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Since Halloween is only about a month away, we are ready to start playing with our food. We LOVE having fun with food at Halloween. There are just so many fun and yummy ideas! This year I want to show you a few of our favorites. I’m starting with a seasonal favorite that we turn into a spooky Halloween dinner. It is my recipe for Butternut Squash Soup. It is actually a healthy dinner….but shhh…don’t tell the kids. Let’s just have some fun playing with our food instead!

Soups are perfect recipes for fall. We like to make our soup spooky for Halloween. Recipe and directions are included to make this spiderweb butternut squash soup.

Do you realize that Halloween is only about a month away? Crazy, right? Then the holiday season will officially begin and before we know it, it will be the beginning of a new year. Whew! I don’t feel ready and yet I’m so looking forward to the Halloween season this year because we have so many fun Halloween dinner ideas. It always makes dinner a little more fun and a little less ordinary. Even if it is simply taking a soup and adding a spider web to the top. It still makes it a little more fun and less like an ordinary dinner. Or  is that just me? View full post »

  • cathy - September 29, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    I LOVE this idea! We eat so much butternut squash soup, and I have a feeling they would eat more if I top it like this! This is awesome! Saying hello from tutorials and tips link party!

I’ve got a quick and easy craft for you today. This is a 30 minute craft. I came up with a cute idea to make coasters for fall. They are made out of felt and make an easy way to add a little fall decor with some whimsy to your house. Perfect!

Cute craft to make fall felt coasters in the shape of acorns. Great way to add some fall decor to the house and it looks easy too!

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you may have seen that in the last week, I went from homeschooling both of my girls to having one at home and one at our local public middle school. It has been a good change and it has also totally thrown off my work schedule along with pretty much the rest of my organized life. LOL! I’m slowly figuring out this new  routine/life. This whole change-up is why you didn’t see any posts from me on Monday and Wednesday like you would normally see. I just needed to take a step back and slowly get adjusted instead of trying to push through and kill myself to get it done. I think it was the best choice for me and my family. It was great to be available to hear all that went on and go to my first Back to School night EVER. Oh and deal with ALL that paperwork. Holy paperwork….there is a lot of it!

Anyway, I had a chance to make a quick and easy fall craft that I think turned out cute. I made these felt acorn coasters. I think they are just a fun whimsical touch to have around the house during the fall. They took me maybe 30 minutes to make…including most of the photography. Perfect! I’ve got the full tutorial along with a template for you to download to make your own, so let’s get going! View full post »

I have another update from our living room re-do for you today. I have tons of living room ideas for our house that I’m trying to implement as I can save money and find time to get them done. The living room was seriously outdated and needed help. Little by little I’m making progress and I’m loving the results. Today, I wanted to show you a simple update that I think makes a big difference. I freshened up our lamps.

Living Room Ideas to update your living room by updating lamps and lamp shades. #homedecor #livingroom #interiordesign #realcoake

I have had the same lamps and lamp shades for at least 8 years now. It may be more. I’m a little confused about what we bought here and what we bought in our last house. Anyway, it was long past time for new lamps and/or lamp shades.

I’m sure you’ve noticed but lamps and lamps shades are not exactly cheap. I figured out how to make this update in our living room and I spent a little over $100. I realized that isn’t exactly cheap, but is certainly was less expensive than replacing all the lamps and I still feel like the money I spent helped update the room.  View full post »

  • Preston Davis - September 22, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    Love the lamps & love Ikea! Great job :)ReplyCancel

  • Stacey - September 23, 2014 - 7:49 pm

    Changing the lamps is a great way to update a room. I’ve been updating some of mine too. I’ve tried just changing shades and it’s hard to find the right size to cover the harp and all that. I like the simple classic look of your new ones. I love your furniture!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - September 25, 2014 - 6:50 pm

      Yes, finding the right size can be a pain. I’ve discovered that! Hopefully you are able to find the sizes you need. I just wonder, why can’t they just make universal that anything would work? Makes sense to me. :-)ReplyCancel

Do you remember the decorative pillows I made a earlier this year? I updated them again for the fall season. I wanted to show you my idea for some pretty fall decorative pillows.

