DIY · Home Decor

Fall Decor 2019 part 1- Plus an Easy Project Idea

This year’s holiday decor will start off as a mix of Halloween and fall. It seems to me that the months are speeding by way too fast to be able to fully decorate for Halloween, Thanks Giving and then Christmas right on the heels of everything else.

Here’s the deal. I’m figuring that if I can combine holidays from the get-go, then I will just have to modify a little as each one arrives.

The tall cabinets get a touch of fall too.
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Food · Recipes

Spiced Chocolate Latte Cheesecake Mousse – sugar free and low carb

Nothing speaks “Fall!” to me like cooling temperatures, cozy sweaters and throws, color changing foliage, the smell of crackling fire places and hot drinks with PUMPKIN spice. Most often (I would say daily actually) pumpkin spice or just plain old cinnamon, chocolate and caramel or maple extract will be found in my giant mug of hot coffee. Oh! And, of course, heavy cream.

Pumpkin spiced Keto chocolate latte mousse
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An Easy Way to Age Wood and Fabric

Doll efore aged transformation
Ms Pumpkin in her original condition and before her Age-It Easy application. Notice that the muslin looks too pale and new. Also note her lack of flowers and her plain hat. We’ll just SEE about THAT! 😃

When I bought Ms Pumpkin at an art booth, I thought that the style and shape was perfect for my primitive/rustic Halloween decor. I knew that she looked too new and that I wanted to tea stain her to look a little more primmy, if you know what I mean.

Once again, my mother of invention was laziness. Since I really did not want to take the time to get a good tea stain, I wondered if this aging liquid would work on fabric as well as wood.

Age-It Easy weathering treatment for wood
I love this stuff for aging my raw wood minis, but I also love it for an easy way to age cotton fabric. https://www.micromark.com/Age-it-Easy-Brown

Age-It Easy truly does make it easy to age wood. I ordered this product online at Micro-Mark. The only thing that I have thought to use it on, before this, was wooden miniatures.

Prim doll for Halloween
Notice the addition of Ms Pumpkin’s flowers and her hat enhancement too.

The process is simple. This aging liquid comes ready to apply in any way that you like. I used a paint brush. It seeped into the fabric fast. I did not have to use much of the liquid at all. Part of the reason that I did not want to make a watered down acrylic or ink wash was that I was afraid that it would come out too dark or streak beyond my control on the muslin.

Easy way to age a rustic cloth doll
A gracefully aged lady.

You can see by the results that it works great. It is not as mottled as a good tea stain or even real aging would be. However, for a quick and easy aging process, I think that it turned out to be perfect. I will admit that if Ms Pumpkin was for anything other than a once a year use, then yes, I would give her a proper tea bath.

If you already own this for wood crafts, maybe you will want to think about using it to age fabric as well.

Food · Recipes

Low Carb Shrimp Salad with Avocado

In spite of the promise of fall temperatures, we are still getting hit with a few days of heat. This is one of my favorite meals for those too-hot-to-cook times of the year.

Shrimp and avocado salad- perfect for a nutritional high fat, low carb meal.
This easy, low carb salad should become a staple in your recipe box since it is packed with nutritional value PLUS it’s pretty enough to serve to guests.

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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    INGREDIENTS
    about a cup of cold, cooked shrimp cut into little pieces
    2 avocados, sliced or chopped
    2 or 3 leaves of leafy green lettuce per serving (optional)
    1/4 cup Avocado Mayonnaise
    a couple squirts of Dijon mustard
    1/4 tsp lemon juice
    1/4 cup finely sliced spring onion
    1/2 tbs dried parsley
    1/2 tbs smoked paprika
    salt and pepper to taste

    DIRECTIONS
    1. Combine all ingredients except avocado and lettuce into a medium sized bowl. Stir together.
    2. Arrange lettuce, topped with a bit of avocado and then a scoop of the shrimp mixture onto plate. Serve cold with a couple slices of lemon if you like.

Food · Recipes

Mini Breakfast Frittatas Baked in Muffin Tins

I’ve never made frittatas before. Can I just tell you how EASY they are!? Especially since they are baked in muffin tins. I made twelve of these mini delights today (12 because that is the size of my muffin tin). After enjoying a yummy taste test, I let the frittatas cool down. Then I stuck the rest into a baggie and zipped them into the refrigerator so that I can have quick breakfasts all week long. That is my kind of cooking time return!

Breakfast frittatas made with eggs, spinach, bacon and tomatoes.
Mini egg frittatas made with spinach, tomatoes, bacon and two kinds of cheese.

I won’t make you wade through a bunch of blah, blah, blah and ad after ad. Let’s get right on to the menu, shall we?

Easy mini breakfast frittatas baked in a muffin tin.

