Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats


Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats. For sharing. Or not


Rice Krispie Treats (or Rice Krispie Squares as they’re called in Canada) are probably my favorite dessert ever. Like I can make a pan and eat all but two pieces. Because it would probably be completely bad parenting if I didn’t give the boys one piece.  And it would also be bad parenting if they ate more than one piece because the sugar is bad for them and all that. I’m a giver that way. This year I’m totally up for “Mother of the Year”. And also  the “Needs Fatter Fat Pants Award”.

Candy corn is totally one of my favorite candies, too. One time a friend brought me some Easter colored candy corn (who knew that even existed???) and I ate my way through the entire bag into a candy corn induced state of delirium. Which I then proceeded to wash down with a slug of wine….Riesling ,of course, since it paired well with the sweet candy corn. I was pretty pleased with myself. Until my boyfriend at the time told me he thought the way I inhaled that candy corn was “disgusting”. And just like that, he wasn’t my boyfriend any longer.

Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats. None for you, ex-boyfriend.

Now that I’ve over-shared, let me tell you about the day my two favorite sweet things got married. I was reminiscing about that fine candy corn day when I realized it was actually fall and candy corn would be in season again. Which led me to thinking about how nice it would be if I introduced my two besties and they became a thing. Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats. For real, y’all. This really is the kind of stuff I think about. #notdeep

(Look…. I’m sure it’s been done before but in this case, I simply chose not to look on Pinterest because I wanted to feel like I’d inventing something wonderful. So I did.)


I even shared these with Liam who was home from preschool because he needed to buy a fire fighter hat earlier that morning. He was less impressed that I made him eat his lunch before the Rice Krispie Treat was served. Probably because those treats were my lunch. My house, my rules.

Sometimes you just need to buy yourself a fire fighter hat and move on.

Happy wedding day to candy corn and Rice Krispie Treats. A very fine thing.

Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats.



Sharing these treats here and over at Finding Silver Pennies, Home Stories A to Z,  Cedarhill FarmhouseFluster Buster Bloom DesignsFrom My Front Porch to Yours,  A Life In BalancePieced Pastimes, and Tabler for Two,

DIY Fall Wreath

DIY Pretty Fall Wreath. Click through to see the full tutorial


I like pretty things. And new things. And hot glue. But I also like to save money. So I completely hacked my summer wreath to make it into a fall wreath. Because I’m cheap that way. And just a little bit lazy. Here’s how the story goes…..

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I’ve had this wreath hanging on our door for the past three summers. Loved it. For three years. That’s a bit of a record for me.

Navy and Yellow Summer Wreath

I heart the way the way the yellow pops against the navy. But after three years of hanging out front the wreath was starting to look tired and faded. It was time for an update. Having painted all of our fall pumpkins in shades of pink, navy and gold this year, I decided to update this wreath for fall by keeping the navy polka dots and adding some bling to go with the pretty pumpkins.

Glam painted pumpkins. Navy, pink, gold, and white.

I pulled off the flip flops and letters and got to work adding a bow. The toothpick is to hold the pumpkin in place. Seriously. And yes, I usually hang wreaths from the kitchen cupboards while I work on them. Otherwise, they wind up lopsided. Because I’m talented like that.

DIY a fall wreath

Because I suck at bows, I always need something to cover the middle so you can’t see the hot glue globs and staples. True story.

DIY FAll Wreath

This time, I covered the mess with a grey flower. And not just because I was on a grey kick and it worked perfectly to tie in with the grey I’d used to paint the pumpkins. Because it was the only fabric flower I owned. Or could find.

I painted a little sign in our leftover Dior Grey (Benjamin Moore) paint. Seriously. I’ve used this color in the foyer, on pumpkins, on furniture. Like everywhere. Such a pretty grey. Once the paint was dry, I added some gold stickers to spell out “It’s fall y’all”.

Gold letter stickers

I originally tried to attach the sign to the wreath with ribbon but it was too wide so I simply hot glued it to the wreath. I thought it might come off in the wind but it’s still holding!

It's fall, y'all.

Once I added the gold bow cutout we had a new fall wreath.

DIY Fall Wreath

Cost? Free. Since it was a total hack from our summer wreath and the stickers, ribbons, and little plaque along with the pumpkins were in my craft stash. By craft stash, I mean rolling around on the floor of my basement. #keepingitreal

Summer to Fall Wreath Hack

Have you ever hacked or upcycled your own projects? Did you feel super smart? Cuz that’s totally how I’m feeling about this little wreath.

