Wednesday, November 21, 2012

happy mash-potato weekend!

Shirt: Cotton On. Jeans: Forever21. Boots: Necklace: ebay 

I know everyone likes to say "happy turkey day," but I don't eat turkey so Happy Mashed-Potato Day (or should I say weekend)! Like I said in my last post, I don't like skipping holidays. So of course I have to represent Thanksgiving. I haven't done too much, and sadly I didn't get around to making a wreath like I had hoped but here are some of the Thanksgiving decor I made/bought (the mantel is seriously lacking, I know).

The original tutorial for this sign used tan/brown paper behind the letters. I went and bought a half of a yard of burlap for $1.30 and glued it to that instead. I love the results! 

These leaf strands were 80% off at Michael's the weekend after Halloween. I wrapped them around my balcony and put one on the mantle place. $1.20 each! 

The scarecrow and hay I got at Michael's were also part of their after Halloween sale. The hay was $4 and the scarecrow was $2.40! Such a steal. I wanted to cut off that bamboo stick but I never got the chance. 

On another note I mentioned last post that I had gone to the Bijou Market (which is basically like real life Etsy shops all in a row). I bought these 3 pieces of handmade jewelry below. Sensing a theme here? What can I say, I love turquoise! Everything was $22 total!

So who hasn't seen these dino magnets on Pinterest? But seriously they are to die for. So of course I had to make them this weekend... in gold. I found packs of dino toys at the dollar store, cut them in half, and then painted them with some metallic gold paint I had from a previous project. Ta-da!
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Also I'm currently living in these Pac Sun leggings I just bought. Living!! They had a bunch of other colors that I wanted to get too! God bless the inventor of leggings! You can bet I will be wearing these to stuff myself on Thursday. 

Recipe of the Day:
This isn't so much of a Pinterest find, as it is a Pinterest re-vamp. I found this panini recipe here, but then decided to make it my own for last nights dinner. Ours had pizza sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, tomatoes, pepperoni, and basil leaves. I also added some potato wedges as a side because I needed to use them up before the holiday break. An easy way to dress up potatoes is olive oil and rosemary. And Voila! A great meal. Me and Spencer watch a lot of the show Chopped, so it's a little joke with us to say after every new Pinterest meal I make whether or not I would have gotten chopped. I can safely say this is a chopped-free meal. 

I'm making my mother-in-laws sweet potato casserole for tomorrow! Wish me luck! Here is her recipe below. Of course I however am making the dairy-free version to appease many of my family members. Sssshh! Don't tell Spencer! ;-) 

Sweet Potato Casserole:
3 cups cooked, mashed sweet
2 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
4 tablespoons melted butter
½ cup milk
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla

1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 cup chopped nuts
1/3 cup melted butter
Beat together and pour into a buttered 9×13 baking dish.
Mix together topping and place on top of potatoes.
Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.


  1. just squish everything together on your mantle. not so spread apart and it will look more substantial

    1. What I really wanted was some different decorations but I didn't have time so I just threw up some pumpkins I got. But I am going to plan ahead for Christmas! haha.

  2. I am so jealous you have a mantle. Oh how i pine for one!! very cute stuff!! I want to see in person!