Inspiration Monday Party + last week’s party features!!

Ahhhh…. the comforts of the Fall season.
It goes by fast…so get inspired, and try something new from Inspiration Monday Party.
We are FULL of Inspiration from around the blog-o sphere…
Join all 7 of us every week right here…
where we search for our favorites and feature through out the week on all social media outlets.
To search our features, use hashtag #InspirationMondayParty,
and follow us all on social media via our blogs.
Did I mention you will be seen on ALL 7 BLOGS?!

Pumpkin Spice Scone Recipe

Starbucks Pumpkin Scones recipe

We have probably all seen the “time for pumpkin EVERYTHING” meme online about a dozen times by now,
but for real.  It’s fall, so it IS pumpkin everything, and then some.  

One of my hands-down favorite treats to make is a good scone.  And my personal fave are Starbucks Pumpkin Scones,
they are just so good, but being gluten free, I cannot enjoy them like I used to.  So, this scone recipe has a gluten free
alternative for those of us who miss our scones!

Are you feeling like it’s time to bust out those baking pans and get busy right now?
Me too, so instead of dropping a few dollars per scone, let’s make a big ol’ batch to enjoy for a fraction of the cost…

Oh, and of course without leaving your house, perfect on a blustery Fall day!

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Inspiration Monday Party | Party time + a giveaway too!!

Hi friends!!! 
It’s party day and we have a guest hostess joining our fun today since it’s the last par-tay of the month!
{Where in the world did September go?}
Please welcome Linda from With A Blast!
And, we also have a fabulous giveaway from Necessary Clothing!


We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.To search for features, use #InspirationMonday. 

Feel free to follow along via our blogs below:

I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle

County Fair Caramel Apple Milkshake

caramel apple milkshake 1


When I was a little girl, we celebrated Fall in a few different ways.  

The first was buttoning up the garden for winter, and storing all of the squash and potatoes we grew over the summer in
hay bales or in our basement.  It also began to really feel like Fall when leaves crunched underfoot, walking home from
a friends house after school, with the smell of wood smoke from the neighbor’s wood stove in the air.  

But in case I wasn’t ready for Fall quite yet, one thing always made me feel like Fall was upon us, and that was the Caramel
Apples we could buy at the County Fair.   With local Washington apples on the end of every stick, dipped in rich
homemade caramel, and set out on paper to dry.  Those Caramel Apples were a treat to look forward to every time.

I will admit, I don’t make a lot of them around casa twelveOeight these days, but we do love a good milkshake.  So I
decided I would blend two of my favorite things in the world, those Caramel Apples from the County Fair, and ice cream!


caramel apple shake

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Inspiration Monday Party | Fantastic Fall Projects

Welcome back to Inspiration Monday, we’re so glad your joining us today!
You only need to link up on one blog to have your project seen on 7 different blogs!
We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.
To search for features, use #InspirationMonday.
There were so many great projects linked up last week, it was NOT easy to choose favorites…
{Jamie @ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom chose the features this week!}
Here are the top picks:

DIY Halloween BOO Wreath

"  Hair Replacement Systems Australia,Toupees Australia and Hairpiece for Men"


If you happen to know someone who is completely, 100%, addicted to paper, and glue, and glittery letters….

You might want to share this with them.

Two awesome things will happen, the first they will make a small dent in their paper hoard.  

And the best part, have a new wreath after about 30 minutes of paper-folding, hot-gluing and giggling over
how pretty their paper is. 

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DIY faux deer taxidermy

 Custom Banners//Custom backdrop//Backdrop DIY


At the after-Christmas sales last year I picked up a few fun new pieces to incorporate into
my holiday decorating.  Yep, it’s almost October and I am finally doing something with them!

One thrifty find was a paper mache deer, laying and looking backwards.
It was $1, and I knew I wanted to upcycle it into a faux mount of some sort.

Going through some very old decorating stuff I came across something that must have been
a leftover relic during the country, duck/pig sponge-paint-everything days.
This little gem needed a makeover, but the frame was really cool, and I figured if I used
some chalkboard paint, I could bring it back from pastel-ville.

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Inspiration Monday Party | Warm + cozy Fall DIY projects

Welcome back to Inspiration Monday! It’s time to get this party started…on all SEVEN blogs.
You only need to link up on one blog to be seen on all of them!
We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.
To search for features, use #InspirationMonday. 
Feel free to follow along via our blogs below:
You have all been fabulously busy fluffing your nests for Fall and baking 
your hearts out. 
Boy these features get harder to pick every week!
{Tanya at twelveOeight chose the features this week}
 diy fall ideas, fall craft, fall home decor, chalkboard, free printable, diy pumpkin

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Whole grain peanut butter muffins + a $25 WalMart giftcard giveaway


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Peanut Board for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


whole grain peanut butter muffin recipe 1

I am always looking for ways to incorporate more Peanut Butter for Breakfast in my house.
It’s nutritious, convenient and so versatile.  Plus it’s really yummy so my kids love it too.
September is actually Better Breakfast Month, and I couldn’t wait to create a recipe to combine
the peanut butter my kids love, with the whole grains I like them to have.

I love to send them out the door with a good breakfast under their belt, they have been choosing
these Whole Grain Peanut Butter Muffins with some milk and fresh fruit lately.  Averaging about .16 cents
per ounce, peanut butter is easy on the budget too.

I can live with that!

Before we get baking, don’t forget to enter to win a $25 WalMart Giftcard, peanut coupon & bag of peanuts!
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Here is what I used to make their new favorite breakfast food…

Whole Grain Peanut Butter Muffins
Serves 8
Combine your favorite whole grains with nutritious peanut butter in one yummy mufffin!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1 1/4 cups of whole wheat flour
  2. 3/4 cup quick oats
  3. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 T. Baking powder
  5. dash of salt
  6. 1 1/4 cups of milk
  7. 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375*
  2. In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients and set aside
  3. In another bowl combine sugar, peanut butter, milk & egg, blend well
  4. Combine with dry ingredients and fold in chocolate chips
  5. Spoon into muffin tin that is greased, or lined with paper liners
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and toothpick comes out clean
  1. Enjoy!!


whole grain peanut butter muffin 3

I’m going to need to make a double batch next time, these went fast.


whole grain peanut butter muffin recipe 1

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How to use FREE Fall images from Pic Monkey

Hello there!  It’s Brooke from Blissful Roots visiting again today.  Is everyone as excited as me that September means fall is just right around the corner?  With another boy on the way next month, I have to say my pregnant self is LOVING the cooler temperatures, and every bit of me is thrilled to see some colors popping up on the mountains!
Free Fall Leaf Images from PicMonkey from Blissful Roots
I’m pretty sure I’ve professed my love for PicMonkey here at twelveOeight before, but just in case I haven’t, I will right now.  PicMonkey has an amazing collection of images to use for free.  You can pay the Royale fee and have access to even more, but the free options are plentiful!  Just look at all these leaves you can use for any of your fall projects for FREE!

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Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: And these awesome parties: