5 Alternatives to the Boob Light

*** This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on one and make a purchase, I may earn a commission.***     In case you haven’t noticed, we have whizzed right through October and have landed firmly in Thanksgiving preparation mode.  One thing I really want to get off of my to do list before Thanksgiving is to finally pick out a light for our “parlor/living room/roku room”.  This is the room that used to be a dining room until I switched it around and made it a parlor.  Parlor is where I have landed on what this room is to be named.  Here is a reminder picture:


Hmm.  That picture is very outdated.  A lot of changes have happened in here since I last photographed it. See the chandelier that is clearly a dining room fixture?  That was taken down a long while ago because the tall people kept banging into it.  So, at the moment, there is nothing there.  Just a hole in the ceiling where a light should be.  So sad.  Maybe this light fixture purchase will be the jumping off point to finish the other to do’s in this room.

There are some things to consider when picking out the light for this room.  First, the ceiling is low, so the fixture will have to be a flush mount.  I also have shiny chrome fixtures in the kitchen which is adjacent to this room, so I want the light to work with those.  Of course, I love a bargain, so I don’t want it to be too expensive, unless it’s really pretty and special and then maybe I’ll splurge.  Oh and it CANNOT be a boob light.  Not sure what a boob light is?  Here you go:

Forte Lighting 1 Light Flush Mount - Marble Glass

That’s a boob light. You can never unseen that.

With these parameters in mind, I have come up with five options that I think would work well.


Five Alternatives to The Dreaded Boob Light


Transitional 3-light Painted Champagne Flush Mount Light

Transitional 3 Light Painted Champagne Flush Mount – I love this one.  This one is probably it.  It’s very slender and it has 3 lights, so it will light this room nicely. The metallic finish does not match the kitchen, but I almost don’t care.  I really like this one.  It rings in at $162, which is a tiny bit expensive, but I really like this one.  Really.


Industrial Vintage Semi Flush Mount Ceiling Light - LITFAD 21" Chandelier Barn Metal Hanging Fixture With 5 Lights Painted Finish, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KLXS93A/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_awdm_x_l2OfybH7BVV0P:

Industrial Vintage Semi Flush Mount – Ok truthfully, this fixture has no place in my home, but it is totally cool.  So, as a public service announcement to anyone who does have this aesthetic, go buy this guy!  Bonus, it’s only $59!  Put it in the shopping cart!

Raindrop - LED Flush Fixture w/ Optional Blue Water Film ... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E2I0Q6E/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_Kp.fyb5X7WJ7X:

Raindrop LED Flush Fixture – Alright, this lady falls under the category of pretty enough to maybe splurge on it.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  I really want this one.  But, the price tag is a bit steep at $276.  Ouch.  Maybe.  It does match the metal in the kitchen. That’s one bonus point for this one.

Safavieh Avery Ceiling Drum Light, Antique Gold - Walmart.com:

Safavieh Avery Ceiling Flush Mount – This one again has no business in my house, but I kind of love it.  Maybe I’ll just change every piece of metal in my house to this gold finish and grab this one.  It rings in at $122.

Progress Lighting P3402-15 Status Chrome Steel and Porcelain 2-light Flush Mount

Progress Lighting Flush Mount – This one is the best match to the rest of my house. I love almost everything about this except for one small thing.  The pretty little piece that is hanging down.  Is it long enough to stab someone in the head? I just don’t know.  It is just $90.


Ok, decision time.  I’ve really knocked two off the list already, so I’ve got a few short weeks to figure out which of the three left over I want to spend my pennies on.  Any thoughts?

Easy Watercolor Art

***This post contains affiliate links.  If you click one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission!***    You can make something beautiful.  If you pick the right thing, you can totally make art that will be beautiful.  I’m not an artist, everything I have ever made I learned from the internet.  But, I do make some beautiful things sometimes.  I’m not special (for real, totally ordinary), I just try and if it comes out great, then great.  If it doesn’t come out great, then I learn something from it.  See this post about how I fixed a HUGE fail, which happens to be my MOST popular post of everything I have ever written, by a long shot, by the way.

