Adventures in Links — September 25, 2015 (Fall Crafts & Food)

Photo taken from Country Living

Photo taken from Country Living

Theme: Fall Crafts & Food

This week saw the official passage from summer into fall, signaling that we need to give up watermelon, fresh-picked berries, and tank tops and switch to pumpkin spice everything, do-it-yourself craft nights, and rich, vibrant hues.  It’s a great time of the year when temperatures drop and the leaves begin to change, and it just make you want to create.  In celebration of what’s probably my favorite season (exempting its inevitable slide into winter and the attendant chilliness), I present some links to fall DIY (do it yourself) projects (notably crafts and food) to get you making in this glorious season.  Enjoy!

One of the most common must-have crafts of the season is the wreath.  Honestly, I’d argue that it’s more important to have a fall wreath than a winter one because fall wreathes can be so varied!  You can make generic fall ones, Halloween ones, or Thanksgiving ones, ones from local product and flora, and ones in any hue of the rainbow.  Country Living has an especially awesome collection of 21 DIY wreathes complete with pictures, instructions, and links.  Even if you don’t want to follow someone else’s example exactly, this is a great starting point for your own wreath projects.

Photo taken from Country Living

Photo taken from Country Living

Country Living also has this great post about mason jar crafts.  Now, if you’re thinking that mason jar crafts sound lame, you couldn’t be more wrong.  They’re actually really pretty and make nice house-warming gifts for friends that you can endlessly customize for their aesthetic and personality.  Seriously, give them a try; you’ll be surprised by how much you like them.

Were you aware that, in addition to Southern Living, there’s a Midwestern Living?  Because I was not.  But I’m glad I went poking around the Internet because they have this great post about different fall craft ideas.  They’re all quite elegant and would simply and quickly spruce up your house or dinner party.

If you’re like me and just love cross-stitching, then you should click on this link to a Pinterest board with tons of fall/Halloweeny cross-stitch patterns.  Some are really cute, others are clever, and still others are quite spooky.  I can’t wait to try them myself.

But let’s not forget the kids.  While you’re off finding that perfect sprig of ginkgo leaves or endlessly winding burlap, you’ve got to have something for your kids to do (lest they get bored and mess up your perfect centerpiece).  Click here for several really cute kids’ crafts, including mosaics, found crafts, and crowns.

Photo taken from Closet Cooking

Photo taken from Closet Cooking

Last but not least is the food.  Yes, the food because what is fall without tons of delicious food and hours spent baking and cooking with friends?  Both of these links come from Closet Cooking which, if you’ve never looked at it, is this amazing site with hundreds of delicious recipes and list upon list of ingredient-specific recipes.  First up is this link of 20 Apple-icious Recipes including Cheesecake Stuffed Apple Muffins with Streusel Topping and Caramel Sauce, Roasted Apple Sauce, and Sweetango Apple, Bacon, and Cheddar Pecan Sticky Buns.  And, as a piece de resistance, we have this link of 31 Pumpkin Recipes which includes Pumpkin Goat Cheese Fettuccine Alfredo with Crispy Fried Sage, Pumpkin Hummus, and Pumpkin White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies.  I’ve actually gotten to try the cookies, and they were just incredible!  I can’t recommend these recipes or this website enough.  They’re out-of-this-world!

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