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Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Make these Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies for some extra delicious and spooky fun this Halloween!

Halloween is so fun.  I admit that I get caught up in the excitement of it with my kids.  They love the decorations, costumes, spooky movies and of course all the fun Halloween treats!  And it’s the perfect excuse for me to get right in on all the fun…so I don’t feel weird at all about serving finger hot dogs for lunch, or hanging a spooky eyeball wreath, or even decorating my living room with spooky stuff.  Too fun.

Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

So last week as the kids and I were out shopping for some Halloween things, I saw these cute little candy butcher knives at Michaels, and I knew right away what I was going to do with them.  Halloween cookies.

Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

And not just any cookies, Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies.  All the deliciousness of pumpkin spice, and a soft sugar cookie all in one.  Then rolled in some blood red sugar, and add a knife for spooky fun.  Halloween deliciousness!

Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

But seriously.  Aren’t they fun?

Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Put these out at a party or send them to school, and just stand back and watch them disappear.  No one will be able to resist them.  They’re not only adorable, but they’re also delicious.

Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Soft, chewy, pumpkin-y and spooky.

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Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Spooky and delicious pumpkin sugar cookies for Halloween!

Servings 36 cookies
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree not filling
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • coloured sugar for rolling the dough in before baking
  • spooky Halloween candies: I used butcher knives

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix until well blended.
  4. Add the pumpkin puree and mix until smooth.
  5. In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.
  6. Add the flour mix to the butter mixture, mixing until well blended.
  7. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Shape the cookie dough into 1 inch balls. ** If the dough is too sticky to roll, put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes to harden it up before rolling. **
  9. Roll the balls in the coloured sugar, then place them on a cookie sheet. Do not press them down! 

  10. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, or until edges of the cookies are lightly browned.

  11. Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool for 2 - 3 minutes.
  12. After the cooling period, press a spooky candy into the middle of the cookies.

  13. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

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Halloween Decorating Ideas

Here are some Halloween Decorating Ideas to inspire you this spooky season!

I really love to decorate inside our home for Halloween.  I love the transition from a simply decorated fall home, to a spooky but fun Halloween house.  But I especially love that the kids love it.  For them, it adds to the excitement that Halloween is coming!

Halloween Decorating Ideas

This year I changed things up in the Halloween decor department.  I try very hard not to over complicate things, and use a lot of the same decorations from past years.  But this year I was in Michaels in August, and their shelves were FULL of amazing Halloween decorations.  I try not to get tempted, but I saw these fuzzy black and white skull pillows, and decided right then and there, that I had to have them.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Halloween Mantel

And then one thing led to another, and the next thing I knew I had a cart full of pumpkins, pillows, string art, candle holders…and on and on.  But I can use it all again next year.  Decorating our home for the seasons, is just what I like to do, so I gave in to a little temptation this year, and I love how it all turned out!

Halloween Decorating Ideas

Skulls, crows, spiders…oh my.

Halloween Decorating Ideas

Purple lights for nighttime fun.

Halloween Decorating Ideas

Candles, pillows and all the things that make for a fun Halloween living room.

Halloween Decorating Ideas

More Halloween Decorating Ideas:

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

Welcome to my Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour!  Find some inspiration to decorate your home for the fall season! 

My home tour is 1 of 24 Canadian Fall Home Tours hosted by Christina of The DIY Mommy and Shannon of AKA Design!  I hope you can take a moment to visit all of these beautiful and cozy fall homes and get inspired!  You can find all the links at the bottom of this post.

Today is my day to share, and I’m so excited to share my fall home with you!  I love this time of year…fall is the perfect reason to make a cozy home…with fall colours, cozy blankets, seasonal pillows, pumpkins and more! So grab your pumpkin spice latte and come take a tour with me!  Happy Fall Y’all!

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

Welcome to my home!  We start my home tour on my Harvest Themed Fall Front Porch, which I shared in full last week on the blog.  I kept things very classic out here with mums, herbs from my summer garden, grasses, pumpkins, sunflowers…all the elements that surround us here in fall.  With the addition of twinkly lights, it feels like a little fall garden party out here.  Now let’s go inside…

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

On to my favourite space…my living room.  Next to the kitchen, the living room is the hub of our home.  It’s the first space you see when you enter my home, so I thought it was a good place to start.  When I decorate in here I really try to keep things practical.  I like practical and pretty.

