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Nature Walk in Photos

Spending time with love ones in nature and discovering things along the way.

Yellow Magnets-NEW!

yellow damask magnetsMr. M is sick and now my little man is too, not so much with a cold,
but my little guy is having his first asthma flare up since the surgery.
I just returned from the doctors office and he mentioned that several
people are flaring up due to the change in weather.  My asthma has flared up a bit too.
But I'm trying to get the whole gang back to health.  Sleepless nights have begun.
 I hope that it won't last long.
yellow glass magnets
In the mean time, I have finished off these beautiful magnets
 I am so in love with this yellow damask design
I am currently finishing off some push pins and from the looks of it, 
it may be the last batch, not sure yet. Things have been a bit rough and
with the cold front right in our area, well things are looking rather ugly
for my little family.  Medicine, soup and lots of TLC are at hand.
 I hope that you are all safe during the rough weather.
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Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramel Sauce
Salted Caramel Sauce recipe
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I tried this delicious Salted Caramel Sauce recipe, shared by my friend Sasha at LMM,
love this lady and she gave me the thumbs up to share it here with you guys.

Step 1.  On medium heat, melt butter in a saucepan, when butter is completely 
melted add the sugars, stir constantly,bring it to a boil and then add whipping cream, 
stirring constantly. Bring it back to a boil for about 2 minutes, keep stirring.

Step 2. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract stir and add sea salt.  
Let it cool completely, otherwise like this lovely lady said, it will be all over you and 
your kitchen.
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1/4 cup of butter
1/4 cup tightly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup of whipping cream
1/2 teaspoons sea salt
2 drops of vanilla extract
Salted Caramel Sauce
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Yumminess!!  Thank you Sasha this was so delicious!

Linking with:
I Should be Mopping the Floor
Tutus and Tea Parties 64
The 36th Avenue
Salt Tree 26
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Best Pumpkin Cookies

Best Pumpkin cookies
Do you remember when I mentioned autumn spices in this post?
I finally baked some pumpkin cookies yesterday and their amazing fragrance 
has been lingering in our home since.  Ah, the warm scent of cinnamon and other
spices fills my mind with cozy images of flannel blankets, falling leaves and a warm
beverage at hand on a cool fall day.  These cookies are so delicious!
Best Pumpkin cookies recipe
While I removed the freshly baked cookies from the oven, Mr. M and little man followed
the autumn aroma to the kitchen, and let me just say a few cookies were already
missing from the batch on the baking sheet.  Hmmm, who could have taken it?
After the cookies were completely done, the boys enjoyed a few more, and so did I.
They were completely scrumptious!

I have added the recipe to the end of this post for those who wish to try it.
To make these delicious cookies, you need to do a few simple things.
First preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare two ungreased baking sheets.
  •  Step 1. In a large mixing bowl add cream butter, white sugar, & brown sugar then mix it until fluffy.
  •  Step 2. Add pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla extract and mix. 
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  • Step 3. In a separate bowl, stir in together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and salt.
  • Step 4. Combine flour mixture & butter-sugar mixture together & mix well.  Then, add tablespoons 3 inches apart on the ungreased baking sheets.
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  • 5. Bake cookies for 10-15 minutes until golden around the edges.
  • 6. Remove warm cookies and transfer to racks.
Pumpkin cookies
  • 7. Let the cookies cool completely for at least one half hour, then frost with glaze.
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  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup can pumpkin puree ( for those who prefer fresh pumpkin puree, click here for puree recipe)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2- 2 cups confectioners sugar
Direction for Glaze
In a medium saucepan, heat butter and brown sugar over medium heat until bubbly.
Cook, stirring constantly, for one minute or until slightly thickened.
   Beat in the milk, blend in confectioners sugar until the glaze is smooth and spreadable.
Using a brush or butter knife, spread the glaze on the cookies.
NOTE: The glaze will harden fairly quickly, it is recommended that you keep the saucepan
over the lowest setting heat possible to prevent it from hardening.

Another way to make this glaze is by mixing all the ingredients before heating.
Then pour your mix into a sauce pan and heat.
This prevents it from getting too hard in your pan,
but make sure to rinse it immediately in very hot water to remove left over glaze.
Enjoy your cookies, I know I will.

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Oversized Ruler Growth Chart

Hey there, I hope that you are enjoying your day.
Today I'm sharing with you the tutorial for this oversized ruler, 
it was inspired by this one and this one

This giant ruler that you see here, was somewhat of a challenge to photograph
only because it hangs in a very narrow, dark hallway, 
but you get the idea as to what it looks like.
I wanted to have one of these babies for the sole purpose of using it as a growth chart 
for my son.  The boys like to make marks on my wall when measuring little man's growth 
process, you know the dad and son.  I am not a big fan of pencil or pen marks on the 
wall, so I decided to make one of these darlings for our son.

