These Halloween Jello Skulls are a fun and easy treat to make for Halloween!
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I think Halloween is such a fun time of year…I know it’s technically only one day, but my family enjoys the couple of weeks leading up to Halloween as well. During this time we decorate the house, shop for costumes, make crafts and enjoy pre-Halloween treats (I can’t resist those little chocolate bars either)! So when I was asked to try out this Nordic Ware Skull Cakelet Pan I couldn’t resist because I was imagining all the fun I could have with it!
I have always loved Nordic Ware, and own several of their pans already, including my favourite Bundt pan that I used to make this chocolate cake. I know when I bake or create with their products, the results are always amazing. They know kitchenware…in fact they have been around since 1946!
Anyway, I decided to think outside the box when I decided to make something with this Skull Cakelet Pan. My kids LOVE jello, and honestly I don’t make it very often, but when I do they are thrilled. Honestly, what better time than Halloween to make a jiggly, wiggly dessert?! And one filled with spooky treats?
To make these jello skulls, I used 2 boxes of jello, and some Halloween gummy candies. I wanted to fill them up with gross but delicious candy, so I added some gummy teeth and worms. Too fun.
I’m so happy with how they turned out, and the kids loved them too! Wouldn’t they be great for a Halloween party or dinner? Just think of all the fun things you could make with this pan…chocolate cake with a spooky red jam centre, or rice krispie treats, or even ice cubes for a Halloween punch.
2 boxes of jello, flavours of your choice (one package will fill 3 skulls)
gummy candies (I used gummy teeth and worms)
Make the jello according to package directions.
Evenly distribute the jello liquid in the cakelet pan, each box of jello will fill 3 skulls.
Let the jello cool slightly (just a few minutes on the counter).
Then add the gummy candies of your choice.
Chill overnight in the fridge for best results.
When you are ready to remove the jello skulls, place the pan in a shallow dish of warm water for about 1 minute (you don't want the jello to melt). DO NOT immerse the pan, you just want the metal bottom to be in the water. The warm water will help the jello release from the pan without sticking.
To get the skulls out, place a cookie sheet or large serving tray over the top of the cakelet pan, then holding the tray tight to the pan, turn it over. The skulls should easily slide out.
Make this Fall Sedum Candle Centrepiece in minutes, with just a few simple supplies. Perfect for a fall or Thanksgiving table setting!
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Last weekend we spent Thanksgiving with my Mom & Dad, and my sister and her family. I always enjoy heading up to my parents place which is picturesquely situated on a lake in Northern Alberta. And fall is my favourite time of year to visit, because all the trees are bright with coloured leaves, the kids can play in leaf piles…except this year. This year we got 10+ cm of snow, which is actually early…I can’t remember a Thanksgiving in recent memory where we had so much snow! You might have seen my picture on Instagram which is beautiful, but it felt really weird for Thanksgiving. In fact it felt like we should be playing Christmas carols!
Even though it was snowing outside, it was cozy and all fall indoors. My mom decorates for the seasons like I do, in fact I decorate my home because it’s what my Mom always did in our home growing up, and I just love it. Mom had their home all beautifully decorated for Thanksgiving this year. There were touches of fall everywhere, and so much of it was harvested from her own country yard…dried flowers, herbs and succulents brought in for the winter, it was beautiful.
My most favourite decoration was the sedum candle centrepiece that my Mom created for the dinner table…I was immediately drawn to it’s random messy beautiful self. Sedum spilling over the sides, in all different colours and textures. It was lovely.
Creating a Fall Sedum Candle Centrepiece
Mom used an old Bundt pan as the container for this centrepiece. She just replanted sedum from her yard, right into the tin, so it can still grow and flourish. And because it’s a Bundt pan, the centre is open and perfectly suited for a candle. Genius. To display the centrepiece, Mom placed the pan onto a cake plate which elevated it to the perfect height for a dinner table. If you like, you can also head over to see this arrangement on my Mom’s blog!
Isn’t it so pretty? I just love how rustic it looks. So if you have sedum left from the summer, this is a perfect way to display it for fall. Simple and lovely.
Welcome to my fall home tour! I’m so happy that you’re here.
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Oh happy day, it’s fall in our house! Every year I embrace this season with open arms because it’s my favourite. I love the cool temperatures and bright blue skies. I love the changing leaves, crunchy walking paths, the smell of fall in the air, the pumpkin in everything we consume, I love it all. I especially love to decorate and bring fall into our home. The colours, textures and scent of fall in my home makes me feel so happy. I like to fill the couches with cozy blankets and pillows, I burn pumpkin scented candles, and add pretty pops of fall colour everywhere I look. It just feels nice and makes me happy…I think it makes everyone here happy…my kids and husband always tell me how nice our house feels when they walk in the door. That my friends, makes my heart swell, and is why I will continue to decorate for all the seasons until I’m 150 years old.