Mini Breakfast Frittatas

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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NOTE: I made these frittatas with spinach, Rotel tomatoes with jalapenos and bacon. Why? OK, so you probably don’t even have to ask by now. I use what I have on hand when I am cooking. You can add or substitue all kinds of ingredients to this dish, so be brave and experiment!

Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • about 2 cups fresh baby spinach and 1 tsp Ghee or butter
  • 1/4 cup Rotel tomatoes with jalapeno chilies (optional)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (also optional- I did not have enough cheddar so that is why I used a mix of cheese)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions


PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees
PREPARE a 12 muffin pan with non-stick spray of your choice. (I like avocado spray because of it’s neutral taste and smell.)

1. In a small skillet greased with a little Ghee or butter, cook spinach over low heat just until wilted. Remove from pan and chop into small pieces.
2. Cook bacon and crumble into pieces.
Divide spinach, tomatoes and bacon evenly into each muffin cup
3. Crack all 8 eggs into a bowl. Add cream and salt and pepper. Whisk together until combined.
4.Divide egg mixture into each of the muffin cups.
5. Sprinkle cheeses evenly on top of egg mixture.
6. Bake at 350° for 19 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool a couple minutes and then serve warm.

Easy Keto breakfast frittatas made with spinach, bacon and tomatoes.

You can make a large frittata in a cast iron skillet, but with the muffin tins, they are already proportioned out and ready to grab for those very busy days. Who am i kidding? They are great for the days when you oversleep and have to get to work FAST!

art · DIY · Free Printables · Home Decor

Free Printable Halloween Art

Fall and Halloween decorations will be combined at my house this year. I wanted to get a jump start since everything holiday-wise always seems to get away from me. I’m going to try to mesh styles as well as holidays this season. I figure that I can mesh Fall/Thanksgiving with Halloween and then I won’t have to use up as much time switching out decor before Christmas. I have Prims, cute collectibles and vintage style pieces that all need to go together.

Collectible Halloween figures

I’ve already torn down the living room to make room for holiday redecorating. Now that the new furniture arrangement is in place, the next step is to add in a few new pieces with the old, so I’m starting with paintings.

Sandra McCall recycles old thrift store canvases into new Halloween paintings
These little primitive paintings started out as thrift store canvas prints. I drew my design right on top of the print and then used acrylic paint to color it in.
Halloween paintings before and after sanding
I sanded my paintings after they were dry. You can do that on your prints if you like. On the canvases, I was surprised that sanding brought out the white of my grease pencil drawings, but I like it.

Click on the pictures below for a download of a larger PDF image. I was torn as to whether to make the printable an 8 x 8 for a standard printer or to make the file larger so that you can resize to whatever you like. In the end, I decided to make the PDF 8x 8, but in a higher resolution.

Primitive painting of Happy Halloween pumpkins by Sandra McCall
Click on this picture for a download of the large PDF picture.
Primitive painting of Halloween Trick or Treat y Sandra McCall
Click on this picture to download a large PDF file. I made the downloadable pics large so that you can then resize to whatever you like or put it on a flash drive and take to your office supply store so that they can then print a large poster.

Further posts will be coming on the holiday redo progress so be sure to check back. 🎃

Food · Recipes

Keto Cauliflower-Sausage Stuffing

Savory Keto friendly stuffing for fall

Here’s the thing- I’m already trying out dishes for a Thanksgiving menu that will be Keto friendly. I’m getting prepared because I don’t eat the traditional TG dishes anymore. Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with brown sugar and lots of little marshmallows, corn, bread rolls, sugary, sweet deserts!? Nope!

Well, dear friends, if you are living the Keto way, try this stuffing. I want to shout, “The best Keto stuffing EVER!” However I will refrain. Even I know that it would be a pretty broad claim. But, oh boy, this recipe is so good that you can make it as a side dish or eat it as a complete meal along with a little salad. Not only does it taste good, but in real life, it’s pretty too. In my book, that means that it will be a crowd pleaser.

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High Taste Low Carb Broccoli Cheese Soup – Keto Friendly

From a first course to the main meal, this soup can fit in anywhere, anytime. Les and I just had it for lunch paired with my Hearty Keto bread and, can I tell you? It was delicious. My version of this soup is loaded with broccoli and cheese to satisfy my hunger for rich, chunky goodness in a meal.

There is a good reason that I was keen on making a really good broccoli soup. Les and I were dining out recently when I ordered a rather expensive bowl of broccoli cheese soup as a starter. What a disappointment! I took one look and then one spoonful and wondered where the heck the broccoli bits were. Moreover, where was the broccoli taste? All that I tasted was bland cheese, cream and a whole lot of corn starch. YUCK! Talk about feeling ripped off. The good news is that with this recipe, there is so much taste that even your non-Keto friends and family will want to enjoy it along with you.

Keto broccoli cheese soup
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