Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies + Oktoberfest 2017

In the beginning of September there is all this hype for pumpkin spice everything. I’m someone who likes to spread out my pumpkin spice love so I’m not burnt out by Thanksgiving. Because I’m basic, just not thaaaaattt basic. I wanted to make Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies for my birthday back in September, but then went with mermaid funnfetti cupcakes instead. So, then I thought, why not make them for Oktoberfest! Not super German, I know, but perfect for a fall party.

BTW, the mermaid cupcakes were boxed Funfetti mix and swirled blue and green frosting topped with sprinkles.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies

These are so quick and easy! And it uses a boxed brownie mix too!!

P.S. to make your own Pumpkin Spice click here

Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies
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Serves: 24
 
Ingredients
  • 1 box brownie mix
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin
  • ¼ cup pumpkin spice flavored coffee
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin spice
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees F and spray 9x13 pan with coconut oil
  2. Combine pumpkin, coffee, brownie mix and eggs, mix well.
  3. Pour mixture into pan and bake 28-31 minutes.
  4. note: if you don't have pumpkin spice flavored coffee, use an extra tsp of pumpkin spice with regular coffee.
  5. note 2: basically follow the box directions, just substitute pumpkin for oil and coffee for water.

 

Oktoberfest 2017

This years Oktoberfest featured our Pumpkin Beer and Red Ale, along with brats, sauerkraut, caramelized onion, red cabbage and apple salad, Kase-spatzle, an array of mustards, pretzel cheese bites, apple cider punch, pumpkin wine keg, pumpkin spice latte brownies, stout chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, fruit tray, veggie tray, cheese plate, and a make your own pretzel necklace station. We had about 18 people show up this year, slightly less than last year. We did pretty good with the food this year, but still have quite a bit of beer left.

Featured here the beverage table, with the apple cider punch, beverage tub that later had growlers of of our wheat beer and the pumpkin wine keg. The pumpkin wine keg was made with a craft pumpkin from Michaels and BOTA boxed wine (red and white). Cut the top like a traditional pumpkin, and cut two holes for the dispensers. Just trace the dispensers and carefully use a sharp knife or drill out.

Recipe for stout chocolate cake here. I also made them for the Mustache & Beer Bash back in May.

Notice those amazing tire seats! DIY here.

Last year I made a rustic Biergarten sign that now sits in the new bar area of the family room. I found this other sign at a local party store for our outdoor decorating.

DIY sun sail project here.

I found this awesome Chafing Buffet set on amazon that worked really well for keeping the food warm outside and we can use it for many other events in the future.

Mustache and Beer Bash

 

Memorial day weekend was almost a month ago, I can’t believe it! Seems like just yesterday we were celebrating my dad’s 60th birthday with a Mustache and Beer Bash theme. The party included beer flavored cupcakes, a beer tasting and pub snacks, temporary mustache tattoos and fuzzy stick on mustaches, and custom decorations. Read all the way through to find the free printable!

Mustache and Beer Bash

The giant ’60’ was from another memorable 60th birthday at the cabin that we were able to reuse for this event. My mom made the wood and bottle cap ‘Beer’ sign using hot glue. Turned out pretty great! The letter J covered in bottle caps was also a crafty idea of my mom’s while I made the frame with the bottle caps and all of the graphics. We reused 6-pack holders for snacks such as popcorn, peanuts, cheese-its mix and pretzels.

The beers were selected from World Market, we tasted in order from light to dark. There were actually two rounds, the second round had another dark beer, a sour beer, hard root beer, hard iced tea, hard ginger beer and hard pear cider. Twelve drinks were tasted in total, which seems like a lot however we used small party shot glasses with mustache stickers to taste the different beers. Don’t worry we didn’t fill them full. We also tried to take our time consuming the drinks. Gramma seemed to really enjoy the drinks too, and she doesn’t usually drink!

We used a bunch of pictures of my dad through the years to decorate as well as custom beer bottle labels. I brought my Instax mini Camera to capture some of the mustache shenanigans. I also made Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting adapted from this recipe. The wood rounds may look familiar from the Forest Friends Baby Shower!

Check out more Mustache and Beer Bash ideas on my Mustache and Beer Bash Pinterest board.

Free Printable:

grab a ‘stache

birthday chalkboard

Forest friends Baby Shower

 

In late February I hosted a baby shower for my cousin who is having twins this summer. We decided to go with the forest friends/ woodland creature theme for her and the babies. Check out the Pinterest board inspiration here!

Decor

In keeping with the forest theme, we filled vases and mason jars with twigs, branches and babies breath, placed pinecones and wood rounds around and found some fun little forest animal pieces to work with. Printables, I made at Canva.com can be found here and here.

The onesies I made, keep an eye out for future blog post on how to! I also made the diaper cakes, that too will be a blog post in the future.

