BE THANKFUL–utensil holders

Fall is my very favorite season and I have asked a few of my favorite bloggers to share some of their fall favorites here with you.  I am so excited to have Jamie, Jodie and Jen from Eighteen 25 sharing a fun idea for sprucing up your Thanksgiving table decor with some adorable utensil holders as part of The Idea Room Fall Festival!

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Hi there! Jennifer, Jamie and Jodie from eighteen25 here today and we are so excited!
We love the Idea Room and we are so happy to be able to call Amy our friend. :)
We are so excited for fall to arrive! Here in Vegas the cooler weather can’t get here soon enough. There are so many things we love about fall. Some of our most favorite things are… pumpkin crunch bagels, yummy fall scents, focusing on gratitude and getting together for Thanksgiving dinner!
Today we want to share an idea that you can add to your Thanksgiving Dinner place settings…
BE thankful
u t e n s i l    h o l d e r s

• kraft colored or white cardstock
• be thankful sheet
- download black & white version HERE 
download gold version HERE
- download blue version HERE
• colored pencils
• sewing machine or adhesive

• print out the be thankful sheet (we printed the black & white onto kraft paper)
• cut in half (you might need to trim some off the sides too to make it even)
• if you printed the black & white… get to coloring, or put the kids to work (they’ll love getting to help decorate for the big dinner)
• otherwise, score and fold where the pattern ends
• stitch the sides together or adhere with a strong adhesive

• add your silverware (or lovely plastic-ware) and a napkin and it’s all ready for your guests to admire before digging in to those fluffy mashed potatoes.
We’d love for you to come visit us over on eighteen25.
You can check out some of our other fall ideas like…

and Our Handprint Turkey Family

Thanks so much for having us Amy!!
Thanks so much for joining us.  I just LOVE the girls from Eighteen 25.  They have an amazing site filled with some great projects and ideas.  I was able to get to know Jen and Jamie in person this past summer and am so glad that I did.  They are just as amazing in person as they are online!  If you have not checked out their site, you are missing out!  –Amy

GNO with Poppy Seed Projects and The Idea Room

As part of The Idea Room Fall Festival, I am excited to be able to share a fun evening I have coming up for YOU!  If you are local and are interested in attending a Girl’s Night Out Craft night, then you might want to check this out.  I am teaming up with the fabulous ladies over at Poppy Seed Projects who are hosting a fun night of crafting, chatting, treats and some fun giveaways and prizes!

I would love for you to come!  Due to space the number of spots available are limited.  So be sure to sign up quickly.  Registration is $5 which will cover the cost of all the supplies.  For complete details and instructions you can read more here.

Click Here to Register

If you are not local you can still join in on the fun.  Poppy Seed Projects is offering all of The Idea Room Readers a 10% discount on any of their craft kits.  Just use the code IDEAROOM.

I am also giving away one free spot which comes with a $30 gift certificate which can be used towards purchasing some kits to work on that night/and or take home with you.  Poppy Seed Crafts also has some fun finished projects that are available for purchase.  Here are just a few pictures of some of the fun things Poppy Seed Crafts has to offer!

To enter the giveaway for the$30 gift certficate simply leave a comment here on this post!

I hope to be able to meet some of you and be able to enjoy a fun Girls Night Out!

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Apple Cider Floats & Giveaway

This Giveaway is now CLOSED!

Thanks everyone for your patience.  The winner of the Our Best Bites Cookbook is number #190 Julie N.  Congratulations Julie.  Please email me at: [email protected].  You have 48 hours and then a new winner will be selected.



Fall is my very favorite season and I have asked a few of my favorite bloggers to share some of their fall favorites here with you.  I am so excited to have Sara from Our Best Bites sharing her recipe for Apple Cider Floats {a delicious twist to the regular apple cider drink} as part of The Idea Room Fall Festival!

Hello Hello all you Idea-Roomers! I’m so happy to be hanging out over here today on sweet Amy’s awesome blog. My name is Sara Wells and I co-author the food blog Our Best Bites with my good friend Kate Jones.

