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Canadian Fall Home Tour

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

I’m so excited to be part of the Canadian Bloggers Fall Home Tour this year, hosted by The DIY Mommy.

Fall is a real favourite of mine, and I love decorating to celebrate the season.  This year I’ve used lots of neutrals, but you might find a few traditional fall colours here and there, like on the front porch.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

I had so much fun making these little fall fairy gardens to greet my guests -you can learn all about how I made them here.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

It’s gotten chilly outside the last day or so, so do come right in.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

At our front door we have this little console table, all decorated for fall.  I used lots of pumpkins every where this year, love this pretty green squash mixed in with some faux ones.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

These  mason jar oil lamps are waiting for a dark night, and there’s a little bowl of butterscotch candies.  My grandma always had a bowl of candy by the front door.  Her’s were in a covered glass dish and usually chocolates…remember rosebuds?  I’m not a real chocolate girl, but I always like to have a little bowl of candy at the front door and it always makes me think of her.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

The dining room is very neutral this years, and I’m loving all the white and creams together.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

I picked up this long wooden box at an outdoor antique fair in September and thought it would look great when I got it home filled up with little pumpkins.  It was filled with tools when I found it, and I had to convince the man to sell me just the box.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

There was a fair bit of haggling, and in the end I told him my plan to fill it with pumpkins and put it on my dining room table and he smiled as he dumped out his tools.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

We have lots of oak trees on our street, so I picked a few branches on my way home from running errands today.  Love the shape of their leaves.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

On the buffet at the end of the room a few more great vintage pieces.  I’m loving the look of the tarnished silver with all the white pumpkins.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

This pretty pumpkin with the book page roses is from a few years ago, you find the tutorial for it here.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

More book pages up above on the branch -a pretty garland of stitched book paper leaves see how I made them here.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

And into the living room next.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

I’m so pleased with this new hanging pendant light.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

It’s the perfect little update for this spot.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

I’m loving my squirrels, oak leaves, acorns this fall.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

And here’s what’s sure to be the last of the pompom marigolds from my garden.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

The centre piece of the mantel this year is this white wooden tool box.  I got such a good deal on the wooden tray for the dining room table, that I ended up buying this as well -ha.  I love a little haggling.  And I think it looks great filled up with a pretty vintage wool blanket, birch logs, cotton blossoms and more white pumpkins.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

Down on the ground, more of the same (let’s just hope my new puppy doesn’t take a bite out of the pumpkins).

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

And last but not least, into the kitchen for a treat.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

On the table I’ve set up some pumpkins smores.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

I’ll be sharing the recipe next week for the delicious caramel pumpkin butter -the perfect addition to fall smores made over a candle.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

Today it was the perfect after school snack for my girls on this chilly rainy day.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

And behind the table is a great spot for a few more pumpkins.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

I’ll be sharing a tutorial for these driftwood pumpkins and velvet pumpkins next week.  They’re easy to make and so cute.

Fall Home Tour: Neutral, cozy fall home tour.

With the house all decorated for fall, life really is a party!

I’m so glad you stopped by for my little fall tour, and I’d love for you stop by and visit with all my friends.

I’m taking part in the Canadian Bloggers Home Tour this week! Each day, a new group of Canadian bloggers has shared their Fall decor. Visit each home tour by following the links on the days below.

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Monday

Northern Style Exposure
Clean and Scentsible
Amidst the Chaos
Heather In Heels

Tuesday

The Happy Housie
Satori Design for Living
Love Create Celebrate
A Pop of Pretty

Wednesday

PMQ for Two
Brooklyn Berry Designs
Rambling Renovators
Kim Power Style

Thursday

The DIY Mommy
Vin’yet Etc.
Home To Heather
Fresh Crush

Friday

Life is a Party
A Pretty Life
This Little Estate
Suburble

Smooth Cottage Cheese Apple Dip

Smooth Cottage Cheese Apple Dip- simple and delicious after school with caramel sauce, toffee bits, and walnuts.

It’s apple season, and back to school.  We’re finally getting into a routine again, this week my girls have started after school activities again.  This September has flown by, and I can hardly believe it’s the end of the month already.

Smooth Cottage Cheese Apple Dip- simple and delicious after school with caramel sauce, toffee bits, and walnuts.

Back to school, and after school activities for my kids means quick, healthy and delicious after school snacks are needed, and this is the perfect one.

Smooth Cottage Cheese Apple Dip- simple and delicious after school with caramel sauce, toffee bits, and walnuts.

To make this yummy apple dip, I started out with Nordica Smooth Cottage Cheese.  It comes in three flavours: Vanilla Bean, Lemon, and Salted Caramel.  We used Vanilla Bean this time.  Nordic Smooth Cottage Cheese is a great energy giving snack, with 10g of protein per serving, and only 110 calories, perfect for fueling after school activities.

