I don’t think it gets more magical than a little greenhouse + twinkle lights + allll the pumpkins. While trying to figure out where I was going to put all these pumpkins from my latest trip to the produce auction, I spotted my little, still empty greenhouse out in the yard and instantly had a vision of a magical little backyard fall scene. I pulled all the props, planters, baskets, and pieces used around and inside the greenhouse from my garage or shed and dug some old Christmas lights out from storage. I had so much fun setting it up and I wish I could pick it up and transport it all over for more people to enjoy it! Sometimes you gotta do something just for fun and forget about how practical it is!Read More
Pumpkin season is here and y’all know I’m officially pumpkin OBSESSED. Last year, I even went to a pumpkin AUCTION and bought an entire truckload of pumpkins just for my own decor (and I used every single one, and could have probably used more!). Since I invest so much time and money in pumpkins each year, I’m always on the lookout for new ideas for keeping my pumpkins fresh and pretty through the end of October. I’ve rounded up every single trick, tip, and hack for caring for your pumpkins and keeping them looking their best through the entire fall season.Read More
Join us for a fun fall workshop with Bloomed Roots at the Amsden! Each attendee will get to a small/medium pumpkin and four to five succulents to create their arrangement! Choose from various colors/styles of pumpkins as well as succulents, so you can make your arrangement completely your own! Bailey with Bloomed Roots will also go over the basics of caring for succulents, how to care for your arrangement, and how to transplant the succulents after Halloween! Purchase your tickets below to reserve your spot!Read More
What better way to celebrate our first fall weekend than with a makeover giveaway?! I've partnered with two of my local favorites, Springhouse Gardens + Kayla Weber Art to bring you the perfect collection of fall plants + decor for decorating your mantle, porch, or entryway! The winner of the giveaway will also receive custom styling of the items in your home by me! This giveaway includes: 3 mums from Springhouse Gardens; 2 pumpkins from Springhouse Gardens; mini fall painting by Kayla Weber Art; framed vintage equestrian print from Miss Molly Vintage; 3 basket planters from Miss Molly Vintage; vintage lantern + vintage glass bottle from Miss Molly Vintage; and custom styling by Miss Molly Vintage.
This giveaway was my favorite to date and I hope to do many more of these soon! Thanks again to King's Gardens and Peddler's Mall Stores for collaborating with us on this fun project. Leslie who lives downtown in the North Limestone area of Lexington was our winner and I just loved the character and charm of her adorable house (that painted brick + trim!). It ended up being such a perfect porch for our giveaway and had plenty of room for all of the decor.
I began by nestling this fall sign in the corner and placed the hay bale in front of it at an angle. I topped the hay bale with one of our festival blankets, a brass lantern, and vintage planter overflowing with pumpkins and gourds. The larger vintage brass planter and mum fit perfectly in the little nook right in front of the hay bale.
I love how all these fall colors pop against the pale blue of the house! Below you can see the other side of the door where I placed the vintage vase with wheat, and a couple other pumpkins. Leslie already had this larger potted plant that blended in perfectly with the rest of our decor.
I also added the faux fern wreath to the cute, bright front door for an extra pop of color. The fodder shocks were the final touch which I was able to tie around this beautiful column on the porch. I had a few more mini pumpkins so I lined them up the stair ledges leading up to the porch too! I was thrilled that Leslie loved her porch makeover and shared a photo on Instagram as soon as she saw it! Thank you so much to all who participated in this giveaway and I can't wait to do more makeovers like this in the future!
If you love soft-baked, chewy, melt-in-your-mouth cookies- these pumpkin + oat chocolate-chip cookies are for you! I have to admit, I have never loved oatmeal cookies, but the addition of oats to these cookies is so necessary. It compliments the pumpkin perfectly, adding the perfect texture and flavor. I also added A LOT of chocolate chunks because I can never have too much chocolate in my life. These are a perfect easy and quick fall dessert that everyone will love (they will make your whole house smell amazing while baking!).
makes 3-4 dozen
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups packed light-brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin puree
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks, pieces, or chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all your dry ingredients (flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg) in a mixing bowl and stir until combined.
2. Using a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer, cream your butter and both sugars until blended. Add egg, vanilla, and pumpkin and continue to blend until creamy and smooth.
