Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cake Batter Snickerdoodles

Hi, it's Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom.
Today I'm sharing one of my favorite cookie recipes. It's a slight twist on a classic - a cake batter snickerdoodle.

This recipe originates from my Grandma.  I doctored it up a bit to include a cake batter flavor. 
These cookies are so delicious.
They are crisp on the outside and soft in the middle - to me that equals perfection!

 Cake Batter Snickerdoodle Recipe

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. shortening {I use butter flavored}
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour
3/4 c. yellow cake mix p owder
1 pkg vanilla pudding mix
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cream of tartar
1/2 t. salt

Cinnamon/Sugar mixture for rolling
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
These amounts are approximate - I never measure this part

Cream shortening and sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Stir in dry ingredients.
Roll dough into small balls. Roll the dough balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture until coated.
Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

 There you go!
One of my favorite cookie recipes.
I hope you enjoy!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Rustic Fall Mantle

Happy Monday everyone! 
I hope you had a great weekend! 
I just returned from a crazy fast trip to TN by myself so I am a bit tired from all the driving but I am here today to show you how I decorated my faux mantle for fall.

If you saw my mantle last year you may remember I went with more neutral colors and used natural elements. Well, I liked it so much I did something similar again this year.

I'll break it down a little more below on how I decorated.

In the center, I hung the fall hydrangea wreath that I created last year with our hydrangea blooms from out front. I was very careful with how I stored it throughout the year so it was still in great shape to reuse.

Travis brought home these giant pine cones from CA when he was there in June and they've been sitting in a box ever since making sure any little insect that may have hitched a ride was no longer there, so I pulled them out and knew they had to be used in my fall decor this year. I love the color on them, they are literally the size of my hand or bigger, and each one is so distinct.

I found this metal bucket at an antique place one afternoon and thought it would also make a fun addition to the mantle so it came home with me.

On the left side of the mantle, I placed the bucket on it's side with a dried hydrangea bloom inside then placed a pine cone in front of it. For a little more filling and color, I used some orange berries I had left over from another project and a faux flower bloom also left over from the same project. Behind the bucket I placed one of my tobacco baskets with a hydrangea bloom just resting on the bucket.

In the center of the mantle, I placed my small wood chalkboard that I also used last year along with another hydrangea bloom, pine cone, and some glitter pumpkins for a little more color.

And on the right, I placed a jug vase that I bought at the beginning of summer for crazy cheap because it was actually a spring item and filled it with hydrangea blooms and then tucked a few berries in for more color.
In front of it, I put another hydrangea bloom, pine cone, berries and another faux flower.

And that's it!
I did mess with it for a day or two before I was fully satisfied with it but I love how it turned out. I am going to miss my hydrangea bushes whenever we move out of this house. I use them all the time!

How do you decorate for fall?
Natural elements? Fall items like leaves, pumpkins, pine cones, etc? Neutrals or bold colors?

Here are two of my other fall mantles to help inspire you to decorate.

 Autumn Inspired Mantle

Natural Fall Mantle

Friday, September 15, 2017

MHCT&M: 12 Creative Fall Pumpkin Ideas

Happy Friday! 
Kara is here today sharing some great unique pumpkin ideas for this week's Must Have Tip Post. 
I don't know about you, but I am so ready for fall! The weather, the clothing, the holidays, the decor, and of course all the pumpkin everything. So naturally, I'm sharing 12 creative fall pumpkins! I know you'll love them all.

Painted Pumpkins
  I love these vintage chalky finish pumpkins as a centerpiece!

Dipped Pumpkins
 This gold dipped pumpkin is so classy and pretty.

Sequins Pumpkins
  Polka dotted sequins pumpkins are so fancy and fun!

 Wooden Pumpkins
 This fence slat pumpkin is so farmhouse chic!
 These distressed plank pumpkins are colorful and bold!

Yarn Pumpkins
 This Yarn Pumpkin Garland is so super cute!

Glitter Pumpkins
 I absolutely love these glitter stemmed pumpkins!

Succulent Pumpkins
  These succulent pumpkins are so pretty and earthy and would make great table centerpieces and even look great on the front porch.

Doily Lace Pumpkin
 This lace pumpkin is so pretty and so simple to make. 
Fabric Pumpkins
 These colorful fabric pumpkins are so fun!

Hand Lettered Pumpkin
  I am pretty obsessed with all hand lettering projects so this pumpkin is right up my alley!

Hand Painted Pumpkins
 I love the idea of using a pumpkin as your canvas! 
How adorable and fun is this hand painted pumpkin
 I love this time of year and I love decorating in fun ways with pumpkins. How do you decorate for fall?
Join us next week for more fall fun! I hope y'all have a great weekend!  
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