Christmas Wreaths

Yep, I’m a sucker for wreaths. I love trying to copy cat them and come up with my own creations as well. I thought I’d share some fun finds with all of you!!

 

1. Berry Wreath

2. Wish Wreath

3. Shimmer Wreath

4. Book & Coffee Filter Wreath

5. Star Wreath

6. Upcycled Felt Wreath

7. Santa’s Keys

8. Felted Sweater Wreath

 

Do you have a special wreath that you display during the holiday season?

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Buttercream Frosting

Do I have your attention? I know we just went from Thanksgiving to Christmas as far as the season goes but I had to share this recipe from yesterday. I felt like whipping up something other then pie {cause you know, we have like 10 of those in my house!!}. Pumpkin screams Fall so I decided on these Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Buttercream Frosting. They were a hit and oh so yummy! The frosting is very rich but spoon licking good. I added the candy corn for a little pop of color and well you know how I feel about candy corn if you’ve been following along 😉

 

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Buttercream Frosting

Adapted from Made in Mel’s Kitchen

Pumpkin Cupcakes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside.  In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the  brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and eggs. Beat on medium speed until well combined.  Add dry ingredients, and mix on low until smooth. Fold in pumpkin puree.

Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about halfway. Bake until tops spring back when touched, and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pans once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

Makes ~ 18 cupcakes.

Source: Adapted from MarthaStewart.com.

Salted Caramel Buttercream

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

In a saucepan, stir together granulated sugar and water.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Cook without stirring until mixture turns a deep amber color, about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and slowly add in cream and vanilla, stirring until very smooth.  Let caramel cool for about 20 minutes, until it is just barely warm and still pourable. Alternatively, you could use just under 1/2 cup of your favorite caramel sauce.

In a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and salt together until lightened and fluffy.  Reduce speed to low and add powdered sugar.  Mix until thoroughly combined.
Scrape down the side of the bowl and add the caramel.  Beat on medium high speed until light and airy, and completely mixed (about 2 minutes).  Mixture should be ready to use without refrigeration.  If your caramel was too hot when added, it will cause your icing to be runny.  If this happens refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
What do you think? Are you a pumpkin fan?

Candy Corn: A Love/Hate Relationship

Funny post name uh? Well let me explain. I love candy corn. But then I love it so much that it hurts my tummy. Then I hate it. Does that explain my madness? Well good 😉 Now we can move on. In honor of my relationship with candy corn, I am sharing some fun candy corn “stuff” with all of you. Some edible, some decorative.

Fun and fabulous Candy Corn decor 

  1. Candy corn bottles
  2. Candy corn bunting 
  3. Candy corn cones
  4. Candy corn candle {i love this blue chair!}
  5. Candy corn {wooden}
  6. Candy corn candle
  7. Candy corn banner
  8. Candy corn decor

Sweet & salty Candy Corn treats

  1. Sparkling candy corn cookies
  2. Candy corn sugar cookie bars
  3. Candy corn krispie treat 
  4. Candy corn crunch
  5. Sweet & salty Halloween treats
  6. Scarecrow Treats
  7. Candy corn pretzel rods
  8. Candy corn cupcakes

 

Are you a fan of candy corn or not so much?

 

 


 

15 Pumpkin Recipes

Ah yes, Fall has arrived {said while wearing the coziest sweater ever}. It’s time for hay rides, apple picking, you pick pumpkin patches or if you are short on time you can just visit your local grocery store and ‘pick your own’. 😉 I’m just saying, you have options!!

With that being said, I am sharing 15 pumpkin recipes that look amazing!!

  1. Pumpkin spice hot cocoa
  2. Cinnamon cupcakes with pumpkin pie frosting
  3. Pumpkin caramel spice cookies
  4. 2 ingredient pumpkin cookies

 

  1. Triple chocolate pumpkin pie
  2. Ooey gooey caramel pumpkin brownies
  3. Pumpkin lust cake
  4. Pumpkin pie granola

 

  1. Cinnamon sugar pumpkin spice donuts
  2. Pumpkin spice latte
  3. Pumpkin cinnamon rolls
  4. Pumpkin coffee cake

 
Do you love pumpkin? Please share your favorite pumpkin recipe — I’d love to make it and share it here!!

