Fall

5 Pumpkin Ideas

I know it’s a little late to be posting about pumpkin decorating ideas but I stumbled upon these today and they’re just too cute not to share.

Just click on the pumpkins to see more about each!

Pun-kins from StudioDIY

  Happy Face Pumpkin from The Jungalow


Cross Stitch Pumpkin from Design Sponge

  

Floral Pumpkin by The Merrythought 


Donut Pumpkins from StudioDIY   

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Fall, Recipes

Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasting pumpkin seeds is probably one of the easiest pumpkin related recipes there is and it’s oh so yummy! The best part of it is that you’re using what you were already going toss out from carving your pumpkin.

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin seeds –  about 2 cups (amount depends on  size of your pumpkin and how many you carve)
  • Butter or olive oil
  • Salt/Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take all the pulp, aka pumpkin guts, and put it in a large bowl to rise off. *Helpful hint if you fill the bowl with water the loose seeds will float to the top and the rest of the pulp and seeds will sink to the bottom. Scoop the loose seeds off the top and separate the rest of the seeds from the pulp.
  2. After the seeds are rinsed, spread them out on a towel to dry off a bit. Don’t worry about getting them completely dry; if you leave them too long they will stick to the towel. From here you have two options.
  3. Option 1: put the seeds back into the bowl, melt 2 Tbsp of butter (or olive oil) and drizzle it over the seeds, sprinkle salt and pepper and toss until coated. Then spread them out evenly on a baking sheet. Or, Option 2: evenly spread the seeds out on a baking sheet, melt 2 Tbsp of butter (or olive oil) and drizzle over the seeds. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. After you are done with either option, put the baking sheet in the oven and cook until fragrant about 15 min.

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Blogger Spotlight

Blogger Spotlight: Trash is for Tossers

This week I stumbled upon a blogger with an interesting lifestyle; she has absolutely no trash cans in her home. Lauren Singer, of Trash is for Tossers, was a environmental studies major  that decided enough is enough.  She decided to live up to her values and live a Zero Waste life in her home in NYC.  What does it look like to live a Zero Waste lifestyle?

This. This is two years of trash for her. It’s all the things she couldn’t recycle and still hasn’t found out what to do with. That’s amazing. I alone probably produce 20 times that much in a single day.

What a lot of us don’t realize is how bad plastic is to the environment. What we also don’t realize is that many of the things that come in plastic are not recyclable. Most recycling centers only take number 1 and number 2 plastic.  These are things like water bottles, cleaning product bottles, and plastic grocery bags. The packaging that our chips, bread (not to mention the twisty tie that comes with the packaging), and etc. can not be recycled. That’s just food! There’s the personal hygiene products (razors, cotton balls, and makeup packaging) and cleaning products (soaps, detergents, and dryer sheets) to name a few.

How does she do it? It’s as simple as evaluating what you’re currently doing and transitioning into a new lifestyle. Lauren has layed out this 2 steps here.

She also shows you some simple alternatives to thing you use everyday. To see the full list click on the picture below.

I don’t know how good I will be at producing zero waste but her blog has show me a lot of simple alternatives that I’m going to input into my life.

Here are a few that I’m going to start with:

  • Bring my own silverware to work – I bring my lunch in reusable containers but I tend to use the plastic forks that they provide at work. I have a bamboo set of utensils (they’re actually camping gear) that I’m going to start bring with me
  • Buying less foods in packaging – places like Whole Foods make it easier for you to buy things with out packaging. For produce, bring your own cotton baggie. You can purchase some reusable produce bags here (they also make a cotton bag just for bread!). For nuts, pasta, etc., you can bring your own mason jar. Just don’t forget to weigh your jar first! [How to Tare a Jar]
  • Composting – I would love to have my own compost pile or vermicompost, however living in an apartment doesn’t allow for that. I’m going to try to find a place where I can drop it off around where I live.

Helpful sites:

For recycling in Alabama: Recycle Alabama

In Birmingham: UAB Recycling

To purchase products: Life Without Plastic, Cuppow (they make lids to turn you mason jars into cups!)

These are just a few things. As I come across other products and such I’ll be sure and share!

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Fall

It’s Fall Ya’ll!

It’s finally fall! Here in the south we kind of have an obsession with fall. We wait all year for pumpkins, flannel, leaves, and perfect weather. This year I’ve decided to make a fall bucket list complete with things I’ve done before and some I haven’t.

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  • Go to the pumpkin patch

This one I’ve done many, many times but it never gets old .

  • Carve pumpkins

I’ve done this before, literally every year, but it’s a tradition and therefore a must. Don’t forget to save the seeds! Check out this quilter themed free pumpkin carving template.

  • Roast pumpkin seeds

Ah! This is one of my favorites. Pumpkin seeds are yummy and there is nothing like making them yourself. Recipe soon to follow.

  • Camping

We used to go camping every fall break when I was younger but as you get older things life gets busier and we didn’t go as often. I’ve already gotten to once this fall season and I hope to go again. Here are some of my favorites,

Desoto State Park

Oak Mountain State Park

  • Campfires and S’mores

This really comes hand in hand with camping but you can enjoy a fire at home too. This can be especially enjoyable if you have a fire pit. The A Beautiful Mess team shows you how to make your own in only 4 steps! See it here.

  • Wear lots of sweaters and flannel

This is a MUST. I actually stock up on my sweaters and flannel in the off-season so the anticipation to wear them is quite strong when fall rolls around. My favorite place to snag these? Thrift stores.

  • Make a fall wreath

My apartment door is in desperate need of some decoration and I have never actually made a wreath specifically for fall so I can’t wait to tackle this one. I want a more natural wreath, I’m so over Hobby Lobby burlap wreaths, so I’m thinking about using grape vines.

  • Pick apples

I’ve been noticing a lot of post lately where people look perfectly fall-ish picking apples in an orchard. I’ll be needing apples for the next item on my list so why not pick them myself?

  • Cook A LOT

Apple pie, pumpkin pie, sweet potato biscuits, chili and so much more!

  • Watch football and basketball

Unfortunately, my team doesn’t start football until next season (#freeuab) so I’m forced to watch whatever my boyfriend is watching until basketball season starts.

  • Enjoy the weather

Do this everyday!

* Item that isn’t on the list, sewing! Lots and lots of projects and EPP. I did not include this on the list because I do it all the time and technically it isn’t fall specific. I’ve got an EPP project to finish by January so that means lots of cozy fall stitching.

What’s on your fall bucket list? Share what you’re doing by using the hashtag #thefalllist

I can’t wait to cross off the items on this list!

 

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