Author: Monarch Way

Exterior Fall Decor

Last year I wanted something that would show up on the front door and would coordinate with the interior decor. I found white pumpkin picks at Hobby Lobby, as well as eucalyptus garland, deep blue flowers, and white floral stems. Instead of purchasing a new straw or vine wreath, I dug out an old grapevine wreath I had made years ago and had never used. I used fishing line to secure the pinecones and the garland. The wreath did not look full enough so I went back later and added some additional eucalyptus garland and willow vine garland. Since making this wreath last year, I have painted the front door and frame, replaced the door knob and deadbolt, and made pumpkin topiaries to match the wreath. However, the pumpkin topiaries are just too short. So for now, just a wreath will have to do. The yard is coming along. I have worked with what is there and replaced the plants that have died. I am pretty excited about cooler weather because I am finally going …

Fall Patio Decor

Last year was the first time I ever decorated for fall. It was fun buying pumpkins and fall floral and I learned a few things that definitely influenced how I am planning to decorate this year. I am really excited for fall weather, pumpkin spice everything, and candy corn. Truth be told, I’ve already decorated. I haven’t put out my front porch decorations yet because I don’t want my neighbors to think I’m incapable of reading a calendar. I know the first day of fall isn’t until September 22nd but I was just so excited to decorate. For the patio last year I bought pillow covers, decorative signs, a garden flag, a pumpkin doormat, some ceramic pumpkins, and a floral arrangement. I eventually went shopping for real pumpkins and was very disappointed. Pumpkins (especially those pretty heirloom ones) are really expensive and might I remind you, real pumpkins rot. I bought two small ones and one medium size one last year, but not this year. Along with the cute pumpkin door mat, I found this …

Dalgona Coffee

I kept seeing recipes for whipped coffee. I had some instant coffee so I thought I would try a recipe and just substitute the milk with half and half. Well, I can’t decide how I feel about it. My coffee mixture definitely turned out darker and thicker than the recipe I used. Once I mixed the half and half with the whipped coffee, it was much better but it wasn’t impressive enough to try it again. I may look at more dalgona recipes and try it again with milk and a different type of coffee.  Ingredients 4 tbsp of instant coffee 4 tbsp sugar 4 tbsp hot water Milk (I used half and half) Ice cubes Instructions Whisk together instant coffee, sugar, and hot water until peaks are formed. Fill a glass with ice cubes and top with milk or half and half. Top milk with a couple of scoops of the whipped coffee mixture.