Halloween Decorating

What a spooky, crazy and fabulous holiday Halloween is. I just finished up the inside of my house and what fun I had. I love doing the mantel change up for every season and of course I always do the niches and buffet table in my dining room. This year I was inspired by Tatortots and Jello and her fabulous kitchen cabinet display. I had to do a little something to mine as well. It’s not quite as amazing as her’s but I do love it!! I already picked up some red and white dishes to do it up again for Christmas.

Here is my decorated cabinet. I picked up the black and white striped/polka dots goodies at where else? HomeGoods. I also bought the adorable scalloped cake plate there. The bowls I already had and the coffee mugs came from Anthropolgie awhile ago. I adore them. Oh, the owls? Target bargain bin and Marshalls. My shopping spots are pretty much consistent if you couldn’t tell 😉

My mantel which I love. Please note the little pumpkin guy and his sparkly sign. I don’t remember where I got him but he’s one of my favorite Halloween decorations ever. The sign came from the gift shop at High Hill Ranch at Apple Hill.

I made this Halloween chalkboard last year. I used an old frame and a friend wrote on it for me. I loved her writing so much that I left it alone from last year. Thankfully she used a chalkboard pen so it lasted. I found the black garland at Michaels, the candleholders hold cute little pumpkins and I made the Trick or Treat bunting with scrapbook paper and stickers.Oh, also I added a Candy Corn candle from Yankee to make the room smell like Halloween.

Then I got a little crafty and painted some pumpkins with chalkboard paint – warning, the paint peels off easy so be gentle. I used some scraps of b&w fabric and a spooky spider place setting. This is the first thing people see when they walk through my front door.

I also got crafty and made this easy and cute rag bunting. I cut a piece of twine that was a little longer then the mirror in my dining room and cut strips of fabric that I had on hand. I think it really adds a pop of color to my giant black mirror. What do you think?

 

Of course behind the dining room table is the buffet table. I found this adorable Boo set at Hallmark. I scooped up the second to the last one and then my friend got the last one the next day. Isn’t it fun? The tiny skeletons in the jar came from the Dollar Store. A whole strand of them was only a $1. I picked up several. I found the shiny pumpkin at Marshalls and the shiny candle holder was on clearance at HomeGoods. I just set a real pumpkin on top.

We also have a Halloween Countdown sign. I picked it up last year at JoAnn’s but I’m pretty sure I saw them again this year. The kids have fun counting down the days.

I already had this wreath up for Fall but I set a little Boo sign inside of it to ‘spook’ it up a bit.

 

I’m linking up to the following awesome bloggers:

Rock n Roll Halloween Wreath

OK — so I am on this tulle wreath kick. First the Autumn one and then I made this one, well the base of it and a friend messaged me and said, “I need a Halloween wreath NOW“. {she was quite bossy so I felt like I had to oblige ;)} I explained what I was creating and she popped over to take a peak. Well I had picked up some accessories and we decided that some creepy skull heads and black roses would give it it just the right added touch. I wrapped it up today and can we say creepy love? It came out so fun and looks very rock n roll to me.

Supplies needed:

  • Wreath form {I used straw} I picked mine up at WalMart but you can also get them at JoAnn or Michaels.
  • Tulle and lots of it. I think I used about 4-5 yards on one wreath? The basic tulle is $1.49-1.99/yard and the fancy glittery stuff can run you $5.99/yard. I only added a bit of that for extra oomph and it saved me some cashola. I shop at JoAnn’s where they always seem to have a coupon. They also have an app for the iPhone that allows you to download the coupons right then and there. They use them right off of your phone. Easy enough, right?
  • Accessories or embellishments {whatever you wanna call them!} I shopped around but really didn’t have luck anywhere besides Michael’s. The skulls and roses come on long stems and run $1.99/each.

Basically it’s an easy, sit in front of the TV kinda craft {the best kind!}. The length of your fabric will depend on your wreath form. Cut lots and lots and lots or strips. Then tie them, twice and continue on. Kinda like Keep Calm and Tie On 😉 Just keep on going. At the very end I give it a little trim by pulling the pieces up straight and trimming. I feel like a stylist during this part. For a minute I feel like I should have gone been a hairdresser. Then I know that is not a great idea and I keep on crafting! There is also excessive amounts of tulle scraps and glitter all over my couch. And me. And the house. It’s OK. Make a mess, have fun and clean up later.

