The EYES Have It

Post by Christina Williams of Just Call Me Chris
Halloween Candy Eyeballs

I’ve mentioned that I have a thing for skulls and spiders this year. And eyeballs round out my top three for the season. I’ve seen so many great eyeball themed items around. Lollipops, bouncy balls, novelty glasses, etc. The eyes are where it’s at this year.

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I’ve been stocking up on Halloween eyeball-themed goodies all season, so we can spread holiday cheer everywhere we go. Pass them out to your soccer team, the kids at church, or cousins. The spooky play on words will have them giggling in no time. Or at least rolling their EYES. Pun intended. Good one, huh?

Download the printable file here. Eyeballs not your thing? Here’s a little bag topper from a couple years ago.

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her blog, Just Call Me Chris.

Riley (My Vintage Trailer) Style

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Oh my, have you seen this fabulous Land of Nod camper tent? So, adorable.  Well, if I didn't have my own real vintage trailer, I'd definitely need this one to play in. 

There's really nothing better then camping with your kids. It's the best way to really spend time together without the distractions of life. We LOVE to tent and trailer camp as a family. 

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I recently decided to give Riley, my vintage trailer, a little more style.  I had saved a few vintage items that I've found at flea markets and thrift stores this year and I also added some fabulous new finds for The Land of Nod.

I tried to stay true to my original inspiration board, a little vintage, a lot of color, and very much outdoorsy. He's getting some personality, and although he is a mountain man, he doesn't take himself too seriously. There's a lot of fun, quirky pieces that keep this old guy (built in 1948) young and hip.

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I'm really happy with the color palette. The forest and mint green, red and pink are really fun together. This pink striped throw is incredibly comfy and I love the touch of feminine it adds to the space.  I want to find more pink for Riley, like another floral similar to the front door vintage tea towel curtain I made or some pink plaid. I also love this red and white camp rope pillow, I think it's a fun modern take on a cable knit sweater. 

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This adorable print called, Theodore Collects Firewoodis hung by a vintage wood hanger. Art in trailers can be tricky. You don't want anything heavy or breakable. This can easily be taken down and laid flat when in transit.

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I like to have reading materials in the trailer, these a a few of my favorites. The Sunset National Parks of the West book is from the 60's, My Cool Caravan was a Christmas gift from my hubby when we first got Riley and the mini Ansel Adams National Park book I found in a gift shop when we did our Southwest road trip.

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This might be my favorite pair of pillows.  The handsome bear pillow has been named Fuzzy Wuzzy, by my son Dylan and the white faux fur pillow gets pet by everyone who sees it.  

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 My Hudson Bay pillow shams look great with this fun camp log pillow.  And I'm absolutely dying over the S'mores pillow. He's my kids favorite addition to the trailer. 

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Like a thought, my vintage picnic basket works really well for blanket storage.

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I also made one more pillow. This felt white bear kind of looks like a polar bear, but actually he's my California bear. And this new pillow looks great beside the Alaska pillow I made years and years ago. And really, does anything say mountain man more then read red plaid flannel?

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I still like my birds and wire hanging thing that I put up a while ago. It's fun to change out the pictures now and then.

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I found this green oak leaf tray at a local flea market this weekend for only $5. It may come inside for Fall decorating as well.

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The bird theme is repeated in Riley. The shelves are edged in this fun detail. I keep my vintage jadite green melamine dishes on one of these shelves. I know the wood is kind of a yucky yellowy color, but I can't bare to cover it up. Although I love when old trailers are painted crisp inside, I feel this obligation to keep the original finish. 1948 is pretty dang old, you don't see too many trailers that old out there. 

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Posted by: Jeran Oleander + Palm

Boneless Pork Chops with Apple Chutney

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I found a different way to use all the apples we picked the other week – apple chutney! I love the sweet/tart flavours of apples with pork and this chutney has a bit of added heat to it that makes this simple meal stand out. If you make the chutney ahead of time this could easily turn into a fast weekday dinner. The chutney warms up very well and would work nicely with a variety of pork cuts. I used this Martha Stewart recipe as guidance and added/subtracted ingredients based on what I had in my pantry. I also used a thinner cut of pork chops, so my cooking time was significantly reduced.

The kids ate the pork, but didn’t touch the chutney – however, I’m sure some of the flavours transferred to the meat while  it sat on the platter.  If you’re looking for a fast and tasty fall meal, this will serve you well.

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Boneless Pork Chops with Apple Chutney – adapted from Martha Stewart Living
 

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 6 small boneless center-cut pork chops
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 4 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of pork chops; add to skillet. Saute until golden brown, about 3 minutes; flip. Cook 3 minutes more.Cook until meat is cooked through and registers 155 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. Transfer to a platter. If you are using thick chops, you might want to cook them a little extra time in a hot oven.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat; add onion. Saute over medium heat until translucent and beginning to brown, about 6 minutes. Add apples; saute 4 minutes more. Add vinegar, cranberries, ginger, mustard, and cayenne. Stir well to combine; cover. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until apples are very tender but hold their shape, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and serve over pork chops.

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DIY Paper Spiderwebs

Post by Darcy of No Monsters in My Bed
DIY Paper Spiderwebs

Lots of Halloween decorating going on over here. The kids keep painting and I keep cutting out spiderwebs, the front of our house sort of looks like a goblin’s art studio exploded. As it should (I guess).

Anyways, how to make paper spiderwebs:

DIY Paper Spiderwebs - Step 1 Step 1: Fold a piece of paper over to make a large triangle. Cut off the excess strip.

Step 2: Fold the triangle in half to make a smaller triangle. DIY Paper Spiderwebs - step 2 Step 3: This is the tricky part. Fold the sides of the triangle over almost like a blanket, so they look like the picture on the above left.

Step 4: Cut off the bottom of the above shape, so you have a triangle. DIY Paper Spiderwebs - Step 3 Step 5: Draw the above design on one side of the triangle.

Step 6: Cut out the blank space. DIY Paper Spiderwebs - Finished! Step 7: Unfold.

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Post by Darcy of No Monsters in My Bed