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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

October 29, 2012

LIttle pie safe filled with little baked pies

Over the weekend I did a little bit of baking.
Little pumpkin pies now adorn my little Pie Safe in the kitchen.
They are the sweetest little bits of yummy....
Little muffin tins, and muffin papers were just what I needed for this tiny version of Pumpkin pies....
a little buttery crumble on top!
Joining in with Miss Marty @
 Have you tried this yet? The Pumpkin Dump Cake? It tastes amazing...especially with a cup of coffee or tea.  It really is very simple and once they are made....you just pop them into your mouth....just like that...and let the melting in your mouth begin....
Printed from COOKS.COM

1 (29 oz.) can pumpkin
1 c. sugar
1 (13 oz.) can evaporated milk
3 eggs
4 tsp. pumpkin pie spices
1/2 tsp. salt
1 box yellow cake mix
1 1/2 cubes (3/4 c.) butter, melted
1 c. pecans, chopped

Combine pumpkin, sugar, evaporated milk, eggs, pumpkin pie spices and salt in mixing bowl. Beat well. Pour into greased and floured 9 x 13 inch glass pan. Sprinkle cake mix over pumpkin mixture, then sprinkle on the pecans. Pour melted butter over all. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Watch closely at end. Burns easily. Serves 12 to 15.

I also picked up this little book on baking mini pies...
I don't what I will be making next...
but I can't wait!
 My table is all set for dinner....and then come on over for desert!
Joining in with Susan @

Glad you could come by for a  visit!

October 23, 2012

Fall & Mercury Accents & Pumpkins

Hey everyone!  I've been missing in action but for a good reason.
My hubby and I got to fly back to our daughter's college and watch her LAST EVER
soccer games for her senior year. She scored a goal...they lost but we were happy for her, she played very well.
While we were there I ended up painting their bedroom and bathroom...she is newly married and wanting to decorate!
It was a busy weekend and so wonderful.
I'm home now and would like to take a nap...but....
just a little mercury eye candy!

 photo: Pottery Barn

photo: Life in Yellow
photo: Pottery Barn
Thanks for coming by!

October 18, 2012

Fall Decorating-Let's use Apples

Beautiful decorating ideas with apples, fall leaves, planter boxes, old pitchers...
 Photo: Your decorating Hotline
Thanks for joining me for
31 Days of Fall Inspiration!
Below is a wonderful setting using apples in their centerpiece!
Photo: Design Indulgences
Next: apples sitting in a tray on a scale...
Photo: Picky Apples
apples scooped out and a little votive candle placed inside...floating in a container filled with water...

Photo: Dreamy Whites
And how can we celebrate fall without some wonderful recipes?
The marvelous smell of apples baking mixed with cinnamon and sugar....
I love that smell!
4 c. tart apples, sliced
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 c. brown sugar (packed)
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 c. flour
1/3 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. rolled oats

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8x8-in. baking dish. Arrange apples in the pan. In a medium-sized bowl, mix remaining ingredients with a fork. Sprinkle on top of apples. Bake for about 30 minutes, until apples are tender and topping is brown.

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups oil
2 apples, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients until well blended. Pour batter into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake for about 1 hour.
Photo: Makes me drool
I like to decorate with them...but I like to bake with them even better!

October 15, 2012

Fall Colors year round?

Hey everyone!  
Welcome back!
Flowers have bloomed,
little pumpkins have found their homes....
little chicks are trying to navigate their way around their new home
in the little chicken pen.

Shabby Chic Inspired-New Guest Room Remodel

  Hey everyone...I hope you had a marvelous weekend. We got to see our middle son who now lives out of state.  He is always  wonderful to be around.   
 Here are some before and after shots of our daughter's room which we remodeled recently. 
She is happily married and is in her own home....so the pink teenage bedroom had to go!
Bubblegum pink to peaceful creamy mocha and whites...
(Joining in with this new party! Check it out!)

cute and teenagerish...
to peaceful serene getaway...

Said goodbye to all the pink and black pillows we had made...
Packing it all away!

It was a little emotional...until I started getting ideas for the new project!

Joining in my  nesting project @ 


New bed frame for the guest bedroom
Also Joining in with 
Debra @ Common Ground
Kim with Wow us Wednesdays @



We moved some bookshelves from the living room to her/guest room for the tv etc. 

When we chose paint I wanted a color that looked like coffee with lots of cream in it.
 I found script writing fabric at Hobby Lobby and covered some older pillows that I had.
I fashioned a white sheet to become the backdrop curtain for the bed frame. 
 My plate rack from the kitchen now moved here holds the white ironstone collection.

 A repainted white hutch holds my white quilt collection.

 Below are my daughter's flowers now dried from the wedding. I love how they look.
I shopped my home for iron pieces, several vintage items, candleholders, trays, candles, white ironstone pitchers.
The white round mirror is new. 

 I spray painted a little glass vase glossy black to add some dimension to the shelf. The shelf is a very old piece that received another coat of white paint. A soft milky shade of white.

The white chest in the corner I have had since high school, it was painted white and is a little distressed and worn. Talk about vintage! Aged and distressed! Hahaha
Well thanks for coming by!
Come back for a visit for more fall inspiration!