Glam Painted Pumpkins

Fall is kind of a struggle for me. I love to change thing up to reflect the seasons but I loathe fall colors. It’s probably a side effect of being a child in the seventies. Anything brown or orange gives me an earth tone hangover. Ick. I’ve tried adding purples and doing neutrals. Those were okay but this year I finally gave up the struggle to fit in and decided to decorate for fall in a way that reflected colors that I actually like. That’s right….pink, grey, navy, and gold glitter. Screw you, fall. You’re not the boss of me.


Glam painted pumpkins. Pink, navy, gold, and grey.

Let’s start with this big guy. He got a coat of Dior Grey since I have tons of it leftover from our front foyer and my grey and white dresser makeover.


Glam painted pumpkin. Dior Grey


Once big grey was dry, I spray painted some tacks gold and added the lettering. Because “boo” is cool and tacks are cool and grey and gold are too groovy not to hang out together.


Gold spray painted tacks.


Dior Grey Pumpkin with gold tacks. Glam painted pumpkins from 24 Cottonwood Lane


And then along came the navy pumpkin(s). Because “Me wuv navy so so much” as Aiden would say in his charming three year old lisp. And because navy hearts gold, my navy pumpkins got some gold dots (stickers!), gold stems, and sassy little gold bows.


Navy painted pumpkin with gold dots


Navy pumpkins with gold stems.


Oh, and let’s not forget this glam pumpkin from a couple of years ago. She was cream with black glittery dots. Now she’s white with pretty pink dots. Just because. That was an easy up-cycle with some white and pink craft paint…I just went over the original design with the pink paint and cuteness was re-born.

Glam white pumpkin with pink swirly dots


And if you’re going to glam up some pumpkins, there had better be something gold in there. Gold spray paint and pink polka dots took this mini pumpkin to the next level.


gold and pink dots


The rest of the pumpkins were given some navy or gray paint and are glamming up the dining table. All of the pumpkins have sexy gold glittery stems. Because nothing says fall like gold glitter. Actually, maybe I made that up but I don’t care.


Grey, navy, gold, and white pumpkin center piece



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All together we have two large and two small real pumpkins and the rest are plastic or foam from Michael’s and the dollar store. Once they’d all been painted and glittered, there wasn’t a scrap of orange in sight. Because that’s how we roll…pumpkin style.


Glam painted pumpkins. Navy, pink, gold, and white.

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September In Review

24 Cottonwood Lane- September 2015 in Review


I don’t think fall got the memo that I wasn’t interested in giving up summer. Fall arrived here with a bang on Thursday and I’m cold and cranky. Also, I have no idea where September went. We had an interesting month since it was actually hot and sunny until Thursday morning when I woke up, slipped on my flip-flops and nearly got frost bite driving the boys to pre-school. Note to self…find fall clothes and shoes. Soon.

Since it was warm for most of the month, we actually managed to get to the trailer over the Labor Day weekend. Total fail! I blame the dog. She is clearly a city dog because she acted like an idiot from the time we left until we got home. While I was grabbing groceries, she managed to tear through the garbage and I came home to pick her up to half eaten garbage (and diapers!) all over the foyer. Disgusting. Once we got to the trailer she wandered off until a neighbor found her licking sauce and grease out of their bbq drip can. Double disgusting. I brushed her teeth for the second time that afternoon, washed her face and confined her to the trailer. Where she managed to tear into the ham I had wrapped up on the counter. All this chaos went on within the first half hour after arriving. Just to top things off, she threw up on the floor. Stay classy, Daisy.


Ridiculous lhasa apso


But wait….it got better. After she snored and licked herself for two nights on my bed (which is why she now wears those ridiculous baby jammies! And why she normally sleeps in her crate.) Daisy woke me at 6am, determined to use the bathroom. Since she usually goes out, does her business and comes back in, I didn’t put her leash on. I’m an idiot. Because she promptly took off across the trailer park, tail wagging happily behind her. I was wearing a t-shirt and underwear. That’s it. I managed to throw on some pants and chased her quietly around (because no one likes to be woken up by another camper screaming at a dog at 6am) until I caught her and plopped her back in the trailer. Where she threw up again.  And when she wasn’t tearing the place apart she was barking at and chasing the boys up and down the length of the trailer. Because their noise is cause for her to become concerned and try to herd them. #lhasa apso  #patronsaintofdisobedience


Daisy. The most ridiculous lhasa apso


Aside from our fun camping weekend, it was a busy blog month. Probably the busiest I’ve ever had, actually. And that’s pretty cool.