My point is, all of those adorable things you are pinning and never trying?  Get on it. Try one.  The worst thing that will happen is that you will hate it and you will have wasted a few bucks on materials.  The best thing that could happen?  You could make something awesome that people will look at and say, “I love that!” and then, you get to say, “Thanks! I made it!”.  There is some major satisfaction in those simple words, people.  Serious satisfaction.

Here’s what I made this weekend. I think it’s pretty darn beautiful, if I do say so myself.


You know what is the best part of this?  One of the things I love about how these little paintings came out is that I actually messed up when prepping.  I was working from these instructions from Burlap and Blue and I was supposed to use painters tape to block off the edges.  Well, I didn’t feel  like searching high and low for the painters tape when I had perfectly good Scotch tape right in front of me.  I told myself I would just press it down really well into the canvas and it would be fine. Wrong.  As soon as the water hit the canvas it busted right past the Scotch tape.  But, guess what? I kind of loved how it looked!  I learned quickly not to go to crazy with water near the tape or it would be a real mess (see how I’m learning from my mistakes? :-)), but I definitely like the bit of bleeding through that was going on.

Ready to make your own?



Canvases (I used these from Amazon)

Watercolors (These are awesome)

Paint brush (Like this is fine, but come on, you know have a little paint brush somewhere in the house)

Scotch Tape (Fine, buy it here, but you know you have this, too!)

**Assuming you only have to buy the canvases and the watercolors, the materials will cost about $21. If you have Amazon Prime (and you totally should) you can have this in two days with free shipping.


  1.  Evenly tape off your canvases. I just went around the square and taped it off based on the width of the tape.  Press the tape down firmly.taped-off-canvas
  2. Think.  Yes, take a minute to think. I wanted to do a “season” theme with my canvases, so I thought about what colors were wintry, springy, summery and autumny.  (All words, trust. I don’t care what spell check says).
  3. Paint.  Dip your brush in some water and then in some paint and spread it on the canvas.  There isn’t much to tell here.  My only tip is to not let TOO much water get under the tape.  Other than that, go with your gut.  If you think the colors look pretty together, then chances are you are going to love your painting.  Don’t sweat it.  Experiment.  Note that the canvases I chose come in a pack of 12, so if you hate one, try again.
  4. Allow to dry.



Four steps and about 20 bucks to beautiful art, guys.  Oh, and bragging rights,  of course.

Easy One Pan Dinner – Sweet Sausage and Roasted Veggies

***This post contains affiliate links.  If you click one and purchase something, I may receive a small commission.***   Who loves easy one pan meals?  Me, too!  I made Sweet Sausage and Roasted Veggies and it was so delicious and hearty and autumny (totally a word).


Sweet Sausage and Roasted Veggies – Ingredients

Perri Sweet Italian Sausage (Perri is my favorite brand.  They are delish)

1/2 of a Butternut Squash, diced into bite sized pieces

1 bag Brussel Sprouts, trimmed and halved

1 Red Onion, chopped into bite sized chunks

3-4 Red Potatoes, chopped into bite sized pieces

1 small bag Baby Carrots

2 T Fresh Rosemary – chopped fine

2 T Sage – chopped fine

2 T Honey

3 T Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to Taste

1 Large Sheet Pan (I have my eye on this one from Amazon, but until I get a nice large one pan, I actually made this one pan meal in two pans.  If you don’t have enough room to spread out the veggies, they will steam and not roast.  No bueno).


  1.  Preheat oven to 400
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the honey, olive oil, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper
  3. Add the vegetables to the honey mixture and coat well
  4. Add the veggies to the sheet pan.  Make sure they are in a single layer and not too crowded
  5. Add the sausage to the sheet pan
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes until done and the veggies and sausage are golden brown

This meal is one of my new favorites.  It’s really got me craving other one dish, roasted dinners, so don’t be surprised if there aren’t a lot more of these to come!

