Friday, October 2, 2015

five on friday

It's been a wet and dreary week here, with more rain expected for the weekend. I actually don't mind the rain though - we need it and it makes for nice, cozy days. I'm linking up with Five on Friday again this week. Here we go...

Mike and I are going on a little getaway for our upcoming anniversary.  We usually go to Amish Country for a few days every fall, but this year the beach won out. It will be so nice to relax on the beach, do some shopping and eat at a few of our favorite restaurants. I'll miss our little Landon terribly, but he'll be in good hands with his grandma and aunt Nae Nae. I'm hoping to finish up my Christmas shopping while we're there.

After seeing pom pom garland on ebay and Etsy, I wanted some for myself.  I got a set of large and small pom makers to help me out. They are so easy to use!  I make mine as I catch up on my shows on the DVR. Right now I'm working with some neutral color yarns for Thanksgiving garland. I already made some orange and black poms to add to our Halloween decor. 

I ordered a new canvas from Easy Canvas a few weeks ago, which arrived on Tuesday. Now I just have to find the perfect spot to hang it. I couldn't pass up the email I got to save 70% plus free shipping, which allowed me to splurge and get the 16x20 size. This is my favorite picture of my two guys.  If you haven't signed up for Easy Canvas' email list, do it now so you can save too!  

Read-Aloud starts for Landon's class this month. I'm so excited to get to read to all the kids again. Landon has already picked out one of his favorite books for me to start with, Funny Faces Halloween Jack. We have a little song we made up to go along with the story, so we're excited to share that with the class too.  If we have time for two books, I'm going to read Scaredy Crow

Mike and I are both in love with this fireplace entertainment stand from Lowes. That said, we had a strict agreement that after our bathroom remodel AND having to buy a new oven, we would not make any new, unnecessary purchases. I'd still love to have this before the holiday season rolls around, so I'm saving ALL my pennies and watching the Lowes ads for a sale.  

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

pumpkin spice turtles

Being without an oven for a while caused me to get a late start on making all things pumpkin. But don't worry; I'm catching up! Last week I made some espresso-scented pumpkin bread {recipe coming soon} and also finally got to make these pumpkin spice turtles I found on Tastes of Lizzy T's.  I make turtle candies for Christmas every year, so I was excited to add a pumpkin twist and include them in my fall baking. 

Grab some pumpkin spice Hershey's Kisses and try these out. You won't be sorry!  I do recommend unwrapping all the caramels and kisses before you get started. You don't want to give your caramels time to re-set while you unwrap the kisses. 

Pumpkin Spice Turtles

You'll need pretzel squares, Kraft caramel squares, pumpkin spice kisses and pecan halves.

Preheat oven to 350. Place 36 pretzels on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Top each pretzel with a caramel square. Bake for FIVE minutes. 

Remove from oven and top with pumpkin spice Hershey's Kiss. Return to oven for ONE minute.

Remove from oven and gently press pecan half on top of each one. Drizzle with chocolate. Enjoy!!

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Friday, September 25, 2015

five on friday

Wow! This week really went by fast. I'm so ready for the weekend...and some football. Let's Go Mountaineers! I'm happy to be linking up with Five on Friday again this week. Here we go!

I got this new pot from Amazon last week. The one I stole borrowed from my mom was starting to stick and chip, so it was definitely time for a new one. This is from Simply Caphalon. It's the perfect size and the price is  good.

Do you have a bar cart? I'm in love with this one from Target. Mike just laughs at me because we are not drinkers and hardly ever have alcohol in the house. I still love the idea though. I'm pretty sure I'll get one before Thanksgiving. It will look great with some seasonal decor, glasses, little glass bottles of Coke, sparkling water. 

We have an oven again! Tonight I'm going to break it in with my favorite pizza - a Chef Boyardee Cheese Pizza Kit. It really is my favorite pizza.  My sister and I made them all the time growing up, so it's kind of a comfort food too.

I ordered a new book last night. The Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier. I love seasonal cozy mysteries and this one takes you in right from the start.  There's lots of great books in this series. I like them all, but the earlier ones are my favorite.

I'm trying to start an online book club. If you have any recommendations for our first book,  please let me know!

I have a box of Tastefully Simple beer bread that I'm going to try in a new recipe tomorrow using pumpkin. We love beer bread with the spinach herb dip and I'm excited to try this new recipe. I'm also going to be making some pumpkin spice candies. I'll share that recipe next week. 

 Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

on the porch

We spend a lot of time on our front porch. It's especially great now that the days are a bit cooler. 

I was wanting to make the porch look a little cozier for fall, including new cushions, but our budget has been stretched to the max {and then some} this month with our bathroom redo and new oven. So new cushions and pillows were not going to happen. That said, our old cushions looked horribly worn, so something had to be done. 

