Autumn Activities | Fall Bucket List

Well after this weekend I have a lot of catching up to do. I didn’t get a chance to bake or cook at all but seeing as it is the first official day of Fall I figured I would share with you some of the items I want to get done this year. Hopefully I can get them all done if not most.

A few things first, in case you missed it I was guest posting over at Jana Says yesterday, sharing 5 Life Myths like Jealousy, Judging Others, being happy is easy. Check it out, let me know what you think. Also the Kernels of Kindness Award is now live and my story is now on the Jollytime homepage. I am looking forward to get some more Random Acts of Kindness completed now that summer is over.

So now on to my to-do list for the Fall.

 

Fall Bucket List
 

Make Jam: This Watermelon Jelly looks worth a try.

Watermelon Jelly; must make this in the summer....also on this website is Watermelon Rinds (pickled) apparently delicious, so will have to try that too.
 

Homemade Soup: With Fall comes soup. The crisp cool air, snuggled on the couch for the weekend just calls for soup. This Brie and Cheddar Apple Beer Soup with Cinnamon Pecan Oat Crumble soup looks and sounds amazing so I’ll be for sure trying it out.

 

Brie + Cheddar Apple Beer Soup with Cinnamon Pecan Oat Crumble | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest
 

Watch a Halloween Movie: Of course Hocus Pocus is a must among other scary ones too.

 

 

 

Do you have a Fall Bucket List?

What would you add to your list?

 

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Projects and Food Trucks

I am almost glad to go back to work since I need a break from all the projects! I did get a lot done and the Food Truck festival was amazing! It really need to be every weekend though so I can try everything. I’ll be going into more detail of the bedroom projects and how I did them but for now I am sharing the previews. Hope you love it as much I am loving it. 

 

Friday: I decided to get some shopping done since I needed to find a mug for my mug exchange partner. I also needed some new shoes for work so I went to DSW but in place of black flats I found these amazing boots that I have been drooling over forever after seeing a similar design last year! I then hit Lowe’s for some supplies for my bedroom makeover furniture supplies.

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Saturday: I got an early start and starting prepping the bench I was making. While it was drying I went to Home Depot to try and find supplies for the side table project. I didn’t find what I needed so I hit Marshall’s and T.J Maxx. Luckily I found some bar stools that were perfect for the base. Off to the real event of the day which was the MetroFest event which was an Art, Music and Food festival. It had over 2 dozen food trucks and I have been wanting to try food trucks so it was perfect that it was in my town.  Let me preface this by saying I brought my real camera but left my memory card at home, total fail. So the pictures are less than perfect.

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So many local vendors I found so many great places to go in my town and the surrounding towns.

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Some of the food trucks plus some I didn’t get to try.

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From Roxy’s Grilled Cheese I had the Mighty Rib (BBQ braised short ribs with carmalized onions and Fontina cheese) and the Blackberry Basil Lemonade, it was totally worth the wait.  I only ate half so I could make room for the Bone Daddy’s Burger, I had the Lemmy (Jack Daniels BBQ, smoked onion crisps, bacon and cheddar cheese) burger, that was so juicy and perfect flavor combination. Everything was delicious, and of course I had fruit for dinner!!

I put the final coat of stain on the bench pieces and then the night was spent reading. I was exhausted so it was an early night.

 

Sunday: A little reading with my new mug before putting the bench together. After setting the wood glue I needed to head back to Lowe’s for some more spray paint, and then to the grocery store. I screwed the tops to the bar stools and then sprayed them. Back to the bench to add some screws for added strength to the legs. Then it was just a matter of putting it all together. Once the stools were dry I scuffed them up with some brown paint and sandpaper. A few accent pieces for the table and DONE!!!

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The rest of the night was spent relaxing, reading and blogging. This weekend was exhausting and it made me realize I want to re-do other room but I also have to paint ALL the trim in my house. Ugh.

 

 What were you up to this weekend?

 

Linking up with Leeann from Join the Gossip and Biana from B Loved Boston.

Weekending
 
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Friday Favorites | Book | Fashion | Projects

Friday, is it really you? I love you. Just 7 business days left till the crazy time at work is over. It can’t come fast enough. Then I will return to normal, well my normal anyways. Until then I will throw myself into the bedroom makeover and baking. Hey we all have our vices. This weekend I hope to finish a DIY bench project and making some side tables. Don’t worry I’ll be sure to share the progress. Until then enjoy some of my favorites from the week.