What I love about it is that you can take it with you if you move, 
unlike a wall. Another great thing is that you can use it for all your kids.
Okay, so let me begin by adding the supply list.
  • wood board
  • pencil
  • sand paper
  • ruler
  • sharpie
  • wood stain
  • vinyl numbers
1. Mr. M purchased a six foot wood board at a super low price.  We didn't have to cut it, which was great.
The only thing we did was sand the edges a bit to smooth them out.  The width is really your preference, ours is 7 inches wide,

2. After the sanding, I stained it with oak natural wood stain that I had on hand.

3. When the stain was dry, I used a ruler to mark my lines with a pencil,  
I measured them to be one inch apart.  For each inch, I made a line an inch long.  
When I reached a foot (12 inches), I made the lines two inches long to mark a foot.
Then I went over the lines with a sharpie marker and to keep my lines straight, I used my ruler.

4 & 5. My hubs stopped by the hardware store and purchased these sticker vinyl numbers.

6. I placed the numbers 12 inches apart from each other.
There you have it, a giant ruler for measuring height.
This was really fun to make!
Hope that you enjoyed and Happy Crafting!

Washi Tape Decor

Dress up your dishes, stands, straws and more with 
seasonal colors using "washi tape" from Paper Source.

Do you remember this post and this post?  
It's where I shared ideas on how to decorate using washi tape.
Washi tape is Japanese decorative tape and it feels kind of like
masking tape, but prettier.
 You can find them in all sorts of colors, designs and widths.
Now let me share with you this super, easy decorative idea.

If you can go back to this post, you will see that I made a pretty simple
and plain looking cupcake stand.
For this craft project, I added a bit of color by using a little washi tape.
It beats painting and if you want to change the colors for the next season,
 all you have to do is pull it off and add another color or design. 

Notice that you can get a little creative by making little flags for straws,
this idea is great for parties.
You can make so many amazing little things with washi tape.
For more inspiration visit me at Pinterest and get inspired!
Happy Crafting!

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I Should be Mopping the Floors 39
30 Handmade Days 110

System Pavers Review

Picture this, it's a crisp cool evening in the autumn season and you have the fire pit burning in your back patio, (don't have a back patio?; just imagine one for now) okay, you have the fire going and you are gathered with your family or friends around the crackling fire having good conversation, yummy snacks
and beverages, sharing some laughs and keeping warm with the fire.

Doesn't that sound nice?  I think it does, at least for me.
Today I am sharing a project idea that my hubs and I have wanted to do for a while
to fulfill that little dream. But we were not sure how to go about it.
I found a site that is helpful with this and they are System Pavers.

The photo you see above is a layout of that we would like for our back patio to look like.
We want to extend the patio a bit further out to place our fire pit as shown in the picture
for those cool evenings.  System Pavers provides several layout  ideas for landscape and
different shapes and colors for pavers to be used in your plan.
See above?  That is what my back yard patio currently looks like.
There is a lot I want to do with this outdoor space.

They have ideas for drives ways, walk way designs, patios, porches and more.
What made me want to use System Pavers is that the stones are durable.
Our home has a concrete  driveway and patio.  After a while the concrete cracks,
but with system pavers you don't have that problem.  It lasts for a long time and even if
something goes wrong, they have a 25 year-warranty.  The benefits of beauty, durability,
selection and more is something worth the makeover.

This is a review post written by me on behalf System Pavers.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Pumpkin Pie Frappe

Drink your pumpkin pie!
This morning I felt a cool, crisp breeze brush against my face.  
It was Fall saying hello and I knew that it was time to whip up some pumpkin dishes.  
I can already smell the distinctive scent that comes from an oven filled with autumn spices. 

It was still early and I didn't have all the ingredients that I needed for some baked goods, 
so I decided to make something else.  
How would you like to drink your pumpkin pie?
This is truly a pumpkin pie in a cup, creamy and ice cold.
I love all things fall, especially this time of the year, so I whipped up this fun frappe.
What's neat is that you can share this beverage with other pumpkin pie lovers and make it presentable by adding a mini pie on the side or inside as a garnish, oh the possibilities!
Here is the recipe to make your own:
  • 1/2 cup premade coffee
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of pumpkin puree (can)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 cup of half and half or your milk preference
  • 1/3 cup vanilla ice cream
  • whip cream + caramel for rim
  • sprinkles
You may adjust the amount of each ingredient to meet your taste preference.  
I added extra cinnamon and nutmeg to my drink and oh yes, a little extra ice cream.

Place all the ingredients in a blender, while your drink is mixing, grab a cup and line the 
rim with caramel.  Place the sprinkles in a flat dish and holding your cup upside down, 
press it unto the sprinkles.

The caramel acts as a glue to make the sprinkles stick to the cup, and tasty too.
Once your mix is well blended, pour it in the cup, add whip cream if desired and garnish with cinnamon or 
pumpkin spice.  You may also add a swirl of caramel on top.  Serve.
For fun, add faces or other artwork!
Makes about 2 servings.
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