It's beginning to feel a lot like Fall!

After a cold Winter and rainy Spring I always get super excited for Summer, pool days, the sun shining, floaty dresses and weekends strolling down Bardstown Road enjoying the bright sky and warmth. The idea of relaxing by the pool with drinks and a good book never fails to make me smile, so the thought of saying bye to Summer leaves me feeling a little sad. Every year during those few days where the pool closes and the weather can't make up it's mind, I seem to forget just how much I love Fall/Autumn, but as soon as the colours start to change outside and the pumpkins fill the shops, I start to smile again and get that warm fuzzy feeling in my tummy. The air is fresh and crisp and I realize that soon I can adorn my oversized jumpers, fluffy boots and, when home in the UK, curl up by the fire. :) I think this would have to be my favourite time of year, not only because I simply love the coziness the next few months bring, but Fall leads to Winter and with Winter brings Christmas...but that's for another blog post! :p Where were we? Ahhh Fall! :)

I've been looking up, on Pinterest, tons of Fall décor ideas and I also watched the lovely Casey Holmes Fall décor YouTube video, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOjC-UBPM-k she has some wonderful ideas and makes everything look stunning. I was inspired this past weekend but didn't want to have to go out and buy a bunch of things just yet, I wanted to play around with what I already had lying around. So while the whole apartment isn't quite finished, these are just two little things that I messed with! :)


I still had gold paint left over from my mason jar experiment a few posts ago ( http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-little-bit-of-diy.html ) and I had a small Bed, Bath and Beyond Gelato candle, that my sister Kelly had bought me, that was coming to an end, so I peeled off the sticker and decided to paint it. I liked the idea of recycling it and making it into something I could still use. I used a small sponge to apply the paint, it did leave the glass with a few lines and strokes here and there which is why people must use spray paint for projects like this, however, I found that you can buy little pots of paint for a lot cheaper and I have more use for paint than I do big cans of spray paint, but you can use whatever you like! :) I also think it gives it a more rustic looking vibe! I then looked in my craft box and pulled out some orange twine and wrapped it around the bottom just to add a pop of colour. I popped a tea light in the middle and voilà my little candle can still shine and with an added Fall feel. :)

 

I see these artificial flowers and leaves all the time at work (Michaels) and think they are gorgeous, I had been wanting to get some for decorating this year as I thought it would be something different that I hadn't tried before. I have the odd fake flower around my apartment leftover from my wedding, but other than that I don't experiment much in that department. But watching other peoples ideas and with the colours too pretty to resist, I picked these up in the sale and had just the place for them to go. My husband had bought me a mango candle from Kroger a while back that came in the form of a bright orange mason jar, when it finished I hadn't wanted to part with it as again I thought I could make use of it. Well it fit perfectly with the fall theme and with some gold ribbon placed around the top, it made for a beautiful vase. This is now one of my favourite little decorations. :)

 
 
I'm looking forward to doing some more DIY in the coming weeks and have some ideas in mind, so stay tuned! :) But in the spirit of Fall, I also did some baking using the number one Fall ingredient...PUMPKIN!
 
Now, I like the odd slice of Pumpkin pie and the occasional Pumpkin spice Frappuccino but I can't say that I totally love the taste of Pumpkin, but mix it with chocolate, cinnamon, sugar and a bunch of other flavours and it's rather tasty! :p
 
I have a recipe for pumpkin bars that I really like, I simply add way more cinnamon than the recipe calls for and they then taste like donuts, this recipe is really simple and uses one bowl, it's quick and the results are always delicious. One day I was looking to make something chocolaty and I didn't fancy making a mess of my kitchen aid so I thought I would experiment and this is what came about: hope you enjoy! :)
 
Chocolate Pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips.
 
Oven to 350 degrees.
 
What you will need:
2 eggs
1/2 cup Vegetable oil
1 cup of white sugar
1/2 can of pumpkin puree
1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup of All purpose flour
1/2 cup coco powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips.
 
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix together until incorporated.
 
Lightly spray a cupcake pan with oil or butter spray and fill with batter, alternatively you can use cupcake liners but I just put the batter straight into the pan.
 
Bake for 25 - 30 minutes. Keep your eye on them, check at about 20 mins, they will be ready when a spaghetti strand or cake tester comes out clean. :)
 

 
Yum and Happy Monday! :)
 
If you have any Fall décor ideas or recipes please share them in the comments below, I would love to read them! :)
 
Love Lulu xx
 


4 comments :

  1. Hi lulu, are you on blog lovin'?
    What is the best way to follow your blog?

    We are just heading into Spring right now and I think I love it as much as everyone in the North loves Fall starting!
    Kelsey x

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  2. Hi Kelsey, I am on Bloglovin, you can find me under Lucy Osterfeld, you can also follow me on Twitter @LucyOsterfeld to keep up to date too! :) Aww Spring is beautiful also, enjoy the lovely weather and Spring festivities! :) x

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  3. I dont normally care for pumpkin flavoured things, but..not sure what it but this year, I want to try all these things I used to hate. And right now, it is definitely pumpkin items.
    Angie x
    www.chocolateandlipstick.com

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    1. Angie these ones are great as you get to say you had pumpkin but they taste more of chocolate! :p That's why I like them! :) Hope you like them too if you try them! :) xx

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