Friday, October 23, 2020

Friday favorites

 Happy Friday friends!

I hope your week was well and I hope you got to do some fun things. 

I didn't get around to posting this week as much as I would like to have. I typically post Monday through Friday like clockwork, but I was so busy with work this week that it had to take a backseat. Sometimes I really stress about it, but I just need to remind myself that I am doing all that I can do, and that it is OK.

But, Friday favorites is one of my favorite posts to do, and judging by your feedback, it is one of yours too.

If you are new here, just a reminder to click on the BOLD type words to take you to the products.

Serena & Lily is having a rare 20% off sale. If there's anything you've wanted from them, buy it now!

Here are a few things I am loving from them.

I have had my eye on this rug for a while now. The texture is so yummy.

This pillow is fabulous and will go with anything.

I use this for a hamper in my daughters room and I have one in the living room for extra blankets, love it!

I really need to find a spot for this hanging chair.

This pendant light would be so great over a kitchen island or kitchen table. Comes in two colors.

Buying this candle for winter.

I usually burn this one and this one, but I'd love to try a new one!

This citrus and birch one looks so good too!

Have you seen these dog beds? I am dying, so so good!

Love these ways to decorate with nature for the holidays.

Can you tell I have Christmas on my mind?

xoxo, Melaine 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

rustic sheet pan vegetables

 This Thanksgiving will look a little different than most.

But one thing will remain.

Good food and family, always.

I have an easy and delicious recipe for you today.

These rustic sheet pan vegetables are super easy to make and will make for a great side dish with your Thanksgiving turkey.

You will need:

Brussel Sprouts, washed, trimmed, and cut in half.

1 acorn squash cut into 1" thick slices

1 cup fresh cranberries

good olive oils

salt & pepper.

Mix the brussel sprouts, squash, and cranberries in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil making sure to coat them all. Season with salt and pepper.

Roast in a 450 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, flipping once halfway through baking. 

You can serve straight from your baking sheet or from a dish of your choice.

It's the perfect Fall side dish for all.

Please pin for easy reference back later!

13 of The Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts with Bacon - The Happy Housie

Purple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe - My 100 Year Old Home

Gnocchi with Squash and Walnuts in a Sage Butter Sauce - Lemon Grove Lane

Fall Spiced Whiskey Sour - Modern Glam

Easy and Flavorful Stuffed Mushroom Recipe - Twelve On Main

Caramel Apple Pie Recipe - Jennifer Maune

Zucchini Casserole Recipe - Happy Happy Nester

Dairy-Free Green Bean Casserole - Zevy Joy

Easy Classic Thanksgiving Stuffing - Rooms For Rent

Southern Style Green Beans - A Blue Nest

Rustic Sheet Pan Vegetables - My Sweet Savannah

Homemade Orange Cranberry Sauce - Finding Lovely

Becker Family Macaroni & Cheese - Sincerely, Marie

xoxo, Melaine 

Monday, October 19, 2020

cinnamon bun bars

 I have another quick and easy Fall recipe for you today!

These cinnamon bun bars have quickly become a family favorite and once you try them, you will see why.

These are the sister version to my Pumpkin Pie bars which you can find here.

They are ooey, gooey, and sticky sweet, and are a fun alternative to the cinnamon roll.

Think pecan pie meets the cinnamon roll.

The crust is flakey and buttery with cinnamon goodness oozing out. 

The cinnamon filling tastes like a warm burnt brown sugar with hints of cinnamon and cloves.

The perfect pairing.

Cinnamon Bun Bars

Yield: 12
Author: Melaine Thompson
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 40 Min


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 10 ounce jar Trader Joes Cinnamon Bun spread


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Lightly spray an 8 by 8 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter or two forks. When the butter is cut into small pea sized flour coated crumbs, add the egg and stir to bring the dough together. Use clean hands if needed. The dough will be crumbly.
  4. Divide the dough in half and press one half into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  5. Spread the cinnamon bun spread in an even layer over the dough, then crumble the remaining dough on top.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until the top is light golden brown. Cool completely and then cut into bars.
Created using The Recipes Generator

These would be great for Thanksgiving as well because they taste almost even better the next day.
Pin this image so you can come back and easily reference this recipe!

xoxo, Melaine 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Friday favorites

 Weeeeee made it!

One week closer to 2021. That is how I am looking at it these days.