I remembered two duvets I'd got on sale at Pottery Barn ~ the Vanessa pattern in red ~ and knew it would be the perfect choice. Bright but warm colors and heavy, durable fabric. And FREE! I grabbed the cushions from the porch, my scissors and a box of 2" safety pins and got to work. I'm definitely no seamstress, but you can do great things with safety pins. I wrapped the cushions tightly in the fabric and secured to the underside of the cushion with the pins, just like wrapping a gift almost. I pinned right into the cushion for extra tightness. I could not be happier with how this project turned out. It took me less than an hour to cover two cushions, two pillows and two bolster pillows.  

I still have a few finishing touches to add. I'll post some more pictures on Friday when I have everything finished.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

five on friday

Hooray for Friday! I'm happy to be linking up with Five on Friday this week. Let's get right to it! 

I finally gave in and ordered a new oven. We went with this one from Home Depot. I had planned on getting a bigger oven later on, but since we just did the bathroom remodel and didn't want another big expense, we decided to go with the same size to keep cost down. I'll be so glad to put our toaster oven away and do some real fall baking. That said, I'm also glad Mike picked up a toaster oven on clearance after Christmas last year. It's been a lifesaver and I've baked more in it than I ever thought possible, including meatloaf. I'll post more about the new oven next week, along with some baking tips I've recently come across. 
Landon and I listen to CDs on our way to school and back every day. We have several kid's worship CDS and lots of CDs for Christmas, but nothing for Halloween. I ordered this and this from Amazon yesterday. We'll enjoy these for a while before it's time for Christmas music. Who can't help but love Monster Mash?! It was a graveyard smash after all. 

I'm working on learning to crochet. I got a new hook and some yarn, so I'm ready to go. I've been watching some beginner videos on YouTube and they are great. I don't imagine myself making sweaters, but I'd love to be able to do a small afghan and some cute little hats. It's a relaxing way to spend the evening. Do you have any favorite YouTube crochet videos?

If you follow me on Instagram (I'm ToniaTHC), you'll know I've become slightly addicted to pistachios. I discovered my love for them a few years ago and hate to think of all the pistachio-eating years I've missed. But don't worry - I'm definitely making up for lost time. And I may or may not have the tiniest sore spot on my right finger from cracking the shells. Sigh...

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Cozy fall days just call for a big pot of soup. I'm making this from Damn Delicious tomorrow. I love getting Pasta E Fagioli from Olive Garden and I'm sure this will be just as good, if not better. I'll let you know how it turns out. I'm going to serve it with cornbread muffins. Yum! 

Have a great weekend!!
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Friday, August 21, 2015

five on friday

Hooray for Friday!! It's been a long week settling into our back-to-school routine and getting used to an all day schedule, so I'm definitely glad it's the weekend. Let's jump right in to Five on Friday. 

My sister had surgery on August 11th and will be recovering for quite a while. I got her a few things to make her recovery more enjoyable, including Mayberry-Opoly. We LOVE the Andy Griffith Show and she loves to play Monopoly, so I knew we'd love this game. If you're short on time, there's an hour-long version which is great.  Who doesn't love family game night?!

I also ordered her these delicious chocolate covered strawberries from Shari's Berries. They're arriving later today & I'm hoping she'll share with me. Right now there's a code for 20% off any order. Just use the code GETBERRIES at checkout. 

If you've been following me for a while, you know I can't resist cute pajamas for Landon. I've already been ordering Thanksgiving and Christmas PJs for him. How cute are these sock monkey jammies I found on ebay? They're now in his drawer just waiting for December.  I also ordered him a new pair for Thanksgiving, but...I can't find them. I'm sure they will turn up, hopefully before November. Sigh...

I'm looking for a new camera. I'm going to be taking pictures of my niece for her 16th birthday coming up in October. I'm not a skilled photographer, but we both know what she wants and I think I can pull it off.  This is the one I'm probably going to go with. 

I used to be a big fan of Orange is the New Black on Netflix, then I started watching Wentworth.  It's a bit darker than OITNB, but so good. Wentworth is actually a remake of an older show, Prisoner Cell Block H, which ran from 1979 to 1986. I've started watching it on YouTube and I'm hooked. There's 692 episodes and I'm currently on 70. It should take me a few years to watch, but it's definitely worth checking out. Here's a link to the full series.

Have a great weekend. Our bathroom remodel should be completed next week and I'll be posting all about that and how we're doing in kindergarten.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

bathroom remodel

A few months ago, we noticed a weak spot in our bathroom floor. On closer inspection, we discovered that we'd had a slow water leak under the bathtub for sometime and also some water damage to the walls. Rather than spending money to patch up a few things here and there, we decided to go with a complete overhaul. We're working with a great company and couldn't be happier with how everything is coming along. Right now we're staying at my mom's until the project is finished. Once we're back home, I'll show the finished room and give all the sources. I did want to give a little peek into my design ideas though.  You can follow along on Instagram for some progress pics. I'm ToniaTHC

Have a great day! 
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