Hello September and Autumn Wallpaper, Pictures and Quotes

Hello fall! I’ve gathered some ‘Welcome September’ and fall quotes, along with autumn inspiration and beauty to help celebrate this season.

Here is a collection of beautiful free fall wallpapers to download to your mobile to keep the beauty of the season before you.

How to Save on the Phone:

Press and hold the photo that you want and click ‘add to photos’ or ‘save to iPhone’. This should work on Androids as well!

You might need to crop these photos slightly depending on the size of phone that you have but every photo here should still look just as good when adjusted. 

Once you’ve saved the photo to your camera roll, you can go into settings and change your wallpaper.

Keep in mind that you can set a different photo for your lock screen and home screen respectively.

Hello September, Surprise me!
Welcome September
Hello September
Happy 1st day of September
Hello September, let the autumn begin!
Sweet September
Happy Fall Y’all!
Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower”.~ Albert Camus
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”~ L.M Montgomery
New month, new beginning, new mindset, new focus, new start, new intentions, new results. Welcome September!
Hello Pumpkin
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”-Jim Bishop

For more fall beauty and inspiration visit my Autumn and Fall Pinterest board. Here you’ll find all the best the season has to offer!

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Gardening Tips: Saving Flower Seeds

Today I want to share about saving seeds from flowers to grow in next year’s garden. I want to show what California poppy, wave petunia, dwarf sweet pea, and Lavatera seeds look like and how easy it is to collect these seeds. Saving seeds is not only easy, it is rewarding and a great way to save money!

Once you’ve collected your seeds you’ll need clean jars or envelopes to put your seeds in, a way to label them, and of course the seeds themselves. I find it helpful to have a piece of plain white paper(computer or printer paper) to collect the seeds on as it makes it easier to see the seeds, and then you can also use the paper as a funnel to pour the seeds into the containers.

When gathering seeds, it is important to know about cross pollination and to know whether you’ll be guaranteed to get the same flower next year and to know what kind of flower variety you have.

Hybrid plants are plants that have been bred to keep specific traits from other varieties to create a new variety. So if you gather seeds from a hybrid plant, you may not actually get the specific variety of hybrid plant again. You might get a parent plant or some strange mix. You’re not guaranteed to get the exact same plant again.

Open pollinated varieties are plants that when you gather seeds from them, you get the same plant again from year to year. So when you buy your seeds, you want to look for the open pollinated varieties. A couple of things to know though. The open pollinated varieties will cross pollinate which means the seeds from one variety can be affected by pollen from a nearby plant.

Another thing to remember is that if you have 2 types of open pollinated seeds of the same plant category planted close to each other they can cross pollinate with one another and you might get some random mix of what you grew this year. So for example, if I planted three varieties of Petunias close to each other, when I gather seeds from them I may get a mixed bag of results. Just something to keep in mind.

California Poppies:

This is the pod that has formed after a California poppy has finished flowering. In this photo, the pod is too green, the seeds won’t be ready yet.
When the pod is brown and dried out looking, and and you’re able to pick it off easily from the stem then it’s ready. When the pod is split open, you’ll see numerous seeds inside. Scrape them off onto paper or a container.

Wave Petunia

After the flower is finished and dries up it gives way to a seed pod. The seed pod from a wave petunia looks like this one that the pen is pointing at. This one is ready because you can see that it’s brown, dry and already opening to let out it’s seeds.
You simply shake the seeds out of the pod to collect them.

Sweet Pea

Lavatera

The seed pods of the Lavatera are large and easy to spot. They start out green and then turn brown as they dry out. As you can see on this plant there are both green and brown seed pods.
The seeds come out very easily when ready. I just turned he seed pod upside down and the seeds fell out into my hand. I didn’t even need to shake the pod.

After you’ve gathered your seeds, they’re ready to be put in labelled envelopes or jars and kept in a cool dry place over the winter.

California Poppies
White wave petunias

Dwarf sweet peas
Lavatera

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DIY Fabulous Fall Wreaths for the Front Door

Fall is just around the corner and adding a diy fabulous fall wreath to the front door is an easy way to decorate your home for the season. These beautiful fall wreaths are statement pieces that aren’t just for the front door; you could hang them on an interior door, over a fireplace mantle, in a picture window or wherever you think it would look beautiful. Store bought wreaths can be expensive but most of these come with diy instructions to satisfy your budget and creativity. Here are some ideas to get you thinking and inspired so you can start picking up supplies for your fall decorating. Are you ready for this upcoming beautiful season?

Wheat Wreath:

Here is one version of a wheat wreath with some dried flowers added in.

