DIY Coastal Pumpkin Decor

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When summer ends and we enter into fall I’m often at a loss on how to decorate. I favor cool tones and shy away from filling our home with autumn’s traditional orange hues. While homes filled with rich plaids and orange pumpkins look stunning as I scroll through Pinterest, they don’t feel true to my personal style.

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On a quest to find harmony between my interior color pallet and celebrating the fall season, I chose to paint my own mini pumpkins. This is a great way to seamlessly incorporate festive pieces into your home – no matter your color scheme! Since I prefer cooler colors, I painted my pumpkins in shades of blue. After a few coats of paint, you would never know these started out as bright orange!

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DIY Coastal Pumpkin Decor

Materials:

  • Mini pastic pumpkins
  • White chalkboard paint (use as a primer)
  • Paint colors of your choice
  • Paintbrush
  • Newspaper

Directions:

  • On a newspaper lined surface paint each pumpkin with the white chalkboard paint.
  • Once dry, paint thin layers of your desired color until you reach the your preferred hue.
  • Paint the pumpkin stems gold and enjoy!
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Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart Recipe

Pop Tarts made a rare appearance in our cupboard growing up, so when we had them in the house it felt like a special treat. My favorite flavors were strawberry and brown sugar. I always ate them toasted so the filling would be nice and warm – pure happiness (and sugar!) on a cold school morning. After a nutrition 101 class ruined the idea that Pop Tarts were an acceptable breakfast food, it has been years since I’ve enjoyed the nostalgic treat. In an effort to walk down memory lane and celebrate the arrival of chilly mornings, I made a batch of homemade pumpkin pie pop tarts this week.

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart Recipe

As these pop tarts baked in the oven, our kitchen started to smell like Thanksgiving morning. Pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg filled the air as I anxiously checked the timer, waiting to finally tuck into one of these fall treats! Once they were done baking, I whipped up a maple glaze to spread over the top of the pop tarts. These pop tarts are a fun way to enjoy a grown-up version of a childhood treat and celebrate the arrival of autumn! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

Ingredients

  • Pre-made pie crust
  • 1/2 C. pumpkin puree
  • 3 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the maple glaze:

  • 1/2 C. powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 3 Tbs. water, as needed to reach proper consistency

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350˚
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and spices together. Set aside.
  • Unroll the pie crust and cut out your desired size of rectangles. Make sure you cut an even amount so each pop tart has a base and a top.
  • Lay half of your dough rectangle out on a baking sheet and spoon a dollop of the pumpkin pie filling into the center of the dough.
  • Place another piece of dough on top of each pastry and crimp the edges shut with a fork.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top of the pastry is golden.
  • While the pop tarts are baking, mix up the maple glaze.
  • When the pop tarts are baked and have been cooled, spread a thin layer of maple glaze on each pastry.

Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes

Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes

You know Thanksgiving is right around the corner when the grocery store sets up canned pumpkin displays! While I’ve never been a fan of the traditional pumpkin pie, I still enjoy picking up a few cans to incorporate into baked goods. This time around, made a twist on the popular pumpkin spice cupcakes and incorporated chai tea into the recipe!

Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes

The result was a warm, rich flavor that is perfect for the holiday! So make room on the dessert table this Thanksgiving for these delicious cupcakes! Bonus: They were made with a cake mix. Just one more reason to love these cupcakes!

Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes

Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 C. canned pumpkin
  • ½ C. chai tea
  • 1/3 C. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbs. pumpkin pie spice

Buttercream:

  • 1 stick butter, room temp
  • 4 C. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbs. milk
  • Candy Pumpkins

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350˙ and place cupcake liners in the tins
  2. Mix together the wet ingredients then add in the cake mix and pumpkin pie spice
  3. Stir until well incorporated and spoon in the the cupcake tins
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until tops are slightly golden
  5. Pull out of the oven and let cool
  6. While the cupcakes cool prepare the frosting
  7. Beat butter with a handmixer or kitchen aid until smooth and creamy
  8. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, spices and salt
  9. Add the milk, one Tbs at a time, until the frosting reaches your desired consistency
  10. Spoon into a pipping bag and frost the cupcakes
  11. Garnish with candy pumpkins