Sep 22, 2016

Our Fall Home Tour 2016

Welcome to the Fall Home Tour 2016! Today is the first day of fall, although, you wouldn't know it by the temperature outside (it's 80 degrees here in Virginia!). There is a hint of fall in the air and we always look forward to this time of year. It reminds us of our childhood. The anticipation of fun fall activities like apple picking, wearing sweaters, eating pumpkin flavored foods, cozy blankets, bonfires, planting mums, picking out your pumpkin, carving pumpkins, drinking apple cider, leaves changing - and these are in no particular order. 

Our favorite thing is decorating for fall. I have not put out Halloween decor yet, just Fall for now. We'd like to share the nooks and crannies of our home with you! Won't you join us for a tour?


We did an "Autumn Home Tour 1) and "Autumn Home Tour 2 "post last fall (2015) and we loved doing that, so we thought we'd do it again this year! 


The new sign that says "Happy Pumpkin Spice Season" was given to me by my best friend and co-author here. She knows me all too well! I hang it with pride and LOVE my newest fall decor. 



Amanda's Fall Home Tour



The wreath on my front door... I bought the burlap wreath pre-made and I just put a wooden letter "S" on it and change out the bow and decor on it every season. 





 This simple pumpkin "Happy Fall Y'all" sign belonged to my Mother and used to hang on her front door every fall. When I was younger, I used to hate it and think it was stupid. I now I proudly hang it in my house - it reminds me of her and my roots - I am a southern girl, after all! 

My antique hallway table belonged to my grandmother (it's over 50 years old) and the table alone is dear to me! I change up the table decor seasonally for fun. 


Here is a fall wreath that I made myself - I have it hanging in the kitchen, I like it, its very festive!



My mantle... I love it, what can I say? I bought the mirror about 5 years ago and its one of my favorite things in my house. I don't know why, it just is!


 This bowl is just a concoction of pumpkins that I bought a Michael's, surrounded by more pumpkins and wooden acorns. 

Lastly, here is my living room table with white pumpkin candy jar. It's simple, but I love it. I've had this candy jar for years! 



Nichole's Fall Home Tour

Amanda's fall decor is so festive and pretty, and the best part about it is that many of the pieces have meaning to her and great sentimental value. Love that! I am going to jump right in with a few pics from what I have done so far, I am not finished with my outdoor decor, so I will give a little sneak peek for now at the gorgeous mums on my porch (before I likely kill them). Come on in everyone......

This is a new creation this year, I started with the wooden box and just thought, Cinderella pumpkins would be perfect! I keep this on my coffee table so everyone can see over it, but it still provides a nice centerpiece. 




Welcome to the coffee station. There are pods in the white pumpkin and a pumpkin mug ready to go. We use this spot more than any other in the kitchen and I like the whites with a little fall twist. 


The dining room table always gets a centerpiece that screams Fall, so this year I purchased some lanterns from Pier 1 and embellished. You can't see it here but there are tiny lights strung throughout the leaves. 


My stone fireplace is so pretty I like to do it up big without over doing it. I think it turned out pretty good this year and I love my monogrammed pumpkin from a sweet friend for my birthday. 


The couch needs to be pretty and comfortable, so I opted for plaids, browns and oranges this year and I love it! It is very cozy and with our plaid fuzzy blanket it just screams Fall. 



As I mentioned before my porch is not yet totally transformed, but here is a peek at the mums, which are just incredible and a leftover Summer plant that was too pretty to throw away. My tiny scarecrow is barely noticeable in all that greenery! 


Just a small acorn gives the powder room a little Fall feel. 


This big guy resides in the kitchen and is great to store those Fall baked goods that start showing up in the house around this time of year. 


We hope you enjoyed the Fall Home Tour 2016! We are so happy you were here to share the beginning of our favorite season!

