9/18/14

Halloween Silhouette Pitcher & Cake Stand


Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, its just fun.  I made these great serving pieces that are so simple to add a little decor to your halloween table.  I used the cricut explore, and actually both the cake stand and the pitcher are entries for the cricut design space star competition this month!  This project is so easy it will literally take you less than an hour and the best part is when Halloween is over you can remove the vinyl stickers and have your pitcher or cake stand back for everyday use. Keep reading for the full tutorial. 

9/14/14

DIY Apple Envelope Throw Pillow

DIY Apple Envelope Throw Pillow

I decided to add some fall decor to my house with this fun do it yourself apple throw pillow.  I know you're thinking this might look like a hard project but honestly friends it took me less than an hour! It's a fun way to personalize your space for fall, and don't we all love to decorate for the holidays?! I already had the stripe linen (because I have a fabric store in my basement) but I think it would look just as beautiful on solid linen or even using a drop cloth from the hardware store. Keep reading for all the instructions!

9/12/14

DIY Inspired + Features

DIY Inspired Link Party

Apple Cake with Candy Apple M&M's Streusel

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Apple Cake with Candy Apple M&M's Streusel Topping #flavoroffall #shop

If you haven't noticed I've been on a total apple kick this week.  Apples just scream fall to me and this recipe will totally make you want to go snuggle under a soft blanket, watch a movie and enjoy this delicious cake. Did you know there is a special seasonal flavor of M&M's out right now called candy apple? They taste just like milk chocolate with a hint of apple, the perfect little fall treat! I decided to incorporate them into this cake recipe by adding a delicious streusel on top complete with crushed up candy apple M&M's.  Holy yum batman, get ready to clean your plate!

9/10/14

Quilted Apple Table Runner


How stinkin' cute is this quilted apple table runner?! When I was putting together my ideas for my fox4 segment for September I knew I wanted to create some fun apple home decor items.  I love to decorate my kitchen table and make it festive for whatever season we are in and a runner is an easy way to dress it up! Keep reading for more details on how you can make your own!

Caramel Sauce Recipe + Free Fall Printables

Happy Fall Free Printable Gift Tag

I don't know about you but I'm super excited to welcome fall, to celebrate I made these two fun fall printables for you to download for free. The above image is a gift tag, I printed it out and attached it to my favorite caramel sauce recipe to give to friends. You can't beat my fresh made caramel sauce, just ask my husband. ;) I also made a quote printable to hang in your home somewhere, after trolling pinterest for a good fall quote I settled upon "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you sow"  As soon as I read it I knew I needed this reminder in my home, raising kids is often challenging and draining and at the end of the day I wonder if I did any good, this little thought reminds me that although I may not see the fruits of my labor quite yet, if I'm planting good seeds they will bear fruit, eventually.

Ikea Opening in Kansas City! #ikeamerriam

Ikea Merriam Kansas City

Kansas City get excited, Ikea Merriam opens today!! If you aren't already super jazzed that this swedish furniture mega store has landed in the metro let me take this opportunity to totally sell you on why Ikea is my favorite place to buy home essentials.  Beautiful design, great selection and the best prices you'll find are all reasons to be totally stoked that you can just go browse any day your heart desires. You see half my house is from Ikea but I've had to do all that shopping in rushed trips where I drive to Minneapolis to go.  I'm so thrilled that we can go anytime and I no longer have to purchase everything I want at one time!! Seriously friends I don't think I can relay the excitement through a blog post.  I've pulled some of my favorite items from Ikea for you in these 2 collages and then below are some awesome photos of the showrooms you'll see inside our store. 

Above Collage, clockwise from top:

9/8/14

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

There are certain recipes that come from Matt's mom that he is very specific about, Banana Bread being one of them.  You see I kind of like to mix things up and test out new thing when I bake but he's a traditionalist when it comes to recipes his mom made him growing up.  I managed to make one change to this favorite that he approves of- switching out the flour to whole wheat.  As long as your bananas are good and ripe this favorite tastes just as delicious as if made with white flour but has some added nutrients with the whole wheat flour. Its a standard in our house because it seems like I always have some over-ripe bananas!