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

We use this space everyday, so it has to be functional.  The easiest way for me to do this is to change out simple elements with each season.  I added some pumpkins to my Neutral Fall Mantel (which I shared here last week), and they tie in perfectly with all of my colourful seasonal pillows and blankets.

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

I really love blues, greys and orange paired together, and it’s a good thing since so many of my every day accent pieces are blue and grey.  I think these colours work really well together.

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

Let’s sit and have tea…just push aside one of the dozen pillows I have on my couch and make room.  One can’t have too many pillows can they?  No.

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

One of my most favourite finds this fall is this pillow I made with CanvasPop!  This is actually a photo that I took and shared on Instagram last year!  You can take any photo and have it put onto a pillow…how fun is that?!  All I had to do was upload my photo and in a few days I had a pillow.  Just think of the pillow possibilities!  I think it’s really neat to have pieces of your own art in your home.  Love love love.  I should also mention that they are durable too…I had to wash one of the covers after my dog put her dirty paws all over it…I threw it in the washer and it came out good as new.

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

I can’t not share a picture of Molly in my home tour…this pup is my shadow and follows me around constantly.  I have to retake photos all the time because she’s always flying in and out of my shots.  At least this time I caught her chillin.  She approves of all the pillows on my couch 😉

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

Now on to my kitchen and eating nook.  With the open floor plan on my main level, I like to try to decorate the whole space so it all flows together.  It just feels nice.

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

I always love to decorate with natural elements as much as I can…especially in a working kitchen.  Swiss chard is doing double duty as a bouquet, while it waits to be turned into dinner!

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

Fruit bowls are loaded up with fruit ready to be eaten. Functional and gorgeous.

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

I made a new fall berry wreath for my front door this year, but didn’t want my fiery leaf wreath from last year to sit in the storage room, so I decided to hang it inside on our patio door.  I love it here.  It adds the perfect pop of colour.  Doesn’t it look so nice with the aqua and yellow?

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

Cheery and so pretty.

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

As you can see I’ve been adding a lot of colour into our home…the nice thing is that somehow it all seems to match…or at least I think it does 😉  #ALLTHECOLOUR

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

Here’s my kitchen…I don’t change too much in here.  I like to add seasonal tea towels and put squash out on display…that spaghetti squash is also going to be dinner next week.

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

I still use these glass containers for all my most used ingredients.  They look pretty all filled up, and they’re convenient…there’s me being practical again.  I also started collecting wooden cutting boards and I used to store them in a cupboard, but I thought it was a shame not to have them out where I could appreciate them.  So I decided to layer my favourites behind these jars and I love how it looks.

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

And what’s a fall kitchen home tour without something to eat?!  Have a Monster Cookie…they’re delicious.

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

So that wraps up my fall home tour, I hope you enjoyed it!  When I share my home with you, it is in hopes that you may find inspiration to create a cozy home for you and your family.  If you are looking for more ideas for your own home, I hope you can take some time to check out these beautiful fall home tours that are part of this Canadian Bloggers Home Tour!  It’s so fun to see how everyone decorates their home…there are so many styles, you’re sure to find something you love!  Another great way is to follow the hashtag #CBHomeTour on Instagram!

Get the Look!

If you’re wondering where you can find some of the pieces in my home tour, here are the sources.  Some are affiliate links that help me make a small commission.  Thank you for supporting my blog!

