Get excited for Christmas by creating your very own DIY Christmas Advent Calendar! We had so much fun making ours and hope we’ve inspired you this holiday season! It’s a fun activity to do with friends and family. The Dollar Store, Dollar Tree, and Target Dollar Spot are great places to shop for in-expensive items! Watch us create ours HERE!

Christmas Mini Ornaments HERE

Red Push Pins HERE

Christmas Gift Card/Credit Card Sleeves HERE

Apothecary Jar for Storage HERE

White Beaded Memo Board with Clips HERE

Multi Color Thumb Tacks HERE

Craft Gift Tags HERE

Out with the old and in with the New! Karen’s D.I.Y. Rustic Mantel Makeover is absolutely gorgeous and finished just in the time for holiday decorating! The new fireplace mantel is much larger in size and stained to enhance the stone and compliment her hardwood floors. Watch Julie create this masterpiece on the 2 Orchids Youtube Channel HERE! Be sure to check out Karen’s Christmas Decor Home Tour to see how she decorates her new mantel for Christmas on November 20th!

Products used:

Tape Measure HERE
Hammer HERE
Heavy Duty Plate Joiner Kit/ Biscuit Cutter HERE
Wood Biscuits 100 piece HERE
24 inch Magnetic In Beam Level HERE
Saw HERE
Wood Glue HERE
Interior Wood Stain HERE

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Before the family fills their bellies with candy on Halloween night, surprise them with a spooktacular dinner they will be sure to love! Our Crockpot Pizza Casserole has all the ingredients of pizza that you can eat with a fork. Swap plain dinner rolls for these fun Witches Broomsticks which can be made in advance! Happy Halloween! 🎃

Crockpot Pizza Casserole Recipe HERE (Source: Real Housemoms)

Ingredients:

8 ounce box of short pasta rigatoni, penne or ziti
1 pound ground Italian sausage
1/2 pound of ground beef
8 ounce package of sliced pepperoni
1/2 large white onion chopped
42 ounces of pizza sauce Three 14-ounce jars
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 cloves garlic chopped
16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until almost al dente, but not quite, about 6 or 7 minutes. Drain and set aside.
While the pasta boils, cook the Italian sausage and ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes.
Layer the pepperoni slices between a couple paper towels. Place the towels on a plate and microwave for 15 seconds to help remove the excess grease from the pepperoni.
In a large bowl mix together the pasta, Italian sausage, pepperoni, ground beef, onion, pizza sauce, Italian seasoning, and garlic.
Coat the inside of a 5-quart slow cooker with non-stick spray
Layer the pasta in the slow cooker, alternating layers with the shredded mozzarella cheese. There should be three layers, ending with the cheese on top.
Cover and cook on LOW for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
Serve warm with garlic bread and a salad.

Witches Broomsticks Recipe HERE (Source: Taste Of Home)

Ingredients:

2-1/3 cups biscuit/baking mix
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the biscuit mix, milk and Italian seasoning. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 10 times. Divide into 30 portions; set half aside. Roll the remaining 15 pieces into 7-in. ropes for broom handles; fold in half and twist. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
Shape reserved pieces into 2-1/2-in. circles; cut with scissors to form a bundle of broom twigs. Place below each broom handle; pinch edges to seal. Brush with butter; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 450° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm or cool on a wire rack.

What’s For Dinner? “‘I love The 2 Orchids” Show Halloween Edition Youtube HERE

Football Season is in full swing and we’ve got a couple appetizers that you can throw together quickly that taste great! A delicious Baked Brie and a tasty snack mix that’s full of flavor! GAME ON! XO

Baked Brie: (Source: Fall Edition of Entertain & Celebrate Magazine)

Recipe:

1/2 (14-1 ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts
1 (13.2 ounce) wheel of Brie, frozen
2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon dried cranberries
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Sliced green apples, to serve

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 14-inch circle. Using a sharp knife, cut a 3-inch strip from dough. Using a 3-inch leaf shapped cutter, cut a leaf shape from dough strip. Place crust on prepared pan.
  3. Remove top of Brie rind. Place cheese on crust. Sprinkle with brown sugar, and top with cranberries. Fold crust over cranberries. Top with leaf cutout. Brush egg wash onto crust.
  4. Bake until lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with apple slices.

*Tip: Freezing Brie keeps it from melting through pastry while baking.

Makes 12 servings. Wine Pairing: Chardonnay


Snack Mix (Source: Fall Edition of Entertain & Celebrate Magazine)

Recipe:

4 cups corn-and-rice cereal
1 (16-ounce) bag pretzels
1 (12.4 ounce) box white Cheddar cheese crackers
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce (we used 1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Spray 2 jelly roll pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cereal, pretzels, and cheese crackers.
  3. In a small bowl, combine meled butter and all remaining ingredients. Drizzle butter mixture over cereal mixture tossing to coat. Spread mixture onto prepared pans.
  4. Bake until crisp, about 30 minutes, stirring halfway through baking.

*We used Kellogg’s Crispix and used half of the cumin.
Makes 16 cups

What’s For Dinner? Football Edition/Appetizer-2 Orchids YouTube HERE

Celebrate the season with this delicious and comforting Autumn Meal! Maple Pork Chops with Brown Butter Apples & Onions paired with roasted carrots and squash and a smooth red wine. Oh so good, not to mention that this recipe just screams Fall! Our festive tablescape features pumpkins that we painted. Video links are provided below to watch this fun video along with our special guest Julie! 🍁🍂

What’s For Dinner: Autumn Meal & DIY Tablescape- 2 Orchids YouTube HERE

Maple Pork Chops With Brown Butter Apples & Onion-Recipe Link HERE