Wednesday, October 20

Bits & Pieces // Our Fall Decorations

I wasn't going to decorate this year. This is the start of my favourite time of year, yet somehow, along the way, I seemed to have picked up a "just get through the year" attitude and it has been pouring out of me like Alice's tears. You don't realize how big of a mess you are making until you shrink in size and realized you just cried an ocean. Those kinds of tears and that kind of ocean. 

Thankfully, I have two very eager and excited girls who love this time of year. My oldest continued asking me if we were going to pull out our fall stuff. Her excitement reached out and grabbed my miserable heart, hugging it softly, filling it full of joy. I pulled out the bin and that's where my youngest starting pulling things out, hugging each stuffed animal and making 'cookies' out of the old pinecones and acorns. How could I have ever let my senses dull and my excitement fade with those two around? 

We've been on a mission to decorate ever since. I don't have a lot in terms of Halloween decorations, but autumn leaves and pinecones, I have an abundance. Our backyard has a maple tree who has been generous with her contribution to our fall makeover as well. And my mother reminded me of some really cute pumpkins I crocheted several years back. To my total amazement, after digging out the supplies needed to whip some up, I found three pumpkin bodies, waiting. How easy it is to be thankful for something so simple! 

Feeling the urge to create something new, I explored A Beautiful Mess, looking for a ghost garland that I saw last year. It's more cutesy than spooky, which is exactly how I like my Halloween. I am sure as the days go by, we'll continue looking for ways to add more into this space, but for now, its making me feel very cozy and extremely happy. :) 
Time to get crafty!
Click here for the crocheted pumpkin pattern. 
Click here for the yarn tassel ghost garland instructions.

Monday, October 18

Collecting Shadows

Here is another collection of shadows, found in the unlikely of places, unescaping my notice and begging to be admired. I cannot help it! Another year of finding beauty in the negative space. These ones made me smile and I had to carve out another post, a safe place to keep this odd gathering. 

I had an overwhelmingly surge of hope when I took the last photo. Seeing my shadow so large, the idea of it operating out of sync of my own movements excited me so. That is probably super childish to admit, but the story of Peter Pan leaped to mind and having a shadow who has an itinerary all of its own, well, that would be thrilling wouldn't it? 

Last years photo collection can be found here, and with spooky season here, I am so hopeful that I will be finding more. For now, enjoy, dear reader. :) 

Wednesday, October 13

The Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

For Thanksgiving dinner, the girls and I worked very hard and made a festive pumpkin spice latte cake. I spotted this recipe on Zoella's blog and knew that I wanted to try and attempt to make such a happy dessert. I am not the most experienced baker, there were several techniques I had not tried before, but the girls encouraged me and we spent the majority of the morning building it up from scratch. 
One of the things that we did differently from the original recipe is that we made it with gluten-free flour. I looked over the recipe and with that many eggs, I wondered if it would be enough liquid to get by with the dryness that GF flour usually brings. It was! The cake that came out was heavy and dense which was a wonderful balance to the light and fluffy buttercream icing. We didn't put on Halloween marshmallows for decoration, but instead went sprinkle overboard. We found our sprinkles at a dollar store and using them was our ultimate goal for October. 
I forgot to take photos after I applied the buttercream and found that melting chocolate was easier than I thought it would be, but pouring it in a pretty fashion was harder. Must work on my drizzling skills! 
All those tasty spiders!!
The cake had a few little bubble holes through-out (oops), but everyone really seemed to enjoy this cake. Yay!
Now, to slowly eat the leftovers!
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