Pumpkin spice up your home with DIY fall decor

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SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pumpkin spice up your home with Painting with a Twist! ! Ivy Thomas is a local instructor at Painting with a Twist. She showed off the many crafts visitors can choose from this fall. The art studio is currently offering on-site and virtual classes. Ivy says this fall themed activity is equally fun and safe enough to enjoy for a cozy night in or a much needed night out. To find a location near you, visit paintingwithatwist.com.

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Kitchen fatigue: Here’s how to beat pandemic weariness and spice up your meals

Chanterelle mushrooms, basil, pasta and fresh parmesan: it’s a great time to turn for some seasonal comfort photo. (Alex Wilkie/Submitted by Andie Bulman)

The early days of this pandemic were terrifying. I spent the first week glued to my screen. I watched every news conference, obsessed over case numbers and signed up for three different streaming services.

Through my social media feeds, I could see that friends and family were doing the same, but gradually things changed.

Fear was replaced with sourdough, banana bread and pitch-perfect flaky pie crust. Anxiety was channelled into impressive kitchen projects. The kitchen became a source of joy.

Well, that has passed.

Most people are back to making the same five dishes on rotation and trying to pass off cleanup duty to their roommates and partners.

We can do better. Here are my tips for fighting kitchen fatigue during a pandemic:

Use an old tool in a new way

Use a tool that’s been gathering dust, or use an everyday tool in a new way. I use my box grater daily for cheese or lemon zest, but I never grate horseradish and I never grate ginger. This week I’m going to make a horseradish mayo and those tiny holes are going to transform the rhizomes of my ginger into a beautiful paste for a cake recipe that I plan to take to the next level. You can use the box grater to make carrot latkes and potato boxtys. There’s so much potential in each kitchen tool.

Turn to comfort foods

A chill in the air is coming, which means we can put a ban on the herb-laced quinoa salads of summers. Now is not the time for heath and wellness, it’s the season of long-simmering stews, homemade apple butter and from-scratch macaroni and cheese. Embrace the foods that bring you warmth.

My personal favourite comfort food is a rich ginger cake. A pulpy mystery novel, a hot cup of tea and a big slice of this cake are my ideal rainy-day fall combination. 

Ginger cake is good at any time of the year, but especially on rainy autumn days with a good book. (Alex Wilkie/Submitted by Andie Bulman)

Get inspired with cookbooks & online resources

Most libraries are now offering pick-up and drop-off services. Spend an hour or two perusing through a collection of cookbooks — but don’t just check a book out! Commit to creating at least two recipes contained within the tome.

I just borrowed Magnuss Neilson’s Nordic Cooking (Phaidon Press, 2015). Admittedly, I’m not going to make his recipe for puffin soup (very frowned upon and illegal here in Newfoundland), but I am going to challenge myself to break out of my rut and recreate two whole recipes.

Play with a newtoyou flavour

If new cookbooks and old equipment can’t bust you out of the depths of kitchen fatigue, try playing with a new flavour. How about bakeapples? A rare yellow berry found in the bogs and barrens

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Fall is here: Pumpkin spice candles, cozy blankets, crisp decor and more

Fall is upon us, and it’s time to get ready for the colder weather and embrace the new season. That means scented candles, warm blankets, autumnal decor and cozy wardrobe additions, and we’ve rounded up some of the best to get you feeling wonder-fall.

Pumpkin Picking Candle

Price: $34

Close your eyes and find yourself in a wide open orange patch of these Fall-favorites from Homesick Candles.

Apple Orchard Candle

Price: $34

Breathe in the scent of crisp, red juicy apples when you light this candle from Homesick Candles. It has notes of mandarin leaf, clove, cinnamon sticks, pear, pomegranate and sugar cane and a 60- to 80-hour burn time.

Pecan Bites Candle

Price: $29.50

The smell of delicious pastries will fill your home with this Pecan Bites Yankee candle that has a burn time of 110 to 150 hours. Cinnamon, sugar, honey, pecans, white hazelnut, dark chocolate, clove, oak and cedar wood are the perfect mix of sweet, spicy, and woodsy for a cool fall night.

Capri Blue Pumpkin Clove Jar Candle

Price: $32

For 85 hours of burn time you can have the scent of pumpkin fill your home with this candle from Anthropologie.

Mercury Leaves Jar Candle

Price: $20

Autumn sage, copper leaves and rustic pumpkin are the three scents you can choose from with these candles from Nordstrom. They all come in a beautiful pumpkin-shaped jar.

Ugg Alexa Plaid Reversible Fleece Throw Blanket

Price: $88

Toss this plaid throw over your couch and you’ll always have something in reach to keep you warm. Its velvety plush underside is ultra soft to the touch, and you can choose from three colors: charcoal, imperial, and wild berry.

Anthropologie Faux Fur Blanket

Price: $67.60 (reg. $98)

Wrap yourself in a luxurious plush blanket from Anthropologie available in a rich marigold shade. It also comes in blush, grey and teal.

Chunky Cable Fleece Throw

Price: $59.95

Soft sherpa fleece lines the backside of this throw that comes in cream, blue, grey and red. The front has a chunky knit, perfect to bring with you on your fall escapades as you hang out with friends toasting some marshmallows over the bonfire.

Hello Pumpkin Table Runner

Price: $68

Imagine yourself gathered around a table with all of your loved ones, feasting on turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. Then add this gorgeous table runner under all of your dishes to give that final Fall pop. Little pumpkins in different colors, shapes and sizes cover this table runner that measures 90 inches in length and 16 inches wide.

