Wednesday, October 31, 2012

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS : PLAIN

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As promised in this post about my favorite pumpkin seeds, I would share in another post the mister favorite recipe for plain roasted seeds. They taste a bit salt compared to the sugar and spice seeds but in general they kinda have a popcorn like taste to them. They are beyond easy to make and equally delicious. Enjoy!
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ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS : PLAIN
Approx. 10 +/- hours

Ingredients
Oil or Baking Spray
Salt
Seeds

Directions
Rinse and remove pulp. Soak seeds over night in bowl of salt water, to taste. (We used approx 1/2 teaspoon per cup of seeds) water. Oil bottom of baking sheet. Strain seeds and place single layered (flattened out on tray). Sprinkle salt generously over top and bake for 25 minutes on 325. Check and stir seeds 1/2 way thru baking, around 12 minutes. Cool and enjoy! Store in air tight container.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN


I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween. If any of you end up dressing up I would love to see your costumes so please link me to your photos in the comment section below. Trick or Treat! :)
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p.s. I'll be back after lunch with another Pumpkin Seeds recipe :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

SANDGRENS CLOGS

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I wanted to let you all know that the wonderful and ever so popular Ugglebo Clogs has rebranded their company to be Sandgrens Clogs. And now you can find the same high quality clogs plus a line of mens and children's ware over on their new site! With this huge kickoff underway and a new brand identity they are generously hosting a Fall Contest where you could win $500 to Sandgrens Clogs. Holy moly, this is amazing!!! I love, love, love my Ugglebo Clogs and you could surely own a few lovely pairs yourself if you show them your clogs and get yourself entered to win. Best of luck and Happy Tuesday!
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SANDGRENS
 SANDGRENS WEBSITE  //  REBRANDING UGGLEBO CLOGS  //  * FALL CONTEST

* Sandgrens (rebranded from Ugglebo Clogs) Clogs is an affiliated partner with the Adalou Blog. All images © Sandgrens Clogs

TAKE TEN TUESDAYS : CANDY CORN


So do you enjoy candy corn? You do. Well me too! With candy on the brain, as we're only a day away from the biggest candy day of the year, I couldn't help but be inspired by a little candy corn research. Enjoy.
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IMAGE SOURCES //
Bottles  //  Wreath  //  Centerpiece  //  Plush  //  Baby  //  Cheesecake  //  Drink  //  Pretzel Sticks  //  Ring  //  Wreath 2

Monday, October 29, 2012

COLLECTIONS : HALLOWEEN LOLLIPOPS

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With Halloween near I thought it would be fun to share a holiday inspired collection which I found over on etsy. The shop Vintage Confections specializes in edible party sweet treats and I happened to stop these a while back and thought how cool are they... but how creepy it would be to eat these bug, ewww. I'm not to sure how they are made but aren't they so life like. I think so. It kinda reminds me of that time I ate a cricket and gagged it all the way down (true story) hahaha. Anyone else up for eating some bugs? :) Happy Monday!
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IMAGE SOURCE // HALLOWEEN LOLLIPOPS VINTAGE CONFECTIONS ($10.50)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

COLOR PALETTE (29)

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Hope your weekends wonderful. A bit of color inspiration thanks to illustrator Rick Berkelmans titled "Good Times Bad Times". Enjoy!
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Friday, October 26, 2012

WEAR WARE WHERE (47)

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Loving that pretty triangle pendant. And the fox door knocker is so wonderful. Both items would be perfect additions for Fall or maybe in general, all year round. The "where" though... ooo la la! Isn't is gorgeous!!! This amazing structure was created in Seville, Spain and is called Metropol Parasol and is quite the view. Make sure to click on the links below to be redirected to each of the images above, I highly encourage you to link over and see/read more about the "where" the photos are beyond cool. Enjoy and Happy Friday!

