DIY Crafts · Gift Idea

DIY Button Paper Clip Bookmarks

I attended a craft event recently where I made these fun button paper clip bookmarks. The possibilities are endless when you layer buttons with embellishments to create unique designs and color combinations. The cost averaged out to around $0.50 per bookmark, making them an affordable DIY gift idea. All you’ll need are paper clips, assorted… Continue reading DIY Button Paper Clip Bookmarks

Crochet · DIY Crafts · Fall

Crochet Turkey Coaster Pattern

I had a lot of fun working up this cute crochet turkey coaster and thought I would pop in today to share the pattern with you. I uncovered it on Pinterest, which led me to Yarn Pixie’s site, which led me to the free pattern. Her instructions are clear, easy to follow, and it works… Continue reading Crochet Turkey Coaster Pattern

Fall · Recipes

Harvest Pumpkin Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

I stumbled upon this recipe a few years ago and fell in love. I’ve prepared it every Fall since, usually for my husband’s birthday (pumpkin is his favorite), but it’s also proven to be a big hit at holiday gatherings.  The cake is sweet, rich, and moist… and when paired with a light, citrus frosting, you have the perfect… Continue reading Harvest Pumpkin Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Crochet · DIY Crafts

12 Beginner Crochet Projects with FREE Patterns

Today I’m sharing a compilation post of all the crochet projects that I have completed and posted to this blog. Here you can find 12 free patterns and tutorials for beginner crochet projects including: 2 afghans, 2 dream catchers, 2 ornaments, newborn headbands, bookmarks, placemats and coasters, doily, clutch, and gift card pouch.  12 Beginner Crochet Projects… Continue reading 12 Beginner Crochet Projects with FREE Patterns

Fall · Family · photography

How to Stage a Stress Free Indoor Fall Family Photo Shoot

What do I love about Fall? Everything from pumpkin spice to fire lit nights. It’s my favorite time of year! The season carries with it a fresh perspective of family and togetherness, making it the perfect time to capture that priceless family photo. That’s why I’ve teamed up with friend and blogging buddy, Courtney Johnson,… Continue reading How to Stage a Stress Free Indoor Fall Family Photo Shoot

Crochet · DIY Crafts

Easy DIY Gingerbread Man Crochet Ornament

I’ve been enjoying working up holiday projects for the last several weeks. Crafting this Gingerbread Man in particular was fun because of all the cute embellishments that made him come to life. I also went offbeat with the color of his body, choosing gold instead of the suggested tan or brown (I guess he might be more… Continue reading Easy DIY Gingerbread Man Crochet Ornament

Recipes

How to Slow Cook Tri-Tip

You may have seen a recent recipe post from me titled Savory Tri-Tip Marinade. I mentioned in that post that I often use my slow cooker to prepare tri-tip. By far, this is my favorite means of preparing meat. The trick is to lock in the fluids by wrapping the meat tightly in aluminum foil. Cooking it… Continue reading How to Slow Cook Tri-Tip