Living Room

Coffee Table, IKEA //  End Tables, Wayfair  //  Plaid Blanket, Chapters  //  Couch, IKEA  //  Pillows CanvasPop, Craftberry Bush and IKEA  //  Braided Rug, Wayfair  //  Feather Mug, Chapters  //  Macrame Hanging, Outside the Shape  //  Lamps, Homesense

Kitchen Area

Turquoise Cabinet, Wayfair  //  Colourful Braided Rug, Wayfair  //  Fall Tea Towels, Chapters  //  Cutting Boards, Chapters  //  Glass Storage Jars, Wayfair  //  Kitchen Table, IKEA

 

Now Let’s Go On A Canadian Bloggers Home Tour:

Monday

AKA Design
Amidst the Chaos
Lemon Thistle
Love Create Celebrate
So Much Better With Age

Tuesday

The Learner Observer
Woman in Real Life
Life is a Party
Clean and Scentsible

Wednesday

Satori Design for Living
The Happy Housie
Rambling Renovators
Craftberry Bush
The Sweetest Digs

Thursday

The DIY Mommy
Home To Heather
White Wood
A Pretty Life
Vin’yet Etc

Friday

Kim Power Style
PMQ for two
The Creek Line House
Sustain My Craft Habit
northern style exposure

Happy Fall Friends!

5 Minute Fall Berry Wreath

This 5 Minute Fall Berry Wreath is SO easy to make, and adds just the perfect touch of fall to your front door!

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As you may know already, I’m a big fan of wreaths hung on front doors.  I think they’re the perfect way to greet those who come up to your home…they’re just a nice warm welcome.  And because I’m kind of obsessed with wreaths, I also like to change them up with the seasons…I have wreaths for ChristmasHalloween, WinterSummer…you name it, I made it.

Harvest Theme Fall Front Porch with Fall Berry Wreath

This fall I decided to make a new wreath to go with my Harvest Theme Fall Front Porch.  I wanted something simple and not too overpowering because I have a lot going on in this space already.  So I kept things super simple and made this 5 Minute Fall Berry Wreath.

5 Minute Fall Berry Wreath

Honestly, this wreath is so easy it’s ridiculous.  But as I’ve learned, sometimes all we need is the inspiration to make our own project, so that’s why I’m sharing this simple wreath DIY with you. Just because something is easy doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful.

5 Minute Fall Berry Wreath

All you need to do is head out to your nearest craft store and buy 2 things…that’s it.  A wreath base and a string of fall berries.  All of it should cost you less than $10. Simple and inexpensive…that’s my kind of craft!  So here’s how to make your own fall wreath:

Materials Required:

  • 1 grapevine wreath base
  • 1 strand of fall berry garland

How To Assemble:

  • All you have to do is tuck the garland into the front of the grapevine wreath base.
  • Add a ribbon for hanging.
  • Done!

I love the simplicity of this wreath…it’s perfect for my fall porch don’t you think?

More Fall Wreaths to Make:

Simple Fall Grass Wreath

Simple Fall Grass Wreath

Cozy Fall Yarn Wreath

Cozy Fall Yarn Wreath

Fiery Fall Leaf Wreath

Fiery Fall Leaf Wreath

Have an inspired day!

My Harvest Themed Fall Front Porch

Welcome to fall!  Today I’ve teamed up with 11 bloggers, and we’re sharing our fall front porches with you to get you inspired! So make sure you check them out at the bottom of this post. A big thank you to Taryn at Taryn Whiteaker Designs for organizing this fall porch blog hop!

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I’ve welcomed fall with open arms this year.  We have had the most dry, hot and smoky summer…I don’t remember another summer quite like it.  I love the heat, but I’ve actually grown tired of it, and am ready for cooler temperatures.  Cooler temperatures mean fall, and fall is my favourite time of year.  I adore everything about it…the markets, the farmers fields, the smell of leaves in the air, the crunch of leaves under my feet.  It’s the best.

I like to embrace fall in its fullest, including in my home.  I decorate the mantel, add fall pillows and decorations to my living space, and I even like to decorate the porch. In fact, decorating my front porch is my favourite.  So come have a look at how I decorated my porch for fall…I hope you leave feeling inspired to decorate your own front door space.

My Harvest Themed Fall Front Porch

This year I wanted to really capture all the best things about fall…farmers’ markets, sunflowers, apples, pumpkins, mums, grasses…all the things that make fall feel cozy.