We ran our first giveaway in September and Jazmin W. was the winner of our HomeRight Paint Sprayer! Yay! I didn’t know how much fun giveaways could be. That’s definitely something we’ll be doing again. And I’ve joined forces with four other bloggers to host the Best of the Weekend Link Party every Friday night. I’ve been wanting to do a link party forever and I was so excited to be added to the list of hosts.

Here are a few other things we got up to last month in case you missed anything.

We started September off right with this 5 minute spray painted vase. That had to be my most impulsive and easiest project ever. Love me some gold spray paint.

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Still so in love with my HomeRight Paint Sprayer which I used to makeover this dresser for a client. I also shared some tips and tricks for using a paint sprayer and we held our first giveaway. Thanks, HomeRight!

Grey and white mid-century modern dresser makeover


We made glammed up some pumpkins with spray paint and mod podge. Well, we actually did that 3 years ago but I posted it last month. Because procrastination, that’s why.

DIY Halloween pumpkins with spray paint and mod podge.


I shared 15 Slowcooker Dinners for Fall. And, more importantly, I’ve actually made two of them so far! Both were delicious!

15 Fall Slow Cooker Dinners


A few days later, I did my first guest post for Jessi at Practically Functional where I shared this recipe for Chicken Pasta Bake. It was a winner with the boys and it’s chock full of hidden veggies.

Chicken pasta bake title pic


We whipped up some Lemon Blueberry Greek Yogurt Muffins.

Lemon Blueberry Greek Yogurt Muffins


I shared a few details about my boys who have FASD and what it’s actually like to live with this disorder on a daily basis. Cute? Totally. Easy? Not so much. Still better behaved than a dog in a camper, though. 😉

fASD- Symptoms and Traits in Preschoolers
FASD Part 2. Daily Life


We had our 3rd Blogiversary! I’m still a bit surprised that it’s been 3 years of blogging. I never thought I’d still be at it and liking it so much.
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And finally, I was able to share 16 Yummy Pumpkin Recipes all linked up by our party goers at the first Best of the Weekend Party for the fall season.

16 Fall Pumpkin Recipes


And in case you haven’t heard the news, my bloggy friend, Jenna  from Rain on a Tin Roof (whom I like to refer to as “Younger Jenna”), published her first book! I was thrilled to be asked to review it and I loved it from the very first page. Younger Jenna is amaze-balls and her book, Standing Out, is the bomb. I actually forgot that I was reviewing and started taking notes. It’s that dang good! Go get yourself a copy and start making notes! Seriously. Why are you still here? We can chat later. Go.

Standing Out 3


15 Fall Slow Cooker Dinners


15 Fall Slow Cooker Dinners

It’s September! For most families, fall means back to to school,routines and schedules, and a whole new year of after school activities. So who has time for a sit down dinner? You do! We’ve pulled together 15 mouth watering slow cooker (this one is my favorite!) dinners so you can stop eating from a paper sack in the car on your way to the next soccer game.  Take a few minutes in the morning or the night before to pull your ingredients together and come home to a home cooked meal.

Beef Stew

15 Fall Slow Cooker Dinners- Beef Stew


Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef

15 Fall Slow Cooker Dinners- Beef and broccoli


Pot Roast

15 Fall slow cooker dinners- slow cooker pot roast


Cheesy Tortellini

15 Fall slow cooker dinners- Cheesy tortellini


Chicken and Stuffing

15 Fall slow cooker dinners- Chicken and Stuffing


Chicken and Dumplings

15 Fall slow cooker dinners- Chicken and dumplings

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

15 Fall Slow Cooker Dinners- Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

15 Fall Slow Cooker Dinners- BBQ Chicken Sandwiches


Chicken Spaghetti

15 Fall slow cooker dinners- Chicken Spaghetti


Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas

15 Fall Slow Cooker Dinners- Chicken Fajitas


Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup with Chicken and Mushrooms

Fork Tender Swiss Steak

15 Fall Slow Cooker Dinners- Fork Tender Swiss Steak


Kung Pao Chicken

15 Fall Slow Cooker Dinner- Kung Pao Chicken

Peach Salsa with Pork Roast

15 Fall Slow Cooker Dinners- Pork Tenderloin with Peach Salsa

Forgotten Jambalaya

15 Fall Slow Cooker Dinners- Jambalaya


Now don’t these ideas look a whole lot better than a soggy burger and fries from the drive thru? Your waistline and your wallet will be sending you thank you notes.