Points to Ponder

What I’m Into: October 2015

Hey hey everyone and hope you’re enjoying this spectacular season.

Here are some things either myself or my family has been into lately:

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So simple but oh so good. Breakfast of champions for this Mama.

Home Fires, a newer Masterpiece show on PBS. Why do I like British shows so much better than American ones? No idea, except the fact that a majority of American ones are crap anymore. Personal opinion.

Yarn. Cooler weather seems to make me want to knit or crochet lots more. Right now I’m experimenting with an asymmetric ¬†poncho design.

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Last month in my “What I’m Into” post I mentioned our school fundraiser and the Candy Land theme. Well folks, it happened last week and it was a blast! This is a pic of one of our decorated areas–hula hoops covered in paper and glittered letters spelling out the word SWEET. Now I can breathe a sigh of relief that it’s over except for a few post-Race things to wrap up.

Beautiful fall sunrises and sunsets. I snapped this picture last week one morning. That is an Amish neighbor’s farm in the background.

I haven’t went out to snap any leaf shots, but this past week they have gotten super beautiful in our area!

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My crew at an orchard. I loved this big pumpkin pile.

Speaking of pumpkins, I’ve been really into making roasted pumpkin seeds. Such a great little snack.

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Precious moments. These two had no idea I took this picture until after the fact! I heard my 10 and 12 year old kids in my bedroom one Sunday morning chattering among themselves. Here my son was helping his sister brush her hair. Way too sweet!

Well, that’s it for now and thanks for checking in!

Craft/DIY Ideas

Canning Jar Band Pumpkin

I am such a huge copycat sometimes and this little project is no exception. Granted, I do have a lot of at least semi-original ideas, but some are just imitations of other cute ideas I’ve seen and just put my own little twist on. To be fair, I always try to acknowledge my source of inspiration and I am incredibly grateful when others do the same for me. For this project I completely fell in love with Simply Klassic Home’s canning lid pumpkin¬†and knew I had to try making one.

This was a snap to make and only used a few materials, all of which I had on hand.

For the stem I rolled a length of burlap and glued down. I trimmed this up a bit as well.

Then, simply gather a bunch of canning jar bands of the same size and run a string or twine through their middles. Gather and tie around the stem. Arrange bands so that the tied portion is covered up and there are no major gaps.

I added a green felt leaf for some of the pictures and tried it without for others.

As you can see, I didn’t try to clean up or pretty up my canning bands.

Some are newer, but others are well-worn and loved.

Happy Fall Y’all!

Rachel

Recipes

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

If you’re not in the mood for fall just yet, this pumpkin pie smoothie may have you looking forward to the coming season.

Unlike some of my other dessert recipes, this one is actually pretty healthy for you.

I whipped this up yesterday when it was pretty hot and humid.

Needless to say, it was pretty refreshing and tasty.

Here’s a brief summary of what I used to make my smoothie. You can change up the ingredients and/or amounts a bit to your liking:

1/2 frozen banana, cut in chunks

1/3 C canned pumpkin

1/3 C plain or greek yogurt

1/2-3/4 C milk

vanilla

ice cubes

cinnamon/nutmeg/cloves

Place all ingredients in a blender to mix.

Oh, and a dollop of whipped cream on the top!

Points to Ponder

Welcome October!

After an extremely rainy and dreary September, we finally got a gorgeous fall day here in PA. Sunny, fairly warm, and with a light breeze–we couldn’t ask for a more beautiful October day. Even though it’s past the 1st day in October, I wanted to list some of the things I’m looking forward to this month and this fall in general:

Fall foliage. I never realized how much I took this for granted until I heard the viewpoint of someone who grew up in a climate where the seasons don’t really change.

Wearing jeans and sweaters again.

Pretty pumpkins!

Apples–picking them, eating them, apple pie, applesauce, apple butter, …..

Soup weather. My best friend and I both swear we could eat some kind of soup every day. Now that it’s not 100 degrees and humid out, I feel like making soup more often.

Warm drinks. I’m a total coffee girl (black, please!), but I also dig my hot teas, cocoa, and hot apple cider.

Halloween candy and treats. I’m not very into Halloween itself, but I’m a sweet tooth and can’t resist those cutely packaged little goodies! Wow, that’s a lot of food-type things on my list. It’s a good thing I also enjoy exercising outside in the fall, huh?

That’s my general list. I’ll quickly add that I also love what I call good sleeping weather. We often crack a window in our bedroom at night to let in that crisp feeling air. Now, how about you? What do you love about the fall?

Craft/DIY Ideas, Uncategorized

Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial

Fall is officially here and I’m starting to see pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! Today I’m going to show you how to make some easy-peasy fabric pumpkins. For me, the beauty of using fabric (besides the fact that I just plain love it) is that it comes in such a variety of colors, patterns, and textures. This is also a great project to use upcycled pieces, like the sweater I used to make the blue pumpkin shown here.

My little line-up of fabric pumpkins.

Wanna make some for yourself? Here’s how I did it:

Choose the fabric you want to use. Just about any kind will work for this project!

Check out this fabric I found at a thrift store. I got @2 yards for something like $2! I just used some to make something for a friend and I thought it would make a sharp looking pumpkin.

Cut your fabric into a circle--pretty much any size will do.
Using needle and thread, sew a basting stitch around the perimeter of your circle. Pull slightly on it as you go--notice how mine is starting to gather.
Go the whole way around, leaving an opening at the top. Don't snip that thread yet!
Take a strip of burlap (or felt), fold in half lengthwise, and proceed to roll up a bit. This will be your stem, so you can decide how thick you want it to be. Use hot glue to hold together.

After this step, stuff gathered fabric with polyfil or fabric scraps. Hot glue around base of stem, insert into the opening of the pumpkin, and pull thread taut. At this point I made a couple of tiny stitches to hold into place as well, then was able to snip my thread.

One made from upcycled sweater material.
A trio of blue pumpkins.
Whooo....loves pumpkins?