My Harvest Themed Fall Front Porch

In fact it was this wooden sign that I found at Michaels that really inspired my front porch decorating this year…fall harvest is the best.

My Harvest Themed Fall Front Porch

Once I knew what direction I was going, I loaded up this space with as many fall things as I could find.  Apples, sunflowers and pumpkins, oh my.

My Harvest Themed Fall Front Porch

And make sure to stay tuned to see how I turn these little apples into delicious fall desserts!  Decorating can be practical too right?  😉

My Harvest Themed Fall Front Porch

Whenever I decorate a space in my home, I always try to use as many things as I can that I already have.  So I ‘shopped’ around my home first and moved over my garden lavenders, brought out a cozy blanket and one of my favourite fall pillows.  All things that came together to create a cozy fall scene.

5 Minute Fall Berry Wreath

One thing that I knew I wanted to add to my porch that was different from last year, was a new fall wreath.  I love the wreath I hung last fall, but I wanted a new fall wreath for our door this year, so I put together this really simple 5 Minute Fall Berry Wreath (see how to make it here).  I bought a grapevine wreath base at Michaels, and decorated it with a berry garland that I also found there.  It took me 5 minutes to put this together, and I really like how it turned out.  It ties in perfectly with everything on my porch. Simple and understated.

My Harvest Themed Fall Front Porch

 One of my favourite things about this front porch though, is the lighting.  I had outdoor lights strung along our fence for summer, and thought that they would look so pretty strung around our front porch.  So I took 2 strings and hung them on the ceiling of our porch…and I LOVE how they look both during the day, and at night.  It feels like a little intimate garden party.

My Harvest Themed Fall Front Porch at Night

So pretty at night…sometimes I come outside just to stand and look at everything.

My Harvest Themed Fall Front Porch

If you’d like to see the rest of my fall home, visit my Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour here!  Or just click on the picture below:

Bright and Cheery Fall Home Tour

Looking for more fall porch inspiration?  Visit these bloggers beautiful fall porches!

Taryn Whiteaker Designs | Anderson + Grant | Christina’s Adventures | A Burst of Beautiful

 A Pretty Life | PMQ for Two | The Happy Housie | Setting for Four

 Little Glass Jar | Lolly Jane | Clean & Scentsible | Zevy Joy

 House by Hoff | Hymns & Verses

Happy Fall!

 

Neutral Fall Mantel

Welcome to fall!  Today I’ve teamed up with 9 bloggers, and we’re sharing our fall mantels with you to get you inspired for fall!  A big thank you to Taryn at Taryn Whiteaker Designs for organizing this fall mantel blog hop!

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It’s fall y’all!  That saying never gets old…I look forward to shouting it out at least once during the fall season.  I’m just so happy that fall is here…even though the temperatures are over 30 degrees right now (95 F).  But the nights are cool, the leaves are changing and the kids are back to school.  Can I get a hallelujah?!

The change over in season now means that I can put away all of my spring/summer decor, and finally drag out my favourite decorations…bring on all the pumpkins, leaves, and cozy blankets.  I love the feeling of decorating for a new season.

My Neutral Fall Mantel

When I start my home decorating for each season, I like to start with the mantel.  It’s the main focus of our living space so I like to set the tone for the rest of our main floor here.  Come have a look at my fall mantel…then make sure to check out more fall mantels at the bottom of this post!

Neutral Fall Mantel

This year my mantel decor was inspired by a macrame wall hanging that I found in a local boutique called Outside the Shape.  When I walked in that shop my heart skipped a little beat…I wanted ALL THE THINGS.  But I was immediately drawn to this hanging.  I love macrame and I’m really happy to see that it has made a comeback in home decor.  I remember macrame wall hangings my Mom made, that she hung in our home.  I wonder where they are now?  And who knows, maybe I’ll start making macrame too.

Neutral Fall Mantel

I decided to make the macrame hanging the focal point of my fall mantel, and work with neutral colours.  I’ll likely move it after fall is over and hang it in our bedroom, but for now, I love it on the mantel.

Neutral Fall Mantel

Because the colours of the hanging are soft and neutral, I wanted the rest of the mantel decorations to be light and neutral as well.

