October 29, 2014

Fall Decor: Better Late Than Never

It's Fall Ya'll, and about time I got my act together with some seasonal decor don't you think? Sure, I have some Halloween decorations, but mostly I like to put up Autumnal decorations that can last through Thanksgiving. So, it's ok that I didn't put up anything until last week. That's what I keep telling myself anyway.

Rather than trying to rush through each holiday and looking forward to the next, I have found myself enjoying the process much more this way too. We took our time putting out decorations, putting the summer stuff away, and I feel like we are living more in the present this way. That's what I keep telling myself anyway.

My favorite space so far is the dining room. 




When I started to take everything out, I thought, "What is with all the pumpkins?" Apparently, I have a pumpkin problem. Rather than scatter them all over the house, I thought it would be nice to put them all together in one space to create kind of a centerpiece.  (My mom has since baked us some cookies to fill the pumpkin jars, thanks Mom.)




The wreath is something I have had forever, but decided to hang with some leftover burlap to dress up the window. 




In the living room, I created a couple little Fall inspired vignettes.





The rest of the house I have kept pretty much the same, as the kids love the candles on the mantle, and the curtain sillouettes in the window I made last year.

And let's not forget the best part of putting Autumn decor up, I finally got some new slipcovers for the living room couches, and a few new pillows. Which means our house is ready for lounging now that the weather is getting chilly.



Now, I can relax for a few weeks before I even have to think about Christmas, right? That's what I'm going to keep telling myself, anyway.



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October 23, 2014

Thirsty Thursday: Warm Salted Caramel

You knew a hot beverage was coming, right? I cannot help myself! After a super chilly soccer finale this past weekend, getting my youngest bundled for a trip to a pumpkin patch, and a walk in the leaves the other day, I had to come up with something. So for this Thirsty Thursday, I came up with the perfect Autumn beverage. Warm Salted Caramel. 




With the kids allergies, it is hard for me to find a Hot Cocoa mix that is safe, so we have been making lots of hot vanilla. However, I thought with the Homemade Caramel Sauce I made the other day, I thought I would try mixing that with some warm milk. When I did, I added a  little whipped cream, and sprinkle of sea salt, and it was perfection. It is what I always imagined butter beer from the Harry Potter books to kind of taste like (I'm sure that this has nothing to do with what JK Rowling had envisioned).

Warm Salted Caramel (makes one mug)

1 cup milk
1 TBS caramel sauce (Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe link)
whipped cream for garnish
pinch of sea salt
More caramel sauce for garnish




If caramel sauce is not heated, in a heat proof dish, warm in microwave for 10 - 20 seconds or in a water bath.

In a small sauce pan over low heat, add milk. When tiny bubbles form around edges of pan, whisk in caramel sauce. Continue to stir for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and pour into mug. 




Add whipped cream, drizzle of caramel sauce, and pinch of sea salt. 




Serve immediately. Best enjoyed with blanket, and a Harry Potter book.


If you like this hot beverage you may like this warm vanilla spiced cider. For all things beverage related, check out the THIRSTY THURSDAY page for recipes for all kinds of drinks, cocktails, and all things drinkable!







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