DIY Autumn Door Hanger

Fall brings longer sleeves, crunchier leaves and a whole lot of time outdoors sprucing things up before the first frost. While you’re outside doing your fair share of raking, make sure to stop and grab a few pinecones while you’re at it. With a few of them and a little ribbon, you can give your wreath a rest and get your door looking nice and festive for autumn.

MATERIALS & TOOLS

  • Ribbon

  • Scissors

  • Staples or a needle and thread

  • Pinecones

  • Acrylic paint

  • Eyebolt screws

INSTRUCTIONS

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Place a bit of acrylic paint on a paper plate. Then, grab a pinecone and dip it in, rotating it so each tip is covered with paint. Repeat with each and then set aside to dry.

Twist a screw into the stem end of each pinecone.

Lie out and arrange your pinecones to get an idea of how you want them to hang. Once you find a length you like, add two additional inches and cut. If your ribbon ends up being too short or the pinecones bunch up, just recut and try again.

Thread the ribbon through the eye of each screw and then tie into a bow.

Gather the ends of your ribbon and staple them together. Cut another piece of ribbon and use it to tie a bow, covering the staples.

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Use the loop on the back of your bow to hang from a nail or hook on your front door. Then, step back and enjoy the result of your making!

DIY Sun-Dyed Leaf Tote

      Take fall with you wherever you go.

Remember making things with leaves when you were young? This Sun Dyed Leaf Tote DIY is a great way to get back into making. 

 

 

  • Leaves

  • Paintbrush

  • A little bit of sunshine

MATERIALS & TOOLS

  • Tote Bag

  • Tape

  • Water

  • Inkodye

INSTRUCTIONS

First, it's important to find a shady area to prepare your project. Really, keep it out from the sun. At least for now. Then begin by taping down your bag's edges.

Mix a one-to-one ratio of water and Inkodye, and get painting! Give the whole bag a nice coat. Sidestrokes, up and down, a little diagonal action here and there– whatever gets the job done.

Lay leaves down on the ink side of the tote in whatever pattern you like. There's no right or wrong way to do it.

Take your tote bag out in the sun and let it tan for around eight minutes. Then just remove the leaves, and you're ready to leave. Err, go.

DIY Floral Napkin Ring

The only thing we love more than the garden is having a flowery piece of it brightening up our get-togethers. Mum—short for Chrysanthemum—is one of our new fall faves, and we’re so excited to cheer up our dining room with this light and spicy scent. Scroll through for all the making steps.

 MATERIALS & TOOLS

• Fresh Flowers
• Sprigs
• Napkins

• Steel rings
• Scissors
• Floral Tape

 
 

Trim the stem to approximately 2 inches and remove any extra leaves.

 
 
 
 

Holding a ring in one hand, wrap the first flower stem around the ring using floral tape. There’s no such thing as the right amount of tape—as long as the flowers stick!

 

Let that ring bloom by adding more and more flowers. Tack on all your faves! Pop some sprigs on there to add more color to your ring.

 

Use a spray bottle to mist the flowers with water, then store them in a cool room for a few hours before setting them out.

 

Slide a napkin through the ring and you’re all guest ready for your get-together.

Plant Something Day

 Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products are inspired by the garden, which is why we’re inspired to make the world a greener place. This spring, Mrs. Meyer’s rolled up our sleeves and celebrated Plant Something Day by—you guessed it—planting! We came together as one big 800-person family in Chicago and Minneapolis to brighten the earth one flower at a time.

 Chicago was oh-so much fun. There’s nothing better than being out in the sun, getting your hands in the dirt and helping to make something beautiful.

 
 

From pulling weeds to planting herbs, the whole community came to the garden and got to work. It wasn’t always easy, but the reward was worth it. 

Then we gave our hands a little reward as well by scrubbing up with garden-inspired scents.

