Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Happy Halloween Printable Party Invite Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:00:58 +0000 Halloween Invite Printable

Are you having any parties for Halloween?  I am! Well, sort of.  I am helping my neighbor throw a fun Halloween party for a gaggle of little girls.  It is going to be so much fun! I decided that we could easily use this awesome Happy Halloween Printable Party Invite I made last year and attach it to a fun bag of candy to get them excited! Happy Halloween Printable Party Invite via click here to continue

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15 Delicious Homemade Bread Recipes Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:00:30 +0000 15 delicious Homemade Bread Recipes via

I love all things homemade, but one of my favorite things homemade is a fresh, warm, loaf of homemade bread.  In fact, I have so many favorite homemade bread recipes I have found over the internet in the past year, I had to share this amazing list with you.  There are plenty more recipes, but these 15 Delicious Homemade Bread Recipes are some of my favorite.

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diy Sunday Showcase 9/27, & FAVS! Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:00:26 +0000 NEWDIYLargeButton

Welcome back to another weekend! I am so happy the weekend is here. I am actually writing this post early because I plan on being out of the house and enjoying the Fall weather as much as possible this weekend.  I hope you are able to do the same.

Last week we had so many FABULOUS posts linked up.  I was so inspired by all of the yummy desserts that were shared, so I created a delicious roundup with some of the Fall recipes. You can find them all here. 

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And I didn’t stop there! I had to create a fun roundup with some amazing Halloween Dessert Ideas you all shared….

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I love to create roundups with your amazing posts, so keep them coming! It’s a great way to send traffic your way.  Don’t forget to share them on your favorite social media!

Now let’s talk about our favorites for the week. I am so excited to share these amazing ideas!

My favorite this week is from My Anything and Everything and the Fall Burlap Wreath. 



Megin’s favorite for the week is from Home Remedies RX and the Fall Rustic Entryway.


Shelly’s favorite for the week is this Recycled Pipe Lamp.


Erin’s favorite is from Simple Joys and the Cardboard Castle.


Katie’s favorite is This cool Brepurposed Gold Chair.


Marie’s favorite is this awesome Stain Painted Accent Table.

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Halloween Dessert Ideas Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:00:55 +0000 Spooktacular Halloween Dessert Ideas via

I am starting to get so excited about Halloween!  I love to decorate and share all of the spooky designs and recipes with you.  This year I have been so in love with all of the fun ideas I have found on the internet, I am sharing them all here with you.  I am totally in love with all of these fun Halloween Dessert Ideas.

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DIY No Sew Maleficent Costume Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:00:17 +0000 DIY No Sew Maleficent Costume via 2

Me and 80+ blog buddies got together to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including my DIY NO Sew Maleficent Costume! I’m teaming up with Jamie Dorobek and her handmade Halloween costume site, Really Awesome Costumes to bring y’all tons of easy ideas to craft up DIY Halloween costumes for everyone including your pets, family costumes, and even a trunk or treat idea!

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Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:00:27 +0000 Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins
Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins

Hi PinkWhen readers! I am so excited to be here! I feel so honored to be a new monthly contributor at PinkWhen and I can’t wait to share some of my recipes with you all! If you are looking for more recipes or crafts, I hope you stop over at my blog Old House to New Home.

Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins

I am one of those (sometimes annoyingly so) people that absolutely love fall. I love the weather, the holidays it brings, and most especially, the food! Give me a pumpkin or apple dessert and I am a happy girl. So when deciding what to make for you all, I knew I wanted to stick with the fall theme, and nothing is more fall than pumpkin.

Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins

Once I narrowed it down to something pumpkin, deciding on donuts was not a hard decision! When I was pregnant with my daughter two years ago, I became obsessed with donuts. I had my husband running to the store for donuts all the time! Despite my love for them,  I have never attempted to make donuts homemade, and boy, was I missing out!

Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins

I love this recipe because it is a hybrid between donuts and muffins and since there is no yeast involved, anyone can make these and in a short period of time! I whipped these out during nap time today and still had time to clean up! Better yet, these don’t require a donut pan or frying, they just bake up deliciously in a mini muffin pan!

Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins

Try these for your next Saturday breakfast or if you want to take a special treat in for your co-workers…they surely won’t be disappointed!

Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins

Adapted from: A Step In The Journey

Makes 30 mini donuts


1 3/4 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2  tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 egg

6 oz. pumpkin puree

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the topping:

1/2 stick butter, melted

1 cup sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. pumpkin spice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and then grease a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, brown sugar, egg, pumpkin, and milk until well combined. Mix wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until no lumps remain. Fill mini muffin cups to the top and then bake 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. You will have remaining batter for the next batch.

While they cook, melt butter in a microwave safe bowl and then in a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice.

Remove donuts from oven and then remove from muffin tin. Let cool for a few minutes until they are warm, but not hot, to the touch and then roll the muffin in the butter. While holding the muffin over the cinnamon sugar bowl, spoon sugar mixture over the muffin until coated on all sides. Repeat with remaining muffins.

These are so good you are going to want to eat them all straight from the oven, but if you are making them for a future date, I recommend waiting to cinnamon and sugar them until right before you serve them. The cinnamon and sugar ¨melts” over time into more of a glaze and the donuts lose their crispness. They still taste delicious, but the texture will be different.

