DIY Food

Pumpkin donut holes.

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” –  George Eliot

If my soul could live entirely in one season, it would most certainly reside in the glorious season of Fall. What is it about Fall that is so soothing to the soul? There is something so incredibly peaceful that makes me feel settled and at home during the Fall.  I love the way the air smells and how the winds blow the colored leaves off of the trees and scatter them onto the ground, where they crunch beneath my feet. I love the way my heart lights up when my eyes set sight upon the first tree that is an ombre of green to bright red.

Let’s not forget the Fall flavors in baking and cooking.  Oh, how that pumpkin spice latte is my complete weakness! I think a nice warm pumpkin spice latte pairs perfectly with a crisp Fall hike through forest.

I have been in a baking kick lately. Baking almost every to every other day. I suppose this has also been because the temperatures have dropped greatly here in Wisconsin and baking is one of the best ways to heat up an old farmhouse!

Yesterday, I was trying to find ways to use up some of the pumpkin puree that I had in the cupboards. I came across a great recipe for pumpkin donut holes! The great thing about this recipe, is that they are baked in the oven and they will make your house smell amazing!

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Follow along with the recipe below:

Ingredients

For the donuts:

  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk

For the cinnamon sugar coating:

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan with nonstick spray. (I use a coconut oil spray)
  2. Sift flour into medium mixing bowl, add in baking powder, salt, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. In a separate large bowl, scoop in the pumpkin puree and mix in brown sugar.
  4. Mix in the vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and add an egg. Pour in milk, and mix until smooth.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Be careful not to over mix the batter.
  6. Scoop the batter into a 24-cup mini muffin pan, about ¾ full each cup, and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Remove the donuts from the oven and allow to cool just enough to handle.
  8. Place melted butter in one bowl and the sugar and cinnamon in another.
  9. Dip the donuts into the melted butter, and coatt in cinnamon sugar.
  10. Place donuts onto a napkin covered plate. This will help soak up that extra butter!
  11. Time to enjoy!

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There you have it!  These are so delicious!  Our  plate was empty by mid day Sunday!

I think I might even play around with this recipe a bit and see how I can make it healthier!

Feel free to share this blog post and as always, you can connect with me over on Facebook as well!

Happy baking!

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The little table that could.

There once was a sad little table that no one wanted.  It was tossed into a dark corner in a garage, waiting and hoping to be rescued.  All it wanted was someone who could see it’s potential and possibility that it had underneath all of the Tablebeforescrapes, scuffs and scars.

Full of spider webs, dust and debris, it waited and waited and waited.

One day, the garage door opened. It saw the sunlight for the first time in what seemed liked forever and it thought, ‘What is this!?’

It felt someone pick it up and suddenly the next thing it knew, it saw the garage door disappearing in the distance. ‘Going to the dump I suppose.” The sad little table thought.

Little did it know, it was on it’s way to be rescued.   The table was frightened when it noticed that it was placed in what seemed like another dark corner of a building. ‘Here we go again!’ It thought.

The garage door didn’t shut, and the table was set on top of drop cloth. It heard a loud noise suddenly and it felt all of the years of use, abuse, wear and tear slowly fading.  All of it’s scars were sanded away. Deep down it could once again sense a little bit of hope and it knew that this time, something was different.

As a new layer of paint was applied, it felt incredible. If tables could smile, this table would have been wearing the biggest smile you’ve ever seen.

You see, once the tables scars were cleaned out, and sealed off, it was able to live again.  It was rescued, redeemed and renewed, much like how God uses hard times in our lives, to cleanse us , wash away our scars and make us new in Him. He never loses His vision for us, we can never be too far gone, that our loving Father loses sight of our potential in all that He created us to be.

This is why I do what I do, this is why I rescue things that have been forgotten. Everything deserves a second chance and a new lease on life.

If you have a piece of furniture that you are thinking of tossing, take a second look. Maybe it just needs someone to care enough to look at it with a new set of eyes.

 

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This table is for sale at my booth at The Shed ! You can visit my booth 7 days a week at The Shed in Altoona, Wisconsin at 1519 Mayer Road. I am booth # 56 in the new addition (just look for my Endless Acres Farmtiques sign and wood ship lap walls!).

Come see me on Facebook and make sure to like, click Follow and hit the ‘See First’ to be certain that I show up in your news feed!

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September 1st booth update!

Happy September friends!

This is one of my favorite months!  I am absolutely head over heels in love with Fall and everything about it. The smells, the colors, the cozy hooded sweatshirts and warm bonfires.

