fall fun: hue hunt with paint chips

I had the best afternoon yesterday with my youngest (big brother was still in class, so we’re absolutely doing this again!). We went for a fall hue hunt around the neighborhood!

A fabulous fall activity, a hue hunt gets you outdoors enjoying the weather, the colors of the season, and it gives you the opportunity to talk about plant life and the cycle of the seasons. Here it was a little brisk yesterday, which made this excursion even more exciting as we look forward to a beautiful fall season!

All you need are some paint chips in fall hues and God’s creations. Our colors are just starting to turn, but soon the trees will be burning bright with oranges, reds and purples and we’ll likely go on a hike with even more paint chips in hand. I can’t wait! {giddy}

My little guy even said, “Mommy, this is just the best afternoon!” {happy momma smile}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and in this case, celebrate the seasons!

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pumpkin butter recipe + free printable!

Happy Monday everyone! There is a little hint of fall here in the Mirabelle Creations kitchen and I’m giddy! The mornings and evenings in my part of Kentucky have actually been down right chilly lately. And, I’m ecstatic! Over the last few months, my kitchen has been teeming with fresh tomatoes, corn and beans, but now that cool weather has arrived, I’ve shifted to thinking about apples and pumpkins.

My daughter’s favorite fall dessert is pumpkin pie and this fall weather prompted me to make some Pumpkin Butter for her. The spices added to this treat are the same spices added to pumpkin pie, so it has all of the flavor, without all of the fat!

It’s fantastic spread on toast and muffins, over waffles, stirred in ice cream, paired with fresh apples, or over cheesecake. As a bonus, cooking this light treat makes your entire house smell delicious!

Pumpkin Butter also makes a great hostess gift or party favor. As I entertain and attend gatherings through the fall months, I’ll keep extra jars on hand to share with friends.

And to dress up the half pint jars, I designed a “homemade” label and added some tan cotton fabric over the lid with jute twine wrapped around the lid.

Download your FREE Homemade Pumpkin Butter label!

Print them on a full sheet of white adhesive labels (available at your local office supply store) and punch them out with a 2.5″ circle punch or you can trim them out with scissors. Or, you could also print them on card stock, cut them out in squares and tie them to the jars. Either way, your guests and hosts will be delighted with this lovely and tasty little gift! 

Pumpkin Butter recipe

  • 1 (29 ounce) canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup of apple juice
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Place pumpkin, apple juice, light brown sugar, the insides of vanilla bean, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large saucepan. Stir with a whisk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook for 30-40 minutes. Fill 4 half-pint jars with mixture. Store in refrigerator.

One important reminder about this Pumpkin Butter: it must be refrigerated. Unlike apple butter, which is acidic, this butter does not have a high enough acid content to store outside of the refrigerator. That said, you should easily be able to enjoy the Pumpkin Butter through the fall, as long as you keep it refrigerated.

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY turkey cello bag treats

Thanksgiving is only a day away and I’m still planning and crafting. Yesterday I made these favors for our Thanksgiving kid’s table (I also made Halloween monster cello bag treats last month)!

So simple to make. Cut feathers, beak and eyes out of card stock.

Select your candy. I chose REESE’S Pieces. They’re the perfect color for a turkey and super simple to find. I picked this box up at Target for $1 and used the entire box for one turkey.

Fill a pretzel cello bag and tie it off with ribbon. I picked the cellos and the ribbon up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

Arrange your feathers and glue them together with a glue stick.

Attach eyes and beak with another dot of glue.

Gobble! Gobble!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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Thanksgiving placecard ideas

I love placecards at Thanksgiving dinner. Mostly because that way I can make sure I’m the closest person to my mom’s cornbread dressing! {wink} Here are a few simple and lovely ideas for your adult Thanksgiving table:

And the kiddos have to have some fun too!

I hope your planning is going well and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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Thanksgiving turkey treats

This weekend my boys and I made a test run of the Thanksgiving turkey treats that will grace our kid table this year.

They’re super simple to make. I have an entire box of Rice Krispies Treats left over from my oldest son’s robot birthday party treats, so we started there. Next we rooted through our Halloween candy and came up with just the right color Starbursts and mini REESE’S cups.

For my youngest son, with dairy and egg allergies, I’ll make the Rice Krispies Treats from scratch using Smart Balance Original Light Butter, the Original Light part is important because some of the others have dairy, and substitute the REESE’S cup for another Starburst. And I always use Pillsbury white frosting.

Ever heated and molded Starbursts before?! I have! And you can make so many fun things in a ton of colors. So first, heat each individual square in the microwave (on its wrapper) for eight seconds. Lightly (you don’t want it wet because it will take the candy forever to dry) dampen your wax paper and your roller with water so that the candy doesn’t stick, then roll the candy out. 

