Friday Favorites

I’ve got to admit—the holidays are definitely on my mind. I’m looking forward to escaping papers, exams, and work for a few days over Thanksgiving break. So this week, I rounded up a few of my favorite Thanksgiving crafts and recipes to make this holiday a little sweeter.

Thanksgiving Friday Favorites

1. Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland
This garland is perfect for the holidays. I love that it’s not holiday-specific—you can have it up for Thanksgiving and have it up all the way through New Years. This is a cheap and easy craft that’ll make a big impact on your holiday decor. It looks like a lot of fun!

2. Printable Thanksgiving Gift Tags
I love giving gifts. These little tags are free to print and would be so sweet on a wrapped bag of homemade cookies for your Thanksgiving guests.

3. Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake
I always like to contribute to my family’s Thanksgiving meal, and that usually means I bring along a dessert. I made a pumpkin cheesecake a few years ago that everyone raved about. This salted caramel version looks like a wonderful upgrade. I can’t wait to make this one!

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Friday Favorites

Autumn is finally here! The weather is starting to cool down and the leaves are changing. This is definitely my favorite time of year, so I always try to savor it while it lasts. This week, I found some wonderful autumn-inspired recipes to help you celebrate this glorious season!

Friday Favorites: Autumn Inspired

1. Vanilla Bean & Espresso Granola
I’ve been on a huge granola kick since I made this granola last month. That last batch is almost gone and I’ve been digging around for a new recipe to try. The flavors in this one sound incredible and I can’t wait to try it in yogurt and even just as a snack!

2. Brown Butter Chewy Ginger Oatmeal Cookies
I tried my first cookie recipe with browned butter over the summer and it changed my life. Well, that’s an overstatement. But it definitely changed the way I make cookies forever. I also love the sweet and spicy flavor of ginger. This recipe will be perfect to enjoy with a cup of milk by the fire this autumn and into the winter.

3. Buttermilk Pumpkin Bread
By now, you know how much I absolutely love pumpkin. I love the way baking bread fills your house with that delicious scent, and I can’t imagine anything better than a warm home that smells like fresh pumpkin bread. I can’t wait to try this!

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Last weekend, I went apple picking at Sky Top Orchard with my fiancé and some friends. We had a ton of fun and now we have a huge bag of apples to use up. So I spent this week scouring the internet for some ways to use this big bag of Fujis. Here are some apple recipes I can’t wait to try.

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1. Apple Fritter Pull-Apart Bread

2. Apple Sangria

3. Apple Chips

4. ‘Autumn Explosion’ Muffins

5. Apple Cider Muddy Buddies

6. Apple Cider Maple Caramels

7. Apple Cinnamon Tea Latte

8.  Apple Almond Granola

9. Applesauce Cinnamon Apple-Oat Muffins

(PS — Sorry for posting Friday Favorites on a Saturday — it’s been a crazy, busy week!)

Friday Favorites: Halloween!

In the midst of midterms, papers, and working part-time, Halloween has certainly snuck up on me! Since we have just under a week to prepare, I thought I’d lend a hand by sharing a few easy DIY costumes and a recipe for this week’s favorites.

Friday Favorites: Halloween

1. DIY Grumpy Cat Mask
Grumpy Cat was huge this year. And how adorable is this felt mask? The materials, some sheets of felt, glue, and a string of elastic, can be picked up from your local crafts store for just a few dollars. Throw on a matching tan tee shirt and you’re good to go! You might even win some Halloween costume contests with this hilarious mask.

2. Bjork Swan Dress
Do you remember this swan dress Bjork wore to the Oscars a few years ago? It’s now infamous and if you have an hour or two to spare, you can make a pretty good replica that all your friends will love. This costume is definitely more time-consuming than the Grumpy Cat mask and requires some more effort and sewing skills, but it’ll definitely be worth it to have a conversation-starting costume like this one.

3. Pumpkin Cake Pops
I love cake pops. They’re delicious and bite size and a lot of fun to make. These precious pumpkin cake pops would be a great item to bring to a potluck style party or, if you’re feeling extra ambitious, prepare for your trick-or-treaters and neighbors.

