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Pumpkin Gingerbread


I have a serious problem not buying anything with the word fall on it. Honestly, if Tampax had a fall variety pack I’d buy enough to last me a year a pack or two. That’s how I found myself the proud owner of the Sam Adams Fall Variety Pack. I’m not an adventurous beer drinking, I pretty much only drink wheat beer. But the case said ‘fall’ and ‘pumpkin’ so I really had no choice and I brought it home. Knowing full well I won’t drink more than 4 bottles from the entire freaking case!  Well done Sam Adams… My solution was to turn the undrinkable (to me) bottles into something I can enjoy. First up is my rendition of the Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread recipe made fall appropriate with a few modifications and the addition of pumpkin (of course!) for a spicy, dense pumpkin gingerbread.Spicy, sticky and moist, this pumpkin gingerbread is the perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of coffee and a dollop of whipped cream [Read more…]

Halloween Confetti Pumpkin Pancakes


I’m made my fair share of pumpkin pancakes and I’ve finally figured out my perfect recipe (at least for now!). My first requirement was that it used a whole can of pumpkin. I’m not about to waste my time on a pancake recipe that uses a tablespoon or two of pumpkin. It took some messing around with ratios to find a good batter consistency that tasted like pumpkin with a bit of spice. They are dense and a little creamy thanks to the pumpkin which also adds a nice sweetness.Pumpkin, Spice & everything nice come together for a Halloween breakfast treat of pumpkin pancakes jazzed up with black & orange sprinkle confetti [Read more…]

Autumn Puppy Chow Trail Mix


My family is weird. If you knew me at that would not surprise you. Every fall my mom, sister, grandma and an assortment of children go to Critz Farms for the Fall Festival. We’ve been going since I was pregnant with Mary, so this will be our 4th year. They have this giant corn maze, and hidden inside it are craft punches. If you find 4 you get free apple fritters. This is where the crazy comes in. My mother WILL NOT stop until she has all punches.

Mix chocolate coated cereal with a few salty & sweet treats to make a batch of puppy chow trail mix to bring along on your next hayride or pumpkin hunt [Read more…]

Last Minute Garden Crops


With the calender quickly turning to August you might think you’re out of time for new plantings. But with a few quick crops you can fill in those empty garden spaces and your dinner plate before the season winds down. Planning for a fall harvest isn’t much different than selecting for a spring garden but you can simplify by picking some of these varieties:

Last Minute Crops for a Fall Harvest
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Primitive Autumn Birdcage Vignette


#Autumn Birdcage Vignette #DIY

  • A birdcage, I picked this one up on clearance this spring from Michael’s it opens from the top so it’s easy to fill
  • A pile of sphagnum moss ($ store)
  • 2 wooden bird cutouts, I picked up mine for less than $1 at Hobby Lobby
  • Black craft paint and brush
  • Wine corks
  • Small fake pumpkin
  • Exacto/sharp knife OR hot glue
  • 2 small bunches of fake berries (with the wreath picks at Hobby Lobby)
  • Wire cutters

This is basically just a pretty pile of stuff but since that would be a terrible blog post I’ll explain a little better. [Read more…]