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DIY wheat wreath Via Garden Answer

WREATH INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Tie the paddle wire around one spot on the wreath form. Ensure it’s tight.
  2. Wrap the wire around the spot a few more times then put it aside without cutting it.
  3. Group the wheat into bundles. If you want a fuller wreath, make big bundles; if you want a delicate wreath, make small bundles.
  4. Take one bundle and attach it to the frame. Angle it to the side.
  5. Wrap the paddle wire around the wheat to secure it. Cut off extra stems on the wheat.
  6. Attach more bundles of wheat and alternate the direction each time. Some can face outside while some face inside.
  7. When you get to the last bundle, cut the wire and secure it.
  8. Cover the gap between the first and last bundle with small bundles of wheat. Attach them with paddle wire. Use as many bundles as you need to make the wreath look finished.
  9. You can also make a bow with the burlap ribbon and attach it using floral pins.

DIY Corn Tassel Wreath

This is a sweet and simple tutorial that won’t cost you much if you can access a corn field.

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DIY Rustic Burlap Wreath:

I love the look and simplicity of this rustic fall wreath and there’s a lot of room for customization.

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DIY Autumn Berry Wreath:

This Autumn berry wreath is quick to make and beautiful for adding gorgeous color to your fall decor.

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DIY Rustic Fall Burlap Bubble Wreath:

Here is a simple wreath with a pop of color and lots of beautiful texture.

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DIY Acorn Wreath:

Why not pick up some acorns and make something wonderful?

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Fall Leaves Wreath:

This gorgeous fall leaves wreath is a breeze to make and ready in minutes!

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Easy Perfect Peach Pie

It’s peach season! One of my most Favorite times that I look forward to every summer! This easy perfect peach pie made from scratch is truly a taste of summer. I love peach season and this is a delicious way to enjoy this queen of summer juicy fruit!

The tender flaky crust will melt in your mouth and the pie isn’t too sweet but allows the natural juicy sweetness of the peaches to shine through. The ingredients are simple and the crust is so good but if you don’t want to make your own crust it’s easy enough just to use store bought pie dough.

Ingredients:

Pie Crust:

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

2/3 cup shortening or lard (Tenderflake is my Favorite brand)

1/4 – 1/3 cup cold water

Mix the flour and salt together. Add the shortening and mash into the flour with a pastry blender or fork until you get the consistency of small pea- size lumps. Add the water and form into dough with your hands. Divide into two equal balls of dough. Sprinkle counter top with about 1-2 Tbsp of flour and roll out one ball of dough on top of the sprinkled flour to a thickness of about 1/8 – 1/4 inch. Gently roll up dough and then unroll over a 9 inch pie dish, completely covering the pie dish. Press dough into the pie plate and on the top edges of pie plate. Trim off excess dough from the outer edge of the pie plate. Roll out the second ball of dough as the first and then roll it up and set it aside to be the top crust after the peach filling has been added to the bottom pie crust.

Filling:

8 ripe peaches, peeled

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white granulated sugar

3 Tbsp cornstarch ( or 4 Tbsp if peaches are extra juicy)

Place the peaches in a large heat proof bowl and cover with boiling water and let the peaches sit in hot water for 3-4 minutes. Drain off the hot water and then cover the peaches in cold water to cool and allow you to handle the peaches without being too hot. This will loosen the skins and allow you to peel the peaches with ease. Peel and slice the peaches and combine with the sugar and cornstarch. Wet the edge of the bottom pie crust with a thin film of water to help the top and bottom pie crusts stick together. Place the peach filling on top of the bottom crust, unroll the top pie crust gently over top the pie filling and then press the edges of the top and bottom pie crusts together with your fingers. Trim off excess pie dough from the top pie crust edge. Poke a few steam vents in the center of the pie with a fork. Bake at 375 F on the bottom or second from the bottom oven rack for 45 – 60 minutes. Let cool and serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Enjoy!

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Healthy High-Protein Snack: “I -Can’t – Stop – Eating – it” Hummus

With my garden full of ripe summer veggies to harvest, this hummus is so delicious for dipping veggies (or chips) in! This is also great in wraps or sandwiches with tons of flavour! Chick peas(garbanzo beans) are a great source of protein and olive oil is high in healthy monosaturated fats which makes this a fantastic healthy snack.

Ingredients:

1 can chick peas (540 ml or 19 fl oz), rinsed and drained

1/2 cup olive oil

2 Tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped

1 green onion or 2 Tbsp chopped chives, chopped in large pieces

1 Tbsp lemon juice

2 garlic cloves, peeled

1/4 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor, cover and process until blended. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until served.

This is a quick and easy snack as there is not a lot of chopping involved as the food processor does it. I chopped the garlic cloves in half and the green onion and chives in large pieces. Just throw everything in and blend!

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Garden Gifts Mom Will Love

Mother’s Day is all about showing Mom how much she is loved and appreciated. If your Mom loves to garden, here are some Mother’s Day gift ideas she will love(speaking from a gardening lover herself)! Whether you’re shopping for your Mom, Grandmother or wife, these Mother’s Day gift suggestions for the woman who loves to garden are sure to please!

