Tasty Party Jello Shots!

It’s almost time for our annual Halloween party and I spent the evening preparing some tasty jello shilot treats for our friends! The flavor conbo’s are out of the world and the perfect party kicker!

Here’s what you need:

Firey Harvest Shots

1c. Apple Cider

1 pkg Orange Jello

3/4c. Fireball Whiskey

Heat the cider and mix in the orange jello take off heat and stir until dissolved. Add Fireball whiskey and mix together. Pour into small co diment containers cover and chill until party day!

Maliboo Blue Raspberry

1 c. Pineapple juice

1 pkg blue raspberry jello

3/4c. Malibu Coconut Rum

Heat pineapple juice and add jello, remove from heat and stir until dissolved add Malibu rum and poor into condiment containers, cover and chill! Enjoy!!

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!

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!

Apple Cider Cookies-Fall Cookie Series

Another fabulous fall flavor, apple cider! There’s always a little nostalgia with cider, visiting the orchards in he fall, warm cider on a cold day…so good!

These cookies can be made a few different ways. I tried several versions before adapting my own. I found that incorporating cider itself into the dough didn’t transfer enough of that yummy apple flavor, and even when boiled down it made the cookie dough loose and the cookies would spread too much. So I thought long and hard and came up with using instant spiced cider! It worked like a charm great flavor and texture!

Here’s what you’ll need!

1c softened butter

1/2c granulated sugar

2 Tbsp spiced cider mix

1 tsp vanilla

1/4tsp salt

2 c all purpose flour

2-3tbsp sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 350F. Blend together butter, sugar, cider mix and vanilla. Add salt and Flour mix well. Roll into balls, roll that in sugar and flatten onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8-10minites or until edges are browned.

While the cookies bake make the glaze.

1Tbsp cider mix

1c. Powdered sugar

1-2tbsp milk

Mix until thin glaze consistency. Pour into cookies after you remove them from the oven.

Enjoy!!

Oatmeal Cream Pies with a twist!

It’s week two of the Fall cookie series and I found a super simple delicious recipe that anyone can make and look like a cookie pro!

Oatmeal cream pies are a soft cookie with sweet cream filling. I’m pretty sure everyone has eaten the little Debbie version of this treat.

Here’s what you’ll need:

3/4c. Butter

2 LG eggs

1 box of spice cake mix

1 c. Quick cook oats

1 container of prepared frosting, this what I used…

1tsp cinnamon

1tsp pumpkin pie spice

Blend together the butter and eggs, add the cake mix and oats stir together well. Refrigerate mix for 1-2 hours. Meanwhile put frosting in a bowl and add spices stir and refrigerate. Preheat oven to 350F. Use a small scoop to scoop cookies onto greased cookie sheet, wet your hands and press cookies flat. Bake 12-15min. Cool and add filling. Enjoy!

Fantastic Fall Cookies for the WIN!

So after polling my various social media outlets, email subscribers, and getting some feedback right here on WordPress.com, it looks like this fall I will be hosting a blog series on Fabulous Fall Cookies!

Fall cookies

I’ve already started to compile a list of favorites, and can’t wait to get in the kitchen and get things started! I will include a couple of sugar free options as well, so stay tuned! I promise there will be a little something for every taste… Happy Fall Baking Y’all!

 

In a Fall Mood

I have a serious case of Autumn-itis. I am itching to get to the cooler weather, crock pot food, bonfires, and all of the wonderful fall desserts!

I made a nice family dinner tonight and decided to top it off with a Buttercream glazed Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake A la mode.

My house smells so good right now!! Pumpkin spice anything is a quintessential fall flavor. And it didn’t disappoint this recipe was delicious!

The warm spice cake combined with a creamy vanilla ice cream was perfection.

Here is the recipe, enjoy!

1 1/4 cup butter

2 eggs

1 c. Packed town sugar

1 1/4 c. Granulated sugar

1 can pumpkin puree

3 c. Flour

2 tap baking soda

1tsp cinnamon

Allspice, nutmeg, and ginger to taste.

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.

For the glaze

1/4 c. Butter

2 c. Powdered sugar

1tsp vanilla

Water to get proper consistency

Pour over warm cake

Slow Blogger Here…

It has been a whirlwind year. I feel like 2018 now way more than half finished has seriously blown past me.

The garden center attempted to stay open all year for the first time in our history and although we saw a few familiar faces now and again, we have decided that for January and Early February in the future we will likely be closed. This gives Andy and I a much needed mental and physical break before hitting the busy stride of the Spring/Summer Season.

I have done a little cooking and baking but really not much. I’m thinking about working through a couple of cooking or baking series for you all… maybe a fall cookie week, or eggs many ways ( I love eggs)… I’m still kicking around some ideas, and am open to suggestions if you have any. Otherwise my poor kitchen has been a revolving door of the plain old usual, nothing fun to report for now.

