Autumn Bucket List – Read an Autumn Inspired Book

November 3rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

Wow!  I had a hard time finding a book that had an Autumn theme.

I even checked Pinterest on lists of Autumn of Fall must reads.

Most were not my cup of tea.

Finally I found this book on Amazon.

Synopsis:

Artist Autumn Hamilton is stuck in a creative block so strong she wonders if she will ever emerge. Inwardly determined to find her way back to painting, she puts on a brave face and pretends all is well, even fooling her best friend, Meg. But then a distraction—in the form of hard-hearted Ethan Rasmussen—pulls her into a complex family saga. Autumn must stop Ethan from making a huge mistake, regardless of his good intentions, and no matter how handsome he is.

Meanwhile, online shopping and big box stores have taken their toll on the once vibrant shops and restaurants in downtown Finch’s Crossing. Major Peggy Brightwell has hired entrepreneur Kyle Oswald to bring the merchants into the world of internet marketing and social media, in time to entice Black Friday shoppers to Finch’s Crossing. The eccentric and loveable merchants fall instantly in love with Kyle, but it’s Meg he wishes would notice him. But Meg is hiding a fierce loneliness from everyone, including herself. Kyle is determined to find a chink in her armor, no matter how grumpy and resistant she is.

Autumn and Meg must work through their own problems before romance even stands a chance. And to further complicate matters, Ethan and Kyle have the kind of baggage that just might be a little too heavy for Autumn and Meg to carry.

Finch’s Crossing is a heart-warming, small-town sweet romance series, following the lives of the four Hamilton sisters, Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter, who are all searching for the same thing: sustaining, unconditional love. The series features a supporting cast of lovable eccentrics, and a lot of small town quirkiness.

 

This book felt like a Hallmark movie in the making, I can almost see the characters.

It was cute, held my interest and found the characters likeable.  There even was a pumpkin incident and lots of fall leaves to make me happy.

Autumn Bucket List – Hallmark Movie “Love of Course”

November 3rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

This Hallmark movie was the best one yet!  Of course anything with Cameron Mathison is going to be a good movie.  He use to be in my favorite soap opera ALL MY CHILDREN so he is golden to me.  LOL

Love, Of Course
Premieres October 20, 2018

Amy has spent most of her adult life “helicoptering” around her daughter, Cara especially since her husband died six years earlier. With reluctance, Amy is helping Cara head off to college in another city. She then “conveniently” lands a job at Cara’s college, much to Cara’s dismay. When Amy meets Noah, a charismatic, well-traveled professor, she learns more about herself and discovers a new life of her own, filled with romance.

 


 

This one gets 5 pumpkins as I liked the story, I liked the characters and of course Cameron Mathison.

Autumn Bucket List – Gifts for the Co-Workers

November 3rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Crafts 2 Comments »

Every Holiday I usually make something for the co-workers.

I really liked the little bunny box I made from them on Easter, so I thought I would do another box but using the new Bar Add on from Lawn Fawn.

The wings had to be in glitter.   I was not sure what candy would fit into the box but was pleased to see the Lindt Lindor candies fit just fine.

A little Glossy Accents in the eyes make it all the more spooky.

In two colors of grey they each look great.

My co-workers loved the bats.

As you can tell, the co-workers are very happy with the bat boxes

 

 

Thank you for looking at my post!

Added to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – TAKE FLIGHT cuz bats can fly.  At least the candies inside will fly right into my mouth

and the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge for ANYTHING GOES

Autumn Bucket List – Making an Autumn Inspired Dinner

October 30th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Recipes No Comments »

Ok, originally I wanted to make a dinner from one of my Autumn Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, but then I go strolling thru Pinterest and you can guess what happened.

 

That’s right, I found another recipe.

 

I found this Maple Dijon Chicken with Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts

Yum, this recipe is from Juliasalbum.com.    Just click on the chicken below to take you there.

Now my pictures did not look that nice, but then again I am not a cooking genius or a photographer.