This week has been crazy busy so it has flown by. I am super excited for the weekend. 

We are going to the pumpkin patch with my niece and nephews twin boys who are 1 years old.

Visiting with my sister in law who will be here from Texas, and working on some projects around the house.

Ok, this week I have found so much fun stuff.

Ok, in the beauty {for lack of a better word} category:

This hair serum has saved my hair. Literally, I have frizzy hair and struggle with keeping it smooth. I have fine hair, but a lot of it. If you struggle with this like I do, this might be the miracle product for you as well. 

Just ordered these and am anxiously awaiting them! 

These boots are dreamy, in ivory snake.

These tennis shoes are great too. 

Home decor category!

Loving these oversized white vases.

This pitcher is perfect for the modern farmhouse. Would also be a great vase for flowers.

This is a beautiful inexpensive rug.

Still love this dining chair.

Target has my favorite Christmas tree back in stock!! You guys if you need a small {ish} tree, run, don't walk, and grab this! You will LOVE it! Seriously, how cute is it, and for the price it is very realistic looking.

I myself cannot wait to start decorating for the holidays. I have a new spot for our tree this year and I think it is going to be great!

Happy weekend, I hope you do something relaxing, fulfilling, and downright fun.

xoxo, Melaine 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

DIY stay warm and cozy pinecone fire starters

 When I was a kid, every year I would make a homemade Christmas present for family members. 

My dad showed me at a young age how to make these fire starters, and I have been making them ever since. 

We would go out to the yard and gather up pinecones. Then I would go into his wood shop and collect sawdust. Finally, I would melt down any old candles for the wax. Then I would package them up and give them as gifts!

 I tweaked this "recipe" a bit from the original one I did as a kid, adding essential oils and salt instead of sawdust. I also bought wax as I didn't have any candles to melt down.

Read on to see how you can make them too. Be sure to pin any images so you can easily reference this later.

Here are the materials needed for this project:








If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time you will know that I like to give my dinner guests something to take home with them. 

It doesn't have to be big or extravagant. It can be a piece of chocolate wrapped up beautifully. 

This year for Thanksgiving {you could use this idea throughout the winter months} I am gifting everyone a homemade fire starter. 

I actually use these still to this day.

Even though we have a gas fireplace indoors, they are very helpful when starting fires in the fire pit. 

The added tag is just a warm reminder for your guests.


You will need to melt your wax in a double broiler. Basically it is just one big pot filled halfway with water and another sitting inside with wax in it. Don't rush this, you can slowly melt it. I get my wax pans at the thrift store so I can toss them or save them specifically for crafts afterwards.

Once your wax starts to melt you can add your essential oils. I did a combination of clove, cinnamon, and orange. You can also skip this step if you want them unscented.A good rule of thumb for these oils is to add 1/2 teaspoon per quart of melted wax.

Using tongs, dip the pinecone into the hot wax. Set on foil to cool slightly. 

Repeat this step, then sprinkle on salt while the wax is still hot so it sticks.

That is it!

Preparing the boxes:

When your pinecones are done you can prepare your boxes. 

I cut the main flap off the box and taped the two sides inside the box as to have an open top.

With a glue stick, add a "stay cozy and warm" label one side. 

Then I filled with a bit of Spanish moss and added my finished pinecone.

Place at each place setting for your guests to take home!

Here is the free printable I created for you to use.

I had mine printed at a copy center onto card stock, but you can print them from home as well.
Simply save the image to your computer and print. Use a paper cutter when cutting for very straight edges. 

If you would like to see more Thanksgiving place card ideas, click on any of the images below. 

11 Beautiful Place Cards For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Place Card Printables // Modern Glam

Dried Orange Thanksgiving Place Cards // Paint Me Pink

Dinner Place Cards Tutorial - Mini Wreaths // Happy Happy Nester

Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards & Gift Tags // The Ginger Home

How to Use Place Cards to Set a Thanksgiving Table // My 100 Year Old Home

DIY Painted Leaf Place Cards // Lolly Jane

Easy Thanksgiving Place Cards // Rooms For Rent

Gold Leaf Thanksgiving Place Cards // Jennifer Maune

Cookie Thanksgiving Place Cards // Twelve On Main

Thanksgiving Treat Bag Place Cards // Tatertots & Jello

DIY Stay Warm & Cozy Pinecone Fire Starters // My Sweet Savannah 

xoxo, Melaine 

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