Welcome Fall


                     






Sep 17, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats



Note from The Cook: It's Rice Krispie Treats with Pumpkin Spice flavor - what could be better when these 2 worlds collide?  This recipe could not be any simpler! Just use the original Rice Krispie recipe and add Pumpkin Spice - its really that easy. I give full credit to Kellogg's ....ENJOY!

What You Will Need: 
  • 6 cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
  • OR
  • 4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
  • 1 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
Directions: 

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal and Pumpkin Pie Spice. Stir until well coated.

Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9  pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. 

This Pinspiration  comes from Kellogg's and Who Needs a Cape

Jul 24, 2016

Smokin' S'Mores - Chocolate Dipped Marshamallows with Graham Cracker Topping





Here's a simple summer treat that I made for my daughter's birthday party - it was a real hit! You can't go wrong with this combination. They are SO EASY to make too!

What you will need:

1 Bag of Jumbo Sized Marshmallows
1 bag of Hershey's Milk Chocolate Chips
1 package of Graham Crackers - crushed
wooden skewers

Directions:

Melt chocolate chips in a glass bowl, in 30 second increments in the microwave, until totally melted - stirring well each time.

Place Graham Cracker crumbs in a shallow bowl.

Place Marshmallows on a Skewer and dip each one half way into the melted chocolate - covering the bottom in chocolate - then dip the chocolate bottom into the graham cracker crumbs.

Lay each chocolate/graham cracker dipped marshmallow onto a cookie sheet, covered in wax paper. Let "air dry" for about one hour to set.

ENJOY!

Apr 26, 2016

Apricot White Chocolate Scones


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COOK'S NOTE: I had an apricot white chocolate scone many years ago and it was amazing. So amazing that I have craved another one ever since. I came across this recipe recently and knew I had to make them. They tasted just like I remember, and now the only problem is I want to make them all the time! Even if you are not a big scone fan, these are different, they are not dry, they are not blah, they are moist and flavorful. They will go great with tea, coffee, breakfast or a snack. Let me know what you think. ENJOY!

Ingredients: 

2/3 Cup butter (unsalted)

3 1/2 Cups flour

1/2 Cup Sugar

4 Teaspoons baking powder

1/2 Teaspoon salt

2/3 Cup finely chopped dried apricot

1 Cup white chocolate chips

2 Eggs

2/3 Cup half and half

1 Teaspoon vanilla

Granulated sugar for topping, optional


Directions:

1.  Pre-Heat oven to 400 degrees

2. In a large bowl cut together butter, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until mixture is crumbly

3. Stir in apricots

4. Add eggs, half & half and vanilla so the dough forms a ball

5. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly ten times

6. Divide the dough into two equal portions

7. On greased baking sheets pat each portion of the dough into an 8" circle and cut into 8 wedges

8. Sprinkle with sugar if desired


9. Bake about 15 minutes, until golden. 

Serve warm

This Pinspiration comes from FOOD.com


Apr 25, 2016

Double Hot Fudge Bundt Cake



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COOK'S NOTE: The original name of this cake is the Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake and I tweaked it a little, but either name tells you that it is going to be delicious, rich, sweet, chocolatey and fattening.....just the way I like it! I mean the pictures speak for themselves, there is nothing about this recipe that I would change. I used a jar of fudge sauce as a time saver and just heated it up prior to pouring it on, but the homemade is obviously better. You can add whipped cream if you wanted, or even strawberries, but aside from that, make it, eat it, love it, repeat. ENJOY!



Ingredients:

1 18.25 ounce chocolate cake mix 
(I used fudge cake. If you cannot find this size, use what you can find and add a little more from a second obx)

1   3.4 ounce package of instant chocolate pudding

2   Cups of sour cream

3   Eggs

1/3 Cup vegetable oil

1/2 Cup water

2  Cups Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

1  Jar Hot Fudge sauce for topping (as much or as little as you want, heated)



Directions:

1. Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10 inch bundt pan

2. In a bowl beat all ingredients, except chocolate chips, until well blended. Fold in chocolate chips.

3. Spoon thick batter into the prepared pan

4. Bake 50 minutes to 1 hour

5. Let the cake cool for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely

6. Heat fudge sauce and drizzle as much or as little as you like. 


This Pinspiration comes from: Let's Dish Recipes 

                                                 

Feb 18, 2016

Barefoot Contessa Granola Bars


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Cooks Note: I have never attempted to make granola bars. To be honest, I thought why make something like granola bars when you can buy them? Well, I was wrong. As I get older I realize there are so many artificial ingredients and sodium and crap in the stuff you buy on the shelves, why not make a version you feel safe eating? That is where Ina Garten comes in. All of her recipes are amazing, but this one I am in love with. This was simple, quick and now I want to eat the whole pan. Try them, you will love them!

Ingredients:

  • 2 C whole oats
  • 1 C sliced almonds
  • 1 C sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 C wheat germ
  • 3 T unsalted butter
  • 2/3 C honey
  • 1/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C chopped dates
  • 1/2 C chopped, dried apricots
  • 1/2 C dried cranberries


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a large sheets pan, mix together the oats, almonds and coconut. Toast in the oven for 10 minutes then dump into a large mixing bowl. Add wheat germ and reduce oven temp to 300. 

2. While oats are toasting, combine the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook for one minute once it reaches boiling. 

3. Pour the hot mixture over the ingredients in the bowl. Add the dried fruit and mix well.

4. Put mixture into a slightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish and press firmly with wet hands. 

5. Bake 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool completely 2-3 hours, before slicing and serving. 


This Pinspiration comes from Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa)






Feb 4, 2016

Oven Baked Chili Dogs

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Cooks Note: There is not too much to say about this. They are chili dogs, they are covered in cheese and they are baked to bubbly goodness. The baking gave the bun a little bit of a crispness and the condiments added prior to baking gave them really good flavor. I used turkey chili with no beans just because that is my preference, but you can use canned or homemade chili, turkey or beef dogs, whatever you like. My family loved them and yours will too!



Ingredients:

8 Hot Dogs
8 Hot Dog buns
1 can of chili
1/2 white onion, diced
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Mayo
Mustard
Sweet Relish
Ketchup

Directions:

1.Line the inside of the hot dog buns with a little mayo (gives you a crispy edge and no, you can't taste it), sweet relish, mustard and ketchup. Don't saturate the buns, just enough for a little flavor

2.Fill with the hot dogs and squish all of the buns into a 9x13 baking dish

3.Top dogs with chili and shredded cheese (as much or as little as you want) and diced onions. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. 

4.Remove with a spatula and serve immediately 

This Pinspiration comes from Patti Brown







Feb 3, 2016

Cinnamon Roll Cake

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Cooks Note: I saw this recipe on Facebook and it sounded so deliciously warm and cozy, I went straight to the kitchen and made it. This is one of those recipes that you have all the ingredients for all the time, so it was a quick and simple cake, that tastes like you slaved away. 

This cake would be great for having the girls over for coffee, Saturday morning breakfast or as an after dinner dessert. The warm cinnamon melts in your mouth and the cinnamon roll icing is the icing on the cake, no, truly. (ha) The only changes I have to this recipe, is that I had to leave my cake in the oven for about 40 minutes. And, I did not use all of the icing, because I did not want to saturate the cake. 

Your family and friends will rave and think you are the best baker in town. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Directions:

1. Mix flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs and vanilla together
2. Stir in melted butter, slowly. Pour into greased 9x13 pan
3. Mix topping ingredients (3/4 cup butter, softened, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon). Drop over cake mixture evenly.
4. Swirl your topping and cake mixture with a knife, going up and down the length of the pan (but only inserting it into the cake mix a little, not all the way).
5. Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes

                                               Just out of the over (pre-icing)


6. Top with glaze which is made by mixing 2 cups powdered sugar, 5 TB milk and 1 tsp vanilla. Drizzle over the cake while it is still warm.

This pinspiration comes from Lilluna