The Life of Jennifer Dawn

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Crafty Projects to Try This Fall & Weekly Link Party

Want to do a little crafting this fall? Here are four simple craft ideas that make lovely home decor. These seasonal crafts are the perfect way to add handmade touches to your home this autumn! Which do you think you'd like to try? Keep scrolling to read all the details and even share your own crafts, recipes, DIY projects, kids' activities, and family-friendly posts at this week's link party!
1. Autumn Printables / The Organized Dream
These gorgeous printables are the perfect opportunity to make your own rustic wood frame. Choose a printable from The Organized Dream, print, and create the frame. It's the perfect DIY project for a fall weekend.

2. Fall Burlap Wreath / The Country Chic Cottage
Welcome guests into your home this season with a burlap wreath. While you're at it, make a few more for other places inside your home.

3. Rustic Crochet Baskets / Neli Design
Yarn crafts are perfect for fall! And the possibilities are endless on what you could store in these cozy baskets.

4. Wood Slice Pumpkins / Deco Art Blog
I love wood slice crafts! And this one is no exception. What a fun decoration for fall! Grab a few wood slices, paint, and a few basic supplies and you're ready to make your own!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Decorating Ideas for Fall & Weekly Link Party

How early is too early to decorate for fall? With starting back to (home)school one month ago, it has already started to feel like fall for us! That and the fact that it's 68 degrees right now. I'm ready for pumpkins, apples, and all things fall!

Fall is my favorite season so, I get a little overly zealous! Can you tell?  Anyone else ready to start decorating? Here are several simple ideas to add touches of fall to your home.
1. Harvest Wheat Wreath / Gluesticks
What a lovely way to welcome guests into your home! The wreath and the "welcome" writing on the door are perfection!

2. Fall Sign / Lolly Jane
This painted sign is a great DIY project to welcome fall. And it's a simple decor piece that could be placed anywhere in your home.

3. Fall Tablescape and Dining Room / Lolly Jane
Fall decor abounds in this lovely dining area. From the scroll sign to the toolbox runner, there's no end to the inspiration!

4. DIY Outdoor Table / Welsh Design Studio
Soak up the crisp cool days of fall with a cozy outdoor area. Click on over to see how to construct your own outdoor table and add a beautiful tablescape.

5. Autumn Door Arrangement Gluesticks
This stunning arrangement is the perfect way to add a touch of autumn to your entryway and it only takes minutes to put together!

6. Glitter Pumpkins The Life of Jennifer Dawn
I made these last year, but they've held up perfectly. It's time to pull them out along with the rest of the fall decor. Want to add some sparkle to your fall? Be sure to click on the link to see how to make these fun pumpkins.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Delicious Treats to Welcome Fall & Weekly Link Party

School starting back usually puts me in a mood for fall. We started back to homeschooling the first week in August but took a break last week for a beach vacation. I knew this year that our final summer hurrah at the beach would delay those fall-loving feelings. And it did until we pulled back into our driveway a few days ago and opened the car doors to a blast of cool air. We'd left the humid, beachy weather behind us somewhere on our trek back from the South Carolina coast to our beloved Tennessee mountains.

There is certainly nothing summery about homeschool lessons, cooler mornings, and busy schedules filled with dance lessons, soccer practices, and co-op classes. Shew! The hustle and bustle have already hit me hard this week. We'll fall (no pun intended) into a groove soon enough though. And there is so much to look forward to with the changing seasons! Fall has always been my favorite season, so I'm welcoming it with open arms and a big batch of fall baking.

These delicious recipes are filled with sugar and spice and everything nice. Afterall, isn't that what fall is made of? From warm breakfast treats to sugared nuts, there's something for everyone to love. And I'd be remiss if I didn't include at least one pumpkin recipe. Enjoy this round-up of tasty treats from some very talented bloggers.
1. Baked Brown Sugar Glazed Donuts / Simply Stacie
My kids love what they fondly call hot breakfast--even more during the fall and winter months. These homemade donuts would be the perfect treat for a warm, fall breakfast!

2. Hazelnut Mocha Cheesecake / The Simple Sweet Life
Nuts are a fall staple and hazelnut are one the first available for harvesting. This cheesecake pulls together hazelnuts, chocolate, and espresso into a perfect cheesecake creation. Who could resist?

3. Impossible Pie / Simply Stacie
What's fall without pie? The shredded coconut in this delicious pie recipe pulls the flavors of summer and the feel of fall together perfectly.

4. Homemade Toaster Strudels / Little House Living
Remember that hot breakfast I mentioned earlier? Here's a delicious treat to make for it! Use an apple filling and you'll have a homemade confection that will put the whole family in a mood for fall.

5. Spiced Almonds The Country Chic Cottage
Did someone ask for pumpkin spice? These sugared almonds bring the flavors of fall with this snackable treat that's both salty and sweet.

6. Ginger Pumpkin Bars From Playdates to Parties
And here it is! A pumpkin recipe! This recipe combines pumpkin and caramel together making it an irresistible treat.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Easy Blueberry Recipes and Weekly Link Party

The blueberry season stretches from April to late September, so there's still time to enjoy the delicious berries while they're in season. If you are a fan of blueberries, you're going to LOVE these scrumptious recipes. They're a great way to savor the last tastes of summer. From cake to muffins, here's a small round-up of fruit-filled confections with BIG flavor!
1. Blueberry Crackle Cake / Simply Stacie
This easy recipe produces ah-mazing, delectable results! And the shredded coconut gives the treat an unexpected flavor surprise.

2. Blueberry English Muffins / Brooklyn Farm Girl
These made from scratch English muffins are just more proof that homemade is way better than store-bought.

3. Old-Fashioned Angel Food Cake / Sew Historically
Fruit is the perfect addition to angel food cake, and blueberries would be wonderful with this buttercream-filled treat.

4. Blueberry Muffins / The Life of Jennifer Dawn
These easy to make muffins bake up super moist with a slight sugar crunch on top. So good!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Easy Dinner Recipes for Busy Nights & Weekly Link Party

Looking for quick and easy dinner ideas for your busy weeknights? Here are some delicious options to serve up! These recipes are bursting with fresh ingredients and flavor, but they are simple enough to pull together even on your busiest evenings. And many of them are perfect make-ahead meals!

We started back to [home]school last week! I think I forgot over the lazy days of summer how much of a time suck homeschooling can be. Don't get me wrong! I love our home school journey, and I wouldn't make any other choice during this season of life. It can be time-consuming and exhausting being both mom and teacher, though.

When the day has exhausted me, the last thing I want to think about some evenings are dinner preparations. Can anyone else relate? I want my family to enjoy the benefits of nutritional, homemade meals, though. The solution? Well, these recipes are a good place to start. Featured below you'll find 10 delicious recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. I can't wait to start trying some of these for our weeknight meals! Which do you think your family would enjoy most?
1. Easy Baked Three Cheese Ravioli / Brooklyn Farm Girl

2. Easy Baked Chicken Cacciatore / The Kitchen is My Playground

3. Italian Pasta Salad / Simply Stacie

4. Mediterranean Chicken and Rice Bowl / Simply Stacie

5. Homemade Pizza Rolls / Somewhat Simple

6. Quick & Easy Quinoa Tostadas / Strength & Sunshine

7. Ham and Potatoes Au Gratin / Marilyn's Treats

8. Broccoli Salad with Bacon / 5 Minutes for Mom

9. Chicken Penne Alfredo / The Kitchen is My Playground

10. Easy Homestyle Goulash / The Life of Jennifer Dawn