Fall Printable

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to make your home extra cozy for the holidays. Fall decorations are some of my favorites (second only to Christmas). When I stumbled across this great list of darling fall printables, I could hardly wait to get one in a frame and into my living room.

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The fact that when I got home my sweet husband had stopped by the store and got me a bottle of pumpkin spice creamer (my favorite! because I’m a shameless basic white girl) just sealed the deal. FALL IS HERE, YA’LL. EMBRACE IT!

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Cardigan  | Target

Dress | Old Navy

Monogram necklace | Jane.com

Puppy Love

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Everyone, meet Sam.

I had wanted a dog- and not just any dog, but a golden retriever – for my entire life. This little guy just turned six years old, and he’s been mine for a little over a year now. I adopted him from friends of ours, a couple at my church that was moving to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. When they asked me if I’d be willing to take him, I didn’t even hesitate before saying YES. The night they brought him to me, I was so excited I didn’t even know what to do with myself. I didn’t want to startle him by meeting him at the door squealing (which is exactly what I felt like doing), and I knew it would be a new, strange place, so I left the door unlocked and told them to come on in. When they came in the door, the sweetest thing I could have ever hoped for happened. He looked around, walked around the living room, and then came right over to the couch where I was sitting, laid his head down in my lap, and looked up at me like, “hey Mom!”

That’s the instant he stole my heart. To some people, I know it sounds silly, but this little guy has brought so much joy and healing to my heart. He is the sweetest dog I’ve ever met, and would sit on my lap all day long if I let him (which I would if I could). He follows me around the house, watches every move I make, and is always so excited to see me at the end of a long, hard day.

I got my love for animals from my grandma. I can remember standing in her kitchen, helping her make peanut butter sandwiches for the squirrels in her backyard, making homemade humming bird food for her hanging feeders on her wrap around porch, and staring into the pool of Otters at Grandfather Mountain for what seemed like forever, because she and I could have watched them all day. She did get to briefly meet Sam when she was very sick, but I know if she was still here today, she would love him just as much as I do.

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Map Letter Decor

I love making things for people. It makes my heart so happy, I wish I had all the time in the world to just craft my little heart out. After hearing my friend mention seeing these at the store, but not being able to find an “H,” I knew I could make her one!

This is such a quick, fun little project, and all you need are a few simple supplies:

  • Block letter (mine was cardboard, $2.99 from Walmart)
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Maps
  • Scissors
  • Pen or pencil to trace

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Directions:

  • First, lay the letter down and trace it on the map, making sure that you are getting what you want on the backside (for instance, I wanted to make sure that I got both land and sea for a variety of colors). Do this for both the front and back of the letter.IMG_2523
  • Next, give one side of the letter a thin, quick brushing of mod podge. This has to be done quickly so that it does not dry before you lay down the map. Make sure you get the edges and corners.IMG_2525IMG_2524
  • After “gluing down” the map on both sides, make sure to press on the map or go over it with a credit card to get rid of all the little bumps and bubbles. Wipe the excess Mod Podge from the sides and don’t worry if it looks smeared (it will dry clear).
  • Go over the top of the map on both sides with another thin layer of Mod Podge to give your letter a finished look. Give the first side time to dry before you do the second side.
  • Lastly, set the letter up so that it can dry completely. I used a glass to prop it up in the middle, allowing both sides to dry.

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And…. voila! It’s that easy! How cute is this?IMG_2536IMG_2535

Chicken Tetrazzini (in a fort!)

Last night, I surprised my husband with a new recipe and a blanket fort in our living room. The look on his face was priceless, and it was so much fun eating dinner together in this cozy little candle-lit fort. We might just never grow up! Being his bride is the most fun I’ve ever had.

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I had never made chicken tetrazzini before, but I was very pleased with the way it came out and the leftovers I had for lunch today were just as good if not better!

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. fettuccine noodles
  • 1/2 cup butter (plus more for buttering the baking dish and for your water when boiling noodles)
  • Chicken breasts or tenderloins (boiled or grilled)
  • 2 cans of cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

  • First, preheat oven to 300 degrees
  • Boil and drain your noodles
  • Then, cook chicken however you’d like. The original recipe I used said to boil 4 chicken breasts, but I grilled about 10 small chicken tenderloins and pulled them apart with a fork
  • Next, put butter, both cans of cream of chicken soup, sour cream, salt, pepper, and white wine in a bowl and mix it all together
  • Add cooked, shredded chicken to this mixture
  • Fold cooked, drained noodles into the mixture
  • Slice several pieces of butter and place on bottom of 9×13 baking dish, then spoon in the mixture
  • Sprinkle both the parmesan and mozzarella cheese on top
  • Cover with tin foil, bake 45 minutes
  • Uncover and bake for 15 more minutes