DIY Vintage Linen Wrapped Books

Vintage Linen Wrapped Books

Styling a mantle or a book shelf is hard. I like to do it, but it’s hard. When I was younger, I always envisioned that I would have a library in my house with floor to ceiling shelves housing hundreds, probably thousands of books with a ladder that slid across the wall. What I didn’t know is that the houses on T.V. that had such libraries were mansions, the owners millionaires. We do not have a mansion nor millions of dollars, so we two have bookshelves, one mantle, and maybe 50 books (not including kids books; seems like we do have thousands of those). Anyway, styling a mantle or a bookshelf with “new” books can be difficult. A book’s cover most likely was not designed with your bookshelf in mind and unless you have a library, they aren’t going to look particularly pretty. That’s where these easy DIY comes into play. I turned a handful of “new” books into shelf ready decor. ¬†Apologies to anyone if defacing these books is offensive, but the pages remain intact therefore, they are still readable. ūüôā Read More

Nana’s Pumpkin & Raisin Muffins

pumpkin raisin muffins

My nana was a lot of wonderful things in her life, but a cook/baker she was not … with the exception of her perfecting precisely¬†three¬†recipes. The first being her Yorkshire pudding (she was born and raised in Yorkshire, so I think you kind of have to know how to make the pudding), the second being her oatmeal raisin cookies, and the third being these pumpkin and raisin muffins. While most of us don’t bust out the pumpkin recipes till September, October or November, Nana would make these all year round. She was famous for them. They’re unbelievably moist, probably because they call for FOUR eggs, and more vegetable oil than I’d care to acknowledge. Totally worth it though.

I see a lot of pumpkin recipes with chocolate incorporated and I’ve always had the hardest time wrapping my head around that concept.¬†It just doesn’t sound right (or good) to me. Baked pumpkin goods, if made¬†with an accompanying feature ingredient, should be made with raisins, NOT chocolate chips…..IMHO. Why? Because that’s how Nana did it and she never steered me wrong. Read More

DIY Ghost Orb

DIY Ghost Orb

Things have been pretty quiet around here and for that we apologize. Steph and I have both had pretty hectic Septembers (are there any other kind??). But this weekend marked the first weekend of October and I was finally in the mood to do some Halloween crafting and decorating. I’ve had the idea for this project in the back of my mind since we did the DIY pool orbs for the 4th of July. The idea of pairing something as simple as a balloon with the re-useable battery operated tea light is so, so simple and seems to lend itself to any kind of holiday or celebration (my wheels are turning for a Christmas-themed balloon orb project!).

I’d actually never tried the cheesecloth ghosts which have been all over Pinterest for years. However, as I pondered ways to incorporate the orb into Halloween, my mind kept coming back to the idea of using starched cheesecloth or fabric to drape over the lit balloon. I actually tried it both ways – with cheesecloth and with a basic white cotton fabric. I’ve pictured it both ways but think I prefer the fabric application best. Read More

Fall Travel Destination: Picton, Ontario

picton

Fall is my favorite time of year to travel, I think. Maybe it’s because most of my favorite travel activities are optimal in the fall – eating local fare, hiking, drives in the country, visiting farms and¬†markets. I’m really not much of a lay out on the beach person. I’m far too restless (anxious??) for that.

I recently came across an awesome blog called Compass + Twine. The blog authors, Sarah and Lindsay, document their travels to amazing places, most of which are pretty accessible. They also travel a ton in New England, which, as I’ve previously mentioned, is one of my favorite areas to travel to. They’ve given me several ideas for new places to try out on our next adventure out there and they do such an amazing job of capturing the vibe of the places they visit.

So, when I recently stumbled across a group of pictures from a past trip to Picton, Ontario in the fall, I thought it would be fun to follow their example and share with you why I so highly recommend the area as a fall destination. Read More

Butternut Squash, Wheat Berry, Cranberry & Goat Cheese Salad

Butternut Squash, Wheat Berry, Cranberry & Goat Cheese Salad (Trader Joe's copycat)

It’s rare that I leave Trader Joe’s without at least one of their Butternut Squash & Wheat Berry salads (in the prepared foods section). It’s my favorite salad there, hands down. Unfortunately for me, the nearest Trader Joe’s is about 25 minutes away, so I don’t get out there as much as I’d like to. Fortunately, the ingredients for this salad are easily found at our local grocery store, less than five minutes down the road. This salad is hearty and healthy and will probably go into our¬†weekly rotation come fall, since all the ingredients will be in season! Read More