So as soon as September 1st arrived, I dragged out all of my fall decor and got started…it was a week long process by the time I was completely finished, but that’s because I made a few changes to our living room, and now that that’s all done, so is the decorating.
Come on in, and have a look! I hope that by seeing my home you will find inspiration to decorate your own space…even adding a bowl of apples to a table or one pumpkin on to your porch is good enough. There is no need to stress…do what feels good to you.
Anyway, enough blabbing, come on in friends. Welcome to my fall home.
Walking up to our front door this fall makes me smile, so I hope it makes others feel good too. This space is the first contact with our home, so I want it to look nice. Every fall I make this space a little different, and for this year I embraced traditional fall colours, because I like how bright they are and the impact they make when you come up to the front door.
On our front door I hung the leafy wreath I made last year, which I think looks so nice against the yellow. From there I added elements with the same colours to tie it all together. Pumpkins, mums, birch branches, lanterns, cozy blankets…now it’s a cozy space to sit and have a cup of tea.
I actually really like this spot on my porch because in the late afternoon it’s bathed in sunshine. The kids will often find me sitting here waiting for them when they come home from school. It’s warm and feels good.
Molly likes it out here too.
Now it’s time to come on in…welcome!
I love to decorate my chalkboard nook in the main entry way to greet guests and welcome in the changing seasons! I’m no artist, but that’s ok…imperfection is perfection here. I also hung this grapevine and burlap wreath I made a couple of years ago…I like how it came together.
Now come on in to my living room. This is one of my favourite spaces in my home! We made some changes in this space that I’m just thrilled about! It was time for a change considering the couch we previously had was over 12 years old and starting to show it’s age. So we bought a new couch, a matching rug and some new throw pillows…it feels like a grown up living room now.
I kept the fall decor in here very simple this year. I just really wanted to keep it uncomplicated, so I added a few pumpkins, some leaves from my peony plants, and used decor I had around my home already. The mantel looks simple, but it’s just the right amount of fall when combined with what I added to the rest of our living room space.
But it’s this couch area that I really love. I wanted it to look and feel cozy and I think it is. With the couch being so dark, I wanted to have pillows that really stood out against it. So I added pillows with different colours, textures and patterns, but yet all seem to match. I think they look great with the couch and the rug. Can you have too many pillows? I think not. Love it.
So cheery and bright, yet cozy at the same time. I curl up in that corner of the couch every night with a cup of ginger tea and watch Netflix. My favourite time of day.
I wanted to mention one of the things that I love most about this room, and that’s the coffee table. It was so hard to take a picture of what I have going on here, but I love it so. I was kind of just setting things down on this table as I was decorating the rest of the living space, and when I looked over I actually really liked what I saw. The driftwood that we brought back from our trip to the coast this summer is the perfect colour and makes a great centrepiece, and I love the pumpkins and leaves surrounding it. I wish you could see how great it really looks…my pictures don’t do it justice at all.
Molly loves it in here too. P.S. I swore I would never let a dog on our couch…but then Molly came along and I don’t have the heart to make her get off. Who am I?!
Now we turn around towards the kitchen and our eating nook. Because our home has an open concept main floor, it’s kind of hard not to decorate it all for fall. I like the decorating to flow, so it’s only natural for me to add a few things to our kitchen and eating space. But at the same time, I need it to make sense because I don’t have a lot of extra counter space. So I kept it simple and added some fall tea towels, a basket of fall apples and a little pumpkin.
But where I really like to have some fun with decorating is in the eating nook. I’m trying to be more intentional about eating in a pretty setting. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, but if I’m cooking a beautiful meal, I want to serve it on a beautiful table. And of course this isn’t practical for every night, but I like to make it a priority on weekends, especially for Sunday dinners.
The decorating can be as simple as adding a tablecloth and a bowl full of seasonal elements like mini pumpkins or apples. Add some pretty glasses, maybe some candles. That’s it. Really, it’s the thought that counts here. We don’t have to be Martha Stewart, because that’s just waaaaaay too much pressure, just do what makes you feel good.
Now that my fall decorating is all done, it’s time to enjoy it. Take the time to sit back and really enjoy your space…make it a mission to love it. Have a slice of pumpkin bread with a cup of tea, and relax.
Thank you so much for coming into my fall home, I’ve loved sharing it with you. xo
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Now if you’re feeling inspired to decorate your own home and are looking for more ideas and inspiration, take a tour of 20 beautifully decorated homes in the Canadian Bloggers Home Tour! Visit each home tour by following the links below. There is SO much inspiration here. Enjoy.
With this Fall Stovetop Potpourri you are 5 minutes away from your home smelling like the coziness of fall baking!
