With Halloween just five days away, my mind is already turning for the perfect dish to bring to Thanksgiving dinner. Each year, we have the family over to my parent's house. All of the Aunts and Uncles, and cousins. Its great to get together and catch up since we don't see each other much outside of holidays.
I usually try to bring something outside of the traditional dishes. For those of you who don't know me personally, not a lot about myself is traditional. And it isn't that I'm against tradition, I just like to keep things interesting! I'm not quite sure what I'll bring to contribute yet, but I think along with my side dish, I'd like to bring a Fall cookie as well. And this one might just fit the bill!
I found this Pumpkin Breakfast Cookie recipe over on Pinterest and knew I had to give it a shot! Ya'll….I don't even like pumpkin. But that fall inspired ingredient list and those fall smells just sucked me in!
Regina over at Leelalicious has perfected these cookies over the years, so all of you pumpkin lovers are going to want this recipe at an easy reach. Just don't skip out on any ingredients! I was out of coconut oil and tried to make a batch without it. Bad decision. Such a bad decision that I had to throw the entire batch away. Even Dane, who claims to eat anything, spit them back out!
I love how extremely easy these cookies are to make! The recipe instructions didn't specify mixing all dry ingredients together and then adding it to the bowl of mixed wet ingredients, so I added each ingredient into my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Only one bowl to clean in the end! One bowl cookie recipe for the win! Woot woot!
After soaking in the smell for a good 15-20 minutes, I couldn't wait long enough for them to fully cool. I just had to give them a taste! For a girl not liking pumpkin, I have to say they really weren't that bad! They had a good taste, but I think I would've enjoyed them more if I actually liked pumpkin.
Definitely give these cookies a try and let us know your favorite Fall recipes!
A few months ago, Heather was at a conference for the American Society of Interior Designers in Washington, DC. At the same time, my mom was taking a trip with my Aunt and Grandpa to Cleveland, OH. That left me at home for the weekend to watch the dogs, and my dad at home to do the same with his two dogs. I had a table to build for a client, so I figured I would have my dad come over and help me build the table. Free labor never hurts and he didn't complain about the free lunch either!
My dad is not the most handy guy on the planet. His general idea of 'repair' is to jimmy-rig something and to do it quick and dirty. Although there are a few things he is surprisingly good at.....anything lawn care related (he knows everything about grass) and somehow he knows how to do electrical work. Anyway, I figured he was bored at home and it would give us a chance to spend some time together. The time I mostly get to spend with my dad is on our annual ski trips to Colorado where its just me and him for a few days in the mountains. My mom did not care much for skiing or the cold weather growing up.
When I was younger, my dad and I never really got to do projects together. He traveled a lot for his job, and between playing on multiple baseball and hockey teams, (of which he never missed a game) there was never time for the typical father / son bonding. Our relationship was mostly us talking about sports related topics or me calling him to ask where things were in a grocery store. So I figured this table build was a good chance for us to spend a day together and for me to teach him a little something about woodworking.
He came over pretty early on Saturday morning and we headed over to the local lumber yard to get the needed materials. It was nice not to have to move large and heavy wood boards by myself and I got to teach him how to select quality lumber. After we got the lumber back to my house, I showed him a rough sketch of what we were building, and I put him to work helping me use the jointer and the planer; tools he didn't even know existed! We quickly worked the lumber, making sure it was mostly square and that each board that would become the table top had a nice square edge to make for an easy glue up.
After we got done milling the boards down to size, I gave him the cut list so that he could help me check them off as I went. Next it was assembly time. Since it was a nice summer day, we decided to do the building outside and work on our farmers tans. We built the base in no time! It was just a matter of taking the previously cut boards, following the plans, and in a couple hours we had a very sturdy base. It was nice to have an extra set of hands which helped with a lot of the monotonous work like countersinking screws and adding clamps after glue was applied.
In the nineties and early two thousands, my dad had run a small lawn care company. I don't think it was ever his full-time job, but I know in the Spring/ Summer/ Fall of each year, he worked liked a mad man! He would come home from a full-time job and go straight out to do lawn care. And in the time in between, he was working at a local grocery store chain in St. Louis called Schnuck's. He has worked at least part time there since he was in High School. One thing my dad never lacked was work ethic. He has a heart of gold and will work like a mule with no complaints.
My mom and grandparents all had incredible work ethics too, so I grew up with great role models in that sense. I worked part-time through college and after graduation always had a full-time and a part-time job. I believe that my dad and I share a common trait in that we do not like to sit still, and having multiple jobs is a way to ensure we constantly have something to do.
After a few more hours of talking about life, business, family, the Cardinals, the Blues, and of course planning our next ski trip, (something we both always looked forward to) the table was complete! Well, it was mostly assembled. The base was built and the top was in the clamps for the glue to cure overnight. All I had left to do was cut and attach the breadboard ends, stain, and seal the table. It was a great day to spend with my dad and I got to teach him something new for a change. We both had a great time and I think whenever he finally retires, I may have found a new shop partner.
Have you ever started a project, became bored of it, and then let it sit unfinished....for months? Yeah...Hi, I'm Heather and I'm a procrastinator.
I started this bathroom makeover in December. And unfortunately there is no hiding it because the only 'before' photo I have clearly showcases my Christmas tree. After a few years of my warm and cozy bathroom, I felt it was time for something new and fresh. I was so excited for a new 'light and bright' look! So excited, in fact, that I painted this tiny bathroom in one evening after work. Screw dinner, dishes, and laundry! I had a bathroom to paint!
The color I had chosen was part of Valspar's Historical Society series. They've since dropped the historical marks (shame!) and renamed all of the colors. The new name for this color is Warm Putty (6006-1A). I was first a little disappointed my paint deck was so quickly outdated, but then SUPER thankful I lucked out and have all of the historical colors clearly marked for me.
Being that our house is 105 years old, I felt that the historical color was a perfect way to incorporate the age of our home into the decoration of just about every room in our house. -I'm still working on that.
Although our rooms are all pretty small, we were blessed with 9ft ceilings. So I felt that this tiny bathroom needed an emphasis on the height since there was nothing I could do about the width or length.
I had Dane make me simple wooden shelving for above the toilet, and hung a piece of art I had from Target up high to help draw the eye up. I also scored an ah-mazing vintage mirror from craigslist. It, amazingly, looked IDENTICAL to the mirror I had sketched when planning this bathroom makeover. That never happens!
After everything was finished, the bathroom was still missing something. It didn't give me all the feels I was hoping for. It was missing texture and life! Sooo...I left the bathroom as it was until I could come up with something I loved. Eight months later....haha!
In my defense, life happened. My work schedule picked up, and our build list for our business went crazy! I'm not AT ALL complaining about it either. Building furniture for you guys is what we love to do!
But then it hit me! My tiny bathroom needed pattern! Something that wouldn't compete with the curves of my vintage mirror, or the tight pattern in my art piece. I was inspired by a wall paper I saw in one of Ikea's kitchen displays and decided to recreate it in a pattern size and color palette that worked for my space.
So yeah! I hand sketched a faux wallpaper! It took two evenings, and because it isn't real wallpaper, it'll be easy to paint over if the next homeowner isn't a fan. It was SO easy! I'll write another post on how I did it in case a wall in your house needs something similar.
I honestly couldn't be happier with how it turned out. It's the perfect pop of pattern for that space! Let us know what you think in the comments below! Do you have a wall you'd love to stencil?
We’re Dane and Heather. A husband and wife team obsessed with making (and decorating) new things. Follow along with us for all things happening here at our little house on Dresden Avenue.