A sweet Christmas treat!
It's Christmas cookie season and one of my favorite treats to make is Red Velvet Cake Balls! Several years ago, my cousin gave my mom and I the recipe...now we make them every year! They are so festive and pretty...and delicious!
1 box red velvet cake mix (cook as directed on the box)
1 can cream cheese frosting (16 oz...you can use the regular frosting or the whipped)
1 package of white chocolate chips or a bar of white baking chocolate
After cake is baked, let it cool completely.
Crumble the cake into a large bowl.
Add can of cream cheese frosting and mix thoroughly.
Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheets.
Chill for several hours. The freezer speeds the process along. Melt chocolate in the microwave according to the directions on the package. Place the cake balls on wax paper. Dip some of the cake balls in the melted chocolate. Use a spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate in different designs on top of the other cake balls.
Once the chocolate has dried, place cake balls in mini cupcake baking cups. Chill and store the cake balls in the refridgerator!
Recently I filled and decorated a cornucopia my mom already had. We picked out several fall floral picks, berries, pumpkins, wheat, acorns, decorative corn, etc. to fill it. I thought it turned out pretty and festive and wanted to share my little DIY project on the blog! I used a simple floral foam cone inside the cornucopia, as well as some floral wire to anchor the decor. You can find cornucopias at craft stores and fill them with any fall decor to match your table setting or room!
This makes a perfect centerpiece for a Thanksgiving table setting!
I even used a few pheasant feathers coming out of the cornucopia, as well as some cotton to create a slightly rustic but elegant centerpiece! As always, some cotton sure adds some southern charm!
Happy Thanksgiving y'all!
"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever."
A Sweet Fall Treat!
One of my favorite treats for Halloween has always been popcorn balls...and my mom makes some delicious ones. The cool thing is, you don't just have limit them to Halloween. Popcorn balls are a great little treat to make anytime in the Fall. They're a fun project and taste awesome. Perfect to give away to friends! Recently, my mom and I made a small batch together and had a lot of fun! We displayed them on this rustic metal cake plate she found...how cute is that?!
Below is the recipe and it makes about 8 popcorn balls.
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
8-9 cups popped popcorn
Go ahead and pop your popcorn. Measure out the 8-9 cups into a large bowl.
In a medium saucepan, mix together sugar, butter, syrup, and salt. Heat to a boil. Have a small cup of cold water and drop a small amount of the mixture into it. If it is the consistency where you can make a small ball out of it, it is good to go. This is a good way to test the mixture. Pour the mixture over the popcorn in the large bowl.
With a wooden spoon, gently mix so that the popcorn is coated in the mixture. Be careful not to break up too much of the popcorn. Run your hands under cold water, then shape into about 2.5" balls. Gently shape them so they do not become too hard when they cool. Place the popcorn balls onto wax paper to cool.
Once the popcorn balls have cooled, you can put them into cute plastic bags and tie ribbon around the top! We did two different bags, super fun and festive for Fall!
Happy Fall Y'all!
I found this recipe a couple years ago through Pinterest. It's from The Happier Homemaker (you can find it here). I recently made this with apples from our trip to the orchard. I've been making this bread recipe the past two years for the fall and it's delicious! It is an awesome recipe for autumn...perfect for breakfast or with a cozy cup of coffee or tea! I love to make Apple Cinnamon Bread when we have company. It smells amazing coming out of the oven and it's a great treat for when guests arrive! This is also a great bread to make, double the recipe, and give one loaf to a friend!
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
1 large apple, peeled and chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 5" loaf pan. I go ahead and peel and chop the apple before the other steps.
Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside.
With a mixer, combine white sugar and butter until smooth.
Add eggs and the vanilla. Continue to beat on medium speed until combined. Add flour and baking powder. Then add the milk. Mix until combined.
Pour half of the batter into the pan.
Cover with half of the apples. Pat apples into the batter with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Repeat with the rest of the ingredients. Pat topping into the batter.
Bake for about 50 mins, until toothpick comes out clean. Cool before taking loaf out of the pan. Enjoy!
Apple Picking in New England!
If you're looking for a fun, outdoor activity for the fall, apple picking is a great one! My husband and I went apple picking a while back at an orchard in Massachusetts with some friends and had a great time. It was such a pretty area and it was a blast trying the different kinds of apples and picking a "peck!"
With some of the apples we picked (turns out a "peck" is a lot!), I made my grandma's recipe for apple dumplings...they were delicious!
I also baked Apple Cinnamon Bread...I'll be sharing the recipe for this on my next blog post! It's perfect for fall!
Different flavors for an easy breakfast!
I have seen lots of different recipes for overnight oats on Pinterest and finally decided to try some! I really like oatmeal, but wasn't sure about the cold overnight oats I kept hearing about. They are actually pretty tasty! They're totally different than regular, hot oatmeal but they are great and so easy to make...perfect for a quick, healthy, grab and go breakfast in the mornings!
The awesome thing is that there are so many different flavor options. I've only posted 4 different ones I've tried here, but there are tons more! And what is cuter than eating your breakfast out of a little mason jar?
I found a cool "Master Recipe" for overnight oats from the Cleveland Clinic (you can find it here)...I sometimes used this and just added to it depending on the flavors I was using. Just add all the ingredients to the mason jar, shake or mix, and place in the refrigerator overnight. Certain ingredients in these recipes I just estimated and eyeballed, so try them out and adjust ingredients to your own taste!