Buy It Spy It or DIY It – Amazon – Handmade

***This post contains affiliate links.  If you click one and make a purchase, I may earn a small commission***         Did you know that Amazon has a whole category just for Handmade goods?  Yes?  Fine, I guess I’m last to the party. Well, it’s inspired me to bring back an old favorite, Buy It Spy It or DIY It.  Remember this fun game?  You can find other installments here , here, here, here, here or here.  The basic premise is I scour the appointed website for my favorite items and decide whether it’s worth the hard earned money and Buy It, or find that the item is overpriced and I should Spy It somewhere else (usually Homegoods or Target :-)) or, my favorite, decide it would be a great project and DIY It!


Old Books - Book Lovers' Soy Candle - 8oz Jar

Buy It – Do you have a book lover in your life?  I do and she is one of those old fashioned book readers who loves the look, feel and SMELL of real books.  She would just love this.  PS, she’s twelve.  Old soul.

Nebula Bowl - Grande

Spy It – How gorgeous is that bowl?  I was very close to making this a save your pennies and Buy It, but I do believe I’ve seen similar items in some of the nicer consignment stores or estate sales I’ve been to.  This is just too pricey for my blood.  Stunning, however.  If you’ve won the lottery, click over to Amazon and shell out the $220.

Swear Jar Mason Jar Bank - Coin Slot Lid

DIY It – Oh, how perfectly precious is this?  So DIY-able and if you have a potty mouth in your home or office, this is great.  You can save up the money that is paid to the jar and use it for a fun lunch or donate it to a favorite charity.  I love this idea.

Blue Ring dish, Crackle pattern, catch all, soap dish, small plate, trinket dish gift. Melted glass bohemian decor.

Spy It – I love this dish, don’t get me wrong, but I got one from a gift shop during my last vacation for about half the price.  Really pretty dish, though.

Stained glass panels - "Iridescent Peacock" (P-26)

Buy It, if you can’t DIY It – I found some crazy beautiful stained glass pieces. This one is stunning.  I have no idea how to do anything remotely like this, but it’s inspiring me to maybe try some glass art DIY’s.

This Is Not The Door You're Looking For Coir Funny Doormat, Size Small - Welcome Mat - Doormat - Custom Hand Painted Doormat by Killer Doormats

DIY It – What a great gift idea for the Star Wars fan who has everything. This so cute.  You could buy it, but this is easily DIY-ed with some paint and some stencils.

Initial Pillow - Floral Letter Pillow - Pillow with Letter P - Monogrammed Pillow - Custom Throw Pillow Flower Monogram Pillow

Buy It – I know what you’re thinking, this should be a DIY It.  Sadly, I don’t have the skills to make something like this.  It’s special enough and the fact that it’s monogrammed means I would shell out a little more money than I normally like to.

How much fun was that?  So much!  I’m going to be dreaming about that glass bowl and the stained glass windows tonight, people.

A Halloween Tradition – Boo-ing Your Friends

Our kids are so lucky.  We had Halloween night and we got candy.  They have Halloween night, Trunk or Treat, Halloween parades and what I think is the most fun new Halloween Tradition – Boo-ing Your Friends.  Are your kids doing this yet? They are going to want to do this. So, get ready for a Target trip.  Or the dollar store.


The concept is simple.  You put together a couple of cute treat packages, print the instructions and the We’ve Been Boo-ed sign (I have one for you!  Or you can make your own!  Or use one of the countless ones available through a variety of super cool blogs!).  Then deliver the goodies to your friends.  BUT WAIT!


That’s right, this is a socially acceptable ding, dong, ditch, mostly because you are leaving the victim some candy.  What’s more Halloween-ish than sneaking down a dark, spooky driveway, leaving a little present on a doorstep and then ringing the bell and running away as fast as you can so no one sees you??? (Dear parents, use all of your high alert parenting skills here.  Kids running on darkened driveways is probably not the greatest idea on earth, so be hyper vigilant of cars and other dangerous things.  Like zombies).

