Happy October – A Candy Corn Treat (or Trick?)

As a candy corn connoisseur of epic proportions, I thought my husband was crazy when he told me he only ate it when it was mixed with salted peanuts.  What?!? 

Maybe where’s he’s from (he grew up about an hour away from where I did), candy corn is different the wonderful orange, yellow, and white confection I’m accustomed to eating.

He says it tastes like a Payday.  I’ve never really been a fan….but to be honest, I’m not 100% sure I’ve tried one. I think I traded those with my sister because they didn’t have chocolate in them.

Hmmm….so, lets see if what this man (who I thought I knew) , knows what he’s talking about.

The ingredients – Candy corn and salted peanuts.  (Please enjoy the close-up shot of our red countertops. Lovely, aren’t they?)

Mix equal parts together in an air-tight container (something with a lid) and mix together.

TA-DAAAH !

In a autumn-ish colored bowl for serving purposes, unless your guests find Country Crock containers to be stylish.

AND THE VERDICT….dare I admit that my husband is right…it really is good (I’m actually eating some now).  Sometimes when you eat too many candy corn, it gets a little overwhelming…the nuts really cut the sweetness.  I chose lightly salted peanuts, but I think it’s a personal taste thing. 

So there you go…it still gives you a belly ache if you eat too much.  This is the closest I’ll ever get to sharing a recipe unless anyone has any questions about how to make Mac & Cheese or PB&J.

Have you ever heard of doing this before?  Maybe I’ve led a sheltered life.  If you try this, please let me know what you think!

Bon appetit!

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Piano “Mantle”

 

I have a huge, brick, two-sided fireplace, but for some odd reason, it doesn’t have a mantle.  It also has a huge black wood burning stove in it that thrills my father-in-law to no end (he also enjoys the red countertops).  I, on the other hand, don’t care how energy-efficient it is, I think it’s ugly and I can’t wait to get rid of the darn thing!  For now though, it stays – mainly to stop Max, and soon Emme, from using the fireplace as an alternative passageway from one room to the next.

Anyway, back to the mantle issue….I keep seeing all of these GORGEOUS mantles in the land o’ blog and I want one!  So, instead, I’m using the top of the piano that the sellers of our house left behind.  (It also served as a hiding place for the snake)

 

 

It’s not very seasonal…I’ve never been much of a seasonal decorator, besides Christmas, but I thought I’d share anyway.   I can’t get too crazy because of the little people who live in this house…

Ahh, there is one of them now.

The sail boat pictures were both given to me by my mom, and the black and white photo is Max’s namesake – my grandfather. 

The big square vase is from Pottery Barn, and I think someone gave me the seashell potpourri in it.

I don’t remember where the metal star came from – probably ebay…I have a small collection of metal stars.  If you look really, really, really close, you can see a picture of me in a bikini (pre 2-babies, pre-30s) in the beach picture.

The vase of sticks is a collection from the yard.

I kind of feel like the middle is missing something, but I haven’t found anything to put there that I like yet….any thoughts?
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Free for (F)all Decor

Like many people, autumn has always been my favorite time of year.  The colors, the smell, football, the crisp air…living in Ohio, we get the whole fall experience.  I was outside with the kids this afternoon, and played around some fall-ish decor ideas from stuff I found in our yard or garage.

 

Very simple – just an overturned wooden box with white candles scattered on top.  I think you could do 1 candle or 30….I’d just be sure to use varying heights and sit them on overturned cups (or something similar) to give more dimension beyond short and tall pillars.

Not really your typical fall arrangements, but it might inspire other ideas?  What’s your favorite season and why?

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