And a HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout out to my brother today! I hope you have any awesome birthday Anthony! And eat some cake and ice cream for us. We miss you. xo :)

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS : SUGAR & SPICE

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We have always loved Pumpkin carving but a few years back I started getting really annoyed with the idea of it all. What it came down to was I felt bad for the pumpkins. I mean, someone grows the pumpkin (and we've tried to grow our own and it's pretty darn hard), but then you go to a pumpkin patch (or a store) and buy a pumpkin, take it home and cut it to bits, put a candle in it for a few nights and then the squirrels destroy them or they get gross n' slimy on you steps so you throw it away. Oh that poor pumpkin, what a life and how wasteful it was. For the past few years we decided to start using the pumpkin as a whole instead of our prior history of trashing what we thought we had no use for… and ya know what? We found in return we LOVE pumpkin seeds! We have a few recipes we've been experimenting with to get to our liking and because I'm a sweet tooth kinda girl the one below is one of my favorites. But I'll share the mister favorite (a salty recipe) soon. Enjoy!
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ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS : SUGAR & SPICE
Approx. 1 Hour

Ingredients (Adjust ingredients as needed depending on cups of seeds)
1 cup of seeds 
1 tbsp of vegetable oil
1 tsp brown sugar (+ / - to taste) 
1/2 - 1 tsp cinnamon 
1/4 tsp nutmeg 
1/8 all spice

Directions
Rinse and remove pulp. Lightly dry. Toss ingredients together in medium sized bowl. Spread a thin layer on a cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes on 300 degrees, turning (I turn mine every 10 minutes till they're done) frequently. Enjoy!
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MUSIC : MUSE


I'm really lovin' the English alternative rock band, Muse and their popular song Madness. Something about this song has a nice twist of rock and kind of a classic/synthesized techno sound to it. It's hard to really explain and place my finger on it but I'm hoping you'll enjoy it too.
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MUSE
WEBSITE  //  TWITTER  //  FACEBOOK

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

DIY : HALLOWEEN WREATH

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So who's ready for an easy-peasy Halloween DIY to spruce up your home. Let's grab your supplies (listed below) and get started. 1.) Spray your wreath. Spray your roaches, spiders, rats, bats, etc. 2.) Intertwine plastic toys into wreath 3.) Wrap wreath with webbing. 4.) Hang on door and admire. Enjoy!
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MY SUPPLY INFO
Roaches $1.99 Walmart (Bag of 12)  //  Rats $3.99 Joann Fabric (Bag of 10)  //  Paint (already owned) $3.99 each Walmart  //  Webbing $1.99 Target  //  Wreath $3.99 Joann Fabric




Tuesday, October 23, 2012

WEEKENDS VIA INSTAGRAM

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Snapshots of our weekend via IG...

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  • Pumpkin painting and carving; and then roasting some Sugar and Spice (recipe coming soon) pumpkin seeds, yum yum! 
  • Bought some Halloween bugs for a DIY (which I'll share soon).
  • Did a bit of weekend sewing and project planning. I'm making a few baby gifts including a little Ele (and birdie friends) mobile (down bottom). These have been my teeniest Ele's yet, but they are coming out ok. I'm also gearing up to make a few kiddo Halloween costumes.
  • Did a bit of thrifting store hunting and kinda wish I snatched up that mug but passed.
  • We took a sporadic day trip to the Wichita Zoo. The kiddos enjoyed animal watching and goofing about with their aunt. The day was lovely and the weather was perfect! Loved that lion photo (above). They were right by the viewing glass and so patient as I snapped their photos.
  • There were weekend Pumpkin Waffles enjoyed by all. Recipe blogged here
  • My SIL is going to school to be an education major and she gladly assisted Wyeth as he's been practicing mastering his left handed writing techniques. It's been trick for us to help him figure out how to hold the pencil for writing properly but she had a few tricks up her sleeve which worked wonders. Thanks Bee. :)
  • And miss Luna has been settling into this family nicely. She's now taking full advantage of being a lazy indoor house cat... sleeping on the beds, receiving tons of hugs an pats on the back, and curled up by your side on the couches while we work or watch tv. 

