Recipe for Easy Pie Crust

Since the nights are getting cooler and Fall seems to be in the air. It is officially time to make some pies. At least that is what it means at our house.

Today I am sharing the easiest pie crust recipe I have found. I use my neighbor’s wonderful homemade butter which makes it so flaky. I have used this recipe for years. It took me forever to find one that worked for me. For some reason much to my moms dismay I just could not do a good job with her recipe. I ran across this one in an old cookbook several years ago. And I have not tried another since.

You can find another good recipe below.

Lemon Bars

For this recipe you basically just mix everything in your food processor or a bowl with a fork. The original recipe called for it to be mixed in a tupperware bowl and it said to just shake it. That did not work for me. I use either of the above and both work great!

No Fail Pie Crust

This is such an easy crust recipe. And it really never fails me. This reciepe makes enough for two pie crusts.
Prep Time 20 mins
Servings 12 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 C All purpose flour
  • 1/2 C Cold butter
  • 1/2 C Shortening
  • Pinch Salt
  • 2 T Sugar
  • 1/2 C Cold water

Instructions
 

  • To make the crust
  • Add all ingredients except the water to a food processor and pulse until pea size clumps form. slowly add in the water until dough forms.
  • Put in some plastic wrap and form a circle or divide into two circles. Refrigerate or put in freezer until you are ready to make your next pie.

Notes

Make sure to add your water slowly as sometimes it may call for less water than the written amount.
Make sure your water is cold.
Ready for the freezer

Now I will put them in the freezer until the day I want to use them. It only takes a couple of hours to dethaw. Usually the first part of November I will make up several crusts and get them in the freezer for my holiday baking.

How to Create a Cozy Fall Table

Today my friends and I are going to show you how we create our Fall tables. Mine is going to be a table centerpiece, until we get closer to Thanksgiving and then I will show you how I am setting up the table for guests.

I actually did two different ideas but I liked this one the best. I’ll show you the other one at the end of my post.

I added my favorite mercury glass pumpkin. I bought it years ago at TJ Max and still love it! Then I wanted to add more texture so I added in a velvet and a grain stripe pumpkin. For contrast I layed a Hearth and Hand towel on the table first. I use those towels for more that their intended purpose. They are so pretty and lay nicely for hanging and adding on top of tables.

I added my plant in a wicker thrifted basket. Again adding in lots of textures. and I put it on a white cake pedestal to add height. You don’t want everything the same height. You need dimension. Also adding in candles you can’t forget candles they add the ambiance. And in the Fall I love burning candles it gives that cozy feeling you need.

Here are the towels I love, and some similar items like I used.

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There you have it my cozy Fall table centerpiece. I hope this gave you some inspiration. I would love to see your table centerpieces. Below you can visit my friends tables. Just click on their photos.

Below is the other table centerpiece I had made before this one.

Here you can see last years tablescape.

As always God Bless!

The Four Things I Look for at Thrift Stores

If you have been following along on this blog journey, the one thing you know about me is I am a thrifter. Whether it be flea markets or or thrift store and antique stores. I love the thrill of the hunt. You know when you find that one thing you had no idea you couldn’t live without. This list is not the only things I look for but what always catches my eye.

#1 Headboards

Click here to see what I did with this thrifted head board and foot board. And here to see what I made this with.

#2 Vintage Mirrors

All of my mirrors I have found at thrift stores. I did not pay over four dollars for any of them.

#3 Vintage boxes

Something about the faded wording on old crates I just love! What do you look for? I would love to hear.

God Bless!

Fall is in the Air, Lets Bake Something

And by something I mean Caramel Apple Cheesecake bars. Need I say more? I didn’t think so. These bars are amazing and just remind me of Fall days spent at an apple orchard or picking out pumpkins.

Just look at that caramel sauce! There are a few steps to making these bars but they are so worth it. If you like caramel apples and cheesecake and a streusel topping then these are going to be your new favorite Fall treat.

Start by mixing your crust ingredients and put it in a 9″x13″ sprayed pan. While that bakes start on the cheesecake layer, the apple and streusel layers. Add the cheesecake layer carefully onto your crust while it is still warm.

Streusel Topping ingredients
Streusel Topping

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

There are a few layers to this recipe but they are totally worth it.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
0 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 C All purpose Flour
  • 1/3 C Brown sugar Firmly packed
  • 1 C Butter
  • 2 8 oz Pkgs Cream cheese Softened
  • 1/2 C and 1T Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 t Vanilla
  • 3-4 Apples Peeled and cored
  • 1 t Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t Ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 C Caramel topping Homemade or bought

Streusel Topping

  • 1 C Brown sugar Firmly packed
  • 1 C All purpose flour
  • 1/2 C quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 C Butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350
  • Spray or line a 9'x13' pan and then spray.
  • In a medium sized bowl combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter until mixture looks crumbly.
  • Press into the bottom of your pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • In another mixing bowl cream together the cream cheese, 1/2 C of sugar on medium speed until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time. Then the vanilla. Stir to combine.. Pour over the warm crust.
  • Cut your apples into bite size pieces and combine with one T sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spoon over cheesecake layer.
  • Combine the brown sugar, oats and butter until crumbly. Add that mixture to the top of the apple layer.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until filling is set.
  • Drizzle caramel onto the cooled bars.

Notes

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Let me know if you make these and your welcome ahead of time. That is how good they are!

Click here for a dinner idea recipe.

God Bless!

Must Haves for the Perfect Thrifted Rustic Fall Mantel

Today me and my friends Terrie and Tammy are showing you how we styled our mantels for fall. I am calling mine a thrifted rustic mantel. As if you couldn’t tell from the title.