Neutral Fall Mantel

When I decorate I try, as much as possible, to use what I already have at home.  But this year I wanted to freshen up things up so I went in search of some new decorations.  And Michaels had everything that I was looking for…pumpkins in all colours, sizes and texture.  Woot!  So I filled the mantle with pumpkins and layered in pieces of Dusty Miller to add some texture…Dusty Miller reminds me of my Mom too…she always has it in her garden.

Neutral Fall Mantel

Blues, greys, white, browns and greens…I love these colours of pumpkins so much.  I love orange ones too, so I’ll add those once I can buy fresh ones in the market.

Neutral Fall Mantel

After I filled the mantel with pumpkins I finished things off with a few more pumpkins on the bottom of the fireplace, and put together a fall arrangement using some fall grasses.

Neutral Fall Mantel

I love how it turned out. Simple and perfect for harvest season.

Neutral Fall Mantel

I also wanted to show you what it looks like at different times of the night…so cozy.

Neutral Fall Mantel

Candles are my favourite kind of light…

Neutral Fall Mantel

Neutral Fall Mantel

So there you have it, my neutral fall mantel!  I love the simplicity of it…it’s quite a change from what I did last year, but I love it just as much.  And as the season progresses and the markets fill up with pumpkins for Halloween, I’ll add in some pops of colour with more pumpkins!

Looking for more fall mantel inspiration?  Visit these beautiful bloggers fall mantels!

Taryn Whiteaker Designs | Cherished Bliss | Sincerely Marie Designs | Making Home Base | Town & Country Living

Design Dazzle | The Happy Housie | A Pretty Life |House By Hoff | Maison De Pax

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Happy Fall Y’all!

5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

Getting together with friends and family over food, has never been easier!  Here are 5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ!

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I think it’s obvious that I love to cook and bake, but at the same time I’m the first person to admit that there are times when it’s just nice to buy things that are ready to go.  This is especially true for last minute gatherings with friends and family…impromptu BBQ’s on summer nights are the best.  So I gathered some friends together for a BBQ and we tried out some of President’s Choice new Canadiana themed food from the PC Insider’s Collection!

Here are 5 tips to make these last minute get togethers fun and stress free!

5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

1.  Buy everything that you can

Sometimes it’s just nice, and necessary, to buy everything that you need to host a BBQ with friends.  It takes the load off and means that you don’t have to spend the day in the kitchen preparing dinner!  We bought premade burgers, smokies, chips, buns, drinks dessert and Maple Marshmallow s’more ingredients!  I did make a pasta salad, but only because I wanted to!

5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

For this BBQ we tried out the PC Loads of Canadiana Beef Burger and PC Poutine Flavour Smokies!  It was a great opportunity to try some fun new flavours!

5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

2.  Make it self serve

Make dinner a buffet.  Spread everything you are serving out on a table, and let your guest help themselves.  People love to do this…it feels casual and fun.

5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

3.  Put all the drinks into a cooler with ice

Fill up a cooler with ice and put it out on the deck where you will be having dinner.  That way your guests can just help themselves when they want something!  We put out a selection of PC Organics Watermelon Lemonade, iced tea, PC De-Alcoholized Lemon Radlers, and Caesar’s using the new PC Bacon Flavour Tomato Clam Cocktail!

5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

4.  Keep the set up simple.

Host everything outdoors, this makes clean up so easy!  Then throw on a table cloth, put out paper plates, napkins and cutlery.  Set out cushions for comfort, string some lights around your patio, light candles and don’t forget to keep the bugs away with a citronella candle.  An easy breezy night.

5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

5.  Don’t stress

But most of all, don’t stress.  Nights like these are supposed to be fun.  That’s why you’re buying what you need…so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your impromptu night with friends.

5 Tips for Hosting an Easy Summer BBQ

Have a delicious day!

Disclosure:  This post has been sponsored by President’s Choice, owned by Loblaw Companies Limited.  But as always the pictures, my voice, all content, and opinions are mine alone.  Happy Summer! xo