Here is my prepped chicken…..so many possibilities

What can be easier than throwing everything onto a baking sheet.

I have just rediscovered Brussel sprouts.   i had them at a restaurant that was done with balsamic vinegar and I met heaven in my mouth.

Mine, not so much, but I am sure there will be opportunities in the future.

 

Maybe a little over done on the outside but the chicken.

I forgot to set the timer.

Stupid me.

When I smelled the chicken I realized my error.  However under the crispy skin was a nicely cooked chicken.

Everything was yummy.

 

 

Autumn Bucket List – Hallmark Movie “Under the Autumn Moon”

October 25th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

I have a lot of things pending to post, but not quite done.

But I did watch another Hallmark Movie!

This time it was UNDER THE AUTUMN MOON

Under the Autumn Moon
Premieres October 13, 2018

While visiting a dude ranch that is a potential acquisition for the outdoor adventure company she works for, Alex, an eager candidate for a big promotion, discovers what matters most when she reignites her passion for the great outdoors; and becomes smitten with the ranch’s owner in the process.

I enjoyed this movie, not sure if it was the ranch, or the cute couple.   Not too thrilled about the big executive quest as the female character is a sweet, gentle soul who loves horses and of course the ranch.  Lindy Booth is so cute you just want her as your best friend.  And Wes Brown is not too bad to look at.

But I always enjoy “saving the ranch” at the end of any movie.

 

 

Since I liked this movie, I will give it a 4 pumpkin rating.

I could definitely watch it next year.

Autumn Bucket List – Hallmark Movie “Falling for You”

October 23rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

Trying to catch up on my Hallmark Movies.

This one is called Falling for You.

 

Falling for You
Premieres October 6, 2018
While planning a fundraising event, a small New England town’s radio station manager meets her match in a visiting businessman who can’t seem to see beyond the screen of his laptop computer, until she ropes him into participating in her bachelor bake-off to help save the station.

I have to admit this did not really interest me.   The characters did not have a lot of chemistry and I lost interest.  Cute premise, but did not knock it out of the ballpark!

Sorry I have to give it a 2 pumpkin rating.

Well they all cannot be my favorites!

 

 

Autumn Bucket List – Add a Wallflower Plug with Autumn Scent

October 22nd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

OK, this was an easy one.

Not only do I have wallflower plugs galore, I am also always buying new scents.

So this was an easy peasy task on my list.

I decided to use the Autumn Lantern plug.  I love the autumn scene and the little New England Village.

Especially lit up at night.  Oh so pretty.

I decided to pair it with the scent called AUTUMN

AUTUMN fragrance notes are:  Bright Red Gala Apple, Juicy Fig, Eucalyptus Leaf, Fir Balsam

Could anything be more perfect for an Autumn scent??

My kitchen walls are a dark fuchsia, so forgive the picture against my wall.

One more item checked off the list.

 

Autumn Bucket List – Beautiful Mums

October 22nd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

Well I certainly did not think finding any Mums for my front door would be such an ordeal.    I went to my local nursery and they were in 3″ pots and looked sad and miserable.

I found HUGE ones at Smart and Final but there were no blooms on the plant.  I really know nothing about plants, especially Mums.    I was afraid if I spent $18 bucks on that huge plant and then discovered they never bloomed I would feel stupid.

Was it really that hard to find a plant.

I guess so.

I decided to check out my local Wal-Mart’s garden center and lo and behold.  $5.oo buckets of mums.

Were they they best out there….no,  but they were bright and sunny.

At Michael’s Crafts I found these cute olive buckets and thought it would make the plants look better than the regular old pot.

I like how they look.   Very pretty and not a huge investment of money.

Please remind me to water them.

Autumn Bucket List – Hallmark Movie “All of my Heart: The Wedding”

October 20th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

It was Hallmark movie watching time!   Nothing like watching a sappy romance movie, and the Hallmark Channel masters that genre.

