Saturday, September 29, 2012

My Fall Decor


Fall is here!! The weather has been cooling off and decided it was time to celebrate the changing of the season and break out some fall decor! I loved decorating and completed the kitchen and living area, I have bags full of fun Halloween decor to put up here in the next weeks as well
[Will post that once its up!]
 
 
I have been going to the local thrift stores to find empty glass container that I could clean up and use for my fall decor this year and found all the glass weari n the photos pictured for 2-3$ at different shops and then went and bought 5-6 bags of dry beans and layered them. Then went to Walmart and bought the candles for the centers. The other glitter pumkins and the burlap ribbons were purchased at Hobby lobby, super cute and cheap! The burlap table runner was purchased on Etsy
 

Can you believe I have 5 of these glass pumpkins!! I noticed today Walmart has them for 5$! I got mine for 3$ at thrift stores. I also decorated tun of things in my home with torn up burplay, it cuts easy and frays [which I think is cute]. Also purchased a beautiful Scentsy large warmer for the bar area, the new scents are out for fall!! Just purchased a few, can't wait!

 
Three types of beans, lama/pea and pinto. Its cheaper if you buy the 2 pound bags in the great value.
 
 
 
My baskers rack in kitchen, is packed full of such fun fall items! I had some custom stuffed fabric pumkins done last year on Etsy and love them! I have more on shelves in the living space. The wood blocks, are also from Etsy. Im addict, I know ;)
 
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Friday, September 28, 2012

welcome fall.

I adore fall, the look/smells and foods you can create. My sons birthday, my birthday, halloween and thanksgiving. All packed in a few months, I celebrate and welcome Fall each year, enjoy some of these beautiful pictures! Before we know it Winter will set in
 



 
These beautiful pictures were found on DA and posted here on my pinterest.
 
+ some of my fall hand stamped necklaces! Theres more to come :)
www.yourcharmedlife.etsy.com
 
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

fleeting summer days

While I love Fall and the changing of the season, I will sadly miss Summer as its my favorite time of the year!! A ice cream truck came down our street yesterday and was the first time Caleb has ever ordered from one! We were sitting at the dinner table eating our Salmon and you could hear those 'jingle tunes' coming down the road. I think I got more excited then Caleb!! I was running around the house trying to scoop up the camera, my child and some change while hubby looks up from his dinner plate eye brows raised. Well you know we could have missed it all [which I don't think that is even possible?] We got dressed and ran out the door, mmm ice cream...Caleb wound up with a large layered cookie one
 

 
 
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Raspberry Crumb Pie


Seeing we have a abundance of fresh organic berry's from the berry patch farm I decided to do some baking, what better place to look then pinterest. I found so many that look tasty and this pie caught my eye above them all and oh my!! It is the best pie I have ever had, the original post is here. This recipe used up the last of the raspberries and now to find one for the strawberries we have, its also in our schedule to make a 2 hour trip to a farm with apple orchards! One of the many reason I love fall, so many yummy in season foods to be made.  Now on to this pie!




In a large bowl, combine 4 cups flour, 3 Tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons kosher salt.
 
Put the bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes.
 
Dice 1 3/4 cup shortening and put it in the freezer too. Don’t put it in the bowl yet!
Add the shortening to the bowl.
 
Cut the shortening into the ingredients with a fork

 
Mix together 1/2 cup of very cold water and 1 large egg. Pour it into the bowl.
 
Combine everything with a fork.
 
Form the pie dough into a flat circle.
 
Cover it with plastic wrap and place the dough in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
 
Once the pie dough is done chilling, flour the counter and the rolling pin.
 
Roll the dough out into a big circle
 
 
Roll the dough over the rolling pin.
 
Then roll the dough over the pie plate
 
Press the dough into the pie plate.
 
Trim the excess dough off the edge and then crimp the edges.
 
{I googled how to crimp the edges!!}
 
 
Place the pie in the refrigerator while you work on the filling.
Put 4 1/2 cups of raspberries in the pie.
 
 
In a bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup all purpose flour, 1/2 cup sour cream, 2 large eggs and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
 
 
Pour the filling over the berries.
 