Kate and I both have a serious obsession with autumn in general, but especially with fall food. I love the smell of apples and warm spices brewing, hearty, savory soups simmering on the stove, and rustic home-baked breads in the oven. My only problem, is that where I live in Boise, Idaho, all of those amazing flavors of fall (and my desire to consume them) usually arrive well before the fall weather.

When I start seeing pumpkins and autumn wreaths in the stores, we’re still sporting shorts and flip flops and buying popsicles by the truck-load. To solve that little conundrum, let me introduce you to, the apple pie float. All of the yummy flavors of fall, but perfect for summer temperatures!

It starts with nice, thick apple cider. Use the good stuff!


Add in some ginger ale for a little fizz action, and then plop in a big ole’ scoop of vanilla ice cream.

We like to top ours with a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg and a little drizzle of caramel sauce.


The apple flavor in a good cider is out of this world, and when the ice cream starts melting and creating a creamy, frothy drink with bits of caramel and spice? Can’t beat it. So keep those flip-flops on, and enjoy every last drop of summer as you welcome in fall!

Apple Cider Floats from Our Best Bites


1 cup high quality apple cider (the thick stuff is best!)

1/2 cup ginger ale

1-2 scoops vanilla ice cream, or any seasonal flavor such as cinnamon or apple pie

ground cinnamon and nutmeg for sprinkling 1-2 tablespoons

jarred caramel sauce


Pour apple cider and ginger ale into a glass. Add vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle on nutmeg and cinnamon to taste and drizzle caramel sauce on top. Serve immediately with a straw and a spoon. Yields: one serving.

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Now, speaking of seasons, Kate and I actually released our second cook book this week and it’s called, "Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites."

This recipe is in there, along with over 150 of our other favorite things to make during the various seasons of the year. You can read about the book here.

Thanks so much Sara!  It has been so great to have you here sharing your amazing Apple Pie Floats!!  They look amazing!  Perfect for a party!  I was able to meet up with Sara and Kate just yesterday at their New Cook Book, Savoring the Seasons, Book Signing Event at Orson Gygi in Salt Lake.

our best bites book 1  our best bites book

Sara and Kate would love to give a copy away to an Idea Room reader! Isn’t that exciting?!

To enter simply leave a comment here, on this post, and tell us what your favorite "fall food" is. Happy Cooking!

*Disclaimer– This giveaway will end on September 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm MT. Giveaway is open to residents of the continental US.  The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize before a new winner is chosen. I was given a copy of Our Best Bites Cookbook to review, however all opinions and statements are mine.

Pumpkin Spice mini Donuts

Fall is my very favorite season and I have asked a few of my favorite bloggers to share some of their fall favorites here with you.  I am so excited to have Kristy from The Diary of DavesWife sharing her tutorial for Pumpkin Spice Mini Donuts as part of The Idea Room Fall Festival!

Hello Everyone! My name is Kristy.
But, you can just Call Me DavesWife.
You can read All about Me, at
A Place where I spill it ALL.
I am BEYOND thrilled to be here today for The Idea Room Fall Festival !
I absolutely ADORE this time of year, especially
the Smells, the Colors, and of COURSE the FOOD!
Today I have a Delightful Fall Treat that not only tastes like fall,
but looks and smells like it too!

These little pumpkins, are plump and moist and are only made with
2 Ingredients!!!
*But you Will need to have a mini donut baking pan,
or a mini donut maker to make these little cuties!
That’s it!!!  No Oil, No Eggs!  Just 1 15 oz. can of Pumpkin, and 1 Spice Cake Mix.
To make the Batter for your Donuts, Simply combine in a medium Bowl
and mix with an electric Mixer until combined.
Once it is nice and creamy,
I Like to put all of the batter into a large ziploc bag.
This way I can, cut off one end, and  use it like a frosting bag
and simply "pipe" my batter into my donut maker.
Cook for about 4-5 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack.
*if using a mini donut pan, bake at 325 degrees for about 8-10 minutes.
Once cooled, top with Orange Frosting, and insert a Mini Tootsie Roll as the stem.
To Make the Leaves I used a Wilton Sugar Sheet 
And cut the leaves and curly "Q"  with a pair of kitchen scissors.
These are DELICIOUS, and Addicting! I betcha can’t eat just one!
For More Recipes and other Creative ideas, make sure to visit Me at:

Don’t those donuts look so good?  Thanks so much for sharing them with us Kristy!  I love Kristy’s fun website.  She always has a lot of fun and cheerful projects.  Her site makes me feel happy.  And she is just as happy in person.  I was able to meet Kristy at the Snap Conference in April and really enjoyed her upbeat and cheerful personality!  Be sure to head on over to her site and check out all her creative projects.  You won’t be disappointed!  –Amy

How To Make A Wreath using corn tassels

Fall is my very favorite season and I have asked a few of my favorite bloggers to share some of their fall favorites here with you.  I am so excited to have Brooke from All Things Thrifty sharing her tutorial for How to Make a Wreath with Corn Tassels today.  Brooke officially kicks off The Idea Room Fall Festival!

Hello to The Idea Room readers! I LOVE THIS BLOG. Amy rocks. The end.

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My name is Brooke  and I normally blog over at All Things Thrifty where I post about my thrifty decorating addiction! Let me tell you a little about myself before we get going! In a nutshell, I grew up on a farm in Central Utah. I’m a mom of four little kiddos, and I love to decorate. My sisters, my mom, and I love to craft together, and the project I’m sharing with you today happens to be a wreath that my Sister Natalie made. I’m a super thrifty gal and I love to teach my tips and tricks. I’m telling ya peeps, sometimes the cheapest projects turn out the very best around my house. My favorite way to decorate my home is with ultra unique items that can’t be bought in any store. Come check out some of my furniture transformations, and you will see what I mean! I am thrilled to be part of Amy’s Fall Festival today, and I was super excited that she asked me to participate! Let’s get started!

This project most likely won’t cost you a dime to make.
You can’t beat FREE right!?!?

You will need:

A corn field {HA! yep, I said a corn field}


A plastic bag

A pool noodle {Summer is over so just use an old one you have laying around or go buy one for $1 or less}

Some duct tape.

*Before you to stalking through the corn field off in the boonies, please ask permission. :)

Step 1: Gather 4 bags full of corn tassels.   Scissors work great for this. The tassel is the very top of the corn stalk in case you didn’t know.

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Try your darndest to get tassels that are straight instead of tassels that spray all over the place.

corn wreath

Step 2: After you have a bag full of tassels, you need to make a pool noodle wreath by cutting it and duct taping it together. You can spray paint it if you want, but really no one will see the pool noodle once you are done.

corn tassel wreath  spray paint

Step 3: Divide your tassels into separate piles depending on their lengths. You can cut down your tassels if you need to.

corn tassel wreath

Step 4: Make a small hole in the noodle with the end of your scissors and slide in your tassel one at a time. Start at the back with your longest {and straightest} corn tassels.

Step 5: Continue layering your tassels into your pool noodle until it is full.

Corn wreath 1

The only thing that would make this wreath better is if it were MINE instead of my Sister’s. Don’t you think she should make me one? I think so.

corn wreath 2

I think a trio of corn tassel wreaths would be darling on my front door to celebrate FALL. I hope that you have enjoyed this fun {and more importantly basically FREE} idea, come visit me over at my blog! I would love to have you!

Brooke from All Things Thrifty

Brooke from All Things Thrifty

I LOVE this wreath! Thanks so much for sharing it with us today Brooke!  Maybe your sister wants to make a couple of extra ;)!  I am so excited to have Brooke here today.  I first met Brooke last October when I traveled to the Scentsy Headquarters with her.  I felt an instant connection with her!  I have always admired her amazing site where she shares her creative talent and genius.  Some of my favorite projects of hers are the following:


DIY Unique Turquoise Mirror


Re-Upholstered Chair


Etched Glass Table

She has so many great ideas and tutorials!  Be sure to head on over to her site and check out many of her other inspiring ideas!

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