3. Slowly add in your dry ingredients while continuing to mix on low speed.
4. Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans by hand with a mixing spoon.
5. *Very Important* Let the batter sit for at least 10 minutes at room temperature before scooping- this will allow the oats to soak up the moisture of the wet ingredients so your cookies don't spread too much while baking!
6. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Scoop out dough, form into about 2 inch balls, and place on cookie sheet a couple of inches apart. You can press a few chocolate chunks into the top of each cookie if you want them to be more visible.
7. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool completely on cookie sheets and store in an air-tight container (or you can refrigerate!).
recipe slightly adapted from Cooking Classy
YUM! These actually have the texture of no-bake cookies even after baking, which I love! The pumpkin makes them super soft but the chocolate chips, pecans, and oats add a great texture so they aren't too gooey. I love pumpkin desserts that aren't over-kill (I don't want to feel like I'm eating potpourri!) and these have the perfect hint of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg without being overpowering. You could even mix in different nuts or candy pieces if you wanted to (white chocolate chips, walnuts, etc.). This recipe is so easy and a definite crowd pleaser, not to mention it makes A LOT of cookies in one batch (which could be dangerous if you keep eating them all day like I have been...oops).
As a classic horror movie fanatic, I always have to fit a haunted Halloween room into my fall decor. I love all the creepy cloth, spider webs, moss, crows, skulls, and all things spooky that go into my space! I'm constantly collecting things that might fit in to my various spooky themes and it really is super easy to create haunted decor even if you are on a budget! There are many staple items you can get for cheap that you will use year after year even if you slightly change your style. Creepy cloth, spider webs, and moss are all items that you can add to just about any decor to make it look instantly creepy! I also use my fake crows and skull heads year after year (both are from Michael's and you can get them super cheap off-season or with their weekly coupons!). Other items that are good for building a spooky look are candlesticks, antique portraits, and old books (all of mine are vintage from various thrift stores, garage sales, or peddler malls). I also added some gray and green pumpkins and gourds to my space because I can't get enough fall produce throughout the house. One of my favorite things is the giant twig wreath above my mantle that I found for a couple of dollars at a garage sale this summer- it is the perfect spooky wreath! I added a pop of color with some simple arrangements using Trader Joe's "pumpkin trees" and eucalyptus bunches. Enjoy my spooky + rustic Halloween kitchen!
Going into Williams Sonoma is a dangerous move for me because I always want to buy EVERYTHING! My dream is to have a pantry filled with shelves of all their baking mixes, spices. oils, and beautifully packages items. I had been eyeing this pumpkin loaf pan for a couple of years now and decided I just had to get it this year! I do not have the patience for serious baking so this is a great way for me to make something pretty with little to no work! Of course they had samples of this delicious pumpkin chocolate chunk quick bread while I was in the store and I ended up grabbing a bag of that mix too! Even better, right now all pumpkin items at Williams Sonoma are 20% off- so there's no excuse not to try this super easy fall treat!
All you need is:
1 cup water
1 stick of butter (melted-plus some more for greasing the pan)
Williams Sonoma Nordic Ware Pumpkin loaf pan (optional)
Gather all your ingredients and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Grease your loaf pan well (this will ensure that your quick bread comes out easily and beautifully without any imperfections). I used a stick of butter to rub down the inside of the pan thoroughly and then brushed it additionally with some melted butter.
Add all your ingredients to a large mixing bowl together (I used my stand mixer to make the recipe even easier!)
Mix your ingredients thoroughly using a hand mixer, stand mixer, or just a mixing spoon! Your batter should be creamy with no lumps when you are done.
Pour your batter into your greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes (you can be sure it's done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean).
Let your bread cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes before you flip it over on a wire rack (this is an essential step to your bread coming out of the pan perfectly!).
Isn't it beautiful?! This pumpkin bread is so rich and moist and makes a perfect breakfast or dessert! I love the addition of the chocolate chunks- they surprisingly don't make it too sweet and really balance out the pumpkin flavor. The pan was a breeze to use and I had no problems with the bread slipping right out after baking and cooling. I can't wait to try some more recipes in it, but this quick bread is definitely a go-to from now on whenever I need a quick , easy, and delicious fall dessert!