Outdoor Fall Decor

Fall has been upon us and while I’ve been crafting and decorating at home since September, I decided to share a few of my outdoor decor ideas.

I had a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch I went to in October and saved it for a planter idea I had in mind.

Along with my pumpkin, I had pansies and a small carving set.

I simply carved the top of my pumpkin and removed the seeds and scraped the walls.

Before I removed my pansies from the planter, I measured it with the lining of my carved pumpkin to make sure it would fit.

I transplanted my pansies in the pumpkin and threw in a few small scarecrows for décor.

How do you decorate for the fall?


– R. Vargas

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Being the baker that I am, I decided that I should also try to make my dog something from scratch.
I found an easy and simple recipe on:


  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin purée, canned or fresh
  • 3 tbsps peanut butter

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Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Combine all the ingredients together in a medium bowl.

I had my niece help me.

I had my niece help me.

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Mix  until the dough looks like a bunch of little dough balls. If you pinch a piece and it crumbles, add a little water. If it’s really sticky, it’s too wet and you’ll need to add a little flour.

Gather the dough together and form into a ball.
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Place on a lightly floured work surface and roll it out to about 1/4-inch thickness. You can either use a cookie cutter to cut out cute shapes or use a knife to cut squares or strips.

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I used cookie cutters.

Bake 15-20 minutes for softer treats or 30 minutes for hard treats.

Doggie Treats 588Let them cool completely and share with your dog!


-R. Vargas