TAKE TEN TUESDAYS : HALLOWEEN

A bit of Halloween inspiration I'm loving this season. Maleficent (no. 1) and the skeleton (no.10) are so fabulous and make want to paint my face all spoooooky. Of course the kids might be thrown for a loop so we'll stick to something a bit more tame. I'm going to be starting the kiddos costumes this week but still thinking if we'll (the mister and I) dress up this year. Are you dressing up this holiday? What are you going to be?
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IMAGE SOURCES
Maleficent   //   Horror-mingos   //   Garland   //   Tie   //   Eyeball Cocktail Labels
Coffin
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Skull Necklace   //   Cat Print   // 
  D.I.Y. Pumpkin   //   Skeleton

Monday, October 22, 2012

MY MISTER COOKS : LOADED BAKED POTATOES (1)

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We love baked potatoes and on many occasion we eat them as a main dish. I mean why not. They are so filling in general and if loaded with the right toppings they are a tasty meal. Last week we enjoyed this yummy potato dinner, we felt it needed a little salt and pepper but other than this is was a so good. Enjoy.
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LOADED SLOW-COOKER BAKED POTATOES
Approx. 8 Hours + 20 Minutes  //  Serves 4 
VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY

Ingredients 
4 medium russet potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
10 ounces cremini mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
1 bunch broccoli, cut into small florets, stalks peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Salt and pepper
1/4 to 1/2 cup vegetable or chicken broth, hot
2/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt, room temperature

Directions
1.) Wrap each potato in foil and place in a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low until potatoes are tender, 8 hours. 2.) In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add mushrooms and cook 2 minutes, then add broccoli and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until broccoli is crisp-tender, 8 minutes. 3.) Split potatoes, scoop out flesh, and transfer to a medium bowl, reserving skins. Add broth and yogurt to bowl, then season with salt and pepper and stir until combined; divide among potato skins. Top each stuffed potato with broccoli mixture.

No Slow Cooker? Prick and bake the potatoes at 400 degrees for 1 hour or microwave on high for 15 to 20 minutes.


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RECIPE SOURCE
Loaded Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
Everyday Food  - Issue 96  //  October 2012  //  Page 87
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COLLECTIONS : ENAMEL FLOWER BROOCHES


Happy Monday sweet friends, hope your weekend was wonderful. Todays lovely collection of vintage enameled brooches belong to the wonderful Jenn Ski. I have a thing for brooches myself and have been collecting (and been so fortunate to inherited) a few along the way. This grouping is so colorful and unique, I'll take one of each please. I really love the 2nd row 2 in (yellow and orange), 4th row 3 in (orange with yellow center) and bottom right (pink). Do you own any of these lovely brooches? :)
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IMAGE SOURCE via JENN SKI

Sunday, October 21, 2012

WEEKLY WRAP 14

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WEEKLY WRAP 14 (Links loved throughout the week)

Happy Sunday, Happy Weekend! :)
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Friday, October 19, 2012

COLOR PALETTE (28)

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Todays cute color inspirated illustration is titled " Bonsoir Porte Manteau!" by the talented French artist, Aurelie Guillerey. Enjoy and Happy Friday sweet friends :)
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

WHAT I WORE : POP OF PLAID

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Something about Fall screams plaid to me. I don't own much for plaid pieces, a button down top, a cute plaid skirt and as of recently this thrifted Fallish scarf. I love the colors of this scarf though. The pops of yellow and red on top of a green backdrop. It remind me of the leaves changing back home in New England. I think I may just happen to need more plaid in my life. ;)
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p.s. So I took my photos here which look at those snow flakes (below) that are projected on the wall behind me. That's right snow flakes in October. Silliness that Christmas is closer than we know it!
- - - - - - - - - WARDROBE ATTIRE - - - - - - - - -
yellow cardigan, target. grey top, thrifted. belt, vintage.  
jeans, target. shoes, vintage. scarf, vintage.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

BLOG QUESTION : POST SERIES

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Well I love blogging, I really do, but as the blog continues to grow I want to narrow down the focus to stay more on track. I am interested in sharing so much here but I don't want to be all over the place and loose focus along the way, so I would love to hearing your thoughts about "what do you love most about this blog" and "what would you care to see more of, or could totally do without". I would love to start sharing DIY weekly/biweekly on the blog. Or tips an tricks about art & design, if anyone cares to hear of stuff like this. Mostly I've shared things which I love and categorized them in a few different series (shown below). Thanks in advance for any and all input, you all are the best! Happy Wednesday!
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