Here are our treat baskets that we dropped off tonight:


I actually try not to make the treat package ALL candy.  I threw in a bag of M&M’s and some Peanut Butter cups, cause, ya know, protein in the PB, right?  I added in some dollar spot finds from Target like vampire teeth, those cute bat flashing light sticks and a chocolate chip cookie in a tin.  I popped all of that in the Frankenstein basket (also from the dollar spot!) and I think I probably spent about $10 total.  I probably would have made out even better at the dollar store, but sadly that is the only retail store that is not within a 6 minute radius of my home.


Don’t forget to print and add your instructions for how to keep the Boo-ing alive to your treat packages.  I remember before my kids were old enough to participate, driving through the neighborhood and seeing that every door had some sort of a sign taped to it that I couldn’t quite make out from the road… It was actually quite a strange thing to see.  Each day more and more houses had a sign hanging on the front door and at that time, I had no idea what it was and why on earth I didn’t have one!  Some kind neighbor clued me before I put the house up for sale.  Here are the instructions and the We’ve Been Boo-ed Sign the Boo-ed victim hangs on the door so that they don’t get Boo-ed 50 times.  Yes, your kids will ask to not put the sign up because who doesn’t want to get candy left on their doorstep over and over again.  Just say no.  Or say yes and eat all of the candy yourself.  Just kidding (no I’m not).  You can right click on these and print them to your desired size.  I went 5×7.

boo-instructions weve-been-boo-ed

Sounds like fun, right?  Hurry up and get to Boo-ing so you can watch the phenomenon make it’s way through your neighborhood!

3 Ingredient Espresso Fudge

I’m half sorry and half thrilled to bring this ridiculously delicious, easy and caffeinated recipe to you today.  Why?  Because it is way too easy to be this good and also be not very good for you.  So, I’m going to suggest that you use this recipe for 3 Ingredient Espresso Fudge to make gifts for the holidays.  Everyone loves fudge and everyone loves caffeine, right?  Right?  RIGHT?  (I may have taste tested a little too much before posting this.  Quality assurance, okay?  That’s not true.  I’ve made this fudge a thousand times and it comes out great every time.  I just ate it because I have no will power and a problem with chocolate).

My obsession with Espresso Fudge started when I tried it on our annual summer vacation.  I thought it was such a great indulgence to be able to get a chunk of it from my favorite gift shop and eat a smidge every night after dinner.  Then I realized how easy it is to make and I was in trouble.  Except for one very redeeming quality of this sweet.  It falls in that category of being so rich that you really can’t eat a lot of it in one sitting.  So, even though there is an 8×8 pan of this fudge in the fridge right now, I’m not going to sit in front of the tv and eat the whole thing like I might do with cookies or brownies.  (You know you’ve done that, too.  Don’t judge me).



1 Bag of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 14 oz. Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

2-3 T of Instant Espresso

  1.  Add all of the ingredients to a microwave safe bowl.  (Yes, that’s right, we’re microwaving this).
  2. Microwave for 1 minute.  (Yup, 1 minute.  Unless it hasn’t completely melted, then maybe another 30 seconds).
  3. Stir ingredients together until well blended.
  4. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
  5. Pour the mixture into the lined pan and spread evenly.
  6. Refrigerate until the fudge has hardened.  (Or freeze until hardened if you have zero patience)

I timed myself making this from collecting the ingredients to pouring the melted fudge into the pan.  4 minutes.  You do have to let it set up before you would want to eat it, but no one said you couldn’t lick the spoon while you’re waiting.  And I stand behind my idea of making this for holiday gifts. You could totally box this up in a cute box or tin and give it to all of those difficult to buy for people. Like the bus driver, the mailman, the dog walker, the kid’s teachers, the teacher’s aids, the violin teacher, the karate teacher, the softball coaches, the basketball coaches.  That’s a lot of fudge people.  Better get on it.


