Orange, Chicken and Walnut Salad

Sweet and salty tastes make this protein packed salad satisfying and delicious

The Secret to Better Tasting Coffee

Make better tasting coffee - no sugary syrups required!

DIY Pretend Doctor Kit

Make a functional pretend doctor kit for your favorite little ones.

Farm Girl Apron Tutorial

Turn old jeans into a cute gardening apron with this tutorial.

Wine Cork Pendants

Turn used wine corks into cute charms.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

25 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes You Have to Try

Cooking with pumpkin has become a bit of an art form over the last 10 or so years, particularly in this age of pinnable photos.  People have been cooking with pumpkin for decades (honesty, probably much longer than that, but I don't know for sure, so we will go with decades), but I am always amazed at the many recipes using pumpkin.  There are so many creative and interesting recipe combinations featuring pumpkin!    

I have assembled a wonderfully diverse group of tasty pumpkin recipes!  There is something for everyone here!  Dessert, breakfast, snack-time, dinner.  Pumpkin for every occasion.  This is your new go-to for all pumpkin recipes!  So many tasty and fun things!  

Happy Cooking! 

Pumpkin Granola Recipe
from To Simply Inspire

Pumpkin Crepes with Cheesecake Filling
from Everyday Reading

Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes
from MomEndeavors

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt
from The Rebel Chick

Pumpkin Spice Scones
from Honey and Birch

Great Harvest Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
from The Idea Room

Pumpkin Cornbread with Cinnamon Honey Butter
from Valerie's Kitchen

Pumpkin Squash Risotto
from An Italian in my Kitchen

Creamy Bacon & Pumpkin Soup 
from Passion for Savings

Slow Cooker Turkey Pumpkin Chili Mexicana
from All Four Burners

Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce
from Honey and Birch

Savory Pumpkin Lentil Tacos
from Strength and Sunshine

Pumpkin Hazelnut Pie
from Valerie's Kitchen

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
from Passion for Savings

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter
from The Idea Room

Black and White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
from Everyday Reading

Pumpkin Cake and Recipe
from Creative Green Living

Spiced Pumpkin Roll
from HappyHourProjects

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
from The Idea Room

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow
from Sally's Baking Addiction

Pumpkin Maple Donuts
from Honey Bear Lane

Pumpkin Pie Brownies
from Healthy Seasonal recipes

Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies
from Everyday Reading

Crumb-topped pumpkin cheesecake
from The County Cottage Chic

About the Curator: 

Landen runs Measure and Whisk, a cooking blog with a focus on real food. She is a firm believer that quality is superior to quantity, and prefers small amounts of good food over large quantities of cheap food. Deeply disappointed in cheap bacon, she prefers to buy $6 bacon less frequently. Because of this, she typically cooks vegetarian meals for her family.    

Her blog also features photos of her baby, Fox, and suggestions on how to live an eco-friendly and minimalist life, both in and out of the kitchen. Follow her on Pinterest and Instagram for beautiful food photos and pictures of baby Fox.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Lead in Vintage Pyrex: So What?

photo by Emily Carlin. See the original here.

I grew up using (what are now considered) vintage pyrex bowls and dishes. In fact, my mom and grandmother both owned a set of the same colorful nesting bowls shown above. 

My whole life, these have been my very favorite bowls to use. I learned how to cook eggs in a microwave in the little blue one. I've made a hundred batches or more of muffins, cookies, and pancake batter in the big yellow one. 

Here is picture of me with my mom making a pie crust in the green one:

Monday, October 5, 2015

Make Friendly Upcycled Flower Pot Spiders

This post is brought to you by FolkArt Paint.

Have you started decorating for Halloween yet? Plaid Crafts recently asked me to use some of their FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint to whip up some budget friendly Halloween decor. To meet their challenge, I decided to transform some flower pots into adorable spiders. This is a perfect way to repurpose used terracotta pots (just wash them first!) - or if needed you can pick up some new ones at your local craft store or dollar store for less than $1 each!

The great thing about the FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint is that not only can you use it on everything from wood to pottery to glass and more - but it is super durable, too! This means that these decorations will resist both moisture and rust so you can leave them outside without worries. Of course the greenie in me loves that it's a non-toxic water based formula - so no stinky smells or VOCs to pollute the air in my home.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

{Recipe} Caramel Apple Crepes

Fall is such a lovely time of the year!  The churchyard down the street from me is selling pumpkins, my morning walk is cool and almost crisp, and the internet is gearing up for fall.  My contribution may not be huge, but it is delicious!