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DIY Whale Bookends (Anthropology KnockOff) Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:00:38 +0000 DIY Whale Bookends (Anthropology KnockOff)

Hello PinkWhen readers! My name is Bethany and I blog at Whistle and Ivy. I love to bake, craft and I especially love to crochet (You can find all my original {free} designs here). I am so excited to be contributing and sharing my posts here at PinkWhen and to be part of such an amazing team.

I have been cruisin’ the internet looking for some cute ideas for my son’s new room. Now that he will be the big brother, we are working on getting him a big boy room. When I stumbled on this adorable whale bookend set at Anthropologie, I fell in love! But knew I would never spend $70 on a room accessory, so I decided to try and make them myself.

I had big ‘ol plans but when I finished, these whale bookends ended up being less of a knock-off and more of a “creative interpretation”. But I still like how they turned out.
Plus, it only cost me $4, a far cry from $70!

When I started out, I considered using polymer clay. I decided against it simply because a brick large enough to sculpt this whale would be quite expensive and I was trying to keep the costs low. I ended up using a simple salt dough. It was fine (and dirt cheap) but it dried out quickly, and for someone without much sculpting talent, it was a lot of pressure! The “texture” that my finished whale has is just the cracking of the dough as I tried to keep molding it while it dried out; I don’t hate it, but you should definitely use a different clay recipe if you prefer the smoothness that the Anthro version has.

Here is my method:

{Make sure to work on a non-stick surface like parchment paper. The dough can stick to the your surface and you may have to squish it a bit out of shape as you try to pry it up (not that I did that or anything)}.

I started on the head; because a sperm whale’s head is square-ish, I started with a rectangle shape and rounded the top corners.





Next, I made the mouth by using a butter knife to indent the dough.




I made the eye by squishing a little ball into the side of the head. I also ended up cutting off the end. I thought the ratio of length to height was a bit off, plus I wanted a nice, clean edge.





The tail, which I thought would be the easy part, proved to be a bit tricky. I tried several times to get the tail correct. The salt dough ended up being problematic because it is a heavy, dense dough, but not stiff enough to hold its own weight. So after several attempts, I decided it was much easier to made the end of the body and the tail fin separately.



After the pieces were (pretty much) the way I wanted them, I heated the oven to 200º and baked the pieces for several hours. Because the pieces are rather dense, they seemed to never completely dry. The paint did not seem to be affected, so don’t stress if you feel like your dough isn’t 100% dry in the middle.

I then “welded” the tail piece onto the body end with lots of hot glue.





Next,  I molded some unused dough around the glue to cover it up. I wasn’t able to achieve the same texture, darn it!

I put it back in the oven for a hour or so to dry the patched tail.

Then, I added some paint. I did two coats of gray acrylic paint over the whole thing, and then carefully painted the eye over the gray. Start with the white and paint the half the circle. When that is dry, paint a tiny black half circle for the pupil.


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They might have been fine like this, but when everything was said and done, they weren’t as big as I have envisioned them to be. I added a bit more stability by gluing the pieces onto 5 x 5 wooden plaques that I had finished in a clear varnish( I am still on the fence about the natural pine that I decided to go with). I also covered the whales pieces in a glossy top coat, but I do like the look of the matte as well.

All in all, my bookends ended up okay! Halfway through, I was sure that I was working on a huge #craftfail…




Keep up with me! I would love to have you follow me on Facebook and Pinterest!

Until next time :)


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25 Fall Inspired Dessert Recipes Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:00:25 +0000 25 Fall Inspired Dessert Recipes via

I am so excited that Fall is here.  Well, maybe not quite here in the South just yet, but the colors are changing and the temperatures are starting to drop.  It’s the perfect time of year to celebrate all things Fall, and what better way to do that then with a list of 25 Fall Inspired Dessert Recipes. 

You can find everything from Pumpkin and Cheesecake, to Apple and Donut recipes!

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DIY Spooky Halloween Black Cat Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:00:09 +0000 DIY Spooky Halloween Black Cat Tutorial with Lighted Eyes

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As part of the FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® team and Make It: Fun Crafts, we get surprised every month with a box of foam goodies and a pre-chosen theme.  It is up to our imagination to create something for the theme, and it’s always a fun challenge. This month’s theme is Halloween, and I am so excited to share with you how I made this super cool DIY Spooky Halloween Black Cat.

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diy Sunday Showcase 9/20, & FAVS! Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:00:35 +0000 NEWDIYLargeButton

I hope you have all had a FABULOUS week so far! It’s been a BUSY one here, and the weekend is the same.
Are you as excited as I am that Fall is here and cooler weather, fall foods, and fun holidays will soon be among us?  I know I am.  In fact, I was inspired to make this fun Fall treat this week to celebrate all things Fall.

Fall Inspired Ooey Gooey Cake Mix Cheesecake Bars via


My favorite this week is from Homemade Interest. 


Megin’s favorite is from Anderson and Grant. 

group of orange painted pumpkins with sisal stem


Shelly’s favorite is from Heathered Nest. 



Katie’s favorite is from Houseologie. 



Erin’s favorite is from Delineate Your Dwelling. 

bean pumpkin 1

Marie’s favorite is from Average Inspired. 



What a great group if favorites this week! Now let’s party!


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