9/5/14

DIY Inspired Link Party + Features

DIY Inspired Link Party

Travel Eats: Crepes of Brittany- Monterey Bay, CA

Travel review crepes of brittany monterey bay california

For this version of travel eats I take you to Monterey Bay California to the most adorable little crepe place on the fisherman's warf.  One of the mornings during our weekend getaway I woke up to a nice morning by myself while Matt was playing a round of golf.  I decided to head out and find something delicious to eat, because basically food is always the first thing I think about.  I had already browsed urbanspoon so I knew that this little crepe shop- Crepes of Brittany- was calling to me. Oh man, If the pictures don't entice you let me just tell you that I enjoyed one of the best savory crepes I've ever had. 

9/2/14

Watermelon, Peach & Cucumber Salad

Watermelon, Peach & Cucumber Salad, delicious side or light lunch  HandmadeintheHeartland.com

It may be September 2nd and I may totally be in the mood for fall to appear but this week its just not going to happen here in Missouri.  Its still super hot yet they closed the pool, darn them! I'm pretty sure I devour more watermelons in a summer than most people. When I need a sweet refresher I always turn to my favorite fruit and so this week I'll savor it while its still in the stores, ripe and fresh. This watermelon, peach and cucumber salad is such a great melding of flavors, unique and delicious -you should totally try it!

9/1/14

Best Dishwasher Detergent & Free Dishwasher Magnet Printable

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Free Dishwasher Magnet Printable #SparklySavings #CollectiveBias #shop

I'll be the first one to raise my hand and say I hate to do the dishes.  Its just not a fun task, I actually really love to unload the dishwasher and put everything away in its very specific home (o.c.d much?) but scraping food off plates and rinsing nasty milk cups that have been sitting for a day (worst mom job every by the way) I kind of hate.  My solution is to ask Matt to do it and have the best dishwasher detergent on hand so all the left on yuckiness comes off and my dishes come out sparkly. I used to use whatever off brand was the cheapest but I recently purchased Finish and love how much cleaner the results are.  I also have another issue with the dishes and partly its because I might be losing my mind- I can't remember if the dishes have been washed or not, or someone else in the house can't tell if they've been washed or not.  So I created this free printable to download and make into a magnet so you can remember when the dishwasher is so fresh and so clean, clean. :)

Cricut Explore Giveaway!


Hey friends! I'm super excited to be giving away a cricut explore! I started using mine a few weeks ago and its an awesome machine, a perfect tool for the crafter in all of us! Because I'm in the Cricut design space star challenge they were awesome to give my team a machine to giveaway! So please enter by following all these awesome ladies, you'll get tons of inspiration to create all kinds of things!

8/29/14

DIY Inspired + Features

KC Finds Friday: Bluestem


My birthday was last week and to celebrate we dined at one of our favorite restaurants in Kansas City, Bluestem.  It's one of those spots that only the adventurous foodie dines, where you choose a 3,5 or 10 course meal and where you probably can't pronounce at least 3-5 ingredients on the menu. We love restaurants that serve an amuse bouche (a bite sized appetizer that the chef chooses) at the beginning of the meal and extra little "tastes" throughout the meal.  We have eaten at Bluestem for other special occasions but the light was never good enough to take great photos, However they just completed an 8 week interior makeover on the place and it looks fabulous and much brighter so I was excited to take photos to share with you all. 

8/28/14

Caramel Apple Pie

Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

Caramel and Apple might be the perfect combination.  I'm excited for fall to be here and this pie just tastes like fall in your mouth.  It's the best apple pie I've ever had, promise! With this recipe you can make 1 normal size pie or 12 mini pies like I did.  So go ahead and welcome fall, you know you want a big bite of caramel apple pie pronto.  I don't know why I put off making pies for so long, I would make cobblers and cakes but not pies and let me tell you they are SO easy.  The only thing that makes this recipe time consuming is making the caramel sauce, which is delicious, but pie filling is a synch to whip up. I see lots of pies in my future.