 
 

In Minneapolis, we’re proud to say we donated $4,000 to support local community gardens! But we did so much more than that - we introduced hundreds of people to local community gardens and encouraged everyone to plant something of their own.

We donated to the American Community Gardening Association for every order placed on MrsMeyers.com for a couple of months. With the money we donated, Mrs. Meyer's helped brighten communities and neighborhoods with beautiful gardens for everyone to enjoy together. We’ll keep making our world better one garden at a time.

 

Easy-to-make Summer Recipes that Pop and Sing


There’s only one thing I adore more than cooking and eating delicious food, and that’s cooking and eating delicious food with friends.  My dear friend Grace Bonney and I decided we needed to throw a little gathering to celebrate good times and bright days with this fun and easy menu.

Entertaining in the warm summer weather is my favorite. There’s always so much fresh produce, and so many vibrant colors and flavors that pop and sing.  Grace told me that she is going to start her summer decorating with a lemon stamped DIY table runner, lemon place cards, and lovely bouquets from the grocery store that she’s amping up with a little of her own creative zing.  Taking all of that into consideration I developed a menu with a nod to Asian fare because I just adore bright and spicy Asian flavors! All of these recipes are easy, approachable, and impressive for guests.


SWEET PAUL’S THAI ICED TEA

Serves 10


Directions:
1. Brew the tea with the spices for 5 minutes and strain into a pitcher.
2. Start by adding sugar a little at a time until you think it’s sweet enough. Allow it to cool completely.
3. Fill glasses with ice. Pour in the tea and add about 4 tablespoons of  half and half in each glass. Stir and serve.


FLOWER POT BREAD

Makes 4 mini loaves

Directions:
1. Soak flower pots in water for at least 1 hour.
2. Heat the oven to 400°F.
3. Mix yeast, honey, and ½ cup warm water in a large bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes. It should be frothy after 5 minutes—if not the yeast is dead and you have to start over.
4. Add the rest of the water, the flour, oil, and salt and mix until you have a smooth dough.
5. Cover the bowl with plastic and let it rise until double its size, about 40 minutes.
6. Fill each pot with some dough about ¾ the way full.
7. Bake until golden for about 20 minutes.
8. Cool on a wire rack and serve with cilantro dipping oil.


COLD NOODLE SALAD WITH SPICY ALMOND BUTTER DRESSING

Serves 4

Directions:
1. Cook soba noodles according to package directions and allow to cool completely.
2. For the sauce, combine almond butter, vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar and sesame seeds in a bowl and stir until well mixed.
3. Add the noodles, carrots and edamame, give it a light stir and serve with cilantro, lime and a pinch of red chili flakes.


BÁNH MÌ

Serves 10

Chicken Version
Directions:
1. Stir together mayo and sriracha in a small bowl. Spread it on both sides of the baguette.
2. Add lettuce, chicken, carrot, cucumber, some salt and chili and finish with a little lemon juice.
3. Place the top piece of baguette and serve.

 

Vegetarian Rutabaga Version
Directions:
1. Heat the oil in a pan and cook the rutabaga until golden on each side. Season with salt, pepper and chili.
2. Stir together mayo and sriracha in a small bowl and spread on both sides of the baguette.
3. Add lettuce, rutabaga , carrot, cucumber, some salt and chili and finish with a little lemon juice.
4. Place the top piece of baguette and serve.


RICE PUDDING IN A JAR WITH MANGO

Serves 6

Directions: 
1. Heat the coconut milk and whole milk until they are just below a boil
2. Add the basmati rice and keep at a low simmer, stirring frequently, until the pudding has thickened and the rice is tender, about 25 minutes
3. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Let cool to room temperature and chill in the refrigerator, at least 4 hours.
4. Just before you’re ready to serve, place the mangos, lime zest, lime juice, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Give it all a stir and let sit 10 to 15 minutes
5. Serve the chilled coconut pudding in individual jars with a healthy spoonful of the mangos on top and a sprig of mint.