Thursday’s Theme: Harvest DIY Projects From Pinterest

November 15th, 2018

The title says it all – we’ve compiled a few charming harvest DIY projects from creators all over Pinterest, ranging in skill level and material needs. Tell us about the DIY projects you’ve taken on this fall, and be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more ideas throughout the holiday season.

Harvest Napkin Rings

All this DIY takes is some faux berries, leaves, greenery or all of the above. If you have never added napkin rings to your table, you may be surprised how elegant they make each place setting.

Pumpkin Leaves Printables

These little tags are perfect for marking each place at the table, or spicing up your seasonal displays.

Pumpkin Leaves Free Printable | Ella Claire Blog | DIY

Apple and Pumpkin Candle Holders

A charming idea for turning ordinary tealights into beautiful seasonal mood lights.

Burlap Wreath

This is a great tutorial for a simple burlap wreath that isn’t strictly fall specific, so you could use it all year round.

Pumpkin Terracotta Pots

This is a “We wish we had thought of this!” DIY, and it’s perfect for housing small treats this time of year.

Autumn Serving Tray

Collect some leaves from your own yard for this DIY, and have a charming tray from which to serve your guests this season.

Harvest Yard Signs

This is a more material-intensive DIY, but the result is certainly worth it.

DIY Harvest Yard Sign | Homemade by Carmona Blog | DIY

Fall Harvest Crochet Coaster Set

For those of you who love getting crafty with crochet, this vibrant pattern is free and comes with great instructions.

Free Crochet Pattern – Fall Harvest Coaster Set | A Crocheted Simplicity Blog

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Weekly Spotlight: Games for the Family

November 14th, 2018

Now that the days are shorter, temperatures are cooler and snowy weather is semi-permanently in the forecast here in New England, it’s the perfect time to talk about indoor activities that are fun for everyone. We are talking about, of course, family games. So settle in with some hot cocoa and your favorite snacks, and let the fun begin!

America-poly Board Game

Take a road trip across the USA when you play this fun game inspired by the classic family favorite.
Get all the details here.

America-opoly Game | Made in USA | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopChristmas-opoly Game | Made in USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Christmas-opoly Board Game

For when you’re feeling a little more festive,
but just as competitive. Learn more about this merry board game here.

Classic Dominoes SetClassic Dominoes Set

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that are the most fun – like 28 dominoes in a wooden box. Get a closer look here.

Classic Shut the Box Game

A game more about chance than skill, and one that even adds charm to your shelves. Find it here.

Colonial Checkers

It wouldn’t be game night without a classic game of checkers. See how easy it is to store in a cabinet or drawer here.

Colonial Checkers | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopClassic Shut the Box Game | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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Tasteful Tuesday: Spicy Hermit Cookies

November 13th, 2018

No matter the holiday, whenever we begin to gather with friends and family to celebrate traditions and each other, classic family and regional recipes are what makes every celebration more personal.

Because of this, we thought it would be fun to share a historic New England cookie recipe: the Hermit Cookie recipe originally featured in Yankee Magazine’s August 1952 issue. You can see that original submission here, and keep reading for the recipe.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugarTasteful Tuesday
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk or milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as necessary. Add the buttermilk (or milk).
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup of the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. In another, place the chopped raisins and currants with the final cup of flour. Toss to coat.
  5. Combine the flour mixture with the fruit mixture, then slowly add into the butter mixture and beat until combined.
  6. Drop by the spoonful onto the prepared cookie sheet, allowing 2 inches between each cookie for spreading.
  7. Bake 13-15 minutes or until puffed and lightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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