Friday, October 24, 2014

Apple Chili

I combined two of my fall favorites; fresh from the orchard apples, and a hearty bowl of chili and came up with this recipe I call,
Apple Chili.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a picture I posted of some beautiful freshly picked orchard apples.

I actually won a bushel of apples in an auction over the summer and had been waiting patiently for them to be ready so I could go pick them up.

I went with 1/2 bushel of golden delicious and 1/2 bushel of red delicious. 
 Don't know how much is a bushel?...I didn't either.... well it's the size of  two refrigerator drawers :)

 And as you can see,  we love apples at our house. 
We like to put the Lighthouse apple cider in the freezer for a couple of hours, just to get it slushy.... so delicious.
We also love our Angry Orchard hard cider. 
 Apples are a fall favorite for me.

Which brings us to my recipe for Apple Chili.

Apple Chili

1 lb of hamburger
1/2 cup of frozen (or fresh) onions
2 tbs garlic
2 cans of black beans
1 can of red kidney beans
1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can(14 oz) tomato sauce
1 bunch of cilantro, shredded
2  large golden delicious apples cut into bite size pieces
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp taco seasoning
1/2 tsp steak seasoning 
Salt and pepper to taste
grated cheddar cheese

In a large pot over medium heat, combine garlic and onions, cook until lightly brown.  Add hamburger.  Once hamburger is browned add seasonings: chili powder, cumin, taco seasoning and steak seasonings.
Then add apples, cilantro, beans, tomatoes and sauce.  
Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Serve with grated cheddar cheese.

Perfect for chilly fall nights


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Halloween Decor

In my last post I shared a little Halloween Decorating I did around our home.
Today I'm going to share two easy DIY Halloween decor ideas.
The first are these fun black poison bottles.

For this project, I started off with a few empty wine bottles.
I washed the labels off and then spray painted them black

I then stuck on these peel and stick labels
I actually picked them up at a yard sale over the summer....surprised? I'm sure not.
However they are from Martha Stewart so I'm sure they, or something similar, can be found at Michaels.

I love how they turned out. 

And then while I had the black spray paint out, I decided to spray some roses as well.

Jake surprised me with these beautiful red roses not too long ago.
But they were starting to wilt so I thought I'd turn them into Halloween decor. 

As you can see, I just stuck the roses in a plastic cup with some gravel.
I then lightly sprayed them with the black spray paint. 
The paint really added a cool effect to the roses.

 By spraying the roses, it actually preserved them.  They are still big and full.

 Both projects were super simple.
Again, you can see more of my Halloween decorating HERE.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween at our House

 Halloween is approaching quickly!

Are you all so excited?
Truthfully, it kinda takes me awhile to get into the whole spirit of Halloween.
On October 1st the boys came home from school and wanted to start decorating right away.
Which was super cute so I let them put a few things out.
I just wasn't ready for ALL of it yet.
But then I woke up this last weekend and wanted to do a little decorating myself.

I pretty much just decorated our dining room.

It all started with the orange and black tablecloth and the orange and black Halloween banner I picked up at Target.
I then made some festive black poison bottles that I'll share with you more next time.

We have this huge spider, I always love finding a new home for him every Halloween.  This year I have him hanging onto the chandelier. 
Creepy, right?

I also panted some roses black, they are sitting on our coffee table.
And I think the skeletons riding the spider is adorable...The boys came up with that one.

 The boys also decorated the front door with a black spider web and then they have attached all sorts of creeping objects into it. Didn't they do an awesome job!

 A strand of skeletons hang from my coat rack.

Then I put together this little display in the living room.
 I like the tiny black mice poking around on some driftwood.

My boys have already gone to one Halloween Party, and have plans for several more.
Their grandma made their costumes and she did such a fantastic job too.

These kids..... They put the Happy in my Halloween.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Farmstead 2014

We have a little tradition of going to a pumpkin patch & corn maze every year in the fall.
There are actually a few different ones around here, but this year we went to one called, 
The Farmstead.
Like always, we had a wonderful time and so I though I'd share a few of my pictures with you all today.

The Farmstead has tons of things to do with cute displays everywhere.
But this may have been my boys favorite part of it all, a huge blow up creature that was a maze on the inside.  Apparently at night it becomes haunted.

My boys also had fun riding in the cow train.

 My favorite part is always the corn maze.
It is so exciting walking around and getting lost in all of the tall stalks.
I swear we were in the maze for hours.

 It's also a joy taking a bumpy ride on the grain train around the pumpkin patches
So many different kinds of pumpkins to see.

They had lots of scarecrows everywhere, this one being my favorite.

Of course I also had fun taking lots of pictures

The Farmstead has so many fun attractions; pumpkin blasting, corn boxes, pig races and barn yard animals...just to name a few.
They really make it fun for all ages.
You could seriously spend all day....and night there.

It is such a great way to celebrate the fall season.
I look forward to doing it again next year.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Main Bath Makeover

Our home has two bathrooms. One is in the master bedroom, that I shared not to long ago.
The other is this one here, the main bath of the home. It is also the bathroom my boys use.
This bathroom was the last room in the house to get made over.
I am now happy to announce that there are No More Tan walls in this house!!!
(Well except for the basement :))

So here is the before.
Tan, Tan and Tan.

 The first thing I did was paint the vanity, wainscoting and molding all fresh white. 
I then painted the walls a pretty light blue.  The color is called, Rising Tide by Valspar.
The paint freshened this room up so much and I think it harmonizes with the blue tile nicely.

 Above the toilet I have hung two wooden frames that hold a couple of favorite beach pictures.
The frames were given to me by my mother in law. I actually have them turned around. The other side use to have a piece of metal, as to be used as a magnet board, but I just liked the chunkiness of the backside better.
I love how the dark wood matches the boat floats that are also hanging in the room.

 Hanging on the wall, I also have this towel hook I made a long time ago using an old cabinet door and some old mismatched coat hooks.

On the vanity I have a couple of jars, one is holding bath salts, while the other has an air plant inside of it.  I picked the air plant up in a souvenir shop on our last trip to the coast.  I think it is so cool, and now I want several more of them.

On the counter is also a wire basket that holds extra toilet paper and guest towels.

Tucked in the corner are some built in shelves.

As you can see, the top shelf holds a few old boat bouys and a driftwood starfish.
The middle shelf has an old blue bundt pan that I recently picked up from a thrift store.  I just filled it with toilet paper. And then a few folded white washclothes are on the bottom shelf.

 The shower curtain is actually a tablecloth... or blanket? I picked it up at a yard sale this summer.
Besides the new hooks to hang it up with, I did not buy anything new-new for this room.

 My favorite thing in this room are the old windows.  They are so fun to open up and call for the boys to come in for their bath, and sometimes their daddy even lifts them up through the window :)

I did not want to cover up these windows, but the room does need privacy since it is a bathroom and all, so I have just hung some simple blinds that can be pulled up during the day.
Should I also mention that the blinds came from a thrift shop..... ha ha, I'm so frugal it's not even funny.

 But it just goes to show a room does not have to be decorated in brand new, pricey items to look great.
Sometimes all it takes is some fresh paint on the walls and a little bit of creativity. 

Now that the last room in the house is made over.....It's time for round two :) 
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