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.”~ Cardinal Mermillod

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1. Waterproof comfort shoe

2. 9 Herb window garden

3.Floral print garden tool set

4. Garden planner and journal

5. Gardening Kneeling pad

6. Copper plant labels

7. Inspirational Psalm stones

8. Waterproof boots

9. Nitrile gardening gloves

10. Collect, carry and clean colander

11. Women’s gardening hat

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Mouth-Watering Hot Dog Recipes and Ideas

Mouth-watering Hot Dog recipe roundup~ here’s everything you need to know about this classic summertime or anytime food including hot dog recipes, hot dog chilli recipes, hot dog bar ideas, hot dog toppings and hot dog bun recipes! Click on the title to take you to the recipe.

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The California Hot Dog

California Hot Dogs are such a delicious twist on the ever popular hot dogs and the flavor of the creamy avocado, and feta cheese gives this hot dog the taste Summer is made for.

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Air Fryer Hot Dogs

These air fryer hot dogs will save you time in the kitchen!

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Gourmet French Onion Hot Dog

Hot dogs topped with caramelized onions, melted Gruyere cheese, and a super simple sauce are a great way to give your average hot dog a gourmet makeover.

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Keto Pigs in a Blanket

These keto pigs in a blanket are made with almond flour which makes them a great low carb idea.

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Chicago Style Hot Dog

The sacred combo of short peppers, mustard, pickle, relish, onion, tomato, and celery salt makes this a classic.

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Carolina Style Hot Dog

Carolina Style Hot Dogs are covered in a beefy chili, creamy homemade cole slaw, and onions. Ketchup and mustard are optional.

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Hot Dog Chili

This is a rich yet simple chili to add to your hot dog and then you can add any additional chopped veggies or toppings when you’re loading it up.

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Mac and Cheese Hot Dog

All your favorite comfort foods rolled into one.

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1 Hour Homemade Hot Dog Buns

You may never buy a bag of hotdog buns again once you taste these soft and flavourful homemade ones!

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Good Friday Verses and Resurrection Quotes

Here is a collection of Good Friday verses and resurrection quotes to help celebrate the Easter season.

You are loved more than you will ever know by someone who died to know you. Romans 5:8
He is Risen.
It is not your life and your past that determine your life. It is Christ’s life and His past that determine your life.
It is finished.

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Easy Easter or Spring Dessert Idea

Easy Flowerpot Trifles

These flowerpot chocolate trifle desserts, that are prepared in small pots, create the illusion of new growth with spring flowers. Each trifle is layered with chunks of chocolate cake or brownies, chocolate pudding or mousse, whipped cream and Skor bar, and then topped with a decorative flower and leaf. These are easier to make than you think and make a delightful and delicious Easter or spring dessert!

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Use 4 (or however many you may need) unglazed, untreated terra cotta flowerpots(each with a 6 ounce capacity, about 2 3/4 inch tall and 2 3/4 inches across the top). Thoroughly wash the new pots in soap and hot water before using.

Ingredients:

(For 4 Flowerpot Trifles)

1 small chocolate cake(either a mix, from scratch, or store bought)or pan of brownies(you’ll probably have leftovers)

1/2 cup whipping cream

2 Skor chocolate bars

2 small containers (440g each) chocolate pudding snacks or 1 box Jello chocolate mouse

4 decorative icing flowers and leaves(I purchased mine from the Bulk Barn). If you can’t find any, just use mint leaves and omit the flowers to still give the illusion of new growth.

Directions:

I was in a hurry and so just used store-bought two-bite brownies, chocolate pudding snacks and flower wafer decorations. I found the flower decorations and Skor chocolate bars at the Bulk Barn.

If you’re making the cake, make it according to package directions and then cool. If you’re making the chocolate mousse, make it according to package directions. Whip the cream and sweeten to taste.

Chunk and crumble cake. Break up Skor bars. I used bigger chunks within the layers of trifle and then smaller, finer crumbs or pieces to resemble small pebbles or dirt on the the top layer.

In each terra cotta pot start with a bottom layer of chunks of cake, then a layer of mousse, whipped cream and Skor bar. Repeat layers. For the top layer I used chocolate pudding and then the Skor bar crumbs and a decorative wafer/icing flower and leaf. Store in fridge until ready to serve.

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Julienne Vegetable Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

A colourful and crisp salad idea, this salad recipe is best made ahead of time for flavours to blend.

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Ingredients:

1 cup sliced green beans 2 inch lengths

1 cup julienne strips of carrot 2 inch lengths

1 cup julienne strips of zucchini 2 inch lengths

1/2 cup snap peas

1/2 cup mushrooms

Salt and pepper to taste

Lettuce leaves(or a mix of spring greens), torn in bite sized pieces

Lemon Vinaigrette

2 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2 Tbsp chopped chives

1 clove garlic, minced

Julienne strips:

Blanche the green beans, carrots and snap peas in boiling water for one minute. Immediately drain and plunge into cold water. Drain when cool and dry well. Combine green beans, carrot, zucchini, snap peas and mushrooms.

Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Pour over vegetables, toss well and place on top of lettuce leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.

Enjoy! I used a mix of spring greens(baby lettuces, baby kale, arugula, baby chard, baby spinach, radicchio) that came in a salad kit from the grocery store.

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