red bell pepper
16 White Toothpicks
In a large bowl, stir together the quinoa or rice, black beans, olives, boullion powder, and cheese. Slice off the tops of each of the bell peppers, clean all seeds and pith from the inside of each pepper, then fill generously with the quinoa mixture. Gently place the tops of each pepper on top, then bake peppers in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
Remove the baked peppers from the oven, allow to cool slightly, then carve a small triangle for a nose, and a small slit for the mouth. Press a thin piece of red bell pepper into the slit. To make the eyes, use a toothpick to connect half an olive and a water chestnut to the bell pepper for each eye. Then, press two whole olives into the sides of the pepper with a toothpick for the “bolts.”
I forgot all about this cool idea until I saw it again at Lemon Tree Creations. Her's are so gorgeous I think I'm gonna break out the parafin wax and make some for myself. I really love her leaf mobiles! (And her photos are so lovely!)
I bet you could think of lots of ways to display these leaves . . . I love this framed idea too!!! Anyway she has a great tutorial over there, go check it out!!!
Gabby and I tried this recipe the other night and we fell in love. It's a lot like traditional apple crisp, but with more of a baked apple flavor and less "crisp" The flavor is delicious and it's a nice cozy autumn dessert for a chilly evening!
3 cups apples sliced
1 tbsp. flour (we used gluten free flour for ours)
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup butter
1/3 tsp baking soda
1/3 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup water
Cinnamon to taste
Mix 1 Tbsp flour, sugar and cinnamon with sliced apples. Place in a a greased baking dish. Mix remaining ingredients and spread over the apple mixture.
Pour the water over the topping and bake at 350° F until the apples are tender and golden brown - about 30 minutes.
Nothing hits the spot on a chilly autumn night like something warm and glazed and maybe buttery . . . HEY I know! Acorn Squash!!! It's in season and it's delicious!! If you've never tried it, you really should. The taste will remind you maybe of sweet potatoes - a bit maybe? Well try it and see what you think. Here is an awesome, no trouble at all, way to cook them. (down at the bottom, click on the image to download a printable pdf recipe card for your files!)
1. Slice the acorn squash in half.
2. The squash has seeds inside, like a pumpkin - in fact it even smells a bit like a pumpkin when you cut it open.
3. Take a spoon and scoop out the the seeds so you have a nice clean center.
4. Place the squash upside down in a baking dish and pour in the water. Bake the squash just like this at 350° F for about 45 minutes.
5. After 45 minutes, remove from oven, drain water, and turn squash right side up. Pour glaze mixture over the squash and add a pat of butter to each one. Bake like this for apx. 10 minutes, until glaze is heated through.
The squash should be nice and soft and coated with a sweet buttery maple glaze - and ready to serve. Your family will eat it up!
Click the recipe card to get a printable version - and enjoy!
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