Thanksgiving Mini-Pumpkin Centrepiece

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I’m supposed to be writing an essay, so typically I’m looking for other ways to spend my time.  We had this mini-pumpkin lying around from Halloween (no time to carve it), so I grabbed a paint pen and started doodling.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and think it might make a pretty little centrepiece for Thanksgiving, especially when paired with these cute golden leaves cut out from a tomato puree tube.

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The Little Things (Instagram Edition)…

This year I was very grateful to receive a new phone for my birthday, and while I’m loving the fact that I don’t have to turn it off and on again every time I want to read a text, it does mean that I tend to bring my camera with me a lot less often.  The quality is not as good, but it is much more convenient.  So, for this edition of The Little Things, I thought I’d share some of the pictures taken with my phone of the little things making me smile at the moment:the little things (instigram edition)

The beautiful Fall and Winter weather:  Stepping out in the pretty Autumn colours, and even the snow, has made me appreciate what a pretty place I live in (even if I did fall on my bum because of the ice…).

The food and drink:  Cheeky afternoon drinks, my first gingerbread latte of the season, and the desert (apple pie – YUM) of an amazing Thanksgiving meal celebrated with friends.

Spending time with friends and family (and Beckett, of course):  Cuddles with my dog never fail to put me in a better mood and celebrating with friends in great shoes and the discovery of Christmas ornaments I made when I was 2 have made me smile during the last few stressful weeks.

Fall Craft Challenge: Leaf Print Stationery

A little while ago, (okay, quite a long time ago…) Karel from Living Towards Love and I decided that we were going to do a Fall Craft Challenge.  We’ve both finally found the time to put together our little projects and share them with you.  Here’s what I came up with:

Here’s how to:

What you need:

  • Acrylic paint in fall colours
  • Card (or something else to print on)
  • Baking parchment
  • A selection of leaves

Step 1:  Spread the paint onto the underside of the leaf (as it has more texture).

Step 2:  Place leaf paint side down onto the card.

Step 3:  Place baking parchment over the leaf and smooth over with your fingers.

Step 4:  Remove baking parchment and gently peel off leaf.

This stationery was so much fun to make and playing around with paint and leaves made me feel like a little kid again.

Keep an eye out for more of our seasonal craft challenges and check out Karel’s post here.

Christmas Countdown 1: Primrose Bakery Maple Pecan Cupcakes

I love the holidays, but as I’m now living in Scotland I don’t get to properly celebrate Thanksgiving anymore.  To get in the spirit, I decided to do a bit of baking.  These Maple Pecan Cupcakes with maple syrup buttercream icing and caramelised nuts are another recipe from the Primrose Bakery (see the vanilla ones I made here) and are amazingly tasty.  Definitely a good replacement for traditional pecan pie.  The recipe was the winner of a competition to raise money for the bakery’s Wellbeing of Women charity and you can find it here.