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    Halloween Traditions

    I have a confession… I Love Halloween but I HATE being scared, I don’t know why. It seems a little backwards right? Most of the people I know who LOVE Halloween love going to haunted houses and spooky corn mazes and watching scary movies – but you guys, I can’t even think about going to a haunted house with sweating and having a slight mental breakdown. Maybe I can blame it on all of my Halloween themed / haunted house birthday parties (my birthday is…

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    Simple Pumpkin Carving Alternatives

    Two weeks ago, I taught you how to preserve your pumpkins. This week, I am going to give you a few alternatives to carved pumpkins. These alternatives are beautiful, simple, and last much longer than your typical Halloween pumpkin because they are not cut open in any way.  I don’t know about you but sometimes it breaks my heart to spend so much time cleaning, cutting and preserving a pumpkin just to have to throw it away by November 1st.  Which is why I typically…

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    Easy Canning Lid Pumpkin

    This fall has been a very different type of fall for me and my little family this year – we are preparing for Baby Brown (arriving in less than 10 weeks) and attempting to finish a major house addition. This means that my baby nesting is running smack dab into the house construction project. Most moms get to nest by getting a nursery ready and cleaning a few areas in the house that are mostly overlooked. I, however, have to focus all my nesting energy…

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    Pumpkin Preservation

    This past weekend, Jacob and I drove down to Southwest Iowa to spend our final weekend of mild weather camping with friends. On our drive, I noticed all of the fields have turned various shades of golden brown and the leaves are starting to change colors. We also drove by LOTS of pumpkin patches and apple orchards that were FULL of families picking out the perfect pumpkins to take home and make their own. I couldn’t help but think that when you get your pumpkins…