I used one of my snowflake cookie cutter tips to make the feathers.

 Now assemble:

  • Insert a lollipop stick in your Rice Krispies Treats,
  • Attach your turkey’s face (aka REESE’S cup) with a dot of icing,
  • Add two dots of icing and two black sprinkle dots (from my Halloween mix) for the eyes,
  • Pipe on a triangle for the beak and little feet,
  • Attach the Starburst feathers and
  • Twist a small piece of the leftover Starburst to make the turkey’s gobbler

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! Happy Monday!

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our harvest party featured on Parents!

Very excited this morning to share that several of my harvest party ideas are featured on Parents.com in a 15 image slideshow!

It showcases our pumpkin patch printable collection designs, a few of  my sweet treats ideas like my acorn cookies and hoot owl donuts, plus my DIY paper and pumpkin apples and more. Hop over to see the full article including some fabulously creative ideas from the editors at Parents magazine.

And if you like the story, it would be lovely if you gave it a like on facebook, a tweet, a pin, a comment… anything! {huge thankful grin} 

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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hoot owl donut treat

I made these little hoot owl donuts a few months ago, in the aftermath of designing our pumpkin patch harvest party collection that features a cute little owl and this argyle pattern (see full collection in the shoppe).

He’s super easy to pull together and no baking required! I personally LOVE that part! Here’s what you’ll need:

That same weekend I also made back to school owls with glasses and these super simple acorn cookie/candy treats.

And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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inspired to entertain in fall

We had the most beautiful Sunday afternoon yesterday. The air was crisp and fresh, the boys were happily playing in the yard and it just felt like fall. Plus we started decorating our front porch. We always start with fall items (straw bales, Indian corn, pumpkins) and then follow-up in a few weeks with Halloween items like jack-o-lanterns, trick or treat signs, spider webs and lanterns.

So this morning I started pinning away to my Pinterest board for fall inspiration and I just had to share a few of the lovely things that have me inspired to entertain this fall.

As always, I hope you’re inspired! Happy Monday everyone!

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Country Living Mag 2011 Fair

Country Living magazine hosts a fair in Columbus Ohio and Atlanta Georgia each fall. The theme of the fair is to come and experience “country living” with hundreds of booths showcasing talented artisans, antiquers and fantastic fall flavors. 

Well those of you that know me, know that I’m a southern girl (born in Alabama, college in Texas and Mississippi and then off to Tennessee before finally landing in Ohio) so country life is in my blood. Last year I was on my way to Disney World for their Not So Scary Halloween Party (it was fabulous by the way; I wish we were going again this year!) and didn’t get to attend. Well I wasn’t going to miss the Fair again this year!

And guess what! I had the opportunity to meet the editor, Sarah Gray Miller (that’s her on the right). She was lovely and down to earth, just how you would expect a good ole Mississippi girl to be. And I have to tell you, she was wearing these fabulous worn cowgirl boots and shared that she picked them up on eBay for $10. {I need a size 8.5 if anyone wants to get me a Christmas gift!}

So as you can imagine, I flitted around taking pictures of almost everything in my path. My creative brain was in overdrive with inspiration.

These are just a few of the things I thought were too lovely not to photograph. My absolute favorite are the angel wings made from an old picket fence. How clever and creative!

There was also tons of seasonal inspiration at every turn. How fun are those plush pumpkins?!

And the signage was just too fun not to share. I expected the sidewalk signage, but the outhouse was just funny and then my son really wanted to take the motorcycle signage home. “Mom, it’s just too cool!”

And I can’t leave without sharing a few fun pics of my boys enjoying the day. They love to “go” and that includes exploring with their mom. These are some of the fun times I captured. The “Great Pumpkin Patch” in the center of town, my youngest with this month’s Country Living magazine cover image in the background (love those pumpkin ideas!), my boys jumping off of the hay in front of the test kitchen… I’m sure we they weren’t supposed to be doing that… and my oldest with a swan neck gourd. Okay, I made that name up… but that’s what it looks like to me. {wink}

Although this year’s event in Columbus is over, there is another one in Atlanta next month if you’re nearby. And if you’re thinking about it, take a video tour of the Columbus Fair with Sarah to see what the 2011 Country Living Fair is all about. And if you get to go, I’d love to hear about it!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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DIY fall dessert stand

This morning I thought I would share a lovely and easy way to display fall treats. It was as simple as popping into my JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store and picking up two wood slices (in the wood crafting section) and two mini bales of hay (with seasonal) and stacking them.

And then to my bakery for some mini apple pie fritters and

some oh so yummy pumpkin donuts. If you’ve not had pumpkin donuts you are really really missing out! The dessert labels, banner and owl cookies are from our new Pumpkin Patch party collection that will be available in the shoppe this week.

Happy Monday everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired! 

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