Baked Pumpkin Seeds

While we all want to munch on all the Halloween candy we can get our hands on, you will most likely feel guilty afterwards. Like most things, candy in moderation is okay, but for those who do not have a sweet tooth or want to serve up something healthier put your Pumpkin Seeds to good use and whip up some Baked Pumpkin Seeds! With just a few easy steps, you can pop these seeds guilt-free. Happy Halloween!
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DIRECTIONS:

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. strain all of the pumpkin guts off of the pumpkin seeds & rinse thoroughly
  3. prepare a baking sheet with foil or use my favorite, a Silpat
  4. in a mixing bowl, add a teaspoon of EVOO and stir
  5. now add your favorite ingredients to the mix!
  6. I add sea salt & garlic powder to taste, and a dash of onion powder – mix well
  7. pour the pumpkin seeds on the sheet and spread out
  8. add more salt and garlic powder to the pumpkin seeds (lightly)
  9. bake for 20-30 minutes, watch your seeds so they don’t burn!
  10. use a spatula and spoon into a bowl, enjoy!

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Have Your Wedding Invitation Framed

When you are planning your wedding you spend numerous hours searching for the right wedding invitation. In my case, I chose to go with a design that was customizable through an online company named Minted. I gave them the CMYK Colors, thorough details, and they did the rest! Before my invite was printed, they sent me numerous proofs to approve. I highly recommend Minted, and you can read more about my experience and see all the details of our wedding invitation HERE.

After sending out the invites we had one lucky invitation left! This invite was of course going to be a keepsake of our special day. Okay, now what to do with it? Sure you can scrapbook it, file it away with other important documents, or you can have it framed!

The lovely Samantha Atlas at The Frame Maker in Mission Hills, CA., gifted us with this unique shadow box design adorned with a gilded wood frame designed by Designer Greg Strange. The gorgeous outcome was a keepsake that we can look at everyday! Why have such a beautiful memory filed away when you can have that special day on display for all to see? If you have recently wed or have been married for years, give The Frame Maker a call to see what creative design they can create for your wedding invitation!
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Spring is in the Air :: Gardening & DIY Spring Wreath

New buds are flowering, and the sweet aroma of Jasmine permeates the air. Springtime is for renewal and gardening! By freshening up your garden with new blooms, or simply cleaning up your yard is a fun and healthy activity to take in the fresh air and get your blood pumping this Spring.

Recently I just planted a small flower bed to brighten up the entrance to my home, as we all know the first impression lasts! By creating a tiered flower bed, you are able to get the light in where the plants need it, and you are able to show off some of the smaller plants and flowers that wish to be seen. I tilled the soil, and laid down around 4-6″ of new soil before I planted my Ornamental Grass in the back, then Lavender (perfect for future DIY projects & floral arrangements), Ornamental Cabbage, and finally to skirt the flower bed I planted the white and airy Alyssum.

I then added Pea Gravel instead of Mulch, as Mulch tends to “fly” away with the wind, and Pea Gravel keeps the soil moist without drying out the soil on hot summer days. I also added some Larger Mexican Pebbles where the eaves create to much shade for plants to grow, and the bonus is they look tidy and contemporary!
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Spring is also the time for Home Projects! One simple way to freshen up your home’s first impression is to hang a Spring Wreath. I purchased this dried Wine Vine Wreath at San Diego Florist Supply, along Design Master 24K Gold Spray Paint (seriously the best gold spray paint with most coverage & sheen). I also found a Mossy Garland wrapped around wire, and delicately wrapped my Gold Wreath for a Spring & organic inspired look. Voila! Spring is making a comeback here at my house, how about yours?
Spring Gold Wreath-Darcy Oliver Design