I spent almost three hours today (yes , you read that right, 3!) sprucing up my booth at The Shed in Altoona!  I added a new Endless Acres Farmtiques sign that I put together yesterday and tucked in some Fall  items along with plenty of other awesome vintage goods, quote bracelets, home decor and so much more!   I may have a small 8 foot by 8 foot booth, but if you take your time when your in there, and look around into every nook , you are sure to find some great treasures that will help make your house feel more like home!

I must also add, that I have the most patient 9 year old daughter in the entire world. She came with me today and sat on a little vintage wood chair the entire time I was working in my booth, without a peep. God has blessed us with such amazing children! On occasion she will help me decorate and stage items in my booth, but today was a big work day, where I took everything out, and did a lot of rearranging before putting items back in!

I overheard someone walking by say that they used to have a booth at The Shed and they stopped doing it, because it was too much work.  It IS a lot of work to have a booth in an antique mall!  It is a commitment, you can not just set your stuff in there once and be good for the year, or even for the month.  Stuff is continually being purchased, moved, messed up, sometimes even trash gets set inside of your cups for sale (Yes this has happened, and yes it made me sad, please respect other peoples booths!), and it is a lot of work curating goods and creating goods as well, but you know what?  I wouldn’t do it unless I absolutely loved it, and I do !  It is a complete passion of mine to find items, make items, stage items and to know that they made someone else smile warms my heart!

I appreciate each person that goes out of their way and makes time in their schedule to check out my booth!  If you are one of those people, thank you!  You are helping to support my dream and my amazing family of four (+ chickens and a dog.)

Below are a few photos I snapped on my phone today, take a look and enjoy!

This gives you a little bit of a preview of what you can find in my booth, but certainly not all! There are so many little items tucked into different spaces that I can’t begin to take photos of everything, and it is guaranteed to change within 5-7 days with items sold, moved, and more items added, so as always, check back often!

I start helping the kids this coming Tuesday in online school at home, so I am going to try to manage my time the best that I can and keep up with updating both my booth and blog, but just know if I vanish for a little bit of time, that we are just settling into the new school year!

You can visit my booth 7 days a week at The Shed in Altoona, Wisconsin at 1519  Mayer Road.  I am booth # 56 in the new addition (just look for my Endless Acres Farmtiques sign and wood shiplap walls!).

I recently just opened my Etsy store back up as well and will continue to sell smaller items on there too!

Come see me on Facebook and make sure to like, click Follow and hit the ‘See First’ to be certain that I show up in your news feed!

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From railroad shipping crate to unique coffee table.

I love it when something ordinary jumps out at me and I instantly see how it can be extraordinary.

Last month I came across something that stopped me in my tracks, (pun intended)… An old Railway Express Agency shipping crate.  It was worn, dried out, beat up, and begging for some true old fashioned TLC.

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Without hesitation I hauled it home, where it has been sitting in the corner of my living room, until last week when I finally decided to move it out into my workshop where I have a line up of projects ready to tackle.  I figure if I added it into the line up, there would be a better chance that I would be inspired to work on it!

I immediately knew what this old crate needed and I got to work.

I started by scrubbing it down and using tack cloth all over to make sure there wasn’t any loose dust or particles before I went to the next step.

Next, I added two coats of clear Zinsser Shellac. 16015-10-1000

I was working in my work shop on a mid 80’s day, so the Shellac dried extremely fast.  I was impressed at the dry time, and it didn’t leave any sticky feeling behind.

I added Shellac to the entire exterior, interior, and lid.  Once the Shellac was dry, it was time to add on the caster wheels.  I picked these wheels up a few years ago and have been waiting to find the right project to use them on.  This was it!

Adding the shellac pulled out all  of the historical characteristics, markings and words.  I love the transformation that shellac does to wood! It is a beautiful process!

I remember during my childhood when my dad would ask me to assist him with projects and it would always make me feel so special to help him, even if it was just handing him nails, I felt so important.  Now, when I work on projects, I try to find a task somewhere during, that my kids can help me with, hoping that when they grow up, they will not only have memories, but will have useful skills that they can use too!

I asked my son R to help me with the caster wheels.  He is usually a little hesitant with projects, but with me showing him an example and putting the first screw in with the hand drill,  he jumped right in and took over.  He is 13 now, and I feel like time is flying by, so I want to be the very best mom possible and teach him all that I know, while he is still here with me!

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Adding caster wheels is not a complicated task!  Don’t let it scare you! Caster wheels come in many different sizes and you can get ones that swivel 360 degrees, or ones that only roll backward and forward in a straight line.  I always get the ones that do a complete swivel, this makes it so much easier when moving things around, especially if it’s something like a coffee table that gets pushed and pulled in all directions by everyone

After he added on the four caster wheels, it was time to add some pulls onto the lid, for easy opening.  This is when my son ran way.  Hah.  I give thanks that he stayed with more for at least a small portion of my project!