Spread it out
 

Now for the yummy part!! Crumb topping! Combine 2 1/2 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar, 2 Tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and a pinch of ground nutmeg.
 
 Pour in 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter. Oh how I love butter. Mix it up.
 
Crumble the topping over the pie.

 
Mix together 1 large egg and 1 Tablespoon of water. Brush it over the edge of the crust.


Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10-15 minutes. Cool for at least an hour on a cooling rack to let the filling set. Then enjoy!! The pie will have a custard type middle filling

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Childrens Hospital Donation

I wanted to do a project donation that would involve my son, myself and my jewelry business. We donated to the Children's Hospital 10 hand stamped necklaces for the parents of some of the sicker kids, words of inspiration and a little pick me up for them. I told Caleb why we were doing and the reason behind gifting people you have never meet before. We got to take a tour of the hospital and handed over the necklaces with happiness. Caleb stamped the actual images [he did great btw] and then I added the words at the bottom! They turned out just perfect 
 
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Berry Patch Farms






  

We visited berrypatchfarms this weekend and hand harvested tons of organic berries straight from the farm, talk about yummy & fun! I have been on a farm kick lately, with the seasons changing I have been on the hunt for farms and orchards for pick it yourself produce. Caleb and I spent hours on the farm picking and then later testing. The strawberries were some of the best I have ever had, super sweet! I also tried Golden raspberries for the first time. We had our lunch there and then headed on home, I'm on the hunt for a good homemade raspberry pie recipe! Watch soon to see if I found one and the results

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Friday, September 21, 2012

My week at a glance

 My week at a glance, through instagram:
 
country road, catholic church, morning skies, Caleb's class room book project, leaves changing colors, fortune cookie and me!
 
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

sunflower farm

In our household the weekends are dedicated to family time for Caleb and I [dad has to work every weekend], so I googled some ideas for a bit and found a serious gem! It was out in the country about 1 hour away from where we live, all farm land. Its a farm owned and operated by a family called sunflower farms, more info here. If you live in the Denver/Brighton/broomfield area this is a MUST. I have done a lot of things here in CO and this in my top 3 favorite places I have been to here in the states. A slice of heaven and just brings back what it feels like to be in the country again [I was raised in country]. so nice to be away from the city!!
 


 

there were tons of things to do there, we literally spent HOURS exploring. Some of the things they had at their fram home were: ziplining for kids, pony rides, you can feed goats, tree houses 3-4, climbing nets, campfire roast marshmellows, tire swings everywhere, hammocks everywhere, hay maze, swings, basketball court, water play area, tons of shade trees and places to picknick. Really cool animals like: peacocks and babies!, chickens, roosters, dogs, kittens, horses, goats, lamas, turkeys, rabbits, turtle etc. We will deff. be going back again here in the fall, wonderful place to be!
 
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

diy re purposing

 



One of the many things I seriously enjoy doing is finding older items and re purpose them into something new! I found a awesome chalkboard/dry erase board for 4.99$ at a local thrift store, it was dirty/old stickers on it, stained. etc.
 
Here's my simple diy re purposing post on what I did today, this works for almost any kind of item!!
 
1. find your item you want to re-do, clean it up so the paint will stick! I use magic erasers to get all the grime off
2. Tape off parts you don't want to get paint on, I used painters tape and a cut up trash bag to protect the surfaces.
3. find a place outside to paint it at, I use trash bags or old boxes to protect the ground and from kicking up dust onto the item I'm painting. Also I use spray paint in a can, for most of my projects!! Can I tell you they have some really neat and fun new spray paints [glitters, glow in the dark, chalkboard etc.]
4. Start spraying, don't get to close or the pain will run. I usually do the spraying in short spurts rather than holding it down and spraying continuously. I also do around 5-6 coats of paint, make sure you do it in warm weather or the paint wont dry as fast! Don't spray in cold/windy weather
5. Let it dry, I usually take it under the shade tree to dry and its there I can also see any spots that I have missed in the full sunlight. Sometimes shade helps you see those mistakes.
5. Pull off all the tape, I let the item fully dry outside for 24 hours before bringing in. Spray paint can have strong fumes for a little bit and always best to let it de-fume outdoors.
 
That's it! Simple, cost efficient and fun to see the end results.
 
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