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So what are your thoughts on home smells? For me, having a home that smells good when you walk in is really important. That may sound weird, but I wouldn’t be able to stand it if someone came into my home and hated the smell. I mean, our home is busy…I have 3 busy kids with friends who are here all the time, we have a puppy and a cat, so needless to say I worry that things could get a little stinky.
I like to have the windows and doors open (that’s the country girl in me), but there are times when I just want to get the whole house smelling a little fresher. But I don’t like to use home sprays and things like that because I’m bothered by their intense smell, so I prefer to use more natural ways to add scent. This is where homemade stovetop potpourris are really nice.
Homemade potpourris are SO easy to make, and most of the time the ingredients you need to make them are right there in your own home already. Really, if you have some cinnamon and vanilla on hand, you have an instant home deodorizer.
For fall, this simple potpourri is great…when it simmers it smells like you have an apple pie in the oven. The only problem with that is you will suddenly crave a slice of apple pie, but you won’t actually have one. Sad face. But at least your home will smell delicious and cozy!
Place your potpourri pot on the back burner and let it simmer on the lowest setting. Within minutes you will be enjoying the warm and comforting scents of vanilla and cinnamon. Potpourris are also great to make about a half hour before you have guests come over…your home will smell amazing.
Make pretty fall grass place card holders for your autumn table! With just a few simple supplies, making a beautiful table setting is easy.
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With fall entertaining upon us, it’s fun to set a pretty and festive table for family and friends, whether it be a Thanksgiving table, or just a lovely weekend dinner with friends. More and more I am buying into the notion that if I’m going to take the time to create a delicious dinner, I want to take the time to serve it on an equally lovely table setting. I think it creates an overall wonderful dining experience…great company, pretty ambiance, and delicious food.
Earlier this week I shared my simple fall table setting with you, all in hopes of providing some decoration inspiration for your own table! And one of my favourite features of the setting are the grass place card holders that I made. When I was planning and thinking of ideas for the place cards I knew I wanted something homemade, and something really easy to put together. I also wanted them to match the rest of the table, without being too overpowering. While I was out looking for various things to use, I saw these fall grasses and knew they were perfect…everything about them screamed fall, and as a big bonus they match the glasses I had! I love it when things come together!
What’s great about these place card bouquets is that you can tailor them to your own decor! Use grasses or feathers that match your dinner plates and napkins, use any tag you like, and tie them up with ribbon of your choice. Just get creative and have fun with them! Then once dinner is done, you can take them apart and put all the grass and feathers into one mini bouquet for display somewhere else in your home!
I am really happy with how these turned out. They are simple and tie many of the elements of my fall table together so nicely! Plus, they they were SO easy to make…I’m all about the easy.
Supplies to make your own place card holders:
Fall grasses. I like to use groupings of 3 for each place holder.
Feathers. I used 2 brown goose feathers for each place holder.
Pretty ribbon to tie it all together.
How to assemble your place card holders:
These are so simple to make. All you have to do is tie the grass and feathers in a little bunch, almost like a mini-bouquet. But first I wrote the names of all of my guests onto little kraft paper tags I found at the dollar store (in the scrapbooking aisle). Then I pulled a string through the eyelet of the tag. Once I had the grass and feathers in a little bunch, I just tied them up with the ribbon. That’s it.
If you want to see how they look on my fall table, head on over to my Fall Table Setting post! And I hope you have some ideas for your own table!
Create a beautiful fall table setting with seasonal touches inspired by nature!
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After the weirdo weather of our summer this year, fall has actually been a warm welcome. I always look forward to fall, but this year especially so because I was hoping it would come with the nice soft weather that is typical of our autumn. And so far fall hasn’t disappointed, the sun is shining, skies are blue and the air is warm. Brightly coloured leaves are crunching underfoot, spiced tea is being poured, fall baking is in the oven, soup’s on the stove and homes are being decorated to celebrate the season. I love fall.
Feeling inspired I have turned my attention to my home and I am enjoying decorating it for the season, and I can’t wait to share it with you! My hope is that by sharing what I’m doing, you will feel inspired to decorate in your own home. Plus, I’m going to share a tonne of tips to decorate within a small budget! There’s no need to spend a lot of money to have a beautiful space.
A Fall Table Setting
Today I’m sharing a fall table setting that would be lovely for Thanksgiving, or any special dinner you have planned during the fall season. It’s always a nice to have a beautifully set table for special dinners. I figure since you spent so much time planning and cooking a nice dinner for everyone, you may as well have an equally nice table setting to serve it on!
A beautiful fall table setting can come together so easily with just a few simple elements. Take a walk around your yard or hit the ditches in search of fall grasses or twigs with fall coloured leaves. Buy a few mini white or orange pumpkins from the market and use them to fill decorative bowls, or to use as place markers. These are all easy, inexpensive and accessible ways to decorate!
