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THE EASIEST DIY MESSAGE PUMPKIN THAT REQUIRES NO WRITING, PAINTING, OR CARVING!

DIY Pumpkin Message

If you’re looking to add a few autumnal touches around your house or on your tablescape, keep reading to check out my idea to help you welcome the arrival of fall this week!

DIY Pumpkin Message

DIY Pumpkin Message

If you’ve been to big box home decor stores lately, you may have noticed a big trend of pumpkins with words on them.  My favorites are the white ceramic pumpkins detailed with words in gold font! It had me inspired to create my own DIY message pumpkin that does not require any writing, painting, or carving. You guys, it’s so simple and easy…just use large sticker alphabet letters! You have a variety of font styles and color options to choose from such as, black font, silver font, pink font, gold foil, and glitter font.

DIY Pumpkin Message

DIY Pumpkin Message

The brand stickers I used are Me and My Big Ideas – MAMBIsticks large alphabet sticker in uppercase and lowercase. I purchased mine from Michaels. I was only able to source the black glitter font alphabet stickers online but I’m sure you will be able to find them in the store!

DIY Pumpkin Message

I chose the message ‘Happy Fall’ for my pumpkins but there are so many words or messages you can add to your pumpkins that are perfect to celebrate the autumn season.

  • Hello Fall
  • Gather
  • Blessed
  • Thankful
  • Grateful

Places where you can decorate and place your message pumpkins are 0n your hall table, dining table, coffee table, kitchen counter/island, or the exterior of your front door entryway! Another idea is to purchase mini pumpkins and smaller font alphabet stickers – spell out the names of your dinner guests on the pumpkins and place each one on their dinner plate…it’s a festive way to use as a place card and a take home gift for your guests!

DIY Pumpkin Message

Have you started decorating for fall yet? Hopefully, this easy DIY idea will inspire and get you in the mood for your fall decorating!

-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

DIY Message Pumpkins

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SINFULLY DELICIOUS TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S’MORE BROWNIES

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S'MORE BROWNIES THAT ARE SINFULLY DELICIOUS

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S'MORE BROWNIES THAT ARE SINFULLY DELICIOUS

Ah, fall…

This is the ultimate time in which we find ourselves baking homemade desserts as we get ready for the entertaining season. This is also a wonderful time to enjoy the crisp autumn air and early nightfall out by fire pit in the backyard. With that in mind, I think I might have just took s’mores to a whole other level, when I came up with this recipe…no counting calories here, you guys! No need to roast your marshmallows at your outdoor firepit because these s’more brownies are oven-baked and still have that ooey gooey goodness we all enjoy!

I simply love chocolate so I decided to add Nestle Trip Chip Morsels to the brownie mix. Once the brownie was baked, I topped it with a spoonful of sweet caramel dulce de leche spread and garnished with crumbled Honey Maid Vanilla Graham Crackers.  This fall dessert is so rich and decadent, you’ll want to compliment it with a hot cup of coffee or an ice cold glass of milk!

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S'MORE BROWNIES THAT ARE SINFULLY DELICIOUS

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S'MORE BROWNIES THAT ARE SINFULLY DELICIOUS
 
Perfect to enjoy at a backyard fire pit!
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Recipe type: Fall Dessert

Ingredients
  • 1 box, Brownie Mix
  • ¼ cup, Toll House Nestle Triple Chocolate Morsels
  • ¼ cup, Mini Marshmallows (reserve ⅛ for topping)
  • Toppings:
  • Dulce de Leche spread, drizzle as topping
  • Honey Maid Vanilla Graham Crackers, crumbled

Instructions
  1. Follow the brownie box instructions to prepare. Add ⅛ cup of chocolate morsels and gently fold into your brownie batter mix.
  2. Pour the brownie mix into your prepared baking pan and top with the remaining ⅛ cup of chocolate morsels. Cover your brownie batter with marshmallows (add as much or little as you desire).
  3. Bake brownie according to the box instructions.
  4. Insert three whole graham crackers in a sandwich bag and seal. Take a rolling pin and roll it over the sealed bag until the graham crackers have crumbled.
  5. Once baked, remove brownie pan from oven and let cool (at least 15-20 minutes).
  6. Pre-cut your brownie into equal amount of squares. Individually add a teaspoon of dulce de leche spread and garnish with graham crackers.
  7. Serve and Enjoy!

 

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE-DULCE DE LECHE S'MORE BROWNIES THAT ARE SINFULLY DELICIOUS

 -Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez

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Party Snack Food Recipe: RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS

Party Snack Recipe: RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS

Party Snack Recipe: RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS

Party Snack Recipe: RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS

A couple of weekends ago, we had hosted a small gathering at our house where I had prepared a variety of appetizers, a charcuterie board and some party snacks. One of the snack food items were these Red Hot Blue Corn Tortilla Chips that I had paired with a sampling of dips. Since we still had leftover tortilla chips, I decided to make this nacho platter while enjoying movie night at home.

A healthy-ish alternative to the typical loaded nacho platter, these nachos include tomatoes, scallions, jalapeno pepper, reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese, fresh cilantro, and lime. If you crave nachos with flavor and heat but don’t want to pack the pounds, you will like this recipe! With the start of football season, up your nacho game…whether you prepare a one-sheet nacho for all to grab and enjoy or build-your-own nacho by creating a nacho bar for your guests, it’s a perfect addition to your party food menu!

RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS
 
Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Author:
Recipe type: Party food
Cuisine: Nachos
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 36 baked blue corn tortilla chips
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack Cheese
  • ¼ cup cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ lime

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 9x13-inch baking dish or 11-inch deep-dish pizza pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Arrange 24 tortilla chips in single layer in prepared pizza pan. Top evenly with tomatoes, scallions, and jalapeno.
  3. Crush remaining 12 tortilla chips and sprinkle on top; sprinkle evenly with Monterey Jack. Bake until heated through and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with cilantro and squeeze lime juice over.

 

Party Snack Recipe: RED HOT BLUE CORN NACHOS

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez / Recipe: Weightwatchers Family Meals cookbook

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Entertaining: EARLY FALL TABLESCAPE INSPIRATION

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Leaves are about to fall and change as bright bold colors paint the landscape of all the trees, the first hint of chill is in the early morning air as summer turns into fall. The weather is still enjoyable to gather and dine alfresco style, so make your outdoor dining table a cozy place to be with nature’s picturesque window as your backdrop.

For today’s inspiration post, I would like to share a few ways on how I transitioned my tablescape from late summer to early fall and how I let nature and some of the elements of the season dictate the items I chose.

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

 Tablescape details

- Colors

‘Tis the season for warmer tones! Color is key when it comes to pulling a theme together. Pick a palette and choose colors that whispers fall. Blue hues will transition easily into the early days of fall. My hydrangea centerpiece includes a cluster of various colors such as, cream, light and dark blue, and light purple. Flowers makes any type of gathering a special one!

Here, I dressed the table with a quilted fabric that automatically gives off that cozy blanket type of feel and coordinates well with the color palette of the flower arrangement. I paired the blues hues with a plum color.

You want the color scheme to flow throughout your table. Limit yourself to colors in the same tint family. To create a sense of continuity, select one or two colors and then use variations of it.

- Flatware

Considering its warm color, the ideal metal for fall is the earthy look of copper. The copper hue resembles a burning fire. To bring more of that copper color, I used my two-tier copper tray and filled it with grapes and dates that purposely have that purple hue.

-Glassware

Rather than using one color drinking glass, I decided to incorporate mismatched color glasses. I used a blue and deep purple color – it added a bit more interest to the table.

- Dinner Napkins

Dinner napkins are stretched across the salad plate. I love the natural feel and organic look of the cotton dinner napkins. The fringe details of these napkins resemble that of a cozy throw! The pattern design of the napkins coordinate well with the dinner plates and the colors match perfectly. For a decorative touch, the napkins are accented with a stem of Larkspur that are similar in color to the hydrangea centerpiece. A single stem makes a great place card – extra touches make the table extra festive and will guarantee smiles on your guests faces!

- Dinner Plates

Since it is still summer, I wanted limited bold colors because that would have given off more a moody vibe. I went with a neutral beige dinner and salad plates to balance the two bold primary colors. If you noticed – the flower vessel is the same creamy beige color as the dinnerware. A good rule of thumb when choosing colors is two have at least two places with the same color!

- Charger Plates

For a rustic touch, I used dark brown rattan round charger plates. The color resembling that of a tree trunk. The dark brown grounded the cream-colored dinner plates.

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Toast the upcoming fall season and move the party to the yard, patio, or deck. Watch the sun go down and relax and enjoy!

-Photos + Tablescape Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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Recipe: BREAKFAST TREATS MADE EASY USING OUI YOGURT & EUROPEAN READY-TO-EAT WAFFLES

Recipe: BREAKFAST TREAT MADE EASY - USING OUI YOPLAIT YOGURT + READY TO EAT EUROPEAN WAFFLES

It was just the other week while food shopping with my mom, that she told me about the newly launched Oui yogurt by Yoplait, she saw in a magazine. I decided to try both the vanilla and blueberry flavored yogurt. Not only did I like the taste of this french style yogurt but I enjoyed the thick and creamy texture. While eating my yogurt, I thought to myself how good this would be as a topping. Then it hit me! I can create a yummy breakfast treat, using De Wafelbakkers Ready to Eat Waffles!

Recipe: EASY TO MAKE BREAKFAST TREAT

No need for heating up, toasting or adding syrup to these waffles. These semi-sweet waffles have a wonderful flavor all on their own.

Recipe: BREAKFAST TREAT MADE EASY - USING OUI YOPLAIT YOGURT + READY TO EAT EUROPEAN WAFFLES

For this breakfast treat, I used the ready-to-eat blueberry waffles, topped it with Oui blueberry yogurt and garnished with cranberry granola.

Recipe: BREAKFAST TREAT MADE EASY - USING OUI YOPLAIT YOGURT + READY TO EAT EUROPEAN WAFFLES

For my second breakfast treat recipe, I used the plain ready-to-eat waffles, topped it with Oui vanilla yogurt, added freshly sliced strawberries, and drizzled some honey! Mmmm…so good!!

Recipe: BREAKFAST TREAT MADE EASY - USING OUI YOPLAIT YOGURT + READY TO EAT EUROPEAN WAFFLES

These quick and easy-to-make breakfast treats are a delicious way to start your day, that your whole family will like – even better to enjoy as a mid-morning snack! Don’t have time to make breakfast? Whether you plan to eat the yogurt and waffles together or separately, these are perfect ‘grab and go’ items.  On a side note, I particularly like the Oui yogurt packaged in small pots…perfect to reuse and house a small flower arrangement, a votive candle, or even your matchsticks!

I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the Oui flavors…black cherry, lemon, peach, strawberry, and coconut to determine my favorites! Have you tried Oui yogurt? Which one do you love?

-Pictures + recipe by Rose Angel Lopez

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