Did you notice my leaf garland in the above picture strung along my mantle? I think I am becoming garland obsessed! I am thinking about what holiday comes next and what bunting/garland I will come up with. I just bought some fall colored felt and found some leaf patterns online. I cut quite a few out and tried to decide what looked good to me as I placed them along the brown double fold bias tape on my ironing board. I decided to glue the smaller leaves onto the long leaves and hang them in twos. I sewed them in place and voila, there you have it. I really like how it turned out. The colors are very fall-like and I like that it is different. I am enjoying fall crafting.
On the food front, I have been in the kitchen. Every year at this time, I get back into cooking and baking heartier dinners and desserts that are a little more substantial than the Summer fare. I made this fantastic beer cheese bread with my bread maker. That thing is really winning my respect! I have really thrown some different ingredients in it, and it has been coming through with tasty bread for me. I followed this recipe. I used a shredded cheese blend and melted some with the beer and tossed the rest with the bread flour. I am not a beer drinker and I am happy to report, the beer taste is not distinguishable. It was very good. I will be toasting some tomorrow.
This, my friends, is an amazing frosted pumpkin blondie. I got the recipe from The Stirring Place. These are beyond good. The only change I made in the recipe was to replace the 1 cup of oil with 1 cup of unsweetened plain applesauce. They were still very moist but much healthier. I love pumpkin recipes this time of the year and I am such a sucker for any dessert with cream cheese icing! The family gobbled these up so this recipe is definitely a keeper.
Thank you Terry, for your recommendation of the Cricut. I discovered that they are doing a demonstration of Cricuts at JoAnn Fabrics on the 26th. I can't wait to see one in action!
I hope everyone has a great week. My anniversary is Friday-22 years. Hubs and I will be doing something special. I just don't know what but we both took the day off! Take care. Nancy