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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 10/18/13

Friday, October 18, 2013

PUMPKIN FRAPPUCCINO!

    Nothing like something with pumpkin to bring in the fall season.










Ingredients

1 c cold brew coffee*
1 c milk (any kind)
1/4 c pumpkin butter*
2 Tbsp agave nectar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice





Preparation method

  1. To prepare cold brew coffee, place 2 cup ground coffee – the bolder the better – into a bowl, top it with 4 cups of water and place it in the refrigerator overnight. Strain in the morning and reserve the leftover in the fridge.
  2. Prepare milk ice cubes in advance by pouring your milk of choice into a bowl and mixing in pumpkin butter, agave nectar and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk to ensure even distribution.
  3. Pour mixture into an ice cube tray, covering lightly with saran wrap, and freezing overnight.
  4. Choose non-dairy milk to make this vegan friendly. I went with 2% for an extra creamy texture.
  5. In the morning, place 1 cup coffee and 8-10 pumpkin ice cubes in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add a packet of stevia or extra agave if you prefer a sweeter beverage. Additionally, add more pumpkin pie spice or pumpkin butter if you prefer a spicier flavor.
  6. Optional but recommended: Top with whipped cream and cinnamon for serving.
Notes
* Sub chilled coffee or espresso * If you are using pumpkin puree, still use 1/4 c but compensate flavor by adding extra agave and pumpkin pie spice.




DIY CANNING LID PUMPKIN!

   This diy comes from http://www.funhomethings.com .  You could leave up all of the fall season.  It very cute and easy to make.  Good luck and happy pumpkin canning!!





Canning Lid Pumpkin





This is one of my favorite pumpkin projects of all time. It's cute, simple and one of the first decorations people notice when they walk into my house. The inspiration for this came from an unpainted version I saw at Simply Klassic Home. Whether you decide to paint it or not, this is just too easy not to try!



Supplies

20 regular mouth canning lids
orange yarn
orange spray paint (I used Valspar Satin La Fonda Copper)
3-4 decorative cinnamon sticks


Directions

1. Spray paint the lids on each side until you reach the coverage you want. After the paint dries, you can leave as is or lightly sand some of the edges like I did.





2. String the lids onto the yarn, making sure they all face the same direction.





3. Tie the two ends of yarn together in a double knot and cut the excess.





4. Place the cinnamon sticks in the middle and adjust the spacing of the rings.




The longest part of the whole project was waiting for the paint to dry. If you decide to leave yours unpainted, it will take you all of 5 minutes to complete. 

11 HALLOWEEN PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR GETTING BETTER PICTURES!!





   With Halloween just around the corner, the cameras are certainly going to be flashing away with all the amazing pictures that will be taken of all of the little ghouls and ghosts  in their costumes, to the amazing houses decorated to scare those little ghoulies and ghosties.  Years before your photos just ended up looking a little less than amazing.  This year you are bound and determined to capture those precious memories with some "professional" style.  So hers some tips on how to achieve great Halloween photos this year.


  •  Finding A Point of Interest- make sure you know what the focal point is of your picture.  The focal point will need to be the attention holder of the photo.  The item or person you will see first when looking at the picture.  Once you have determined the focal point make sure it is absolutely perfect.  It may be hard to achieve that with children, but pick the older child, place him in the middle of the other children, standing tall and then tell him to "BE STILL" and keep smiling.  His steadiness will make him the focal point.

  • Filling In Your Frame-To add that added punch to your photos make sure you fill in as much as possible into the picture.  To achieve a nice tight shot with people is to make sure you add as many as your frame will allow.  To fill in your frame an object the best way is to zoom into the object closer so you can remove any excess blank background.