 

Favorite Book: This is from the same author that wrote Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans which I loved. So when this came out I wanted to read it right away. I have had a slew of mediocre books lately so I wanted to read this to hopefully get my mojo back. I didn’t love this one as much as the other but it was good. 

Summary: Amy and her daughter get caught up in a robbery turned kidnapping. Amy’s daughter gets taken by a masked man who promises her safe return. George thought he was just going to a casino with his brother but gets pulled into his scheme to rob an armored truck.

Kidnapper turned hero George, wants to walk away but Amy tracks him down at his shop. She is clearly struggling with PTSD and her daughter stops speaking. George wants to help protect her and her daughter but finds himself falling for her.

Thoughts: I liked the pace of the book, it went quickly. The story was well written and each character was well developed. The only thing I had a hard time with was that I wish there was a few secondary character developments. It would have broken up the story a little bit more. 

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Favorite Fall Outfit: Fall is coming and so cleaning out the closet and make sure we have the staples are a given. This outfit will be my uniform this fall.

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Sweater: Similar Forever 21 – $19.80 or 6pm $46.99 here // Scarf: Similar Etsy $17.00 or Nordstrom in Color Spice $24.00 // Boots: Similar JC Penney $59.99 or DSW $69.95

 

Favorite DIY project: This might really solve my mug storage dilemma. Can i have those shelves too?!

 Home of Lissa from keep it simple, keep it fresh
 

Favorite Quote: I do tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve. I cry more so for others going through things, or when they succeed then I do for myself. I will use this advice and see it as a strength than a weakness.

 

 

 

Favorite Funnies:

 

 

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 Clearly women are the smarter species! ;)

This Is A  dumb thing to do but it is really funny! (Don't Try This At Home Kids, Or You Might KILL Yourself!)
 

Tis’ true.

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Touche’ – I need to use this if I ever get pulled over. Laughed way too hard, after I read it the second time.

 

HAHAHAHAHA: god forbid I be pulled over, but I'm so using this
 

Now get out there and have some fun!

 

What do you have planned for the weekend?

Linking up with Amanda

Meet At The Barre

 

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Blackberry Pear Pie

I used to think that baking a pie crust was impossible. It has always been one of those things that I have wanted to learn. From the wholesome Dutch Apple Pie, cherry pie, and pumpkin pie they all seemed out of reach. I decided to bite the bullet so to speak and give it a try. I was surprised that it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Yes, it does have to chill in the fridge, but the crust is so worth it when it’s homemade. Have no fear though you can use the pre-made crusts in the freezer section of your grocery store. If you do, just adjust and baking times according to their directions.

 

I am using the same crust that I used for the  Caramel Pear Pie so the instructions will be very similar.

 

Pie Crust - 2½ cup flour ~ 1 cup cold butter, cubed (2 sticks) ~1 tsp salt ~ 1 tsp sugar ~ 6 to 8 tbsp ice cold water

Filling - 1 pound bag of frozen blackberries ~ 2 Asian Pears, diced ~ 4 TBSP flour ~ 3/4 cup sugar ~ 1 TSP lemon juice ~ pinch of salt ~ 1-2 TBSP butter

 

 

Directions:  Remove butter from freezer. Butter should be frozen (I always store butter in the freezer for baking purposes). In a food processor add the flour, salt and sugar and mix till combined. Add the cubed butter and pulse until the mixture is mixed (should be chunky crumbles). Add the ice water one tablespoon at a time and continue mixing. The dough should start to hold together. Go slow and check after each one.

 

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Remove dough from food processor and place it on a cutting board or mat.  Roll into a ball and cut in half forming the top and bottom crust.
 
Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour or up to 2 days before using.
 
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Preheat oven to 375° F. Take out your dough and roll out so that it’s about 1/4 inch in thickness.
 
Using a biscuit cutter or even an upside down cup, cut out about 12 circles and arrange in your mini-pie dish or small pie tins.
 
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Run the blackberries under some warm water to thaw. Once thaw pat dry. Dice the pears and toss with the blackberries.
 
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Mix in the flour, sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Spoon onto the dough leaving a little room for it expand. Top with a few small cubes of butter.
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**Do as I say not as I do!! I got a little messy. Don’t judge! ;) **
 
You can bake them as is or cut out top crusts. If using a top crust pinch the crusts together to form a seal. Cut slits in the top to allow steam to get out. Use a pastry brush or the back of a spoon and light wet with water or egg whites for a nice brown crust.
 
