Autumn Bucket List – Drink Apple Cider

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

It was cold…. it rained that night…..

I wanted HOT apple cider….

I did not have any….

I went to Starbucks….

A picture of a Starbucks cup is boring….

So I added the picture of the cup on a nice table with apple floral display.

So since this post is rather boring, I thought I would add a recipe for Starbucks Copycat Apple Cider Recipe.

 

I snagged this from www.momsneedtoknow.com  Click on the recipe to go to her website.

I think I need to make sure of this…..  I just need apple juice.  YUM

Autumn Bucket List – Add Autumn Bedding

November 22nd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Home Decor No Comments »

I think I forgot to add this onto the blog.   I posted to Instagram but forgot to post here.

I found this cute little cover from a catalog called Lakeside Collection.

Here is my bed.  It threw a pumpkin decorative pillow on to make it complete.

It is a thin cover but surprising that the print is on both sides and came with the two pillow shams.  A great deal for $35 bucks for a King-Sized item.  The pattern is so cute.  I think it was worth it.

Click on the picture to take your self to the website.

 

Autumn Bucket List – Curl up with Quilts, Dogs and Book

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

It has been cold here.  Which is a bit surprising since we are in the middle of wildfires.

In fact it rained last night.  I was so excited to hear the rain, a true surprise.

The cold inspired me to jump into bed, pull up the quilts, blankets, pillow and dogs.

I grabbed a book I just started that felt like autumn.

Penny loves to get on the bed with me.   She loves sleeping next to me as she may get a belly rub.

However I do not think she likes my book of choice as there is no pictures of dogs on the cover

Olive decided to sleep on my book.

Makes it a tad bit hard to read.

I picked up this book because it had an autumn cover.

 

THE BRUTAL TELLING by Louise Penny

Chaos is coming, old son. 

With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. As families prepare to head back to the city and children say goodbye to summer, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store. Once again, Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to strip back layers of lies, exposing both treasures and rancid secrets buried in the wilderness.

No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. How did he make such a spectacular success of his business? What past did he leave behind and why has he buried himself in this tiny village? And why does every lead in the investigation find its way back to him?

As Olivier grows more frantic, a trail of clues and treasures— from first editions of Charlotte’s Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word “WOE” woven in it—lead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, and finally back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the truth and the final, brutal telling.

 

Getting this book had no correlation of the name Penny on the book and my dog.   Just a coincidence.

Of course Olive got in the mood and started to snore and roll onto her back.

SSSSSSSSNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEE.

Glad she can sleep anywhere.

I think it is time to curl up under the covers with the fur kids.

Autumn Bucket List – Photograph Dogs in Autumn Scarf or Hat

November 22nd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Dogs, Outdoor No Comments »

I watched this video on making little dog scarfs.  I was excited to see something for a small dog.  Most patterns out there were for large dogs, and this pattern was great for Penny and Olive, but she also gave instructions on how to make it larger just on case.

 

For the written instructions, she also put it out on her blog.

https://poshpoochdesignsdogclothes.blogspot.com/2010/11/12-collars-of-christmas-8-button-dog.html

 

I found some cute yarn at Michael’s Craft Store in Pantene color palettes which intrigued me.   It was enough yarn to make several but I figured the pooched only needed one.

It was quick and easy to make.

 

I got some props to make it look more autumn.   Since I live in Southern California there is rarely any Autumn scenes naturally.  Work with what you have.

 

Penny was up first and she has no patience for Mom’s silliness.  Fortunately Penny does follow commands and actually sat there when I told her to.

I know my dog, and I read in her eyes “What did I do wrong Mom”

Nothing Baby….. you are a good girl.

Thanks Mom!  Here is a little tongue action for your camera.

I wish I could be over there, by the grass and look for squirrels.

Not so fast little one.   Must wear the pumpkin hat now.

Ummmm Mom, I dont think this is cool.  My friends will laugh at me.

Penny, you don’t have friends….you bark at every dog you meet.

Mom…..PLLLLLEEEEEEAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

OK baby, I will let you go……  So where is Olive.

When ever I tell Olive to “stay” she thinks she is in trouble.   She has to look at the sky and avoid eye contact.

La-dee-da….. I don’t see you…..

Olive look at me…..please Olive baby……

You are almost there Olive…. you are not in trouble.

 

Show us your pretty face and new fancy collar.

Thank you Miss Olive…. you are free to go.

Autumn Bucket List – Decorate Kitchen with Halloween Decor

November 22nd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Home Decor No Comments »

So these pics are a tad bit late on the Autumn Bucket list.   I kept forgetting to get those pictures taken.  And being I am trying to pack up the remains of Halloween, right on the heels of packing up the Thanksgiving stuff.  Geez and I slow or what.  Does anyone else have this issue???

I quickly took some pics and called it a day.

This year I was more into Autumn instead of Halloween.  So I was very minimal on the decorating.

I did put out my classic stacked pumpkin ceramic.  I have to admit Michaels knocked it out of the park with this one.  It was inexpensive and so darn cute.

This one goes on the back of my griddle on the stove.   Looks all nice lit up at night.

I do have a new addition, it is the Witches Brew spoon rest.

I got it at Home Goods where wonderful things wait for me to buy them.

I put my  pumpkin salt and pepper shaker out but I dropped something on the little leaf that it sits on.  Need to pull out the crazy glue and fix it.  At least it was a clean break.