DIY Upcycled Fall Sweater Wreath

***This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on one and make a purchase, I will receive a commission.***         Last week I posted some cozy Fall wreaths and that was just the kick in the pants I needed to actually get started on my own fall wreath.  Rather than an exact replica of any of the inspiration wreaths, I kind of melded a few together.  What I came up with is this lovely, fallish DIY Upcycled Fall Sweater Wreath.


How many things do I love about this wreath?  Let’s see, it’ pretty and cozy looking.  It came together in about 20 minutes start to finish.  It was free.  Yup, free, because I borrowed all of the materials from other spots in the house.  Namely my sweater drawer and my sons bag of clothes he has outgrown.

So, ready to make your own?  Here’s how.



Mod Podge and a small paint brush

Floral Pins – (I stole mine from an old wreath, but these are available from Amazon)

Wreath Form (I used an old one, but you can buy one from Amazon, too!)

Glue Gun – Not pictured, but I did use one in a couple of spots.

Eucalyptus Sprigs – I had these from an earlier project, but you can buy a bunch from the grocery store for about $6

An Old Sweater, preferably cable knit

An Old Plaid Shirt

  1.  Cut your sweater into strips, about 3 inches wide.


2.  Wrap the sweater strips around the wreath form, securing with the floral pins, covering the wreath form completely and overlapping for added coziness.

3.  Cut strips (about 12-18 inches long) from your plaid shirt, then fold in half lengthwise and secure with Mod Podge:


4. Form one end of the folded strip into a point and secure with mod podge:


5.  Begin wrapping and twisting the strip around the point to form a florette:


I made two florettes because I got a little bored with this part of the project, but you can make as many as you want! Here’s more of a close up of the florettes.  (Do you ever say (or type) a word over and over again and start to think it’s not really a word after all?  That’s going on with florettes right now.  I’m pretty sure I made that up).


6.  Attach the bunch of Eucalyptus to the wreath form using floral pins.  You can get creative with this part.  Try a few different lay out options and pick what you like best

7.  Add your florettes to the wreath with a hot glue gun.  Again, play around with the placement and see what you like best.

8.  Use your glue gun to hold down any unruly parts of the sweater.


That’s it, guys!  Wreath, done!  Hang that baby up.

(Which reminds me, I never remember to mention how I hang the wreaths after I make them.  I basically just secure a looped piece of string or twine to the back of the wreath with a glue gun and then hang it from a tack or nail).


How I Clean My House Without Losing My Mind – My Top Ten TED Talks

***This post contains affiliate links. If you click one and make a purchase, I may receive a commission.***                 I’m a list checker, which in theory should be a benefit when it comes to cleaning the house.  Not so.  Why?  Because cleaning is never “DONE”.  I can make a to do list tonight:  Laundry, Dishes, Counters, Floors, Beds, Toilets.  I can check off all of those things tonight.  But, guess what?  I have to do them ALL again tomorrow!  This drives me absolutely batty.  Especially since, often, I have to do the things on the list more than once in a day.  That’s just not even fair.  The kitty litter boxes have to be cleaned THREE times a day!  Our cats don’t even like us that much.  Or at all, really.  The big one only wants to be fed and left alone and the little one isn’t fooling me.  She sleeps with me every night, but it’s not because she’s sweet and loves me. It’s so she can steal my body heat while I’m sleeping.  And God forbid I try to move around too much while she’s resting.  One false toe wiggle and she will attack with no remorse.  I think my frustration with cleaning (and our cats) is coming through loud and clear. I have found one way to trick myself into looking forward to cleaning. Do you want in on this magic?  I listen to TED talks while I clean.  BRILLIANT!  In fact, I think I should do a TED talk on listening to TED talks to make our mind numbing chores bearable. While I’m waiting to hear from the people at TED, I’ll share with you my Top Ten TED Talks so that you can stop hating chores, too.how-i-clean-my-house-without-losing-my-mind-my-top-ten-ted-talks-to-occupy-my-mind