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Bake for 25-30 minutes for mini-tarts or 30-35 minutes for small 6″ pie. For an 8-9 inch full pie increase time to 35-45 minutes.
 
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What is your favorite pie filling?
 
 
Martinis & Bikinis
 
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5.0 from 3 reviews
Blackberry Pear Pie
 
Ingredients
  • Pie Crust - 2½ cup flour ~ 1 cup cold butter, cubed (2 sticks) ~1 tsp salt ~ 1 tsp sugar ~ 6 to 8 tbsp ice cold water
  • Filling - 1 pound bag of frozen blackberries ~ 2 Asian Pears, diced ~ 4 TBSP flour ~ ¾ cup sugar ~ 1 TSP lemon juice ~ pinch of salt ~ 1-2 TBSP butter
Instructions
  1. Remove butter from freezer. Butter should be frozen (I always store butter in the freezer for baking purposes). In a food processor add the flour, salt and sugar and mix till combined. Add the cubed butter and pulse until the mixture is mixed (should be chunky crumbles). Add the ice water one tablespoon at a time and continue mixing. The dough should start to hold together. Go slow and check after each one.
  2. Remove dough from food processor and place it on a cutting board or mat. Roll into a ball and cut in half forming the top and bottom crust.
  3. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour or up to 2 days before using.
  4. Preheat oven to 375° F. Take out your dough and roll out so that it’s about ¼ inch in thickness.
  5. Using a biscuit cutter or even an upside down cup, cut out about 12 circles and arrange in your mini-pie dish or small pie tins.
  6. Run the blackberries under some warm water to thaw. Once thaw pat dry. Dice the pears and toss with the blackberries. Mix in the flour, sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Spoon onto the dough leaving a little room for it expand. Top with a few small cubes of butter. You can bake them as is or cut out top crusts. If using a top crust pinch the crusts together to form a seal. Cut slits in the top to allow steam to get out. Use a pastry brush or the back of a spoon and light wet with water or egg whites for a nice brown crust.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes for mini-tarts or 30-35 minutes for small 6" pie. For an 8-9 inch full pie increase time to 35-45 minutes.

A Full Weekend

I don’t know what got into me this weekend but I feel very accomplished. I know the cooler weather gets me excited. It was perfect aside from the rain, but even that didn’t dampen the night since I got to relax and read while listening to the rain.

 

Friday: I put together a to-do list so I could stay on track this weekend and get stuff done. It helps when it’s colorful right?! If you remember from my Birthday Wish List I wanted these anchor bookends, well I bought them and then got to work making them more my taste. A textured black spray paint make these so much better.

 

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Saturday: Seamus decided it would be fun to wake me up really early (5:36am) to go the bathroom and then immediately go back to sleep. I have a very hard time going back to sleep so coffee it was instead. I decided to use this day as my running around day so I went shopping first at the Christmas Tree Shop for a Keurig stand, then to Wal-Mart for odds and ends then I went hiking. It was predicted that rain was coming so I wanted to get it done early.

 

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After the hike I went to PetSmart for dog food and they were having an adoption drive, let me tell you it was so hard to resist getting another dog. Then I went to A.C. Moore for a picture frame for my Happiness sign I got last week. Back home I did most of my chores including grocery shopping before the rain came pouring down. The rest of the night I read and finished The Killing on NetFlix.

 

Sunday: The morning is as always spent reading. I look up to see Seamus sticking out his tongue. Seriously can he get any cuter?!

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After putting all my laundry away, it was time for the MAJOR project. Really I just wanted to move the furniture since my new bedspread is supposed to come on Monday and to make a custom bench for the end of the bed. After moving the bed, it turned into me wanting to change EVERYTHING!!

The bed and nightstand doesn’t really fit with the headboard I currently have so that led to deciding I need new ones. Then I wanted to change up my bureau pieces currently everything is what was already on it. 

 

Sunday

Before picture \ Before picture \ Bed doesn’t fit \ Bureau

 

I realized I have some shopping to do and projects to complete before it’s done so stay tuned. The rest of the night was spent baking this Blackberry Pear pie, some goat cheese meatballs with spaghetti squash for dinner while watching movies.

 

Overall I felt really accomplished and feel like the coming weekends will be just as productive. I know it seems like I was go, go, go but I did have a little bit of relaxing time too, promise.

 

How was your weekend?

 

 

Linking up with Leeann from Join the Gossip and Biana from B Loved Boston.

Weekending
 
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