Pinning with Purpose | Week 11

So, how was your week!? I actually got some stuff accomplished myself. The one ahead looks rough though. I guess we'll see. Before diving into this week's Pinning with Purpose, let me thank Jenna from The Painted Apron for both her contribution of her Octoberfest Tablescape as well as her Sausage and Veggie Smoked Gouda Pie.
Octoberfest Beer Garden Tablescape
Sausage, Spinach, & Peppers Smoked Gouda Pie
For those of you wondering what this Pinning with Purpose thing is, never fear. . .here are the details: each week, I pick out a few pins from my Pinterest boards and try to recreate them or use them for inspiration. And, I challenge you to do the same. Find a pin that gets your creative juices going; be it a craft tutorial, recipe, style inspiration, or organizational tip and run with it. I encourage you to share your results on your blog and then link it up here. I do ask that if you are going to link up here, that you mention it on your blog with a link back.  As well, if you want to pin anything seen here, please make sure you go to the original post to do it.

As a reminder, here's what I was supposed to work on last week:
Garlic Roasted Cauliflower from SkinnyTaste
Dollar Store Floral Wire Pumpkins from Mad in Crafts
And, how did those work for me? Well. . .
The garlic roasted cauliflower was okay. The added steps of toasting bread crumbs and whatnot was a bit much for me. As well, I would have liked just the garlic and cauliflower roasted without all those crumbs on top. Maybe a little of the grated parm would be good, but I could have done without the breadcrumbs. Lesson learned. If you like a little something crunchy on your veggies, by all means go for it. It just wasn't for me.

The wire pumpkins on the other hand. . .they were easy peasy.
I found the wire in four different colors at my local Dollar Tree but went with the gold and the green. They seemed the most fall-like. Oh, and the little gold twist-ties holding the wire on the packaging are great for holding the wire together in the center of your pumpkin too.
The hardest part of the whole processes was spotting and deciding on a cylinder to wrap the wire around.
After that, it was a breeze to make a couple of pumpkins for my Fall decor. These really took minutes to  make.
And, they look even great next to the fru-fru pumpkin in my foyer.

As for what I'll be working on next week. I already told you the one ahead looks rough, so I went easy on myself again.
I hope you've found something inspiring on Pinterest too and will share what you've made.


  1. Thanks Hope!! I just made something with Asiago cheese and it was sooo good, I'm sorry you didn't like it in the bread crumbs on your cauliflower~ Your pumpkins turned out great!! And I can't believe you got that wire at the $ store, I never seem to find anything good in those places! Great creations!

    1. Jenna, I have to admit that I didn't even use the asiago, just some plain old parmesan because I have a block of it in my fridge at all times. Aren't those pumpkins great? And they're sooooooo easy! I personally LOVE the dollar store. I often hit there before anywhere else when looking for a supply because of the price. I can be a bit frugal and you never know what they'll have the next time you pop in there. Thanks so much for linking up once again! :)

  2. My mom used to take so much time and care to boil the cauliflower to get it slightly soft, then dip each piece in egg and bread crumbs and stand by the stove watching them fry, turning them over and over to get each side brown. I used to do the same until I later in life discovered that you can just take raw cauliflower tossed with olive oil and salt, put it on a baking sheet and cook it on 400 for 30 min. The taste is just as good without all the extra calories. Sometimes I'll sprinkle on some parm or a few bread crumbs for a little extra flavor. I can't be left alone with it because I'll eat the whole batch. :-)

    1. Lorraine, I don't think I've ever had fried cauliflower. I grew up eating it boiled/steamed and that was about it. I still love the stuff though. Roasting it like you do is my favorite way to make it also. I'll pretty much roast anything. It's crazy how a little olive oil and some time in a hot oven will make some plain ole veggies so divine! :)

  3. Those wire pumpkins look cool! I would do it just for abstract knick-knack decor and add some shiny beads to 'em. :)

    1. Ooohhh, how did I not even think about adding beads to them!? That's an awesome idea. I may have to play around with that when I get a little time. Thanks Jill! :)

  4. Hey Hope,
    Those pumpkins are the cutest. I am def gonna have to try them.. The dollar store is GREAT. lol Have a great week.


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