Before I get to the list, if you are like I was about a year ago and had never heard of TED Talks, you might be thinking, who is this TED guy?  He’s not a guy.  TED stands for Technology Entertainment and Design.  TED talks are usually 18 minute or less and are motivational, funny, thought provoking or fascinating.  Sometimes they are all of those things in one.  They are not just audio, but I almost exclusively only listen and don’t look at the video because I am almost always cleaning while listening, so if I were distracted by having to look at the screen, I wouldn’t do much cleaning, right?  (There are, however, many talks that are more visual.  Someday I’ll make myself sit down and watch those).  You can totally pop in your earbuds and listen in peace, however, I tend to play them on our little wireless speaker (I love the wireless speaker we have!  It works well and it’s cute.  It looks like a camera lens). Fair warning if you do listen to your talks on a wireless speaker, make sure they are appropriate for any small ears that might be hanging around.  I’ve found most of them are fine for my kids, but use your judgment.

1.  Do Schools Kill Creativity? – Ken Robinson  

I think this was the first TED Talk I ever listened to and I’m pretty sure I found it on a playlist of all time greatest TED Talks.  If you haven’t stumbled upon this yet, it’s an inspiring listen.  Mr. Robinson is funny and thought provoking and will make you want to change the world (or maybe just your child’s school) just a little.

2.  I G0t 99 Problems and Palsy is Just One – Maysoon Zayid

Maysoon Zayid will make you laugh and at the same time make you feel like a jerk for ever complaining about your easy life.  This one is inspirational, but not at all in a preachy way.  Maysoon comes across as someone you would be best friends with if she lived in your neighborhood.

3.  The Dream We Haven’t Dared to Dream – Dan Pallotta

This one will get you right in the heart strings and it will also make you want to go vote and write to your senator and hug your spouse and your kids and bring your neighbor some brownies.  That’s how you change the world, in case you were wondering.

4. The New American Dream – Courtney Martin

Are you thinking about quitting your job, selling all of your stuff and buying a tiny house? Me too.  Courtney will help realize why that might be the new American dream.

5.  The Beauty of Being a Misfit – Lidia Yuknavitch

This talk will help you love and accept the misfit in your life.  Even if that misfit is you.

6.  Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career – Larry Smith

Sorry, guys, bad news.  You’re probably going to have a crappy career.  Larry will explain it to you.

7.  To This Day… For the Bullied and Beautiful – Shane Koyczan

This is a must listen for all parents, tweens and well, everyone, really.  This one is funny and haunting in almost equal parts.

8.  How to Find Work You Love – Scott Dinsmore

So there’s a bit of a pattern to my list, isn’t there?  If you aren’t happy at your job or if you don’t have a job but you want one that you will be happy at, this is the talk for you!

9.  How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over – Mel Robbins

Mel is exactly the type of kick in the pants I need every now and then. I’m still trying to implement her wake up 30 minutes early every day rule. Boy, that’s way harder than it seems.

10.  The Power of Vulnerability – Rene Brown

Another great story about human connection and why it is important.  Scientifically and quantitatively.  This one will make you laugh and also probably want to bring your neighbor brownies.

Ok, so click on through to each of these talks and clean your house top to bottom without losing your sanity.  And when you’re done, bake some brownies in your clean kitchen (cause you won’t mind cleaning it again tomorrow) and bring them to your neighbor’s house.


Football Food – Queso Blanco Dip and Ham & Cheese Sliders

***This post contains affiliate links.  If you click one and buy something, I may receive a commission!***        Sundays in the Fall are for football and food.  And napping, obviously, although I tend to nap on a Sunday regardless of the season.  Food for a football game should be easily eat-able without taking your eyes from the screen, warm for added coziness and more delicious than your average snack because, well, just because.  Here’s what I made at our house today:


Can you tell from those slightly moody pictures that it has been very gloomy here in the Northeast?  All the more reason for warm comfort food to up the cozy factor.  These two recipes are simple, but they pack a TON of flavor.  And gooey cheesiness.  I should warn you, in case you haven’t figured it out, these aren’t “healthy” by any means, but I’m ok with an occasional indulgence. It’s not like I ate three of the sandwiches and half of all of the queso dip.  Ok, I did.  Big gym day tomorrow, then.

