(it’s time to) Kiss Summer Goodbye

Lots of people would argue – myself included – that autumn in Cedar Rapids can be absolute heaven on earth. This year we have had phenomenal leaf colors, moderate temperatures and glorious sun filled, whirly-twirly windy days. We all love that!

BUT – I decided to do just one more “summertime” post. These are some images that remind me of summer colors and summer energy, so I’ll just share them with you before I get ready to order up my October pumpkin flavored latte.

Enjoy the sights!


How can you tell  this is not a  photo of me?

Right – I don’t own tennis shoes, but I do have about 40 paint decks!

Below are “summer ” colored night-light tables.  Aren’t they (ahem) just a blast!?

Cupcakes are craved all year long, right? But these colors and the confetti just  sing out “summer!”

 

 

I can hear the heat of summer two-stepping!

 

 

Betcha don’t know what these are?!

Well, if you ever feel like you’d like to light it up in the bathtub, these citrus discs can be purchased from HimeyaShop to accomplish just that!  They’re from Japan and, floating in the tub they REALLY do shoot light throughout the bathroom.

 

I hate to say it, but it’s that time.

Time for me to let go of  all summertime thoughts and images. . .

Time to kiss summer goodbye.

 

Goodbye Summer. I’ll miss you.

Dianne Ross

Interior Designer / Phelan’s Interiors

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Candy Corn! Trivia, Decor and Food – really?

 

The origin of candy corn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Not Really.

This card (which I received 5 years ago) is so Halloween-gross,  it still cracks me up! 

 

Actually, the sweet little treat was invented in the late 1800’s, and because we were predominately a farming society then, the idea was to make candy in the form of something people would recognize. Corn!

We have been eating these tiny kernels of corn for over 200 years!  Don’t tell the First Lady but this month 20 million pounds will be sold.

So, besides scarfing them down, what else are people doing with

Candy Corn?

Everything!

Okay I have touched on some Corn Candy trivia so let me show you another very simple way to decorate  with candy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You could also use the candy instead of glass rocks under the candle.

Black bowls and Candy Corn.

Told you it is simple!

 

To make  an easy, crowd pleasing  Halloween treat using Candy Corn try this version of  an American staple: Rice Krispy Bars.

  • 1/2 c Butter
  • 10 c Crispy rice cereal
  • 9 c Miniature marshmallows
  • 2 c Mixture of candy corn and Indian candy corn
  • 3/4 c Miniature chocolate chips
  • Candy pumpkins
  • Yellow and red food coloring

Preparation:

Melt butter and marshmallows; stir until smooth. In a large bowl, mix rice cereal, candy corn and miniature chips together. To marshmallow mixture, blend in 2 drops yellow food coloring and 1 drop red food coloring, adding more coloring if necessary to reach desired shade. Add marshmallow mixture to cereal mixture; stir quickly to combine.

Spread on a large buttered pan; press with buttered hands. (Or shape the entire glob into a pumpkin, ghost, or candy corn (!) shape before refrigerating and decorate accordingly.)  While warm, press on candy pumpkins spaced 1 to 1/2-2 inches apart. Refrigerate and cut into squares.

**Most of you are aware of my total dedication to PEEPS,

 my personal favorite health food snack,**

 but this is the season to embrace that waxed little marshmallow treat – Candy Corn!

 

I found this photo along with a cupcake recipe from alisonchirdon.com

See? 

It is possible to honor the integrity of  PEEPS,  and to incorporate candy corn as an element of  decor.

 

One more time for review and/or slow learners:

The origin of Candy Corn 

mojeetcat photo

More to come next week!

 

Dianne Ross

Interior Designer/Phelan’s Interiors

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EXTREME Cupcakes and LOVE!

 Cupcake girls! Cupcakes! Crazy Cupcakes! Cupcake Heaven! 

To illustrate the fact that the cupcake craze is still alive and well, today’s Valentine blog will showcase some cupcake specialties. I will include, not only the expected yummy, fancy decorated cupcakes, but.. .  

Cupcake furniture – a table that retails for about

$900.00 smackers 

 at neatorama.com

 

 

Ready for some more cupcake extreme?

CUPCAKE CARS! 

 

These cars are really on the market and may be purchased for $25 thousand smackers!

 

 Here they are again: cupcakes on the beach!

 

Moving on. . .

Valentines Day Decor wouldn’t be complete without our heart pillows, now would it?

Conversation Hearts are just so garden variety, so past tense. . .

 

Here is a much more 2010 Valentine pillow

 OMG – it is covered in fabric roses and it LIGHTS up! You can buy this

from Yanko Design:  UrHeart d light

Sorry, I don’t remember how many smackers this will set you back.

 

anyway

 Have a happy Valentine’s weekend. . .

Eat some cupcakes (or drive some)

feel the love

toss a pillow!

Funky Love pillow available at Cafe press

 

Dianne Ross

Interior Designer/Phelan’s Interiors

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PS. Oh, I forgot to mention that if you buy the Cupcake Car you get the cute little, matching hat FREE! Come on people, how can you pass on this deal?!