And those are my favorite finds from this week! What are your plans for Halloween?

Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition!

If you can’t already tell, I’m head over heels for pumpkin, as you can see here, here, and here. I just can’t resist it! So here are some of the loveliest pumpkin recipes I’ve come across this week. I can’t wait to give them all a try!

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1. Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate
I’ve always been a baker and cookies have always been my favorite go-to treat. I love every aspect of these cookies: oatmeal cookie base, cranberries and white chocolate chips, and, of course, pumpkin! They seem like the perfect combination of delicious ingredients and will be a fabulous fall treat.

2. Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
This recipe is from Martha Stewart, so you know it’ll be good. I think this will be the perfect update to the classic pumpkin pie. I plan on making it for Thanksgiving to add an interesting twist to the dessert we all love!

3. Sparkling Pumpkin Cider ‘Beertail’
I’m not much of a beer fan, but since many are still celebrating Oktoberfest, I figured I’d give these a try. When in Rome, right? Er… Germany. Anyway, I do love some apple cider and cinnamon, and I can tolerate Blue Moon. I figured these would be great for an upcoming Halloween party, an autumn bonfire, or even a post-Thanksgiving feast drink.

Have you found any pumpkin recipes you’re dying to try? Let me know!

Friday Favorites

It’s that time again! Here’s this week’s round up of my favorite things on the web.

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1. Yarn Pumpkin Garland
How adorable are these little yarn pumpkins? These would be a super quick and easy craft to add a little something extra to your fall décor. You only need yarn, green piper cleaners, some scissors, and twine to make this autumn-inspired garland. These are up next on my crafting to-do list!

2. Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
There’s no hiding my love for everything pumpkin flavored. Baking is my favorite thing to do, and I can’t wait to make these cupcakes. They’ll be great for fall parties and bonfires, or just sitting around at home. Bonus points for the delicious cream cheese frosting!

3. Gold Dipped Wooden Coasters
I am in dire need of coasters and have been looking around for some nice, but affordable, options. I came across this post this week and they couldn’t be more perfect! I have been on a major gold kick lately, and these charming coasters just speak to me. They are right up my alley!

Friday Favorites

Every Friday I hope to post a round up of my favorite things I’ve seen on the web this week. These might include some inspirational words, a new craft I want to try, a product I have my eye on, or a delicious looking recipe I hope to feature on the blog. Stick with me and we’ll see how this goes!

Friday Favorites: Bowie Skull, Cappucino Chocolate Cupcakes, Lego Magnets

1.  A Beautiful Mess’s David Bowie Inspired Skull
Now that it’s October, I feel like it’s finally all right to embrace Halloween and start decorating! While I’ve never been a fan of scary movies or really anything horror-related, I love Halloween! It’s just so fun to decorate your house for the holidays and dress up like someone else for the day. Plus, it kicks off the wonderful holiday season that lasts the rest of the year! Seeing Elsie’s Bowie inspired skull this week kicked Halloween into gear for me. It’s a fun way to decorate for Halloween without being too orange-and-black/kitschy and incorporate a love of music into your decor. This might just be a craft I try soon!

2. Cappuccino and Chocolate Cupcakes from The Recipe Critic
I love coffee and I love chocolate, so what better way to combine those two loves than a delectable cupcake? These scream autumn and I can’t wait to bake these! This recipe uses a boxed cake mix as the base of the batter and that’s something I love! Easy cheats like boxed mixes make lovely treats like these even more quick and simple.

3. Lego Magnets on She’s Called Claire
Who doesn’t have a few Legos lying around their house somewhere? Even though my siblings and I are all grown, we still have a horde of these somewhere. I figured I can put some to good use by spray painting them and gluing on magnets like Claire. I have some gold spray paint, glue, and magnets so these look like the perfect easy and fun craft for a lady that loves organization as much as me! I can’t wait to see these pretty little magnets on my dry erase board!

So do you think you’ll try any of these? Found anything else interesting online this week? Let me know and I might put it on the blog!