Orchard Girls

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin M&M Cookies!

Happy day before Halloween, everyone! Can you believe that I received a KitchenAid Stand Mixer for my Birthday (in JULY!) and haven't used it once?! I think I've been a little intimidated by it, and having a brand new baby made baking seem like such a hassle. I finally decided to use it today to make these delicious Pumpkin M&M Cookies!
I used my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that I shared with you all last year (it's our favorite!). I just substituted M&Ms because we seriously have a bunch left over from our huge Costco sized variety pack. I figured you could use any kind of leftover candy you had! I was tempted to use peanut butter cups, but those are just too delicious by themselves :)

These are very cakey cookies, which is a nice change sometimes. They aren't super pumpkin-y, so if you're not a huge fan of pumpkin, you might still like these. Give them a try! They're super easy, I promise- especially if you use a stand mixer ;)
Have a great day! And have a fun & safe Halloween tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Easiest DIY Baby and Toddler Leggings in 10 Minutes

I am so excited about this project! This is seriously the easiest sewing project and so incredibly practical. We're talking about taking a pair of women's knee high socks, and turning them into baby/toddler leggings. Say what? No joke. How am I just now finding this out? The best part of this project is that socks come in so many different colors and can have some really fun patterns and designs. I got all of my socks at Target in the women's department. Most of them were on clearance for $1.75 (originally $2.50). The pair below was $4.00, but they are a nice knitted pair with the cute buttons! Alright, let's get started...
The EASIEST DIY Baby and Toddler Leggings in 10 Minutes
The EASIEST DIY Baby and Toddler Leggings in 10 Minutes
DIY Leggings paired with Freshly Picked Camo Moccasins
Supplies Needed:
-Pair of adult size knee high socks (could use kid knee high socks for baby leggings)
-3/4" Non-Roll Elastic
-Sewing Machine
-Coordinating color thread

Step 1- Take your socks and cut the "toe" part off of each sock (in a straight line)
Step 2- Cut a straight light along the bottom of the sock, toward the heal and stop about the middle of the heal (about six inches) on each sock.
Step 3- Turn one sock tube inside-out and put the other sock (right side out) tube in that sock and match it up (which will leave you with both "right" sides together)
Step 4- Pin the open part like pictured above and using a zig-zag stitch, sew along the pins (which sews the legs together) I sewed over these piece twice, to ensure it was secure.
Step 5- Now we will work on the waistband. Measure your toddler's waist with your non roll elastic and put it around your opening of the pants, wrap it around the waist part of the pants and overlap a small piece of the elastic and 
Step 6- Cover the elastic with the top of the pants by folding over the top of the pants with a tiny bit extra which is what you will sew. Overlap a small portion of the elastic and zig-zag stitch it together (be sure to do this part at one of the seams already created at the front or back of the waist)
Step 7- Using the zig-zag stich again, sew along the entire waist. I went around twice, again, just to make sure it doesn't come undone. Pictured below is what the finished waistband should look like. 
That's it, you're all done, and have created your own leggings out of a pair of socks! Good Job :) My first pair took me closer to 20 minutes, but after you do it once or twice, and get familiar with it, you can do it in half that time. Here are a few pictures of them on Adeline.
The EASIEST DIY Baby and Toddler Leggings in 10 Minutes
The EASIEST DIY Baby and Toddler Leggings in 10 Minutes
I've made a handful of these already, and plan to be on the hunt for socks with some fun designs on them, to make even more! Give this super easy DIY a try, and if you do, let me know how they turn out. Feel free to ask any questions down below in the comment section and I will do my best to answer them. Have a great evening!
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Friday, October 24, 2014

October 2014 IKEA Haul!

Hey everyone! So last time I went to visit my family is the Seattle area, we hit up IKEA! It's pretty much the one place we have to go whenever we get a chance to head that direction. We picked up a few things and I decided to share with you guys. No furniture items, just decorative. They have some really nice new stuff out though, so maybe someday soon we can replace a few older pieces of furniture!

First off, I picked up 2 sets of their Matilda curtains. Kayla had a set of these curtains in Simon's nursery, and I really liked them! We had some cheaper sheer white curtains before, but these ones add more interest with the delicate detail.
We recently removed the fluorescent lighting in our kitchen. We've been needing some new lighting, and found some really nice pendants (Renarp pendant lamp). Unfortunately, they didn't have have any more in stock, so we had to order them online which was a pain in the booty. Their shipping is pretty expensive. I just love the hardware on these.
I've been wanting a clock for Ben's nursery. I usually feed Benjamin in there, and I often find myself looking for the time so I know when to next feed him. I picked up this cute black framed clock.
Next are just a few smaller things I saw and liked. Some silicon baking cups (which I can't find online), teacup (without handles) candles, and white planters
Last but not least is a fail item. We purchased a king size Honsbar down comforter for our bed. We actually own a queen size bed, but the full/queen comforters are just a tad too small. Anyway, we finally splurged for a king size and are so disappointed. This thing stinks. Like literally stinks. We had it in our bedroom and I thought something smelled off. Then Adam came in and said "it smells like something is rotting in here." It was the comforter! So I took it off and washed it 2 more times (exactly as the instructions direct) and it still smells bad. We will be taking it back. Not that you can see anything, but here is was while it was on our bed.
And that's it! Have you picked up any new items from IKEA recently? Anything you are eyeing for next time?

Hope you all have a nice weekend! I think we are just staying home, which sounds wonderful. We've been doing things every weekend for the last little bit, and I think we all need some good R&R together. Talk to you soon!

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