This movie was the third installment of a very popular couple.

Since I did not watch the original two movies, I had to go back and watch the first two to get grounded on the premise and characters.

I have to admit I liked the first two movies better.

This movie, was cute but I did not like the “cousin” showing up out of the blue and wanting a share of the property.   The cousin wasn’t mean per se, but she was an irritant in the happily ever after.  I think I would have liked another story line regarding the property and finding a happier solution.  However I like the characters as they are cute together and loveable.

Synopsis:  Jenny and Brian’s wedding plans are interrupted when Meg arrives, claiming she’s also an heir to their inn. Now they must focus on raising the money to buy Meg out, and Brian considers returning to Wall Street, until Bucks County has a fundraiser. Still, they’re short on the funds they need, and an interested buyer shows up who intends to rebuild the aging structure rather than tenderly repair it like Jenny and Brian always have. For now, though, focusing on marrying is all that matters to these loving innkeepers, who hope their happy-ever-after can be spent creating more romance in Emily’s Inn.

I have to give it a 3 pumpkin rating (really a strong 3+) but not quite a 4

I do hope they come out with another installment as I really liked the couple.

 

Autumn Bucket List – Making the Gallery Wall and Autumn Quilts/Pillows

October 16th, 2018 klwade Posted in Bucket List, Home Decor No Comments »

Well I knew I needed to get my rear in gear if I was going to get the galley wall up before Halloween.

Having no idea how to do a gallery wall I checked out Pinterest and Youtube to find inspiration.

I discovered that you need to make templates of the different sized items and with painters tape, you can arrange the items on the wall.

Getting on the step stool and arranging took a little longer than I anticipated.

But low and behold I did it.

I have to admit it looks better in person than in the photos.

 

You have to forgive the crappy video I made.  I could not glide over smoothly and really you cannot see a darn thing.   But it is what it is.

Hopefully seeing this pictures will make it easier to see.

I tried hard to get the whole wall in one picture.

It did cut off the beware sign, but overall you can see all the signs and you can see the pillows and quilts.

Most items were bought at Joann’s Fabrics.  When it went on a special sale for 60% off I could not resist.

After all Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.

The Trick or Treat bat was from Joann’s

The Witch Parking, a nice distress tin sign was from either Michaels or Joann’s.  I cannot remember.

The flying lessons was from Joann’s.  It was hard to find as they ran out.  I found one stuck in another aisle and grabbed it.

The Pumpkin Patch sign was from Michael’s Crafts.

 

The orange October 31 sign is a Joann’s and I love the little spider handing from the 3.

The x-ray in sections is from Michael’s.

The Something Wicked sign is really heavy with a heavy rope hanger.  I was concerned it might fall off the hooks.  I bought it at Joann’s.

The round circle with a bug imbossed on the front is a Michael’s sale item.

 

High up on the wall is a witch hat with the phrase “I will get you my pretty”  It also has a spider hanging from the tip of the hat.

Below that is the BEWARE sign from Target.  This sign lights up the room.   It has a solid glow or a mad scientist lab flicker.   I decided It did not want to have a seizure, so I went with the solid light.  LOL.

 

I also put my Halloween Pillows out on the couch with a few Halloween Quilts.

The pillows are from the 2017 Halloween Target dollar bin.   I am not 100% sure of the velvet BOO! pillow.

The quilt in the back was from Cracker Barrel a few years ago.  It has satin and lace and velvet squares.

 

This quilt I made 2 years ago from a kit on Connecting Threads.  It was the fist quilt I did some fancy machine quilting.  You cannot see it but I think an older post outlines the things I did.

There is also another Cracker Barrel quilt underneath it.  But it is hard to see.

The pillow is new, it was from Pier One.

These sequin beauties are from Sam’s Club.   I love the glitter and the orange and purple.

Here is a close up.

The beauty of this wall is that I will take the Halloween stuff down and add the autumn ones, then I will do the Christmas ones.