I love to thrift shop either at thrift stores or flea markets and of course Goodwill. I got all of the books you see on the mantel from a Goodwill. The amber bottles are from flea markets. And the Fall foliage is from Amazon. I did purchase the pumpkin from Hobby Lobby. I purchase one new pumpkin a year if I see something new. I loved the texture on this one.

The beaded garland I had from previous years. This was really fun to style and I think I may leave it this way. I know your thinking right! lol I can’t help it I do love styling areas and this one is my favorite to play with. You can see last years mantel here.

Adding touches of Fall around our Farmhouse

I found some similar items to share with you.

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I hope you will take the time to stop by my friends homes to see their beautiful mantels.

God Bless!

My 10 on the Tenth DIY Challenge A Roving Yarn Pumpkin

Hey there, to day I am joining some ladies who are challenged to do a diy for ten dollars or under.  Our theme for this month is Fall.  It could be fall anything as long as it stays ten dollars or under.

My diy is another yarn pumpkin.  I am calling it a yarn roving pumpkin.  It was so fun and easy to do.  First I took a dollar store pumpkin and cut out a small hole in the center of the pumpkin.

I then cut my roving yarn in strips to fit from the top to bottom of the pumpkin.  After that I started hot gluing the strips on.  I didn’t pull hard on this yarn because if you do it does tear easily.

I used a skewer to push the ends of the yarn into the top of the pumpkin.  This really helps to give it some dimension to it.  After that just keep gluing your pieces on until it is all covered.

For the stem I used a real pumpkin stem I had from last year.  I dry my stems each year so I have them for the next years projects.  Here is another pumpkin project I did.  And you find how I did a centerpiece with pumpkins here.

My total for my project was free because I had everything.  But for those who do not here is the breakdown:

$1 for pumpkin from dollar store

$1.75 for the yarn 30% off at Hobby Lobby and I only used 1/4 of it.

Total $2.75

Now I know you will want to go and visit my friends and see their projects.

https://ppandorasbox.blogspot.com/2021/09/10-on-10th-easy-fall-scarecrow-to-make.html?m=1

https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/diy-dollar-tree-pumpkin-planter//

https://patinaandpaint.com/

clochesandlavender.com/2021/09/10/easy-canvas-ideas-transfers/

Rustic Cozy Fall Living Room

This week in our Fall series, decorating one room at a time, we have been sharing our living rooms. On Monday I shared my mood board with you for my coffee table display. You can find that here. Yesterday I showed you how I set it up on my Facebook page. You can click below to see the video.

https://www.facebook.com/JunkToGems

Today I am going to show you the different spaces created in my living room to help it feel cozy and to add some fall elements.

My hutch area, this is a fun piece to decorate for the seasons. I kept it simple, just some pumpkins and my leaf blocks. You can find them here.

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This corner is always fun to decorate. It is kind of a dead space in the room so I always fill it with seasonal items.

I love these fall pillows, you get four covers for under $18. I like inexpensive and cute!

And my divided storage piece my hubby made me I Love! I put some dried hydrangeas in it along with some small Boo Pumpkins. These Hydrangeas are not real but they look real close.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of my living room?

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God Bless!

Adding fall Touches to the Living Room Area

If you have been following along then you know Terrie, Tammy and me are continuing our Fall series. This week is the living room, I am going to share my mood board today with you all.

I am going to be adding my yarn pumpkins you can see that post here. I also am adding in lots of faux leaves. These ones that I ma using are so nice and real looking. You can find them below.

I am excited to get started on this and show you later in the week. In the mean time be sure and visit my friends below.

https://patinaandpaint.com/

Have a beautiful day and God Bless!

Cozy farmhouse Decorating for a Fall Entryway

Today I am sharing how I decorated my entryway/mudroom for Fall.

I am joining Terrie and Tammy for our Fall series on decorating a room at a time for Fall. As I shared in this post our mudroom is well used everyday. That being said, I still want it to be cozy and pretty as well as functional for our needs.

You can visit my Fall kitchen post here.

I started by cleaning the whole room. And may I say for such a small area it desperately needed cleaned! I then mopped and put away all the unseasonal items we had out there. And like always I rearranged some of the decorating items.

I added a leaf garland around the shelf. And then I added a pretty wreath on my vintage door that I had added as wall decor. Then I just neded to add a few pumpkins and sunflowers. I have to say it felt instantly more cozy adding these items. I kept it simple so the room could still function as it needs too.

Now when I walk in I smile! We are slowly getting ready for Fall. Next week is the living room.

Here are some of the items I used:

Have a beautiful weekend sweet friend and God Bless!

Decorating for Fall/Autumn in the Entryway or Mudroom

Entryway or mudroom which do you have? Ours I would consider a small mudroom. Basically because that is our only easy access to the home. So our barn boots are placed out there and all of our coats we wear for chores get hung out there. It is a much used mudroom. But it is also our point of entry for our home that is easier for guests to come in.

This week for we continue our Fall series of decorating a room at a time. Can you guess what this week is? Yep the entry/mudroom area. Be sure and check out Tammys and Terrie’s blog posts. If you didin’t see last weeks room click here

That being said I like to keep it somewhat pretty and inviting. I am going to show you the ugly right now and real life.

I told you It needs some prettying up! I plan to put a beautiful leaf garland that I bought around the ledge. Here is that garland it is very full and beautiful.

And I also plan to add a Fall wreath like this one:

This one is beautiful too:

I will add a few pumpkins to the area too. I am just not sure where yet. Here are some I recently purchased that are nice and inexpensive. And I love the stems on them.

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And obviously I really need to clean and organize it first. If you have any good organizing tips or items you use for a small mudroom, please share.

Here are a couple of Fall decorating diys I have done.

On Thursday we will be sharing our entryway videos on our Facebook pages.

Thank you for visiting and God Bless!