The cake/food stands out of the wood rounds were pretty fun, as well as the animal print fabric for the table. The rounds were logs up until a week before that my dad cut. They were still pretty green so we attempted to dry them in a low heat oven. It sort of worked but I would not recommend it unless you really like the smell of damp lumber. We did manage to dry them fairly well in front of the fire for a few days, but day of they were still pretty green. However, it was considerably cheaper than going to the craft store for their wood rounds.

These were made with wood circles from the craft store. We took a brown marker to the sides to give them a live edge look and placed some fun stickers on them.

These adorable little animals I found online from We Lived Happily Ever After. I made the pom-poms.

 

Food

I had some family help me out with the creative dishes like the owl veggie platter, hedgehog/ porcupine cheese ball, ‘forest berries and twigs, and the little caprice ‘mushrooms’.

(Intentional pun with “wright”, that’s their last name)

 

Games and Activities

Not pictured, but we asked guests bring books instead of cards to start the twins library.

The mom-to-be’s sister created the guest book idea! Isn’t it sooo cute!

(again, intentional “Wright” pun because of their last name.)


The mom-to-be’s sister also created a question game and a ‘guess the number of socks game’. It was perfect!

This is a game I kind of made up based off of a picture we saw on pinterest, there were no instructions so we had to make it up. I had the couple send me selfies and I cut them into strips and organized them based on forehead, eyes, noes, mouth and chin. Everyone got a piece of paper and I passed 5 envelopes with eyes, nose, etc… around and guests glued them onto the paper. They wrote their name on the back and passed them to the mom-to-be, she picked the winner. It was quite hilarious!

The other game we played was ‘are you my mother’ where you write the name of the baby animal that corresponds to the adult name.  Are you my mother?

Host your own Oktoberfest

oktoberfest

This past weekend we hosted an Oktoberfest party. We had at least 20 people attend and it seemed like they all had a blast! We tried to stick to mostly traditional Oktoberfest dishes with a few basics thrown in. Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world, and people attend from all over the world. Munich Germany becomes swarmed with giant tents filled with thousands upon thousands of people mostly there for the beer and to celebrate Bavarian culture. We’re hoping to attend next year, we’ll see.

 

DECORATIONS

I started party preparations about two weeks before. World Market has a bunch of Oktoberfest supplies and German food right now. At World Market I picked up the plates, napkins, saerkraut, red cabbage, kase-spatzle, mustard and beer bottle decorations. I used Canva.com to create a banner, Photo Booth props, food/drink labels and a typography print. I also picked up general party supplies at Party City. They do have Oktoberfest stuff online at Party City and Oriental Trading if you have time to wait for it to ship to you. I also pulled out a lot of my fall decorations, made a Rustic Biergarten Sign (tutorial coming later this week), picked up more patio furniture at Lowes – yay clearance and I sent J out to get me flowers from the farmers market in town. We offered ladder-ball (Sag-nugs), bocce ball and some friends brought corn hole, plus bubbles and sidewalk chalk for littler guests.

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Attention attention: Download FREE printable – the typography print, the food labels , banner and photo booth props). For personal use only, not for resale or distribution.

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FOOD

We did a Costco run for sausages, cheese, veggie tray, fruit and beer. We also served our own homemade beers, a non-alcoholic cider punch and I baked beer cheese pretzel bites, german chocolate cupcakes (w/o nuts of course) and pumpkin molasses cookies. WE HAVE SO MUCH FOOD LEFT OVER. People brought food even though we said they didn’t need to. Although, our neighbor brought over authentic homemade pretzels which was a nice touch.

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Celebrating Independence day and my mom’s birthday!

I’ve finally managed to get my computer to limp along after a hick-up earlier in the month. Hence the lack of posts. My pictures and documents were transported to the mystical region of who-knows-where and thankfully relocated by my tech savvy husband. I suspect the hick-up was due to the ominous release of windows 10, which my computer is too old to support. Thanks Dell… So we’ve been researching new computers. My current dream computer is the new iMac 27 inch with Retina display. *sigh* At least my iPad mini works for most of my needs.

Here’s a recap of how we celebrate independence day, Cabin style and my mom’s birthday.

For the 4th of July, I painted a couple of mason jars that we stuck flags, pinwheels and glow sticks in. We also had patriotic lei’s.

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We also decorated our front porch for our family photo.

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Our own personal fireworks show, we cheered from the deck wearing our glow bracelets, headbands and necklaces.

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Traditional white cake with strawberries and blueberries.

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For my mom’s birthday, I collected a bunch of pictures of her to string along the mantle.

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I also painted some mason jars and a frame with a printable and a special challis for her to use for the weekend.

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On a side note, if the pictures publish sideways, I have no idea why. They’re correct in my editor.