Modern natural Wreath with acorn hats

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Welcome to my annual wreath celebration. I just checked and it is my elevens wreath idea I share on this blog. So I have done a lot of new interpretations within the last years. After last years recycling idea I felt more natural this time around. That is why a modern natural wreath with acorn hats was created in some hours of labor.

When I was walking in the park in fall I kept coming across the acorns. You all probably know that the hats keep on falling off even when you manage to find an intact one. As kid it always bothered me. Of course you can glue them back on but it is not the same somehow. Anyhow I had a closer look at the hats and found they are a beauty in themselves. So I collected a few and carried them in my pocket. Through the next days I kept touching them and sometime I came up with the idea that they should be the star in this years natural wreath.

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Adventures in Fall – My Bucket List

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Leaves are turning into that colorful shade of reds and yellows and the light has this magical glow. Mornings are crisp while a few hours later we can still sit outside in shirts soaking up sunshine and enjoying the wonderful day. Bit there is no denying summer is coming to an end and fall is sneaking up on us. Time for me to think about adventures in fall and compile my seasonal fall list.

As always I will check in on my summer bucket list and see how many items have been crossed off.

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Pumpkin Muffins – perfect fall dessert

seeking creative life Pumpkin muffins perfect fall dessert

In all my time blogging I have never shared a muffin recipe here. Not because I don’t like them. Not because I don’t bake them. No I didn’t share because I am very protective of my recipes. Some at least. Today I feel like sharing tough. Not any muffin recipe no. Pumpkin Muffins – perfect fall dessert and my all time favorites. I’ve used to make them quite often but it’s been almost 10 years I last made them. Ingredients were hard to come by back then. Nowadays it’s a bit easier though.

I can not even say why those muffins are something special. They are sweet but not too sweet, they are always moist and soft even when days old – in case they last that long. I used to bake them for my host family and it’s actually a recipe from my host mom from back in the day.

craftaliciousme seeking creative life Pumpkin muffins perfect fall dessert

But without further ado here are the ingredients to make Pumpkin Muffins:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 8 oz / 230g pumpkin pie filling – you can buy it on amazon or make your own
  • 3/4 vegetable oil
  • 1,5 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cups semisweet chocolate chips

If you want to make the pumpkin pie filling from scratch: cut up a pumpkin. I have used the regular halloween pumpkin as well as Hokkaido. Put in oven on low temperature until soft. That’s it. I have not done cooking it because I feared the taste will diffuse in the cooking water.

How to whip up your pumpkin muffins:

  1. In a large bowl beat eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil until everything is smooth.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. Add to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips
  5. Fill greased muffin pan.
  6. Bake at 200°C/400°F for about 16-20 minutes.

This makes about 12 muffins. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Enjoy

Tobia
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Hello Fall – My Fall Bucket List 2019

Fall is finally here. I have much looked forward to this season as summer was really tough this year being prone to migraines. Just not a huge fan of those hot temperatures and high humidity. So I welcome this season with a new fall bucket list. But as always before getting started with new goals, dreams and wishes let’s have a look at the summer list:

  1. ✓ Spending some more time strolling along Berlins lakes and canals. → We went for some visits at Wannsee, Tegler See and walked around Alt Stralau. So yes.
  2. ✓ Enjoy the balcony to the fullest. → definitely did this. I even managed to keep my plants alive during this heatwave of summer.
  3. Taking a photo trip to a part of Berlin I haven’t yet been or wasn’t for long time.
  4. ✓ Going to two school enrollment ceremonies. → Yes and I even made some Zuckertüten (aka candy cones) for all kids.
  5. ✓ Celebrating Mr. ♡ milestone birthday. → It was a good birthday. Even though he felt sick on his birthday we had a ice cream party and a week later a wonderful dinner with friends and family.
  6. ╳ Finishing #the100daysofcraftaliciousimages project. → still working on it. Currently 31 days to go.
  7. ✓ Sewing summer clothes. → I managed to sew two shirts, have another one ready to stitch together and a short pants (that unfortunately doesn’t fit because I thought I was smarter than the instructions…)
  8. ✓ Making some more jewelry. → I made some lovely birch wood jewelry. Also thinking about selling a few.
  9. ✓ Spa Day with myself → It was wonderful to finally spent a day relaxing.
  10. ╳ Baking from a new recipe → nope… only staples
  11. ╳ Go swimming. → unfortunately not but I came close. I was at a lake and went almost skinny dipping because I had no swim suite. But I chickened out because I didn’t want to leave car keys and camera unattended.
  12. ╳ Eat lots of veggies. → huge fail here. Less veggies more chocolate and cake.
craftaliciousme seeking creative life fall foliage with sprinkler Berlin

Summer you have been other than expected but still great. But now it’s time to move on. For me fall starts with my moms birthday which happens to fall on the official fall start – tomorrow. Here is my fall list I’ve compiled for this season:

  1. Finishing #the100daysofcraftaliciousimages project.
    As mentioned still 31 days to go. I will get this done. However I need to make adjustments for next year.
  2. Participating in #inktober
    I feel like drawing and sketching and I always am more into it when doing a challenge. However I might be putting too much on my plate here.
  3. Participating in #NaBloPoMO again
    Always fun to spent more time on this blog and this would be year four to have a full blogging month.
  4. Sew a pencil skirt
    I have this blue textured fabric and I have a pattern in mind. Just need to sit down and do it.
  5. Baking pumpkin muffins
    They have been a favorite 20 years ago and I haven’t had one in ages. It’s bit more effort since there is no pumkinpie filling available in Germany and you have to make that from scratch.
  6. Take walks and enjoy the changing season.
    My steps have decreased during summer and the heatwave- time to pick it up again. And I love the fall light dancing in the colorful trees.
  7. Sell stuff on eBay
    Lots of things have accumulated again and it’s time to put some effort into finding them a new home. I am going to dissolve my extensive dvd collection.
  8. Read Dracula
    This book is my TBR for too long. Around Halloween I’ll will finally start reading it.
  9. Spending a weekend in Venice
    Longtime dream to visit Venice will come true this fall. Plane and hotel is booked. Now just to figure out what to see.
  10. Getting cozy
    I am looking forward to sitting by my (digital) fireplace, reading, having hot drinks and just be happy and content.
  11. Getting started on xmas presents
    Every year I feel like I should have listened to people when they tell me of things they like so once Christmas comes around I am not lost of ideas. I want to make an effort to already collecting ideas throughout fall. Maybe I’ll have good clues at hand when it gets time to buy things.

I am looking forward to the season. Have you written a fall list too? Please share your ideas. And if need more ideas check out last years list.

Happy leave hunting

Tobia