Pumpkin Apple Butter

You guys, the best thing ever just happened. No, Better Homes and Gardens isn’t featuring me in a magazine, and no, I’m not writing my first book. #iwish

Yesterday my in-laws drove over from Illinois to attend Grandparents’ Day in Wyatt’s preschool class, and they asked if the boys could come stay with them for a few days since they’re now on fall break. Let me think… 4 days with no kids… Jeremy’s busy driving the tractor… yep, this day just got awesome! I’m going to stay in my pajamas all day and eat food I know no one else in my family likes, like Hawaiian pizza and chocolate chip cookies with LOTS of walnuts. Is it sad that my idea of a party is watching the latest episodes of Nashville and Grey’s Anatomy in bed with a big bowl of salted caramel ice cream? Wait… don’t answer that.

Here’s the other thing I’m going to be doing while they’re gone: finding a million ways to eat this AMAZING Pumpkin Apple Butter I just made. If you’ve ever eaten apple butter before, just imagine adding a big dose of pumpkin pie flavor to the mix!

Quick and easy Pumpkin Apple Butter - the perfect sweet spread for toast, biscuits, pancakes, and more! Get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.com

This stuff is absolutely delicious. You can spread it on toast, biscuits, muffins, or pancakes in the morning and even stir it into your oatmeal. Yum! For lunch or dinner, try spreading a layer on some bread and making a grilled cheese with it. This recipe makes a good amount, so you can keep it in the fridge for a couple weeks to use whenever the mood strikes. [Read more...]

DIY Marquee Letters

It’s about time for a fun, new project from the office makeover, right? I thought so, too! With all the traveling and side projects I’ve been doing lately, it hasn’t left much time to work on the projects I’ve had up my sleeve, so it felt really good to bust this one out yesterday! Marquee letters are wildly popular right now, and I couldn’t wait to plow through this office makeover so I could DIY some for myself.

I knew from the start of this makeover that my office was going to be the new headquarters for Love Grows Wild. I create in here, write in here, get inspired in here, and frankly I eat and sometimes sleep in here too, but that’s besides the point. I had been brainstorming some kind of DIY sign that had my blog logo on it, but then it hit me… this is the perfect time to do those marquee letters I had been dreaming about! I thought this project would be a little intimidating, but it was honestly super easy to do, and I finished everything in just a few hours, including paint drying time and taking step-by-step photos for you guys to enjoy.

Step-by-step instructions to create gorgeous DIY Marquee Letters for your home! Click for details at LoveGrowsWild.com


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Time to Sparkle Link Party #83

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

 Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

Let’s see what your hosts have been up to this week:

PicMonkey Collage

Spooky Chocolate Vanilla Oreo Fudge from Inside Brucrew Life

Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Butter Maple Glaze from The Recipe Critic

Spicy Bacon Wrapped Sweet Peppers from The Gunny Sack

Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta Bake from Love Grows Wild

Here are the fabulous features from last week’s party chosen by Alyssa, The Recipe Critic: [Read more...]

Ohio Dairy Adventure

Hi friends! I’m getting some awesome posts ready for you next week (… how about a new pumpkin recipe and an office update?), but today I’d like to take a little break and share with you an incredible experience I had this week, if that’s okay. I promise lots of pretty photos and some fun, embarrassing stories along the way! Sound like a plan?

So I guess I’ll start at the beginning of the story. I had the opportunity to attend a few blog conferences this past year, which are totally fun, exhausting, and overwhelming all at the same time. You learn new things, go to fun parties, and meet LOTS of new people… fellow bloggers, brands and companies, and even a celebrity or two, if you’re lucky. In my experience, even though I may meet hundreds of people at these conferences, I always find myself really connecting with just a handful and develop great, long-lasting relationships with them. And honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s kind of that whole “better to have 1 good friend than 1000 mediocre friends” thing.

Anyway, I had the pleasure of meeting a few women from the American Dairy Association Mideast and was absolutely thrilled when they invited me to join them on their Ohio Dairy Adventure last week. As most of you probably know, my husband and I live on a family farm in Indiana where we raise corn and soybeans.  It’s a lifestyle he was raised in, but totally new to me, as I grew up just an hour South of Chicago. WAY different than living out in the country! I’m still acclimating to life as a farmer’s wife, such as learning how to clean tractor oil and manure stains out of clothes (it’s not easy!), but I’m so proud to be part of this community and love learning new things everyday.

ADA Mideast brought 9 food bloggers from all across the U.S. to Cleveland, Ohio for a few days to give us an in-depth look at the journey milk takes from the farm to our table.

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Harvest Bonfire: Home Depot Style Challenge

Today is the big reveal! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen us hard at work on this project for the past month and had a few sneak peeks along the way. (I heart my Instagram friends!) So here’s the scoop: I met some fantastic people from the Home Depot team this year and was so honored when they asked me to join in their Home Depot Style Challenge. They asked us to create a space in our home with a particular theme… in my case an outdoor “harvest themed” space. Lucky for me, we have a beautiful backdrop for this setting living on a farm, and I had SO much fun creating a space in our backyard to host bonfire parties this fall. They sent us a surprise package of goodies to use and a gift card to help us decorate our space, and I just love the way our backyard turned out!

You’ll have to head over to Home Depot’s blog to see the full reveal, but I have a few shots I can share to give you a little tease!

Host a cozy fall bonfire with these decorating tips from LoveGrowsWild.com! [Read more...]

Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta Bake

This post is brought to you by Silk // I’ve been doing this whole food blogger gig for 2 1/2 years now. In the beginning, I used my cheap-o point and shoot camera and horrible lighting to capture and share some of my favorite family-approved recipes with you. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a start. You’ve got to start somewhere, right? Fast forward a few years, and I’ve moved up to my big girl camera, learned how to edit my photos, and even taught myself some fancy words like aperture. I’ve expanding my cooking skills and learned to love foods I never thought I’d put in my mouth… like coconut and avocado. The jury is still out on quinoa…

And in my quest to continue learning and growing, I made it a goal this year to come up with a recipe using the most popular fall ingredient in a savory way… pumpkin! We’ve all eaten our fair share of sweet pumpkin desserts… my pumpkin bread and classic pumpkin pie are my favorites!… But have you ever cooked with pumpkin before? Put pumpkin in your dinner? Well today we’re going to tackle that goal with this deliciously cheesy pumpkin pasta bake!

Pumpkin isn't just for dessert anymore! This Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta Bake is super creamy and SO delicious! | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Time to Sparkle Link Party #82

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

Let’s see what your hosts have been up to this week:

Time to Sparkle #82
White Chocolate Pecan Caramel Corn from Love Grows Wild
Italian Cheese Steak Pizza from The Gunny Sack
Beefy Enchilada Dip from The Recipe Critic
Caramel Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Bread from Inside BruCrew Life

Here are the fabulous features from last week’s party chosen by Jocelyn: [Read more...]