Create Easy Mini Cornucopia Place Cards

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Place cards are a great idea for special dinners with lots of people because it saves the confusion of who site where – one less thing to think about!  Although I only have about 6 people for dinner on Thanksgiving, this year I’m up to 8! My husband’s parents are going to be able to…

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Taste Great

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How would it be possible to go wrong combining pumpkin with chocolate chips? Well, you can’t go wrong, and these cookies prove it! What I found interesting about them is that they really end up tasting just like chocolate chip cookies, but a moister, softer version of the old favorite, surely because of the pumpkin!…

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Add a candy pumpkin or candy corn to the top of these pumpkin with cream cheese frosting to give them a festive holiday look. Matt and I had so much fun in the kitchen with our cookie “cook off”! He was making this pumpkin cookie recipe given to us by a wonderful friend, Marcia, who…

Seasonal Appetizer Bowls Made From Autumn Squash

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I wasn’t always creative with my party décor because I was always too busy with work and kids to really get anything done. Well, now I’m still busy, I just care more and these bowls made out of autumn squash prove it!! These appetizer bowls are made out of both acorn and butternut squash. The…

10 Easy-To-Make Autumn Centerpiece Ideas

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There’s no excuse for bare table this fall with these ten different centerpiece ideas to choose from! Centerpieces indicate that you are placing something at the “center” of attention. And, when we put a floral arrangement or candles in the center of our dining tables we are doing just that. We are bringing attention to…

Pretty Table Settings for the Thanksgiving Table

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You don’t need to go out and buy beautiful dinnerware for Thanksgiving, improvise with what you have! One of my favorite things to decorate is my dining table. There are so many possibilities when you combine placemats, chargers, different dinnerware, napkins, napkin rings and let’s not even get started on the centerpieces and candles!!! I think…

Turkey Roll Ups are Perfect for Leftovers

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These little turkey roll ups will ensure the leftovers don’t stay in the refigerator too long,, in fact you might make them throughout the year once you see how tasty they really are! In my house there is always leftover turkey on Thanksgiving. Not for the reason you are thinking….I make a delicious turkey. Mainly…

Mumkins Are Pumpkins Made out of Mums!

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Now how cute are these colorful and attractive pumpkins made out of mums? Well, cute enough for you to make a whole mumkin patchful! Ah, the sweet, sweet aroma of fresh picked mumkins! We grow them especially for the fall time of the year. They are used first as decoration and then we cut ‘em…

Create a Colony of Flying Bats for Halloween

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Flying bats are the perfect Halloween fright.  You can quickly make up dozens with these easy instructions. These flying bats are definitely NOT the spooky kind! Although, if you decided to attach them to monofilament line and hang them from the ceiling or a chandelier they could get a little spooky! My favorite hanging spot is…

How To Create Cute “Boo” Candles

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It’s time to create something really different for Halloween and these “boo” candles are exactly what you’re looking for. When Halloween is just around the corner (and to me that is in early September) I start making Halloween stuff! I have my kids just as hooked on Halloween as I am. It’s such a different holiday for…

Decorate a Felt Banner for the Holidays

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This felt project can ring in any season or announce any holiday with it’s colorful lettering and fun buttons, ribbons and patches.  One of my most favorite fall projects is designing and sewing a “welcome autumn” banner. I love working with the hand stitching and creating the letters out of buttons and ribbons or contrasting felt…

How To Sew a Friendly Pumpkin Pillow

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Are you looking for a sewing project that will enhance your fall or Halloween decor? Try these easy instructions for a friendly pumpkin pillow. Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. I adore the colors of changing leaves, the pumpkins and gourds, and all the holidays from September through November. To celebrate, I…