 

I always put own towels on the stove door because it really makes the decoration.

Not to mention also on the door of the dishwasher.

Why not.

And finally the single pumpkin on the counter top.

Not a lot this year, but it was enough to set the mood.

Autumn Bucket List – Make a Gingham Pumpkin

November 18th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Crafts No Comments »

Sometime ago I saw this gingham pumpkin on Pinterest.

I thought, geez I can make this.

Normally I only like Orange or White pumpkins, but this just called to me.

Originally I wanted to do the pumpkin in gray, but could not find two colors I liked, so I went with blue and navy.

I did not realize how hard it is to paint a straight line on a curvy pumpkin.

Ugh this is not going well.

OK it is looking a little bit more like a gingham pumpkin.

A little messy here and there.

There is she is, on the front porch with the classics.   Thank you gingham pumpkin for not being too much a problem.

However my pumpkin tends to look like the Bath & Body works logo.  Hmmmm wonder why!

Autumn Bucket List – Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte

November 18th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

You would think this would be an easy one….

Guess again…

I could not find a time where I could get the coffee and not be up all night.  So I knew it had to be during my day off so I could get it somewhat near the early part of the day.

So being Saturday I thought I would take the dogs to the park.   I was a little frustrated because where ever I went in the park, some man and his dog was in the eye sight of my unruly barky pups.

Where ever I go, there they are.

So I took the pups with me to Starbucks.

When I came home the neighbors were standing in the street….ummmmm, can you move so I can get in my driveway.

Finally maneuvered my car around the “nice” neighbors and started to get out the car.  But since people were there talking, again in the middle the street, my Little Olive went wacko, she started to twist and twirl and jump and panic and what does she do…..yes you guess it.  She knocked the damn coffee over.

I grabbed it quickly and only lost about an inch of the coffee, but I was frustrated.   I got the dogs into the house quickly and came back to get my coffee and purse from the car.   Only then did my neighbors move out of the street.

Big Sigh.  Then I saw it!

The jumpy house.

Oh lordy, they are having a party.  I need to go into the house, relax and drink my coffee.  What is left in the cup.  After the photo shoot.

Having the Cranberry Bliss Bar helped with the stress.

I also dropped some Pumpkin Pie Smash Mallows into my drink

Please note the 1′”of missing coffee.  Big Sigh!   At least there was room for the Smash Mallows.

By the way, they were yummy.

I got mine at Target, but I understand you can buy these are Amazon and other places.  They say Sam’s Club but I have never seen them there.

I do want to try their other seasonal flavors for Christmas.  Sugar Cookie and Hot Cocoa sound good.  Not a huge fan of peppermint but who knows.

 

Brutus Monroe Embossing Powder and Glitter Glaze October 2018

November 17th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Crafts No Comments »

As you know I am a crafter.

When I saw the Brutus Monroe embossing powder online, I thought great I will buy it on my order of Simon Says Stamp.

Well the item never came in

I was perplexed.  What happened.

So it appears that all their embossing powders do not make it to other stores.  So I went to the Brutus Monroe website and realized I could not easily buy from there either.  What the heck.  Finally I discovered that  you need to subscribe to their Embossing Powder and Glitter Glaze monthly collection.

The only way I figure this out was they sent out an email.  And even then it was confusing.

Craft Goodies should not be confusing.

So I told my sister about it.  She loves Autumn and much as I do.   But she said what she always does, “I would need to see what it looked like”  So I went online to see if anyone swatched his items.   Sadly there was none.   OK guys, you need to work harder at this.

So I swatched the items but you simply cannot capture the glitter and gleen of these items

So I created this cheesy little video.

I am patiently waiting for the November items to come.  No clue when they come.  No clue what they are.   No email.  No clues at all.

Life is a mystery I guess.

But I am sure I will love it.

Dogs at Halloween 2018

November 11th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Dogs No Comments »

Every year I try to dress up the girls in Halloween outfits

Olive usually loves it

Penny thinks she is being punished

 

I have come to the conclusion that Olive will never be an instagram star.

The minute I put the costume on, she takes off.

This unicorn took off immediately.

Then things went south

Olive apparently could not keep her horn on straight.

It just kept getting worst.

Sorry I Failed you MOMMY

I just could not UNICORN today

 

Penny clearly hates the clothes I put on her.  She is clearly a dog.  A real dog.  Not a little fluffy pocket pet.

Once the outfit goes on, Penny thinks she is being punished.

Such defeat!

Her poor little mind is probably whirling, thinking what did I do wrong.

Penny reluctantly looks at me with sadness in her eyes.

Such sadness.

I had to take the costume off.

Maybe next year.

Autumn Bucket List – Make Some Chili

November 11th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List No Comments »

When I added this to the bucket list, I was not thinking of warm, wonderful homemade chili because

a) I don’t have a good recipe (except my moms rainy day chili which takes hours)

b) I live alone so it is a lot of work for something i will eat once or twice

c) and basically I am lazy….HA!

I added it to the list just to make something warm and hot on a cold evening

So I make chili the easy way.

Some time ago I found at Wal-Mart a box that makes chili

This easy peasy box makes it quick.  Throw some meat in a pot and then add the canned beans, tomatoes, sauce and some spices.

Didn’t I say easy peasy

I usually end up throwing on some cheese or sour cream to finish it off.

All is good and yummy.