Queso Blanco Dip

8 oz Pepper Jack Cheese

4 oz Cream Cheese

4 oz Sour Cream

1/4 C of Milk

1/2 a Can of Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles (In the Mexican food section)


  1.  Cut the Pepper Jack Cheese into chunks
  2. Add all of the ingredients into a small pot
  3. Melt all ingredients over low-medium heat until melted.  Stir often to avoid sticking
  4. Serve warm with Tortilla Chips

You can double all of those ingredients if you need a lot of queso. This was more than enough for my family of four.  Also, this dip is slightly spicy, but not “HOT” by any means.

Ham & Cheese Sliders

12 Slices of Honey Ham deli meat

6 slices of Swiss cheese

1/3 c Mayo

1 T Poppy Seeds

1 1/2 T Dijon Mustard

1 T Onion Powder

1 Package King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls (I couldn’t find these at the grocery store today and ended up using regular dinner rolls, NOT THE SAME!  Find the King’s Hawaiian or grab them from Amazon if you don’t have them locally).

  1.  Slice your rolls in half and slather one side with a little mayo.
  2. Add ham on top of the rolls, then repeat with the cheese.  (PS, I used Colby Jack cheese, but Swiss is better!)ham-cheese-sliders-1
  3. Add the top of the rolls to the sandwiches.
  4. Mix together the sauce ingredients: poppy seeds, dijon mustard, melted butter, onion powder and Worcestershire sauce.
  5. Pour the sauce mixture over the tops of the sandwiches.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about ten minutes until tops are golden brown and cheese is melted.
  7. Serve warm with LOTS of napkins

Be warned.  These sandwiches will go fast.  Also, warning number two, they are very rich and flavorful.  That’s not really a warning.  There’s no danger in a rich and flavorful sandwich.  Except maybe that you might not have an appetite for dinner after the game.  So,win/win, really.

Ok, what are you guys eating while you’re watching the game??  Are you into warm, cozy food like me?




5 Unique Fall Wreaths to DIY

*** This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission.***     It’s wreath making time, y’all!  (I don’t know why I just said y’all.  I’m not Southern.  I would never say that in real life.  Something just came over me and y’all felt right in that moment.  So there it is.  Y’all).  I’ve had my pretty spring wreath up all summer, but it definitely doesn’t work for fall.  I looked for some inspiration on Pinterest and came up with these 5 Unique Fall Wreaths to DIY.

Wood and Burlap Fall Wreath:

I love how rustic, yet elegant this Wood & Burlap wreath from Finding Home is.  With simple materials, this wreath would come together in a flash.  Well, other than cutting those wood slices.  If you don’t want to actually cut the wood slices, you can buy some here.

Fall Wreath - The Three Little Pumpkins Wreath - Original FREE SHIPPING:

This is a sweet little wreath that you could have bought on Etsy here, but it’s no longer available. You could totally DIY this though.  A wreath form, some fake moss, a few fake pumpkins, burlap and a glue gun.  BAM. Wreath done.  Check out the other wreaths in that twoinspireyou shop if you’re not into DIY’ing  They are all quite lovely!

Fall Wreath Tutorial the36thavenue.com:

I’m obsessed with this wreath from The 36th Avenue.  How adorable is that?  It’s so unique and it is just screaming at me to start making something, now!

Paper Bag Fall Wreath | POPSUGAR Smart Living:

This super chic wreath that I found on Pop Sugar is made from brown paper bags.  What??  Yes.  Brown paper bags and some faux flowers and this pretty lady could grace your door.  


This beauty from Consumer Crafts is possibly my favorite.  It actually looks cozy, which is generally not something I would equate with a wreath, but it is definitely giving off that cozy fall vibe.  

So,there you have it.  5 Unique Fall Wreaths to DIY.  You have been properly inspired, now get to it!  Make something.  I’m going to and I will report back next week with a DIY of my own!