This Wednesday my husband and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. We made our annual trip to Las Vegas for some fun. I’ll put together a separate trip post to share with you. I also have a couple of reviews on some of the places we visited while we were there that I’ll share too.

This past weekend was the annual Jackson County Relay For Life. Our team met our $1000 goal, and I am anxious for the final team meeting to see where the final tally lands for the event overall. It’s always a fun and inspiring time, and we really enjoy participating.

And, finally it’s PAGEANT WEEK! Our daughter Brianna is competing as a top ten finalist in the Jackson County Teen USA pageant and I could not be more excited for her! I love pageant week! She has rehearsal daily this week, and Friday night is the big night to cheer her on! She’s a bright beautiful girl and I’m sure she will do great!

My New Year’s resolutions are doing ok…. lol. I think I might actually be turning into a morning person believe it or not, I continue to work out fairly regularly, and now if I could jut make some time for some of my hobbies I’ll be a happy camper. I think that is all I have to report on for now. Let me know your thoughts about a cooking/ baking series for this fall I think if I provide myself with a specific thing to do it will force me to actually do it lol. I’ll post a vacay update, and those reviews soon. Thanks for continuing to support my blogging adventure! Bye for now!

My animal adventure

So recently at the garden center I had started to notice some overnight destruction of some of our plant products. Mostly the flowering cabbage and kale used for fall patio pots. It didn’t take long before the biggest woodchuck I have ever seen crossed paths with me one day! Upon further inspection I noticed the chubby beast had started to dig under one of my greenhouses. So we blocked the hole in hopes of detterring it only to see the next day that it had created a new entry right next to the blocked one, lol. 

Woodchuck 1 Garden Center staff 0…

While outside discussing how to proceed with project woodchuck a regular customer stopped in and offered to bring us some live traps to help us remove our fat little friend. We happily accepted and he dropped off three traps later that morning. 

Like magic the next morning we were very pleased to find one VERY large woodchuck! 

We sent him off to a happier home, and reset our trap in case there were relatives still to be had. 

A few days went by with nothing…we caught a couple of rascally Chipmunks but nothing major…until Saturday…

My daughter decided to come help out Saturday and while unlocking doors and opening greenhouses she found herself just feet away from our trap. I heard the faint soft….Moooooom??!! Come from outside and next thing I know she was running as fast as she could into the retail center, laughing hysterically! I asked her what she was doing and she said “You have a little skunk problem!”  I said oh it stinks huh? She said no literally you caught a SKUNK!! …well crap…

Sure enough….

We called George and came and took care of it but not before a healthy dose of skunk stink was released on my garden center….let’s just say it was a very long day of work…my sinuses are still burning! 

Another day goes by no excitement and then this morning well why not…a possom!!

I’ve got myself a native petting zoo over here folks!! All I need now is a raccoon and my collection will be complete! 

Hope your week is rodent free! Thanks for reading! 

Autumn decor inspiration

The Autumn decor trends are now readily available in stores and I found myself truly excited tonight over one particular display at TJ Maxx! 

It was gorgeous!! The blue green tones with soft iridescent oranges, gold accents, and even burlap!

I was positively giddy rearranging their display to see how I could pair things up at home lol! I love this time of year! Happy Fall Y’all!! 

Willing the cool Autumn weather to come back

​It’s been an absolutely gorgeous early fall Sunday. I’ve had a really laid back day, a quick breakfast, some errands, and grocery shopping. By the time I got to the store our sunny day had really warmed things up, and I was shedding my hoody, and thinking about the coming week. 

Weather is a fickle thing in the state of Michigan and this month has proven that! I have been aching to do my fall decorating, especially when we get a cooler day. But this week back into the sunshiny 80’s, and I’m a little bummed. I love the warm weather but there’s something “warm” too about the autumn season with all of it’s colors and smells.

So I found myself trying to will the autumn weather to come back by making a fall favorite; sausage and ravioli stew. There’s something about a simmering pot of stew, or soup, or chili that really speaks to this season. Now all I need is a cable knit sweater, and a big fluffy blanket by a bonfire…life is good.

Sausage and Ravioli Stew

1 sm. Onion diced

1 yellow bell pepper chopped

2 sm. Zuchinni diced

1lb sweet Italian sausage

1 pk. White chicken chili seasoning

1 can white northern beans 

1 can black eyed peas

2 cabs chicken broth

1 c. Water

1 pk. frozen 3 Cheese ravioli

2 c. Fresh spinach

In a Dutch oven saute onion, peppers, zucchini, and sausage until sausage is cooked through and no longer pink. Add the seasoning packet, beans, peas, broth, and water heat to a low boil. Add ravioli cook until tender. Add spinach and let it wilt stirring occasionally. Simmer on low for another 10min. Serve hot. Add a little mozzarella cheese upon serving  if you’d like. Happy cooking, Enjoy!!