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DIY Faux Wedding Cake



I know for some of you its still a little early to be thinking about Halloween, but I wanted to share an early DIY just in case you need time to make one of your own.




Halloween is a big deal at our house every year. Around July I start thinking about themes and how I plan to deck out our historical home for the season. I try to do something a bit different each year to change things up, but still not break the bank.




This year at Welch House there will be a spooky wedding reception taking place in the dining room, and of course that calls for a wedding cake. We may even see the "jilted bride" roaming about.





I wanted to created a gorgeous, elegant yet creepy cake for my "jilted bride" and not spend a ton of money or have to actually bake a real one!





I started off  by finding three different sizes of round hat boxes at the thrift store for five dollars. This is going to be my "cake". To start off,  I hot glued each box one on top of the other.


Next I went hunting through my kitchen cabinets to find a cake stand. I chose this hobnail black stand since it is a going to be a  Halloween prop and we are wanting things a bit spooky. I put tinfoil down around the bottom of my "cake" so that after I ice it I can just pull the tinfoil out with no mess.






The next item that you will need is the "icing". For this I went upstairs to the bathroom that we are working on, and scooped out a bowlful of lightweight joint compound from its bucket. Now this is important, if you are wanting to make your cake to set out all year long and look pretty, you need to use all-purpose joint compound. I chose to use the light weight compound because we already had it.  As it dries it forms cracks, which is the look that I was going for. My wedding cake is supposed to appear as though its been sitting around for ages. Also I have heard that you can also buy small buckets of it at the Dollar Tree.





To ice the cake was simple! I used a regular butter knife and just fluffed and swirled the mud into soft peaks. The joint compound texture was exactly like icing.










For the cake topper you can get really creative and do just about anything, faux flowers, ravens, skeleton couple..ect. I decided to use a vintage topper that I found thrifting a few months ago. It features two doves, vintage flowers and even a set of fake bridal rings! I love it so much!





I love the simplicity of my wedding cake, but you could make it much much more fancy. I decided to add a very subtle line of pearls around the bottom of each layer. 





After a few hours my icing began to crack which just enhances the spooky vibe. After it dried, I perched a few black spider rings on my cake.





I absolutely love how it turned out, and it was super easy! Anyone can do it! This whole cake was well under ten dollars for me to make, which is a total win in my book!





I hope our "bride" approves. You will be seeing more of her in the upcoming weeks.




If you decide to create your own faux cake I would love to see it! My Instagram is @larissa_jenkins you can always tag me on there and I will feature you in my stories! I love seeing all of your creations!




Thank you for visiting!


-Larissa

Between the Seasons Bedroom Decor



Early September can often be a challenging  time for decor, with the first day of fall not until September 23rd, a lot of people are not ready to bring out their pumpkins and go full on with their fall decor. If you happen to be one of those people who are not yet ready for the fall season, but would like some between the seasons transitional decor ideas, you are in luck today!




I am joining an awesome group of bloggers today for a "Transitioning from Summer to Fall" blog hop hosted by my amazing friend Amber at Follow The Yellow Brick Home. If you are just coming over from Lora Bloomquist I would like to welcome you to my home!






The weather is already getting much cooler in my neck of the woods and that makes me want to cozy up my bedroom for the upcoming fall and winter months.





The  very first thing that I usually gravitate towards to give my home a cozier vibe is this amazing tapestry. Although it can be used anytime of the year, I always seem to pull it out during the fall and winter months.  I love the warm tones and the gorgeous scenery.






I have literally used this tapestry in almost all areas of my home, from the kitchen nook, dining room, hallway and now my bedroom. Its very versatile and I'm loving it here in my bedroom behind my bed.





I have found that with this tapestry you either love it or you hate it, theres really no in between with people. In my case its definitely LOVE!






I also swap out my floral bedding for a soft blush pink comforter.






I love pillows and I like to showcase the ones that mean the most to me, such as this intricate ribbon rose pillow from a dear IG friend.





See the pretty ruffles on the pillows? Its the small things that make me happy.




Another item that I reach for during this transitioning time of year is this amazing crocheted blanket. My sister gave this to me years ago and I use it all year long.





During the cooler months I like it on my bed.






Another small change that I made this year was switching out my curtains. In the spring I put up some beautiful white panels in this bedroom.




I decided to switch back to my favorite blush pink curtains for this season. They feel cozier against the charcoal walls and add a feeling of warmth.





I'm thinking as winter approaches I may buy some velvet panels for this room.





Candlelight is a must in my home year round, but especially during this time. It is so nice to open the windows at night, cuddle up in my crochet blanket and watch the candlelight dance around the room. Seriously its the best!




I recently was gifted this amazing painting from my very sweet IG friend Stacy. You can find her gorgeous account at @shabbystacy on Instagram.





I decided to change up my bedroom mantel and use the painting as the focal point.





Old worn books, fresh roses and candlelight make a pretty display.




I'm loving the rich jewel tones of the painting and the stunning gold antique frame.





These are just a few ways the I transition my home from summer to fall. I hope you got some ideas for your own home. Next up is Rosemary and Thyme






Thank you so much for visiting!


-Larissa







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Homemade Banana Bread

As we inch towards the end of August and closer to fall, I start wanting to bake a bit more. The weather here in Iowa is so nice and the nights are getting cooler, we actually have lows in the 50's this week.
The house is feeling more cozy and that puts me in the mood to bake.

Today I'm going to share a recipe for Banana bread with you. Whenever I bake this bread it always brings me back to a special time in my life. 

When we first moved to Iowa almost 6 years ago we didn't immediately move into our house. We actually lived at a hotel here in town for a couple of months while we worked on our home to get it more "move in ready".  My little boy was four months old and I was enjoying being a brand new mother.  It was definitely a big transition for me to become a mother, purchase our dream home and also have to move an hour and a half away from my family. I had never been away from my family before, so I was a bit homesick at times.





Every morning the hotel receptionist would bring in a fresh batch of homemade banana bread for breakfast. It was beyond delicious!  It sounds silly, but eating this banana bread actually brought me some comfort from being so homesick. 


The receptionist got so many compliments on this bread that she actually kept copies of it behind the counter to give out to travelers when they asked for the recipe.  I would like to share it with you today.






Banana Bread

1 3/4 cups of flour

1 1/2 cups of sugar

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt




2 large bananas mashed, or three small

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon whipping cream NOT cool whip

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla



Note: this recipe does not double well





First I peeled my very ripe bananas. I actually used four because that's what I had.





I mashed mine up with a fork.






Next I mixed together all of the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.






Then in a large bowl I combined the mashed bananas and all of the remaining ingredients.






 Now add your dry ingredients to the banana mixture.







I mixed it all together by hand.





Next spray your pan well with cooking spray. I used a regular metal loaf pan, but the lady that gave me the recipe actually used a silicone bundt pan.





 I plan on getting a silicone bundt pan as well for when I make this recipe in the future. The bread comes out really nice and and looks so pretty when sliced.





Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour, until top springs back when touched.









Its done!




I prefer to let let my loaf completely cool before I eat it. Its actually best to bake it the night before, let it cool overnigt and serve the next morning for the best flavor.






The bread was always already cooled when I ate it at the hotel and the flavor was delicious. I also like to cover my bread with foil while it cools so it becomes very moist.






Now enjoy a slice or two!




I hope you enjoyed this post. Making this bread always brings me back to that happy, transitioning  time in my life when my little boy was a baby.  I hope you enjoy it as well and maybe it will become a new favorite!


-Larissa