Easy to make and pretty fall decorative pillows. #homedecor #diy #fall #falldecor #livingroom #realcoake

So if you remember the tale of these pillows, I started with an IKEA hack to turn two pillows into three. Next up I made some simple envelope decorative pillows for spring. Over the summer, I made some cute burlap decorative pillow covers for these same pillows.

Now that fall has rolled around, I wanted to add a cover that would add a touch of fall to the living room. I thought of doing something similar to the summer pillows by adding an applique, but I decided against it. I wanted to keep it a bit more understated for fall. Let me show you what I came up with.  View full post »

  • Preston Davis - September 17, 2014 - 3:12 pm

    Like you said in your previous post, it’s nice to switch things up. I think you should keep making/switching out seasonal covers…everything you’ve made so far looks so good, especially these! Keep up the great work :)ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - September 23, 2014 - 3:24 pm

      Thanks so much Preston! I’m having fun with it, so I bet I will make something for Christmas. I’ve always wanted Christmas pillows….I think it is time I make some and enjoy! Thanks for your sweet comment. Take care.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Howard - September 18, 2014 - 9:10 am

    I say continue having fun! The whole point of decorating is to create an environment you love…one that shows your personality. These pillows do just that! I totally {heart} the new fall covers you made!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - September 23, 2014 - 3:26 pm

      Thanks Lisa! Yes, I need to have fun for sure. It amazes me that I’ve always wanted to do these things but never got around to it before blogging. Deadlines and needed posts do me a world of good. I get to do and make all these things I’ve dreamed of for a long time! :-)ReplyCancel

I’ve got another update on the progress in my living room for you today. I’ve made some changes and I’m guessing you enjoy seeing them since so many of you have viewed them and commented in the past. I’m also hoping that maybe they give you living room ideas for your home as well.

Living Room Ideas - simple ways to update your home decor and have a more polished, designer look. #homedecor #interiordesign #livingroom #realcoake

I feel the need to first say that I am not a designer or decorator. I did think about going back to school at one point to become an interior designer, but never did. I just enjoy making my home pretty and I enjoy changing things up. My living room, well really my whole house, needs a big freshen up and to be updated to what I think of as a more modern style. We already took down the chair rail, painted the moldings, painted the fireplace, and painted the walls. Huge improvements!

If you have read other posts about my living room, then you may notice that I’ve changed up the entertainment center. Let me show you where it all began and the great progress I’ve made so far.  View full post »

  • Martha - September 15, 2014 - 8:56 am

    I knew I liked you ;) I am totally chuckling over your WalMart comments. I have only stepped foot in a WalMart once in the past 13 or so years…and that was only because a girl riding with us to a track meet forgot her shoes (!!) and that was the only store open at 7am! My daughter (about 12 or 13 at the time) thought the world was going to come crashing down LOL! There is another big craft store that I don’t shop at either because of where their money goes, but these are things I mainly keep to myself since they aren’t popular opinions! Your living room is looking great. I’m enjoying the transformation!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - September 15, 2014 - 8:02 pm

      Thank you, Martha! I was a little concerned to write about my dislike of Wal-Mart…I thought I might get some backlash. I’m glad to know that someone else gets it! What craft company do you not shop at? You don’t have to share if your prefer not to, but I’m curious and always like learning. If you want to email me privately with who it is and some of the why or a good source for the why, I would love it. You can do that through my contact page (you will see that at the top of my site.). No pressure. Hope you have a great week!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Howard - September 16, 2014 - 10:31 am

    KC…I LOVE IT! Everything is coming together beautifully! Thanks for sending credit my way but you, my friend, are the rock star that had all the elements going for you. The room looks Fab-U-lous!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - September 22, 2014 - 7:34 pm

      Thank you, Lisa! You are always so sweet with your comments. :-) Of course I had to give you a shout out! I love all your advice! It has really helped me pull things together and take the room a step further than I could have done on my own. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • […] see the small and outdated lamp shade on the floor lamp. The furniture got moved around a bit in my entertainment center update so this side of the room looks a little different […]ReplyCancel

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