Crêpes are great for special occasions, and for everyday eating.  If you haven't made them before, they are quite simple (about as easy as pancakes), but they add a greater sophistication to your meal than pancakes, I think.  These caramel apple crepes are so festive and fun for the holidays! Perfect for a weekend breakfast or a tasty post-dinner treat!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to Make a DIY Standing Desk Add-On

Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia and I'm back with a great solution for anybody who's on the computer a lot. (Which is pretty much all of us, am I right?) My blog and design business keep me chained to my desk most of the day, and I know it's not great for my general health to sit, sit, sit. I've been pondering the idea of a standing desk for a while, but I didn't want to toss the perfectly good piece of furniture I already had. Sometimes it's good to sit, like when I'm sewing, so I wanted something I could ADD to my desk when I needed to stand and ixnay the back pain. And then I thought about the cool snack tray my mom had when I was a kid and boom! Solution.

Friday, September 18, 2015

25 Healthy & Delicious Soup Recipes for Fall

I am a huge fan of soup and I make it year round, rain or shine, 100+ degrees or not.  It is nourishing, delicious and a super easy way to pack in the vegetables.  

I love how it can be silky smooth, straight out of the blender, or have delightful chunks of tasty meat and vegetables.  Basically soup is my perfect meal, especially because it can come in all shapes and sizes. 

There is nothing cozier than a chilly fall evening complete with warm socks and a piping hot soup.  That is autumn perfection, in my book.  

Thursday, September 17, 2015

DIY Desktop Essential Oil Display Shelf from a Picture Frame

This post brought to you by Wayfair.

Do you diffuse essential oils in your office or home? I love having my diffuser going - especially at night in my bedroom and in my office while I'm working. After a while, though, it's easy for your counter or desktop to get cluttered with the little bottles of oil. This situation was the inspiration for my craft challenge from Wayfair.

Wayfair recently asked me if I wanted to participate in a Craft Swap Challenge (um, yes!). Each blogger who signed up was sent one of four inexpensive items from Wayfair and you craft it up and send it to a secret partner. 

I was assigned Kristin of Modish and Main. I poked around on her site and in her social media feeds to get an idea of her style so I could make something she would love. I saw that she likes to use essential oils and I thought it would be fun to transform the Malden Driftwood Linear Picture Frame I was sent into a little essential oil stand to keep her desk or dresser neat and tidy when using a diffuser.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

10 Quick Tips for Helping Your Baby Learn to Love Fruits & Veggies

how to get your kids to eat fruits and veggies
Baby A loves to eat vegetables straight from the garden!

As the mom of two kids who actually eat vegetables (and like them - most of the time), I am often asked how the heck this happens:

Yes, that really is my baby. And yes, he really did eat almost that whole plate of vegetables. He had beets, olives, peas, cucumbers, baby tomatoes, zucchini shreds, garbanzo beans, croutons and carrot shreds (he left most of the carrot shreds).

I have another post coming up about how to help older kids eat veggies without a fight - but today I'm going to start with tips aimed at pregnant moms and moms of babies - because a big part of how food is a non-issue in our home is because we are very strategic about how we handle their first experiences with food.

If you don't have a baby, that's ok! We will have Part 2 later this week to share ways to help big kids (and even the "very veggie averse") get their veg on!
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Build a Garden or Tool Shed from Recycled Doors

We are in the process of selling our townhouse and buying, what I think I will refer to as, "The Farmhouse" (although stay tuned on that one). All that to say, I anticipate the possibility of removing some doors from our new home and I think this project would be a great way to reuse them! 

Please note, if you are removing doors from your pre-1970 built home, you should absolutely test them for lead (these 3M Lead Check swabs are easy to use and don't require bringing the door anywhere or paying someone to come to your house)


  • Concrete
  • Lumber
  • Old Doors
  • Saw
  • Brackets
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Roofing material
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Monday, September 7, 2015

How to Make a Chrysanthemum Style Sunburst Mirror with Plastic Spoons

I have been working on this project for what feels like forever. Perhaps because I started it a year ago and then hung it on my wall (unfinished) to get it out of the way. And then I finished it this week. Finally. Two weeks before I move to a totally new house. Ha!

The move was my incentive to finally get this thing finished. Since I worked so hard on my dining room makeover and since I'm moving away from said dining room in two weeks I figured I had better actually finish it if I want nice pictures, eh? Ain't no minute like the very last minute.


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