Decorate for Halloween with Magical LED Pumpkins

These LED Pumpkins from Pier1 Imports are beautiful for decorating your home this Halloween. They're actually perfect for the entire fall season and I have a great deal for you to shop and save at the end of this post. You'll want to be sure to check it out as it ends tonight.

As Pier1 writes . . . "Our enchanting pumpkins might be waiting for Cinderella's fairy godmother to convert one of them into a grand carriage." And, I have to agree - they look quite magical.

*** PS: Want to shop and save a little money on your pumpkin decorating? If you use coupon code PUMPKIN when shopping at Pier1, you can save 25% on select pumpkin decor thru tonight, October 1st at 11:59 pm cst.

Giggle Hearts is a proud affiliate with Pier1 Imports

Fudge-Like White Chocolate Brownies {topped with Handmade Chocolate Pumpkins}

These brownies are so delicious and topped with the chocolate pumpkins, they are the perfect fall dessert. When my daughter came on a recent grocery shopping trip with me, we both almost did a happy dance in the baking aisle. Our local Price Chopper had white chocolate chips from Chatfield's that were made in a nut free facility {and were also gluten free}. I was thrilled to find them as I knew they had to exist I just didn't know where to find them {besides online}. I immediately knew I had to find a yummy recipe to make using them and these brownies were just perfect. I've since even made White Hot Chocolate, LOVE! {recipe soon for that as well}

please note: my recipes are made to be gluten free and nut free, but you can easily substitute regular flour for the gluten free flour in the ingredients

Ingredients

    6 tablespoons butter {I use Earth Balance}
    1 cup white chocolate chips
    3/4 cups granulated sugar
    2 eggs
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 cup gluten free flour blend of  your choice

Directions
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees
• On low to medium heat, place a glass bowl to rest in a pan filled with a small amount of water. Melt the butter with the white chocolate and stir until smooth.
• Once smooth and melted, remove from the head, add sugar and mix well with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula {this is my preference}.
• Mix in the salt, vanilla, and eggs until incorporated. Stir in flour until well combined, scraping the sides often.
• Spread the batter into a greased 8" pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. You may need to rest some aluminum foil over the brownies so they don't brown too much while baking. Let the brownies cool a bit before cutting into squares as brownies taste best when they're still a little warm.

MY PRESENTATION TIP: I found silicone ice cube trays at the $1 store in the shapes of pumpkins. I melted chocolate chips and poured them into the molds. I put them in the fridge to harden and they were ready to pop out after about 3 hours. If you need them sooner, you can always pop them in the freezer. Before serving the brownies, place a molded chocolate pumpkin on top {I used a little leftover frosting I had to hold them in place, but this isn't necessary}.

recipe adapted from one featured on backforseconds.com

Unique Ideas for DIY Pumpkins : as Featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine

I've been smiling all weekend as a craft I created was featured on the site of a top women's magazine - one that has been around for over 125 years!

I'm super excited to share that my Painted Acorn Pumpkins
craft project has been featured on Good Housekeeping.

Last week Good Housekeeping featured 10 Everyday Things That Make Adorable Pumpkins. You can see a snapshot of the feature below and here's the direct link to view the feature.

PS: My Acorn Pumpkins were also featured on Craftionary in their round-up post on DIY Acorn Crafts :)

DIY Painted Pumpkin Acorns

I have the cutest and easiest DIY for fall to share with you today. As I was working on one idea {which you will see at the end of this post}, I discovered that acorns can make the cutest little pumpkins. My daughters loved collecting the acorns for this project - even our now 2 year old was gathering them up and saying "corn corn" over and over. It was the cutest. All of the acorns we were finding had already lost their tops, but that's not a problem. After painting, you can simply add some hot glue {only for an adult to do} to the inside of the acorn top and then match it to a bottom. See below for the complete and easy how-to instructions.

Painted Pumpkin Acorns Tutorial

Supplies:
• collection of acorns
• acrylic paint in orange and green
• paintbrushes
• mini hot glue gun {only for the adults to use}

Directions:
Paint the bottoms and tops of the acorns orange {my bottoms have 3 coats of paint and the tops have 2}. Then paint the stems green {I just did one coat on these}. For some of the acorns I topped them with a pumpkin "hat" and left the bottom of the acorn in it's natural state for contrast. Let them dry and then simply hot glue the tops to the acorn bottoms and you are done. Super cute! Super Easy!

PS: I've read that sometimes you can have little worms escape that might be living in the acorns, but you can easily prevent this by baking the acorns in a single layer on a cookie sheet at 200 or 250 degrees for an hour. You can also soak the acorns in water before doing this to remove any dirt.

And, now to show you how a DIY project can evolve into something else. In my head I envisioned simply painting the tops of the acorns. But, that wasn't turning out to be quite as fun as making them look like pumpkins. However, this is still a great idea if you want to have acorns in a bowl for a fall party and you want them to match your color palette. It's also a great "just for fun" kids craft as I know my oldest daughter could spend hours at our kitchen table painting away.

This Halloween Craft was shared on Living Locurto