Allstate Tall Glass Pumpkin

Price: $40

This pumpkin will look really gourd in your living room. Its shiny glass and delicately swirled stem is an elegant harvest look.

Harvest Arrows Wooden Wall Accent

$8.99 (reg. $14.99)

Follow the arrows on this directional sign to the fall festival of your dreams. Wooden arrows point toward the “Harvest Market,” “Sunflowers,” “Corn Maze,” “Pumpkin Patch” and “Apple Cider” as a great addition to your front door.

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Spice Kitchen’s chef Abudu hosts fundraiser Yemeni children

Abudu from Kafe Mamai was joined by Spice Kitchen from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City to raise money for Yemen.

Abudu works to prepare food that reflects his African-Caribbean cuisine, including cinnamon-dusted plantains and bhajia.

Photo: Ali Myers/IRC

Meals center on our culture, our ideas of home and family, they open up the community to a broader table. Sitting down to eat together can be powerful. Of all the questions that come up when opening a food business, though, Abudu of Kafé Mamai acknowledges that ’why’ is the most complex. For Abudu this may be especially true. While he loves to share his “culture and experience,” he is also passionate about using his small business to support others in his local community and around the globe. In August, Abudu worked to organize a fundraiser in support of Yemeni children. 

Abudu, like several others who are aware of the Yemeni crisis, has felt called to action. Yemen lies at the center of concurrent crises. While war threatens the lives of citizens, cholera and the coronavirus remain critical concerns as well. Two-thirds of the population are at risk of starvation. The risk of famine and hunger in particular spurred Abudu to begin raising money for Yemeni children to support efforts to increase access to food. 

“I come from a culture where it doesn’t matter where you’re from,” Abudu shares. “You always show hospitality. Even if you’re not eating, if someone comes here as a guest, you feed them.” In this case, Abudu is feeding people locally in order to feed families halfway across the globe. 

Abudu originally lived in Lamu, an island off the coast of Kenya, significant in Swahili culture and history and noted for its distinct architecture. He has lived in the states since 2001 and moved to Utah in 2016, where he quickly joined the Spice Kitchen Incubator program. He officially launched his food truck in 2019.

Abudu from Kafe Mamai was joined by Spice Kitchen from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City to raise money for Yemen.
Abudu organized the fundraiser for Yemen, calling upon food trucks across the city to support his cause. Photo: Ali Myers/IRC

“I like that his cuisine highlights his experience and travels,” Kate Idzorek, the Spice Kitchen Incubator program manager, says of the Afro-Caribbean influenced business. Abudu works to constantly improve Kafé Mamai, but he also dedicates time to the well-being of other entrepreneurs by checking in on them. “He’s a shining star,” Kate says. “He advocates for himself and others.” 

When Abudu first pitched the fundraiser last year, he started it as part of Spice To-Go, a hot meal pick-up service facilitated by Spice Kitchen Incubator. The staff at Spice Kitchen were eager to support his idea. This year, he wanted to do more: “Because [coronavirus] has taken over everything else, we don’t talk about things like Yemen,” he says. “It’s not that these things don’t happen [in the U.S.], too,” he explains, talking about hardship experienced in the U.S., like homelessness and hunger. “But it’s different. Worst comes to worst, we have resources.” 

All of the profits that Abudu earned during the fundraiser went towards the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. To further the reach of the fundraiser, he organized other food truck

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Spice Up Your Decor With Indoor Water Fountains

You have probably seen indoor fountains in hotel lobbies, at posh restaurants, or spas and wondered if you could place them indoors at home and the answer is of course! The truth is that these indoor fountains can be used to spruce up your home decor. In fact water fountains have quickly become a popular indoor accessory with almost every interior decorator to liven up the living room space.

Thanks to the internet, the prices of these fountains are now affordable and the selection wide. They are an instant hit among friends and family. Besides the aesthetic appeal, the soft sound of a fountain can help you and your family or company relax. They also act as a natural humidifier and purifier.

There are a number of designs, shapes and sizes to choose from. Remember to choose one that suits your decor and also take into account the space considerations.

When it comes to indoor water fountains, basically there are three types of designs. The table top variety, the wall mounted styles and finally the floor standing fountains. The tabletop fountains are great to accessorize your table and can be also used in the bedroom or on a desk. The sound from these water fountains aren't too distracting and hence are great desktop accessories as well.

If you find the table top variety to be too small, you could opt for the floor standing fountains. These are larger than the table fountains and are useful for an average home. The biggest misconception about these is that water spills from these water fountains thus creating a mess. But if carefully handled these are a great accessory and are built not to splash if you get an indoor rated fountain.

Wall mounted fountains are fixed to the wall, making it appear as if the water flows from the walls. Some wall fountains hang like a picture if they are smaller where others come with mounting brackets and hardware that will attach to your wall for a secure mount. These usually have a steel or copper frame with the water either flowing over slate or glass. Sometimes the glass is shaped in the form of waves giving it a dramatic effect.

Whatever the design that you choose, the pleasure that's derived by installing a water fountain cannot be denied. These manage to calm and rejuvenate you instantly. You could also use these to cut out the noise and chatter. You could buy these from online stores that sell them at affordable prices. For those who would love to customize their fountain, you could order for a custom designed water fountain albeit at a higher price.

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