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Easy Glam Halloween Centerpiece

glam halloween centerpiece

glam halloween centerpiece

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simple chic halloween decorations

luxe halloween decor

Less than 1 week till Halloween! As fun as this holiday can be, it can also sometimes be a bit of a pain to decorate for – especially if you generally prefer neutral-everything. This year, I wanted to do something festive in our dining room that wouldn’t detract from the rest of the space in our home. Ideally, I was also aiming to incorporate pieces we already have out in our home all year so that excess storage would be minimized. Y’all… I am a home decor-hoarder. It is SO hard for me to get rid of home decor items, so the less “seasonal” pieces I purchase each year, the better!

The only “new” item in this centerpiece is the leaf place setting from Michael’s. They’re very inexpensive, and by purchasing only one for use as a centerpiece you’re going to be extra budget-friendly – PLUS it can be reused for Thanksgiving themed centerpieces too. If the skulls look familiar, it’s because they’re from the same set I used for last year’s Halloween Bar Cart post. I LOVE them. They’re super lightweight and very versatile. I am seriously considering snagging a few more sets to use as filler in the glass apothecary jars we have on our console table. Speaking of glass, this glass dome is perfect for everyday decor, whether over a candle or on top of coffee table books. The mercury jars are also out year round in home. I grabbed these two from HomeGoods, but found similar ones with removable tops and have linked them here and here.

Looking for more quick and easy Halloween ideas? Check this simple mantel decor post for more fun inspo!

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Oreo Pumpkin Spice Balls Recipe

oreo pumpkin spice balls

oreo pumpkin spice balls

As many of y’all know, I am not the most confident when it comes to my *sKiLls* in the kitchen. A lot of this has to do with my current status as a very time-limited law student, but honestly a lot more of it has to do with the fact that I would rather not  face the inevitable post-meal cleanup if I can avoid it (honesty is the best policy, right?). In light of this, it may be surprising that I actually follow quite a few food blogs. After one of these blogs posted a video using a food processor to crunch up Oreo’s, I ordered this one thinking to myself that I would instantly begin using it and become a fabulous cook with tons of killer recipes. Welp if you follow my Instagram & keep up with the stories I post, you already know that this food processor sat in its box for the last 6 months – so long in fact that I actually forgot where it was and spent half the afternoon trying to locate it before testing out this recipe. Whoops.

Now that I have finally used it and have seen how quick & efficient it is, I am seriously obsessed and can’t believe I waited this long. If you have any favorite recipes involving a food processor – general, dessert, breakfast, whatever – that you love, please feel free to share in the comments below this post, I would love to try them!

Back to the Oreo pumpkin spice balls; I created this recipe on a whim and so pumped with how it turned out especially since it only uses 5 ingredients – 2 of which are completely optional based on your preference! I’ve included the ingredients/tools and step-by-step instructions in this post. Happy baking!

The ingredients for this recipe are:

Libby’s Canned Pumpkin (x1)

Box of Yellow Cake Mix (x1)

Super-stuffed Oreos (~15-20, processed with icing)

Pumpkin Spice Blend (optional – adds extra flavor)

White Chocolate Morsels (Don’t make the mistake I made by using these, instead use white chocolate bark – much easier to heat up!)

The kitchen tools I use for this recipe are:

KitchenAid Mixer

Mini Food Processor

Double-boiler

Mini-Cupcake Maker (also featured in this quiche recipe)

Glass Mixing Bowl

Hand Mixer

Baking Paper Sheets

oreo pumpkin spice balls

Instructions:

Step 1: In your mixer, combine the cake mix, canned pumpkin, and a generous amount of pumpkin spice. Mix until fully blended using the lowest speed setting. **ONLY use the powder from the cake mix, do not add any other ingredients from the yellow cake recipe on the box.

Step 2: Pour 1/4 cup increments of batter into the mini-cupcake maker, and bake for ten minutes.

Step 3: While the batter is baking, place Oreo’s (with their creme fillings attached) into the food processor and blend. Dump contents into glass mixing bowl.

Step 4: Remove baked cupcakes/muffins/batter from cupcake maker, and place in food processor. Process, then add to the ground up oreos in the glass mixing bowl. Blend together.

Step 5: Begin rolling the mix into half-dollar-sized balls, place on wax baking sheet.

Step 6: Melt white chocolate bark on stove using double-boiler. Using a tablespoon, pour the melted chocolate over each of the balls on the wax baking sheet. Allow to cool. (For faster cooling, place baking sheet in fridge for ~6-10 minutes.

VOILA! Easy and delicious Oreo Pumpkin Spice Balls for Fall! BONUS STEP: Grab cute straws like these – cut one end at angle, insert into oreo spice ball then cover with melted white chocolate and you have an oreo pumpkin spice cake pop!

oreo pumpkin spice balls

oreo pumpkin spice cake pop

oreo pumpkin spice balls

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Make Your Home Cozier with these 3 Books

Even though it’s still August, the fall season is (thankfully) quickly approaching! While most people are looking forward to pumpkin spice everything, I’m over here grabbing as many throws and pillows as humanly possible (hehe sorry J). Whenever we transition into a new season, I love to reevaluate, purge, and refresh our home before adding more decor into the mix. These 3 books are my favorite go-to’s for interiors in general, but especially for seasonal transitions. Whether you want to create a more welcoming space for your guests, increase the joy in your home for you and your family, or just want to learn some basic yet very effective styling/arranging tips, the following will definitely help to make your home look and feel cozier this fall: 1. The Little Book of Hygge; 2. The Lifegiving Home; 3. Elements of Style

The Little Book of Hygge

Denmark is consistently rated as one of the happiest nations in the world. Ever wonder why? Meet hygge – essentially the cozy factor. Featured in The Little Book of Hygge are tons of helpful pointers on how to incorporate hygge into all spaces and aspects of your home during every season and event. 

The Lifegiving Home 

Perfect for creating a welcoming space that you and your guests will enjoy. Homes are safe havens, and The Lifegiving Home fully explains that concept while providing practical, encouraging, and easy to implement tips. 

Elements of Style 

Often we can get bogged down by decor and how to rearrange things in order to move with the seasons. The best place to start is with a clean slate, so always go back to Elements of Style in between each season to adjust the arranging of the core pieces of our home (main pieces of furniture, etc.) to refresh the space before adding in new seasonal touches. 

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