National Candy Corn Day!

Happy National Candy Corn Day!

Candy Corn was created by the Wunderle Candy Company in the late 1800s. It’s original colors were yellow, orange and white, but it has become popular in other colors as well.

This confection was originally made by hand using corn syrup, sugar, water, marshmallows, fondant and carnauba wax (a wax made from the leaves of a palm tree), but it is now produced using machines however original ingredients are still used in the recipe.


Here are some more fun candy corn inspired treat ideas! Enjoy!

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Happy Halloween!

This time of year is one of my favorites! I thoroughly enjoy the changing weather, the beautiful fall colors in Michigan, and it’s the time of year when I throw one of my biggest celebrations of the season our annual Halloween Party!

This past weekend months of preparation and planning came together in a fun night full of dancing and laughter with some of my very best friends, and neighbors! Each year we choose a party theme, and decorate our pole barn accordingly. This years theme was Masquerade! I really thought this theme was going to be easier to plan for than what it was. I found it challenging to decorate for… I ended up with a gold black and purple color scheme, lots and lots of balloons… I’m still winded…, and a few decorative mask centerpieces. Oh and I found a fabulous 9ft wide mask on Amazon that was a perfect match to our colors and theme!

I cooked a big crock pot of chili, made apple crisp and some cobb salad dip with crackers, many of our friends brought along passing dishes, and we had plenty to share!

We held a costume/ mask contest this year for the first time… I have no idea how it is I hold an annual Halloween party and never had a costume contest but we remedied that situation this year! Our big winner was Kasey with her Adams Family inspired look! It really was impressive!

We danced the night away, and paid for it the next day witha bit of a headache…perhaps not so much from dancing as from jello shots but well worth this great time! Hope you’re enjoying the Fall season and spreading a little Halloween Cheer, Happy Halloween!

Bright Walls Jackson

This past weekend my sister came into to town for a visit, and while she was here she and my Mom, and our Aunt decided to visit the Bright Walls Festival taking place in downtown Jackson MI.

Bright walls is an art festival that brings muralist from all over the world together into one place where they paint buildings for a week. The Jackson Young Professionals group got involved in a downtown beautification effort, and bright walls was born.

I have to say I didn’t know exactly what to expect but this was a fantastic festival to visit. They had live music, food vendors, and all of the art was in walking distance making it easy to take it all in. I especially love the giant black pigeon it’s very striking! Here are some pictures from when we visited and then a few from yesterday as things are wrapping up this week! Enjoy!

Saturday….

In addition to the featured artiat displays there was also a local artist mini mural contest,it was awesome to see everyone working on their projects.

Today…

Fall Inspiration

I love this time of year, although… Michigan is having a very summer-y fall so far. Today is over 80F!! But, the leaves are turning, the fall decorating has started, and I’m starting to prepare for our annual Halloween party (one of my favorite parties of the year).

I’ve been wading through my instagram pages lately admiring all of the fabulous fall decor projects. The trend this year definitely leans toward the softer colors, mauvy pinks, deep purples, and white are making regular appearances on the front porches of the seasons style-makers. Here are some of my faves, enjoy!

This pic is just gorgeous and so much like Fall in Michigan just gorgeous colors everywhere you look.

This was the first pic I found with the pink, purple combo that I used on my own front yard this season. I just love how pretty it is feminine fall.

The blues and greens are pretty too and such a compliment to the front door!

Again these colors were really calling me this year and look at the dainty candle lanterns. The hint of gold is perfect!

All and all I’d say everyone is having a lot of fun being creative this Fall. I’m going to keep working on the party prep. More to come on that soon! Thanks for reading!

Fall cookie series, Finale!

I wish I had a grand finale for you but with my kitchen out of commission I decided to share another bloggers fall cookie recipe for you to enjoy!

I started following Michael J. Wurm several years ago, and I love his blog http://www.inspiredbycharm.com

He and another blogger joined forces for a fall cookie week and here is one of my favorites!

Salted caramel shortbread cookies! Enjoy!

Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

I thoroughly enjoyed the fall cookie series and will likely do it again. I’ll be following up on kitchen progress soon hopefully, and then we’ll select a new wonderful thing to blog all about!