Monday, October 20, 2014

Pinterest Tested & Approved: Week 9

Happy Monday Everyone! This weeks tested pin's are up and ready for your eager eyes-- be sure to check out these awesome blogs and send them some love.

When my husband is out of town I always look for the easiest fix when cooking just for me. Cooking for one isn't near as much fun as cooking for two, so I usually look for recipes that don't require me going out for much. I was excited when I realized I had all of the ingredients on hand for this recipe which turned out really yummy, thrown together in less than 10 minutes, and was super low on calories. What more could a girl ask for?

I stumbled across this awesome pattern for an infinity scarf and decided to try my hand at crocheting one. Not only was the pattern super easy to follow but I made two of these in one day. They take only about two hours each and have me itching for cold weather to get here so I can break these bad boys out! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

French Onion Soup

When I was little, my favorite staple my dad used to make us kids was his famous French Onion soup. As a kid there was something magical about that swiss cheese bubbling in the oven over a french bread loaf and piping hot soup. To this day it's a dish I eat and always am reminded of my dad.  

This is one of my go-to quick and easy soup recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less. It's also one of those soups that gets better the longer it sits so left overs usually don't have many issues sticking around. I exchanged a few ingredients in his recipe to make it a little more lean, but it still manages to have that wonderfully rich flavor that is a sure pick me up on our now colder days. 

French Onion Soup 
By: Confessions of a New Old Home Owner

1/4 cup yogurt based butter 
3 large onions, chopped as desired
1 tsp white sugar
1 tbsp flour
2 1/2 cups water
1 cup red wine
2 cans of beef broth (10.5 oz each) 
1 french baguette 
Sliced swiss cheese 


1. In a large stock pot, melt butter, add onions and sugar over medium heat and cook until golden brown about 10 minutes. 

2. Stir in flour until well blended and next add the red wine. Stir for 1 minute. Add in the water and beef broth and heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low and cover for 10 minutes. 

3. Preheat your oven to 325* and lightly toast your bread slices for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and preheat to 425*. Once soup is finished ladle into bake safe bowls and place on a baking sheet. Top with 1-2 slices of bread and place the swiss cheese on top. 

4. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10 minutes until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and place each bowl on a plate for easier handling and serve hot! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DIY Palmistry Hand

Keeping with our Witch themed Halloween this year I thought it would be fun to make a palmistry hand to display next to my Spooky Mantle. I spent all of $2 dollars making this and less than 30 minutes. I had most of the supplies on hand, but even if you don't it will cost well under $10. 

Plastic Hand (Dollar Tree) 
Wooden Plaque ( Michaels) 
Wooden Dowel
White Primer
Black craft paint
Drill & Drill bit

Start by priming your hand with a few coats of white primer and then allow it proper dry time. 

Next sketch out your design, I Googled Alchemy hand or Palmistry hand and picked out the examples I liked best. 

Paint on your lines and then fill in the details with your sharpies. 

While it's drying paint your stand and dowel black. Drill a hole that is just slightly smaller than your dowel in the center of your plaque and stick your dowel in it making sure it fits snug. Lastly place your hand on the dowel and your done!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pinterest Tested & Approved: Wk 8

Happy Monday Everyone! This weeks tested pin's are up and ready for your eager eyes-- be sure to check out these awesome blogs and send them some love.

I have to admit I was a little skeptical when I saw how few ingredients were in this recipe, but I thought I would take a chance on it anyway and I’m glad I did. Not only is this amazingly easy to make and tasty—it’s fairly low in calories so you can indulge without the guilt. 

This recipe is a little more complex and requires a little more time than your typical throw together salad. Not difficult in the way you start a grease fire for the first time, but more along the lines of this is really 4-5 different steps that require good timing. It really hit the nail on the head as far as bringing out those Fall flavors and I felt like I was eating a gourmet meal with all of those yummy complex flavors. Who knew salad could be so exciting?

Tips & Advice:
If your making this for dinner, prep as much as possible ahead of time. When cooking pay attention to your time line so it all comes out at the same time and can be served warm. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Instagram Round Up

On to this weeks Instagram Weekly Round Up, remember to share your favorite Instagram photos with me over on my Facebook page-- I'd love to see what you've been up to.

{ Left to Right } 

1. Fallen Log
2. Autumn Sky
3. Foliage
4. Ranger shack 
5. Quote of the week
6. Abandoned Shack
7. Kale and Acorn squash salad
8. Mirrored waters
9. Cauliflower Stirfry

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Halloween Decor Inspiration

Given all of the over the top Halloween parties under my belt, I'm sure you've already come to the conclusion I love all things scary and weird when it comes to Halloween. I couldn't help but admire some of the other projects I've been seeing out there floating around on Pinterest and thought I would share a few of my top decor picks for this year. 

( Photo from Better Homes & Garden )

A cool collection of creepy mirrors is always needed!

Crystal Balls from Dollar Store Crafts

Spooky ghosts for out in the yard! 

What yard is complete without spooky eyes glowing back?

How are you projects coming along?

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

2014 Halloween Invite Reveal

I'm so excited to share with you my 2014 Halloween Invitation design-- after seeing my Halloween Witches Mantle you might have guessed I decided to go with a more traditional theme this year. 

What could be more of a Halloween tradition than witches? If you've ever seen Hocus Pocus and The Witches just think of it as a cross between the two. So, with that in mind I give you my Spell Kit invite... 

{ Front Cover}

{ Inside }

The invite Reads: 

The Presence of all
Witches & Warlocks
is hereby decreed for the 
Annual Summoning 
of the Witches
By Royal Order of
The Grand Witch 

The eye is pretty creepy isn't it? I was pretty grossed out as I was making it, but it's supposed to be pretty creepy right??


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