Fall Is Here!

I am oh so happy Fall is finally here, it’s not only my favorite season but this year it marks one year as Canadians. It’s beautiful here in the Fall and I have enjoyed crafting with the windows open while the kiddos are at school. I only had time to create a few things for my shop this season but am really excited about what I made. If you are interested you can visit my shop, designsBYmcm on Facebook.

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Quick & Inexpensive Fall Table

Even though I still have about 20 boxes of decorations to unpack we were thrilled to have our first guests over for dinner. A good friend from graduate school lives in upstate NY and visits Ottawa frequently. We decided to invite them over for an early Canadian Thanksgiving and catch up a little. I found a few yummy recipes from Good House Keeping (see below) that we decided to give a try. They ended up being a little more difficult than expected but Rob is a great cook and everything turned out amazing.

While he was prepping the food I decided to take a challenge Jen from iHeartOrganizing recently gave us and attempt to throw together a festive table setting. I am no design expert but enjoy learning through practice and trial and error. Since a lot of our decor is still packed I had to get creative with what I could find and my goal was to spend less than $15. It took about 20 minutes to put this together using what I could find around the house. I ended up buying paper napkins, mini pumpkins, and a floral arrangement putting me at about $20 CAD.

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The table and chairs are a recent purchase from IKEA, Mockelby table ($699 CAD/USD) and INGOLF chairs ($59.99 CAD/$49.99 USD). It was the first time we were able to use the set and I just love it. The table is a great size for 4-6 adults and 2 kids at each end. There was plenty of room for all of the food without getting in the way. The table is heavy and sturdy which I also appreciate with littles around.

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When I think of fall I think of bright yellows and oranges mixed with deep purples and greens. While we were shopping at the store for our dinner menu I found this beautiful bouquet. We also picked out a few small pumpkins. I just love the white ones. A little different and great for kids to doodle on for a little extra personalization. If you have a large party coming you can also tags each pumpkin with names for a subtle seating chart.

Underneath are a variety of lace dollies I have collected over the years at thrift and antique stores. I just layered different sizes and shapes on top one another until it looks complete. This was the first time I was able to use them and was so excited with how well they worked on the table.

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I picked up the napkins at And That this past weekend when we were in NY for $3.99/pack of 75. I always have mason jars around for baking or a spin on drinking glasses. The lids were from a co op purchase I did a few years ago for Parker’s first birthday party.

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I managed to locate a few things to help decorate the buffet. It’s unnecessary but in my opinion always a nice touch to write out the menu for a dinner party. White boards are easy to make with an old frame, piece of light colored paper and a white board marker.

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As I mentioned a little earlier we decided to try a few new recipes from Good House Keeping. We couldn’t find any squash and forgot to buy the sherry vinegar but we made it work! I definitly recommend these recipes.

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Cider-Glazed Pork & Apples  |  Crispy Roasted Potatoes with Caper Vinaigrette  |  Thyme-Scented Squash Gratin

The food was amazing, company was fun, and we had a wonderful evening entertaining our first of hopefully many guests over the next few years.

Fall Subway Print

I am getting into the spirit of fall and decided to make a little something for our home to replace the spring print I still have in the frame, oops. I had trouble weeding out some words since there are so many that remind me of fall!

Head on over to My Crafting Attic on Facebook to get a free download!
Harlow Solid Italic | Berlin Sans FB Demi | Always In My Heart | Bleeding Cowboy | ChunkyNess | KG Ways To Say Goodbye | Xiomara | Rio Grande | Aajax Surreal Freak | Budmo | Okay | Halo Hand Letter Rosewood | The Dead Salon | Respective 2.0

 

Edible Acorns

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We are currently on vacation in Outer Banks, NC this week so my Mom and I thought it would be a great time to work on a few Pinterest projects we had seen for the Fall. Today we chose a recipe to make edible acorns over at Two Twenty One. We made a few adjustments to how we made ours and they turned out adorable and oh so yummy!

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This recipe only calls for three ingredients (mini chocolate chips, Hershey Kisses, and round mini Nutter Butter cookies) and takes about 10 minutes to whip up a batch.

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The trickiest part is separating the cookies making sure there is still some peanut butter on each one. You have my permission to snack on any that don’t 😉

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After unwrapping the Hershey Kisses, and eating a few, press them against the inside of the Nutter Butter cookie. The peanut butter serves as a glue to keep them together.

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Once you have assembled all of the Hershey Kisses and Nutter Butter cookies take a plate and sit it under a stream of hot water upside down.

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Grabbing about 5 chocolate chips at a time place them right side up on the hot plate for a few seconds, just long enough to start melting.

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Place the chocolate chip on the top and press down gently. The melted bottom helps adhere to the top of the Nutter Butter cookie.