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Crafty Weekend

This weekend I caught up on some much over due paperwork and took it easy. When it came to Sunday, I was trolling around on Pinterest and came across a whole bunch of Holiday Cards. It really inspired me to get moving on making some Thanksgiving cards for my friends and family. Many of my close friends and my entire family live in the Northeast, a solid 1300 miles away from me. This was just my way of keeping in touch and spending a bit of time on each of them.

I swung by Michael’s and picked up some card stock, which was conveniently on sale for 6 bucks for 50, ANNNNDD I had a 25% off coupon. Score. I also picked up some embellishments, and decorative card stock. I went to town. You wouldn’t believe the things that you can find there. I was walking around in amazement at all the different ways that you can decorate a card. Needless to say, I went nuts.

 

I was really just figuring it out as I went. I started off pretty simple with these two:

 

 

Then found that splitting the space in half added a different flavor to it:

 

 

Then I tried to get a bit more creative by adding some different elements like tons and tons of individual leaves. Yes, they are individually cut out and put on there ūüôā

 

 

After these few were put together, I was starting to accumulate a bunch of little scraps from the ends of other pieces or ideas that I had just rejected. I started to put these together on a card and actually really started to like how it was coming out. These may be my favorite ones of the afternoon:

 

 

 

My little creative juices started flowing a bit more towards the end and I got the idea of weaving the papers together. Once I had added about 3 of them together, they actually held together without any glue. It made it really easy to glue the whole thing onto the card.

 

And the last one, was just a clean and simple card.

 

I had so much fun putting these together, and I can’t wait for christmas to come around to make another batch. I’ve got some FANTASTIC ideas for that. Think about all of the options!! Santa, elves, snowflakes, reindeer, the north pole, presents! The list just goes on and on!

Breakfast

This morning I woke up early and headed out for a walk with Oreo to Starbucks. I’m such a big fan of this walk because Oreo gets her morning exercise in and I get my coffee. I’m also slightly obsessed with the new Starbucks App that allows you to pay with your phone. Coolest thing ever.

I opted for the Mocha Latte and a Peach Raspberry Parfait. The flavor combo is amazing.

 

The only thing that’s not so great about this walk is that I have to speak with people before I have my coffee. The guy behind the counter was asking me simple questions like, “How was your weekend??” And I REALLY struggled to answer it. It was like I was surprised the guy was asking me such a thing.

Oreo got her workout in and is officially tired. Perfect way to save my shoes from being inhaled while I’m at work.

 

Time to get to work!!

 

What have you created when you were feeling crafty?? What inspired you??

 

 

Pumpkin Mini Pies

So I might have gone a little pumpkin crazy this weekend. The Pumpkin Muddy Buddies I made for a specific little project that I’m going to hold off on telling you about until a little later, but these Pumpkin Mini Pies were really just because I’ve gone a little pumpkin nuts. Seriously. And in my fridge I have another half a can of pumpkin puree that will need to be used in the near future…it’s an endless cycle.

These ended up being a perfect little¬† dessert to cap off a meal.¬† They are small and satisfying. Making pies have always scared me a bit and I blame Mama C for that. Completely. Dont’ get me wrong, Mama C makes the world’s best pies. But when I was growing up, all I heard about around the holidays was how hard pies were to make. It’s so easy to mess up a pie crust. She even taught my aunts how to make pies. Simply reinforcing the fact that they shouldn’t be messed with.

So these are my,”Testing the Water with a toe” Pies. Mini Pies with pre-made pie crust. Haha.

Ingredients:

2 9-inch Pie Crusts 1/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree
1/4 Cup Marscapone Cheese 1/4 Teaspoon Pumpkin Spice
1/8 Teaspoon Nutmeg 1 Egg

Directions:

1. Mix up the pumpkin puree, marscapone cheese, pumpkin spice and nutmeg.

2. Roll out the pie crusts and use a cookie cutter to cut leaf, ghost, pumpkin or any other shapes. You will need pairs of each so make sure you cut out at least 2 of each. Also, the larger the center the better. If you have arms, legs or leaf  stems that stick out, they will be harder to fill up. Cover the piece of pie crust with the pumpkin mix.

3. Top with the matching half and lightly press around the edges. Then take a fork and seal the edges.

4. Mix your egg with 1 Tablespoon of water and brush it over your pie. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes until browned.

And DONE! They are really quite easy to make. It was about 15 minutes of prep time and 15 in the oven. Not bad for these little delectables. They are really delicious and I’m loving the pumpkin filling. As I was mixing it up, I was thinking about how great it would be as a dip as well. You could definitely use this mix as a holiday dip for some pretzels.

 

Do not worry though, the pumpkin frenzy¬†is not even close to over. We have¬†of a month left of this fantastic little yumster. I’m trying to figure out if pumpkin is acceptable at Christmas??

Anyways, yesterday was also a fun little day for 2 reasons. First: I officially signed up for Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp! I’m so excited to give it a try! You pay 25 dollars and Tina sends you workouts for almost 2 months. I have heard great things about it and can’t wait to give it a go.

Second: I sent out my first Foodie Pen Pal package! Foodie Pen Pal is also something that everyone can participate it. It is organized by another blogger and when you sign up, you are assigned a pen pal each month. She gives you your match on the 5th and you need to ship out your food pressents to your pen pal by the 15th. FUN! In return, another pen pal will be sending you a gift!

As I said, anyone can participate. It’s just something fun to give a try!

Have you ever participated in something online?? A workout? A diet program?? A recipe group??