Smooth Cottage Cheese Apple Dip- simple and delicious after school with caramel sauce, toffee bits, and walnuts.
We drizzled the top of the smooth cottage cheese with some dulce de leche caramel sauce, and sprinkled on some toffee bits and walnuts.
Smooth Cottage Cheese Apple Dip- simple and delicious after school with caramel sauce, toffee bits, and walnuts.
I sliced up a few Honey Crisp apples, if you’ve never tried this variety they are the best -so crisp and sweet.
Smooth Cottage Cheese Apple Dip- simple and delicious after school with caramel sauce, toffee bits, and walnuts.
And then it was time for dipping!  We loved this sweet and delicious snack.
Smooth Cottage Cheese Apple Dip- simple and delicious after school with caramel sauce, toffee bits, and walnuts.
With Smooth Cottage Cheese Apple Dip, life really is a party!
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Outdoor Fall Tablescape

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I’m so excited to be joining Wayfair today for the Taste Maker’s Table.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

Today is the first day of fall, and right on cue the leaves are starting to change colour where I live.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

We have a forest behind our house, and every year there are a few maple trees that are the first to change colour from green to beautiful oranges, yellows, and reds.  The changing leaves inspired this table.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

We have a pergola over our back patio and I thought it would be the perfect place to set up our fall tablescape.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

One of my favourite details, and the starting place for this tablescape, are the pretty leaves hanging over the table.  I went for a little walk with my puppy in the morning and collected them in the woods.  I strung some fishing line from the pergola and tied the leaves on to it.  Since there was a little breeze, I also tied a few nuts -as in nuts and bolts, onto the end of each piece of fishing line to help weigh it down a little.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

The leaves looked so pretty blowing in the wind.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

For the table, I started with a white runner down the middle and layered a burlap one on top of that -find some more inspiration from Wayfair’s beautiful table linens.  Next came some small branches and leaves.  Then I layered on some pretty pumpkins, birch poles, and candles.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

I love the different soft colours of pumpkins.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

Next I added in the place settings.  I used my wood round chargers for a real rustic look.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

I also used simple white plates and gold cutlery, along with some amber glasses I’ve had for years.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

On everyone’s plate, I layered a simple linen napkin, another pretty leaf, and a little white baby boo pumpkin.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

With the sun shining, a gentle breeze, and view of the forest this is the perfect spot for a fall dinner.

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

Now all I need is a pumpkin pie. 😉

Outdoor Fall Table: pretty pumpkins, leaves and lanterns hanging over the table, rustic wood chargers, and cozy vintage plaid blankets make the perfect fall tablescape.

With a pretty Outdoor Fall Tablescape like this one, life really is a party!

Succulent Naked Cake

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

This month for our #12MonthsofDIY challenge we’re working with faux florals.  Our faux florals were generously supplied by Afloral, and they’re so realistic looking!

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

I used faux succulents to decorate a naked layer cake for my project this month.

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

I made the cake from two white cake mixes. I divided the mixes between two nine inch spring form pans for the bottoms layers and two 8 inch round cake pans for the top layers.  Try to make them all the same depth when you add the batter, so that your layers are as even as possible (I made one mix at a time and baked one large and one small each time so it would be divided as evenly as possible).

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.]

Once the cakes are completely cooled it’s time to ice them.  Naked cakes just have icing between the layers and on the top, sort of like a crumb coat.  Use your favourite icing recipe for the icing.

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

To add the succulents to the cake, I trimmed the ends with some wire cutters and pushed them into the cake.  Easy peasy.

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

I also added another little faux succulent to a pretty vintage teacup.

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

These would be perfect for a birthday, shower, or any special occasion.

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

I love the idea too that after the special occasion you could keep the succulents and use them somewhere else, like perhaps a terrarium -and remember the special day every time you saw them.

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

I love how this little project turned out, and it was delicious too. 😉

Succulent Naked Cake: made from cake mixes, and faux succulents; easy and sure to impress.

With a Succulent Naked Cake, life really is a party!
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY faux floral project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!

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From the top left, they are:

Succulent Naked Cake from Life Is A Party

DIY Fall Floral Log Centerpiece With Tea Light Candles from Woman In Real Life

Daisy Frame Art With Free Printables from Lifeovereasy

Faux Floral Fall Decor from Brooklyn Berry Designs

A Fall Copper Centrepiece from Love Create Celebrate

DIY Vintage Succulent Centerpiece from Vin’yet Etc.

Silk Flower Lighted Branches Floral Arrangement Tutorial from Time With Thea

DIY Faux Floral Art from Heather in Heels

DIY Fall Floral Centrepiece from PMQ for Two

Easy DIY Burlap and Floral Fall Wreath from Sustain My Craft Habit

Faux Floral and Leaf Garland for a Fall Tablescape from The DIY Mommy

Plants for a Windowless Room from Fresh Crush

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