DIY : spooky stir sticks

diy | spooky stir sticksAs promised I’m sharing the DIY for those spooky stir sticks that made an appearance in my poisoned pumpkin spice cocktail. It’s easy to make and the perfect accessory to spook up guests and beverages being served at your monster bash this Halloween. I found these sparkle pom-poms and knew they would create a festive look for the stirrers. If drinks are not your thing, they would make a great cake topper too! Keep reading for the tutorial…

spooky stir sticks | materialsSpooky Stir Sticks


  • pom-poms
  • plastic spiders
  • hot glue gun
  • bamboo lollipop sticks

spooky stir sticks | instructionsInstructions

  1. Dab hot glue at the rounded end of the stick.
  2. Attach pom-pom and let it sit to dry for about 2 minutes.
  3. On the side of pom-pom, place a dab of hot glue.
  4. Attach plastic spider, let it sit to dry for about 2 minutes and add to cocktail.


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Happy Monday y’all! I have a long day ahead and after a lazy Sunday coffee will remain my best friend today. I also wanted to take a moment to thank you all for continuing to follow me on this blogging adventure. It has truly become a passion of mine to share new recipes, beautiful images, simple DIY’s and little bits of my life. I hope I’ve brought inspiration and you will continue along this creative journey. There will be a few changes coming up and as always I’d love to hear what you think, so feel free to leave me a comment. Have a lovely day!

*image via britta nickel

weekend wishes

weekend wishes | lazy sundayI was one busy bee buzzing around the city yesterday! It started with an alfresco breakfast with the hubby, then a trip to the farmers market, attended the grand opening of the gorgeous new store FOUND, and back out for a surprise dinner and night on the town planned by R. So what’s on the agenda today… Nothing! It’s going to be a lazy sunday as my calendar for next week is full. Wishing you all a lovely day and keep reading for my favorite links…

How to get you guest room guest-ready.

This make ahead breakfast is perfect for those on-the-go mornings.

An absolutely stunning al fresco peach themed dinner.

You know me and my addiction to stripes.

I know we’re in the middle of fall but who can resist these tropical greetings!

Love this Backyard Halloween Bash for the little ones.

Oh and don’t forget to cozy up with this limited time sale!

*image via anthro blog

with a twist : poisoned pumpkin spice

with a twist | poisoned pumpkin spiceFriday is here and what a better way to welcome the weekend with a seasonal cocktail. Remember the pumpkin spice syrup from earlier in the week? Well, it’s making another debut in this Poisoned Pumpkin Spice cocktail. After making the syrup, I knew it just had to make an appearance in a tasty alcoholic treat for the grown-ups this halloween. Keep reading for the recipe, it’s a great drink to serve at your ghostly gathering.

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Poisoned Pumpkin Spice

*makes 1


  • 1 ounce pumpkin spice syrup
  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice


  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add all ingredients and shake.
  2. Pour into an ice filled glass and serve.


pinning away : falling for fall

pinning away | falling for fallOriginally I had planned a different post for today but couldn’t resist another edition of pinning away after a long look at my Autumn board and finding this little branch of fall inspiration on yesterdays morning run. I’m reminded that autumn has graciously arrived and the true falling of leaves has begun. The season has been beautiful and October is shaping up to be one of my favorite months here in this city. Mornings and evenings have a crisp chill and afternoons are warm and breezy, which has me falling for fall all over again.

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simple savorings : pumpkin spice syrup

simple savorings | pumpkin spice syrupWhen it comes to my daily cup of coffee, I’m not big on adding anything but a splash of soy or almond milk. The only time there is an exception is when coffee shops bring back the beloved seasonal favorite of pumpkin spice coffees. After years of indulging in this fall treat, I thought it was finally time to create my own version at home. I spent some time in the kitchen last week making this syrup and have been adding a few drops here and there to my perfect cup of coffee ever since. Keep reading for the recipe and stay tuned as it will make it’s way into a cocktail later in the week!

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Pumpkin Syrup


  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3/4 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Combine the sugars and water in a small saucepan and cook on medium/low heat until the mixture is slightly bubbly and sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients, except the vanilla extract, and stir constantly while heating up the pumpkin and incorporating it all together, for about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and strain through a mesh strainer lined with cheese cloth or a very thin, clean tea towel.
  4. Allow the syrup to cool to room-temperature before stirring in the vanilla extract. Store in a mason jar or airtight container.

up close and personal : the journal

up close and personal | journalI’ve always enjoyed writing down thoughts, and even remember keeping a diary with a gold lock and keys as a little girl. Somewhere along the way with the busyness of life’s demands, I lost touch with this daily ritual and it became an on and off thing. Lately, I’m realizing the importance of this habit and I’ve been spending quality time each morning with my journal. It takes much discipline and practice as the morning rush can take over rather quickly, but I’m finding it to be the best way to start my day. A morning of reflection or quiet time to help bring focus and balance for the day ahead. Do you make time and keep a daily journal? I’d love for you to share your thoughts.