Orchard Girls

Monday, September 29, 2014

Kenzie: Fall Decorations & Pumpkin Patch Fun!

Hello there! I've been slowly putting up some fall decorations, and I thought I'd share them with you. I didn't go crazy this year, I just put a few things out to get me in the spirit. I will just share it with you through pictures.

Dollar Store Autumn Garland

That's about it this year! Well, other than the 2 other candy bowls not pictured ;) Also, to get us in the spirit, we hit up the pumpkin patch this last weekend and had a blast! We took Benjamin, but it technically wasn't his first time there. We actually went last year while I was pregnant, but we didn't know yet! We think it will be a fun fall tradition for us.

I hope you all are able to get out and do something celebrating the beginning of fall! I know everyone says fall is their favorite time of the year, but it's definitely true for me :) Have a great week, everyone!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Easy Game Day Appetizers

We LOVE to watch the Seahawks + We don't have cable = CRISIS.
How does that work, you may ask? Well, we often go to my in-laws to watch the game, and today's game was no different. We were asked to bring an appetizer and here is what I came up with. 
Easy Game Day Appetizers
 These little bites of deliciousness were pretty easy to make, and I just whipped them together about 45 minutes before we had to go.
Appetizer One--Spinach and Artichoke Bites
10 oz chopped frozen spinach
1 can artichoke hearts
2/3 cup sour cream
8 oz cream cheese
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
12 sheets of fillo dough

Preheat oven to 375°F
Mix the chopped spinach, drained artichoke hearts and the sour cream together until fully combined.
Stir in the cream cheese, mayo, Parmesan cheese and garlic.
Fold 12 fillo sheets into rectangles and gently place into muffin tins while carefully shaping excess dough.
Scoop about 1 - 1 1/2 Tbsp of the mixture into the formed fillo cups
Bake for about 20-30 minutes. Serve warm.
Appetizer Two--Lasagna Bites
Okay, for this one you can get creative! I had made a Lasagna the previous night for dinner. We had A LOT of leftovers, so Daniel and I thought, why not make them into little bite sized appetizers? SCORE! These were so delicious, and I actually liked them better than the Spinach and Artichoke ones. 
Preheat oven to 375
Using a few fillo sheet rectangles // place gently into muffin tins (like above)
Scop about 1-1 1/2 Tbsp of the leftovers (lasagna, in my case) into the formed fillo cups
Bake for about 10-15 minutes. (since your leftovers have already been cooked you're basically just cooking the fillo cups and re-heating your leftovers. They turn out delicious!
Easy Game Day Appetizers
What's your favorite go-to game day appetizer to share with friends? Leave a comment down below! Thanks for stopping by. [[GO SEAHAWKS!!!]]

Friday, September 19, 2014

Home Exterior Mood Board

Happy Friday, everyone! I'm so excited because our house is being painted! Yay! Before, it was a fleshy pink color with dark brown trim. Not exactly our style. It has gotten me in the mood to think about the whole exterior of the house. I don't want to spend a fortune fixing it up right now, but I'm sure I will make a few changes once the painting is finished. Plus, it's a great time to add accessories because a lot of lawn and patio things are on sale now!

Here's the little mood board I created. It's definitely for more of the bigger picture, but it gives me a good starting point. Figured I would share it with you all!
1. The trim color. Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore.
2. The body of the house color. Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore.
3. The door color. Balsam by Benjamin Moore.

I'm sure we will post pictures of the house once the painting is all complete. It will awesome to see the before and after transformation!

I hope you all had a great week & have an even better weekend! It's starting to feel like fall around here and I'm ready to start hitting up the pumpkin patches :)

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