Blueberry Banana Overnight Oats
I used 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 a banana (sliced), about 1/4 cup blueberries, about 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp vanilla. I sprinkled chia seeds (about 1 Tbsp or a little less) and sliced almonds in as well. Some recipes say to wait and add the bananas and other fruit until the morning. However, I added them with the other ingredients and I liked it (I think the flavors get into the oatmeal more that way). Mix and refrigerate overnight.
Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats
This recipe I found from Making Thyme for Health (you can find it here). I used 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup Almond milk, 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, about 1 Tbsp (or a little less) Chia seeds, and 1/2 fresh peach, diced. The original recipe says to add the peach in the morning, but I added it at night and it helped give it a nice peach flavor. Mix ingredients and refrigerate overnight.
Strawberry Almond Overnight Oats
I used 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup Almond milk, about 1/4 tsp cinnamon, about 1/4 tsp vanilla, a tiny bit of honey (recipes call for about 1 Tbsp but I used less), and I sprinkled sliced almonds and Chia seeds in it. I just diced strawberries and added them until it looked like a good amount. You could try between 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup of diced strawberries, to your taste.
Mix ingredients and refrigerate overnight.
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
I found this recipe from Quaker Oats online (you can find it here). I made a few changes to it. I used 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup Almond milk, about 1/2 cup chopped apple, about 1/8 tsp cinnamon (maybe a little more, to your taste), and about 1 tsp honey. Mix ingredients and refrigerate overnight.
An easy and delicious recipe!
A few weeks ago I tried this new recipe and it turned out delicious...so I wanted to share it on the blog! I found a similar recipe on Pinterest and another from the Pioneer Woman (you can find her recipe here). I made a few changes to simplify it. This is a perfect dish for a filling lunch or even a dinner. If you like BLTs and avocados, this is definitely a must-try! I will be making more of this one in the future! The recipe I used is below (it makes 4 servings, or avocado halves)...
1/2 cup sandwich bread, toasted and cut into cubes
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach or lettuce
1 Tbsp light mayonnaise
2 large, ripe avocados
Salt and pepper, to taste
Prepare all ingredients. Add the bread, tomatoes, spinach, and several shakes of bacon bits (to taste) to mixing bowl.
Add mayonnaise. Add salt and pepper to season. Mix all ingredients until coated well in the mayonnaise.
Peel avocados and remove the pits. Sprinkle tops with salt.
Spoon BLT mixture into the avocados. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Here is a salad recipe I discovered on Pinterest and finally tried...and it is absolutely delicious, y'all! It's perfect for lunch or to pair with a dinner entree. I found the recipe from foodiecrush...you can find their site here. The original recipe makes one salad, but I multiplied it and here's the recipe I used to make a big salad to fill a small punchbowl!
2 tubs of fresh arugula
8-10 campari tomatoes, sliced
~2 avocados, pitted and sliced
12-15 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
4 Tbsp olive oil
6 tsp balsamic vinegar
Salt (I used sea salt) and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
*You can adjust the salad amounts to your taste and you can always double the dressing amounts if you need more
Place half of the arugula in a large bowl or punchbowl.
Add half of the sliced tomatoes to the arugula.
Add half of the fresh mozzarella slices.
Sprinkle with shredded basil.
Add half of the avocado slices.
Repeat the layers again. Whisk olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper together in a bowl.
Pour the dressing over the salad and toss the salad to coat it evenly.
Serve and enjoy!
Bringing New Life to An Outdated Light Fixture!
One of the projects I did this summer was updating a dining room light fixture. The brass finish was a bit outdated, so we removed the chandelier from the ceiling and I repainted it to an oil rubbed bronze look!
This required a well-ventilated area...a work shed or barn is great for this so it is under a cover but has a lot of air flow (and if excess paint sprays around). I used these two cans of spray paint, and had to use even a little more. Gloves and a dust mask were very helpful as well.
Hanging the chandelier by a rope from a beam was very helpful for being able to spray paint all angles of the fixture. We detached the bottom sphere on the chandelier, as well as the disk that goes against the ceiling and the chain.
I put these on a piece of cardboard so I could spray paint them. I had to paint the chandelier and these extra pieces, let them dry for a little while, then go back and do extra coats. I flipped over the extra pieces to get the other sides coated in paint as well.
I left the light fixture to dry for a couple of days, then we put it back together and hung it back in the dining room. It looks great in the room and is updated!
Beachy Door Decor!
One of the little projects I did this summer was to make a new wreath for my aunt who lives near the beach in Florida! She wanted a burlap wreath with a pretty bow to put her white wooden "L" letter on...it was fun to make!
Above are the supplies I used. I had to learn how to make a burlap wreath on the wire frame. I started out using floral wire to anchor it but ended up discovering that pipe cleaners worked better.
Once I finished the base of the burlap wreath, it was time to make a bow.
I wanted to give her options if she wanted to switch out the bow during the year, so I made three different bows that could be switched out on the wreath! The first one (above) was a linen one with navy stripes to look nautical!
Next, I added these three starfish and anchored them in the wreath to add a neutral colored beachy look!
The second bow I made for the wreath was out of a pretty light linen and gold chevron ribbon. I loved it for everyday use...neutral colors but a little shine and fun!
The third bow I made was out of a fun, bright aqua/mint colored stripe ribbon. The color had a great coastal feel with the starfish...and it went great with the white wooden letter she added!
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