Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Fall Wreath

Hold on to your pants friends, I have been crafting. I don't even know who I am right now. I have a 7-month-old baby, running two small business' and I'm baking and crafting. Whoa. It's because I started up a full blown coffee habit again. So sue me.

Anyway…to the crafting. I made this garland and wreath on the same day last week. Super easy and quick projects. I used the same gold leaves and feathers to attach to a wreath to create a rustic and cozy wreath for our front door. Here are a few quick steps on how to make your own:

Painted feathers (see this DIY)
Silk Leaves spray painted gold
Wheat stalks
Hot Glue
Glue Gun
Twigs or faux fall berries

Use my previous DIY to make your feathers and gold painted leaves. Next trim your wheat stalks and berry/twig stems shorter. Start hot gluing your wheat cascading across two sides of your wreath. Next add your berry/twig stems, then feathers and then leaves. You can arrange these in different ways but this is the formula I used to create mine. Super easy and inexpensive project to make your home more fall and cozy. Happy crafting!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kori Shaffer - Senior Session - Clarksville Arkansas Photographer

Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

Nothing better than pie in the fall right? Especially during yummy apple season. Last week Penelope and I made a caramel apple pie for Josh. Josh loves pie a lot and we like to do nice things for him so we made pie. Here's our recipe

For the crust I used this recipe….I always use this recipe for crust. It's awesome. 

4-5 peeled and sliced apples
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 cup of flour
1/3 cup of caramel (more if you want it more caramel-y) 

This is a recipe I used for homemade caramel (omit the salt). 

Place all pie ingredients into a large bowl and mix until all dry ingredients are moist. Fill your pie crust with the filling and top with more crust if you desire. I brush a little melted butter and a sprinkle of sugar on top of my pies. Bake at 375 for 50 - 60 minutes until golden brown. (I cover my pie crust edges with tinfoil to keep from burning). 

Let it cool for an hour before serving. Enjoy!


P.S. my blog is getting a MAJOR makeover and making big changes really soon…I can't wait to show you! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Apple Picking Forever

Last year I went apple picking with Penelope's school class for the first time ever when we were living in New England. I was so excited about it and I knew that it would be the thing I missed most about living there so I hunted down a little apple orchard here in our town so we could recreate the experience (except I have to admit it's way better in New England because cider donuts…). We picked a basket full of apples and had big plans to make things. Apple pie…caramel apples…apple cake…all the good stuff. Next year Emerson will be able to walk around and pick with us. Can't wait!

Just wanted to share a few photos from our little trip because they turned out beautiful. Penelope just lives for this kind of stuff (and not-so-secretly so do I). Although the fall atmosphere, weather and cider donuts are better in New England I sure do love living in Arkansas. Surprises me every day.