Once you have completed phase one, move on to phase two. Cut down the embellishments just enough so that you can stick them in the straw and kinda play with where you want them. You might have to add some hot glue to make it good and permanent.

Voila — you now have an awesome Rock n Roll Halloween Wreath.

I am linking up to some awesome linky parties this week:

 

Free Halloween Printables

Ah yes — Halloween Printables as found across the web. Click on the picture and it will take you to the original site where you can say thank you and print away 🙂

These chevron printables from Two Twenty One are super fun!

 

I love this version of Keep Calm from Craftily Ever After. Very clever!!

You can also find this Eat, Drink and be Scary at Craftily Ever After.

 

Crafts & Such created an If the Broom Fits and there are several colors to choose from.

I think Subway art is such a fun way to be descriptive about seasons. How about this one over at Eighteen 25?

 Party Box Designs has several free printables for a Halloween Party. I really like this one as it looks sketched.

Another subway art over at It Works For Bobbie.

 

Craft Gossip offers this one.

Halloween Giveaway

I have been wanting to do this for some time and I figured, there us no time like the present so here we go — The first ever monthly giveaway at The Local Honey. Now, I love to shop so I am picking up things I love to give to YOU!

Ready.Set.Win!

A few things for Halloween fun.

  • Wilton cookie cutters
  • Black and white polka dot cupcake wrappers – 75 included
  • Wilton Halloween sprinkles
  • Candy Corn tissue 
  • Darling signs {3} – Halloween Fun, Gimme the Creeps and Scaredy Cat
  • Martha Stewart Goodie Bags {8} – various prints
  • Spooky banner

What do you need to do to win?

    • Please follow me on Twitter or Facebook {if you don’t already}. Make sure to leave a comment so I know you are a new follower.
    • Subscribe to my blog.
    • Leave a comment below by finishing this sentence. “My favorite Halloween ever was _______________________.” Be descriptive!!

On September 28th I will choose my favorite comment. I will then contact the winner via email and voila, on October 1st the package will ship to the winner!!

I’m also asking that you pass this giveaway on to friends and family — again via email, Twitter and Facebook. The more I grow — the more I can GIVE!

Thanks to those of you who already follow along. I {heart} you guys!

 

 

Apple Cider Floats

Did you know that Apple Hill Season has officially started? Yep — Labor Day is the opening season kick off for many of the Apple Orchards. With that comes apples {duh!} and an abundance of apple treats. I saw this recipe at Rachel Ray and now I want it. We always pick up cider when we make an Apple Hill run. That and donuts. And pie. And apple cake. The list goes on and on. 😉

Apple Cider Floats – Rachel Ray Magazine

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1 tablespoon caramel sauce
  • Grated nutmeg

Directions

  • In small saucepan, heat cider with cinnamon stick. Pour cider into 2 float glasses. Top with ice cream, caramel sauce and grating of nutmeg. Serve with spoon.

 

Last year I shared this post on Apple Hill. There is so much to do and so many foods to eat!! Do you visit Apple Hill? If so, do you have a favorite spot?

Fall Porches

If you know me, you know I adore Fall. That is really an understatement. I am giddy when I see the first leaf fall and when there is a breeze knocking off a whole bunch of leaves? Wow. My heart smiles. I am just all about every part of it except for the fact that the season goes way too fast. Then I feel sad. Thankfully when Fall ends, we are heading into Christmas so it helps settle the pain a little 😉 Then I go broke while Christmas shopping and that is a whole other issue. Ha ha!

So why Fall? The air is crisper, Apple Hill is open, it just feels like the air is alive in Fall!! Everyone is getting excited about Halloween, Fall Festivals and the change of seasons. I love all of the vibrant colors mixed with the earthy wonder. Brown, red, orange. It’s just all so lovely. Yesterday was a breezy Fall like day here so I decided it was the perfect day to do some yard work. At one point I just sat and watched the leaves fall. I think it was the best part of my day. So lovely!! In honor of my favorite season, I wanted to share some Fall porches with you. So I am scouring the web today and below are my finds. Enjoy!!

Source Unknown

Better Homes and Garden

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Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

HGTV

Better Homes and Garden

I hope you are inspired!! I know I am 🙂 The first official day of Fall is September 22nd but I like to do my kick off on September 1st. My house — my rules, right??