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September 20, 2014

Fall Pumpkin Painting

Last year my mom wanted me to paint her something to hang on her entryway wall for fall. She wanted it to be pumpkins so she could keep it up from September through November and she also wanted it to have green and brown to tie in the other colors from her living room. She bought a large canvas to fit in her entryway alcove and this is how I painted it. I wish I would have taken pictures throughout the painting process because it was more simple than it looks!

Fall Pumpkin Painting

Fall Pumpkin Painting

Since I am living with my parents right now I walk by this painting mutliple times a day and wonder why I didn’t paint myself one! I might just have to paint one for myself and then I can take step-by-step pictures so you can paint one too!

Fall Pumpkin Painting

Fall Pumpkin Painting

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September 19, 2014

Football Words Tote Bag {Football Game Day Ideas}

Football season is here! When I go out to show my support at football games I find myself dressing for the weather, bringing snacks or even blankets. I like to bring a bag along with all of the game necessities which is why I created a football words tote bag! If you are a mom, college student or cheerleader this bag is perfect for game day!

Football Tote Bag

I purchased my tote bag at Hobby Lobby for $2! and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the words on brown heat transfer vinyl. If you have a favorite player or a child that plays football you could personalize the bag with their jersey number on the opposite side! The tote bag took less than ten minutes to make and I know it will be a hit!

Football Tote Bag

Need more football ideas? I have teamed up with some other bloggers to bring you 10 DIY Football crafts and tailgating recipes!

10 DIY Football Crafts and Tailgating Recipes

 
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September 10, 2014

Easy Apple Recipes for Fall

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When I think of fall I think of trips to the apple orchard, piles of leaves and big chunky sweaters. I dream of apple scented candles and apple cider donuts. Each new season brings excitement, recipes and memories I plan to make with my family but fall recipes always seems to be the most exciting. In fall things slow down, cool down and we start to snuggle indoors watching movies and eating hearty meals with desserts and snacks. For us apple is the true #FlavorofFall!

Since my family is from Illinois and we all live in Florida now we always reminisce about trips to the apple orchard when fall rolls around. Our friends and family back home start posting pictures of their visits to the orchards and then I get inspired to make apple everything! This year is no different. Since the kids and I are living with my parents right now (if you missed it my husband is away on a job training) we have all been able to enjoy the flavors of fall together. In the past week I have made mini pies, easy apple roll-up desserts and I tossed together an apple pie trail mix that my boys have been asking to take as a snack in their lunch boxes.

This post is a two-fer – (a two for one) – because I am sharing TWO delicious and EASY recipes using apples as the star ingredient! After all apple is the winning #FlavorofFall!

Apple Roll-Up Dessert - an easy recipe with the #FlavorofFall

Easy Apple Pie Roll-Up Recipe (adapted from my peach roll-up recipe)

Ingredients-

  • Refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 apple cut into 8 slices
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (plus more for sprinkling into crescents)
  • 1/3 cup Mott's® Apple Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Mott's® Apple Juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon lime flavored soda

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Unroll and separate refrigerated crescent rolls. Sprinkle each one with a pinch of cinnamon and then roll a slice of apple up in the rolls. Place in a baking dish.
  • Mix melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and Mott’s apple sauce together and spoon over crescents.
  • Mix soda and apple sauce together and pour over top.
  • Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until rolls are golden brown.

Apple Roll-Up Dessert - an easy recipe with the #FlavorofFall

Apple Roll-Up Dessert - an easy recipe with the #FlavorofFall

These apple roll-ups are divine and with the brown sugar and cinnamon flavors create the ultimate fall dessert! I purchased all of the ingredients at my local Walmart which means EVERYONE can make these!

Apple Roll-Up Dessert - an easy recipe with the #FlavorofFall


Ready for another apple inspired recipe? Apple pie trail mix is a total hit in our house. Walmart currently has candy apple flavored M&M's®. As soon as I saw them the idea to make a apple pie trail mix hit and I went back through the isles gathering the ingredients I needed. Do you do that? You come across an item and then the light bulb goes on and you backtrack through the store gathering ingredients? For me it depends on how many of my four children are tagging along and if they are behaving!

Apple Pie Trail Mix - an easy no-bake snack with the #FlavorofFall

Apple Pie Trail Mix - an easy no-bake snack with the #FlavorofFall

Apple Pie Trail Mix Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 5 cups toasted rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup Candy Apple M&M's®
  • 1/2 cup crushed cinnamon apple chips

Directions:

  • In a large microwave safe bowl combine walnuts and cereal.
  • In a small microwave safe bowl combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and cinnamon. Microwave for one minute, remove and stir then microwave for an additional minute.
  • Pour butter/sugar mixture over cereal and toss to coat.
  • Microwave the cereal for three minutes, stopping to toss after each minute.
  • Lay the cereal mix out onto foil or wax paper to cool.
  • Once cool add in the candy apple M&M's® and apple chips. Mix and store in an air tight container.

Apple Pie Trail Mix - an easy no-bake snack with the #FlavorofFall

Apple Pie Trail Mix - an easy no-bake snack with the #FlavorofFall

Find the candy apple M&M's® (and maybe grab a bag of candy corn M&M's® while you are at it) in the seasonal isle. I didn’t see them the first time I went looking for them but then I checked the seasonal isle with the other candies and wallah there it was!

walmart-isle

For more fall recipes visit http://.theFlavorofFall.com

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September 8, 2014

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

In my book September means fall is here. We never really get true fall weather here in Florida but if you avoid going outdoors you can make it feel like fall indoors! Last year I literally slurped homemade pumpkin spice lattes down one after another and I can’t wait to do it again this year. I’m busting out the pumpkin spice and going for it! Are you with me my fellow fall loving friends? (say that five times fast fellow fall loving friends)

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
    • 1 cup of whole or 2% milk
    • dash of pumpkin spice
    • 1 teaspoon of imitation butter extract (vanilla will work too)

    Directions:
    In a saucepan stir the butter and brown sugar over medium heat until it starts to bubble. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir until heated through. Top with another dash of pumpkin spice.

    **Get the pumpkin spice whip cream recipe HERE!

    Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Enjoy,

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    September 7, 2014

    Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores

    I grew up in rural Illinois and we always had campfires which were accompanied by s’mores. Since moving to Florida nearly eight years ago I quickly learned that there is a small window of opportunity to have campfires. The summer months are too darn hot for campfires and we are often under burn bans if the ground is too dry. I came up with an alternative to the classic s’more by making it with peanut butter cookies ((no campfire needed))!

    Peanut Butter Cookie S'mores

    I don’t know about you but I am always game for a chocolaty treat – add peanut butter and I stop everything!

    Peanut Butter Cookie S'mores

    Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores – yields 4 dozen cookies (2 dozen S’mores)

    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 1 cup peanut butter
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 8 chocolate bars – each broke into four pieces
    • Marshmallow Crème
    Directions:
    • In a large mixing bowl beat butter and peanut butter with a mixer on medium speed until combined. Add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda and baking powder and beat until combined. Mix in the eggs and vanilla and then beat in as much of the flour as you can with a mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.
    • Using your hands shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Use the tines of a fork to lightly push down and make criss-cross lines in the cookies. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly on a wire rack.
    • Once the cookies are cool enough to handle spread marshmallow crème on one cookie, top with a piece of chocolate bar and then another cookie to create a peanut butter cookie s’more!
    Peanut Butter Cookie S'mores

    Peanut Butter Cookie S'mores

    So tell me - is your mouth watering yet?
    Enjoy,

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