If you are looking for a quick and easy autumn decoration that looks absolutely stunning then this is the craft for you. It requires very few materials and only takes 10 minutes to put together.

Materials

  • Coloured candle
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Ribbon, burlap, raffia, string or yarn
  • Hot glue gun
  • Elastic band

Start by figuring out how many cinnamon sticks you will need. To do this you can put an elastic band onto the candle and then sliding the sticks inside until they completely surround the candle.

Next, you will want to either glue the cinnamon sticks onto a length of ribbon or tie them together with string. If you try gluing them directly to the candle they wont stick very well.

Once all the sticks are tightly tied together you can then wrap it around the candle and tie both ends together. I used the elastic band again to stabilize everything while I repositioned the sticks until I was happy with the way it looked.

You can then tie a burlap ribbon onto your candle to hide the sting and add some extra detail. You could go even further and embellish with glitter, rhinestones, bows and leaves.

While burning this candle the fragrance of cinnamon will fill the room but always remember to never leave a candle unattended. While the cinnamon should not catch on fire its always better to be safe than sorry. 

Happy Crafting!

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AuthorCamille Pacori

I absolutely love autumn decorations and crafts. Something about all the beautiful colours that the leaves turn when the temperature starts to drop just gets me into the crafty mood. I decided to start my autumn crafts with a big, bushy and beautiful wreath that was hugely inspired by Recaptured Charm.

Coffee Filter Wreath Materials

  • Foam wreath form
  • Unbleached coffee filters approximately 150-200
  • Low Temp hot glue gun
  • Wire or ribbon
  • Fall decorations, pumpkins, gourds, flowers, burlap, etc.
  • Scissors

Procedure

Start by attaching a wire or ribbon to hang your wreath. It would be quite difficult to add this after all the coffee filters are on and I'm glad I didn't have to fight with it after. Next, prepare your filters by pinching the center then pulling it through a circle created by your fingers. You will get the hang of this fairly quickly as its not essential that the filters are perfect.

 Don't mind the bright and blurry photo.

Don't mind the bright and blurry photo.

After you have pulled the filters through your fingers you can then fold the tip 1/2 inch the way up. The folded edge is where you will be attaching it to the wreath form.

Apply a dap of glue to the folded side then attach it to the wreath in a consistent band around the center. I don't thing it matters which way they face but I applied them all in the same direction because I'm a little bit OCD. The closer you attach the filters to one another the fuller the wreath will look.

Continue applying the filters in a circle until you end up where you started. You will then need to do the exact same thing on the inside and the outside of the circle. I attached 4 bands of filters to completely cover every visible inch of foam.

If you like the way it looks you can leave it exactly like that or you can add some other fall decorations for more detail and interest.

I added a couple burlap roses, twig balls, glittered nuts and mini pumpkins. Absolutely stunning! 

Happy Crafting!

Posted
AuthorCamille Pacori

I could pretty much eat muffins for every meal everyday for the rest of my life. Just by altering a couple ingredients you can create a completely new flavour that can appeal to even the pickiest eaters. Make them savoury or sweet with a variety of different ingredients including anything from bacon and cheddar to banana and blueberry.

While a bacon cheddar muffin sounds absolutely amazing I was more in the mood for something sweet and fresh so I decided on banana blueberry. I found this delicious muffin recipe from Real House Moms and couldn't wait to try these with my big plump blueberries. I of course opted to use my mini loaf pan instead of a standard muffin tin so that I could have bigger treats. You know what they say, go big or go home!

Recipe

  • 1-1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/3 cup of melted butter
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of cold butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 370
  2. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl mash bananas and whisk in white sugar, egg and melted butter until well combined.
  4. Add wet ingredients into the dry and mix until just combined. Don't over mix the batter or your muffins will be tough.
  5. Fold in the delicious blueberries.
  6. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and cut in cold butter until the mixture looks like damp sand. Put aside.
  7. Grease muffin or loaf tins with butter. I never use liners as I find them to be a hassle but you could use them if you prefer.
  8. Equally divide batter among pan.
  9. Sprinkle the tops with sugar cinnamon mixture
  10. Pop into the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  11. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes and remove.
 From Batter to...

From Batter to...

 Fresh baked goodness!!!

Fresh baked goodness!!!

It doesn't really look like there are any blueberries in these muffins but believe me there is. They are almost like little surprise explosions of awesomeness when you first bite into them. Mmm baked goods.

Happy Baking!

 

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AuthorCamille Pacori

I wanted to share with you my favourite muffin of all time. They are sweet, full of bananas and have the heavenly taste of green tea. I originally found this recipe at Salt Bird and immediately ran out and grabbed a tin of matcha from our local Booster Juice. You can also find matcha at Asian markets and in some grocery stores. I didn't make very many changes to the original recipe except I used olive oil instead of canola and doubled up on the chocolate chips. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Match Muffin Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose white flour
  • 1/ cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/ tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup of sugar rounded generously
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tso ginger
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1-2 tsp of matcha
  • 4 bananas
  • 3 T yogurt plain or vanilla
  • 1 T of cooking oil (I use olive oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 egg whites

1/2 cup of white chocolate chips (optional) I always use more

Add first 8 dry ingredients into a bowl and thoroughly mix until well combined. I always use 2 teaspoons of matcha for a very flavourful muffin but you could use less for a more subtle tea flavour.

Next, mash bananas in separate bowl and then mix in all of the other wet ingredients. Transfer the wet ingredients into the dry bowl and mix until just combined. Don't over mix as you may end up with a tough muffin. Fold in chocolate chips.

Evenly pour muffin mixture into a greased or lined muffin tin or a mini loaf pan. I am absolutely in love with my loaf pan as I find they make the perfect sized treat. Muffins are just a little too small for my liking!

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes. Pull from oven when toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes and then slather in yummy melty butter. I found there to be no difference in baking times between the muffins and the mini loafs but this may vary depending on your oven.

YUMMY MINI LOAF!!!!!!!

Here is another shot of the loaf cut in half. As you will notice the chocolate chips partially melt to create oozing pockets of deliciousness.

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Happy Baking!

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AuthorCamille Pacori