For my fall table this year I wanted a very earthy autumn feel, with a lot of natural elements like grasses, wood, and fall colours. The older I get, and the more comfortable I become with my style, the easier I find it is to decorate. I have realized that I really love a rustic natural look, so I’m embracing it.
Putting a Table Setting Together
Right now I am really loving this muted shade of green, so I used it as the colour inspiration for my table setting. It’s a great colour and matches well with fall shades of orange, red, and brown.
Once I had my colour scheme picked out it was time to set the rest of the table! I used a simple linen table cloth as the base of the table setting. Then I added a rustic wooden bowl full of mini white pumpkins in the centre of the table as the anchor. As far as centrepieces go, this really doesn’t get any easier. Plus, I love love the look of white pumpkins so I really like how this came together.
For the plate settings I used my circular woven grass placemats then layered the dishes at each place setting. I like the cohesive look of the circle mats with the dishes. That, and rectangle placemats don’t work on our circle table!
After years of setting festive tables, I have found that once you have a great neutral set of dishes, you can pretty much decorate your table any way that you like. I prefer simple white dishes because they go with everything, and as a bonus I can use them at Christmas, Easter or any time of the year, and I just change the napkins, and centrepiece to match the season.
And because of the simplicity of these dishes, I layered a set of napkins that added a really nice pop of pattern and colour to the table. Wayfair has a tonne of great linens that would look beautiful on a fall table.
Pretty Place Card Holders
One of my favourite elements of this table are the place card holders that I made with the most simple supplies: fall grass, goose feathers, kraft paper tags and some pretty ribbon to tie them together. I’m going to share the full tutorial for how to make them (and where I got the supplies) this week, so make sure to come back! As a bonus, when you’re done with these little ‘bouquets’ you can take them apart and make a little fall arrangement for display.
Decorating Off the Table
Once the table was set I turned my attention to the spaces around the table, like my china cabinet, the linen chest of drawers and my new cookbook cabinet. These spaces are perfect for a little extra fall decorating! In the background of the picture above, you can see where I hung the Simple Fall Grass Wreath that I made. I love hanging wreaths on this cabinet! I also tucked a few pumpkins into the cabinet to carry over the look.
I also placed a few little green pumpkins on my linen chest which you can see in the background of the photo above. They match the glasses on the table perfectly! Now the whole look is coming together.
I really love how this fall table setting came together. It’s simple, yet it has all of the rustic fall elements that I was looking for. I hope you got some ideas for your own fall table!
With just a few supplies and less than 10 minutes, you can put together this Simple Fall Grass Wreath for your home!
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I’m feeling so inspired this fall. Maybe it’s the crisp fall air and sunny skies, or the markets full of fall produce, or the fact that the kids are back at school…I’m not really sure what the reason for it is, but I’m just going with it. I’ve been busy shopping farmers markets, meal prepping, baking and decorating my home and loving every second.
One of the things I enjoy the most about fall is being able to decorate my home for this gorgeous season. I haul out pillows with pops of fall colours for our couch, add fall leaves into existing twig arrangements, place pumpkins on the mantel and front porch. And this year I’ve really tried to embrace natural elements in my fall home decor by using natural grasses, a lot of wood, earth tone colours and real fruit and pumpkins for display. Because really, what’s nicer than what Mother Nature offers us? It feels nice to bring fall elements into my home to make it cozy.
But most importantly, I want (and need) to keep it simple…I don’t want to spend a lot of money, or overcomplicate decorating in my home, but at the same time I will always be that person who has a wreath on the door, or the mantel decorated. I’m always trying to balance my need to decorate, with my need to keep it simple and on budget, as I know many of you are as well! Well fret not, we can have a beautiful fall home that doesn’t cost a lot or take much time to do. This Simple Fall Grass Wreath that I made is the perfect example.
This year I wanted to make a new fall wreath that will hang in our eating nook (I’ll show you where I hung it in my fall home tour which is coming soon). I kept this wreath super simple so that it fits in nicely with what I had going on in this space already. All I wanted was a natural looking wreath with fall grasses so that’s what I created. And it took me about 10 minutes to put together! It’s simple and I love it.
Creating your own Simple Fall Grass Wreath (for less than $10 and 10 minutes)
Supplies: 1 grapevine wreath vase, grasses of your choice, and matching ribbon
How To: All you have to do is stuff the grasses into the wreath base, trim the ends and hang the wreath using the ribbon of your choice! It’s so simple, but that’s what is so great about it! Have fun with it, choose your favourite fall grass or leaves, use a plaid, burlap or simple cotton ribbon. So many possibilities!
Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be sharing a tonne of fall recipes, fall tablescape ideas, and finally my fall home tour! I can’t wait, so I hope you stick around to gather some inspiration for your own home!