The pulls were picked out by my 8 year old daughter. We were looking for something rustic that looked like it had always been a part of this old crate.

Since these pulls had a bit of a bump out on the bottom where it would meet the crate, I ha to measure the size of that bump with the drill bit gauge. (Pictured above on the left). I used that size drill bit to go into the wood just as deep as the bottom of the pull needed to go in, then on the underside of the lid, I drilled in a hole that was one size smaller than the screw for a tight fit.  I didn’t have any pull screws on hand that were the right size, so I made due by placing two washers in between the lid and each screw so it was nice and snug and secure.

One the pulls were installed, it was time to sit back and smile at another project well done and another piece of forgotten furniture brought back to life and rescued!

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This is currently available for purchase as well!  If you are interested, please shoot me an email at endlessacres @ live . com .  Or you can also contact me over on Facebook.

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Early August booth update.

Hey friends!

How has your Summer been so far? I have accomplished so much! Every Summer I usually look forward to taking one big road trip with my family, but this Summer instead of one big road trip, I have taken many smaller road trips around Wisconsin and Minnesota!  Sometimes, just adventuring locally is more than enough, if you have the right people by your side!

With that said, I have also been focusing more on my business! I finally have a home office and have spent this whole past week organizing my art supplies and my workshop, so I can do more quality projects, at a faster pace !

It is so nice to sit here and write to you, with an amazing view of our property, the neighboring farm fields and while watching our little chickens running around outside of my office window!

Yesterday, my son R and I went to our mini store at The Shed and added tons of new ‘smalls’ all around our booth!  I am having so much fun having my own little nook to decorate and sell items from.  I continue to pray that God blesses that little area and that all those who purchase goods from us know that there is a lot of love, prayer and power packed into that space.

I still plan to update the space with unique shelving along the back wall, which will be a better way to display all of the smalls that I like to curate and sell.

Let me know if there is anything specific that YOU are looking for! I absolutely love hunting for treasures for people and am honored to help in any way that I can!

Suggestions for my booth? Let me know that as well!  I want to continue to make my mini store better every single day, to make your shopping experience even better every time you visit!  I want my booth to be one that you will tell your friends about, that you will return to , and that you can;t wait to get to, to see what is new! How can I achieve that?  Please share below in the comments if you have any ideas!  I am secure in knowing that change and critiques are always for my good!

Below you will find a few updated photos of my booth, as of yesterday morning! Enjoy and remember, I add new, unique items weekly and sometimes even bi-weekly, so check back often!

 

Remember, you can shop my curated, custom and vintage goods, 7 days a week at The Shed at 1519 Mayer Road in Altoona, Wisconsin. They are open until 5:00 pm every day!

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As always you can follow along with more of my DIY adventures over on Facebook!

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Front porch to home office transformation.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

I fully believe in that statement above. I believe that by practicing gratitude, a positive attitude and making the best out of every situation, no matter what it is, that our lives have the potential to be nothing less than amazing!

We have lived in our early 1900’s farm house for 4 years exactly this week!  In the four years here, I had not yet taken the time to set up a home office.  I have spent the past few years, however battling Lyme Disease + co infections, so my healing has taken most of my attention.  This past week, I felt extremely motivated and inspired to dig back in to my passion, regardless how I am feeling health-wise or whether or not my pain is intense, I will push through it .  I do not want to allow an illness to take me down, to discourage me, hold me back, and most of all define me.  I am not my illness, it does not own me, I will heal, I am healing, and I will continue moving forward into Gods amazing plan for my life!

On Sunday, I had a little buzz in my heart to turn the porch into a home office, where I will  have the space to write about my latest DIY projects, where I can create, dream, set goals, smash goals and inspire all of you from in the comfort of my own home! The porch has always been, ‘the dogs room’, because no one else wanted to use it, since it wasn’t exactly the most inspiring and fun place to hang out in with it’s old floral basket wallpaper.   It is time.  Time to change all of that!

With a little bit of money, and a whole lot of motivation, I headed into Menard’s to purchase porch floor paint and stain for a desk.

All day Sunday I worked on painting over the old floor tiles with porch paint. This is a temporary fix until our budget allows for us to redo the flooring.  My daughter, Camryn picked out the Icy Mint color.  We chose to use Dutchboy’s skid resistant porch and floor paint in ‘Minted Ice / 16WW’.    Keep in mind this is a very budget friendly makeover, it wasn’t planned and as time and money allows, more improvements to the area will be made!  (Like windows, flooring, new doors, comfortable desk seating:) , etc)

Okay, so you’ve made it through my little intro story and are now probably wondering where the photos are!  So let’s get to it!

Here is what our little front porch looked like before, as it was when we moved in.

Not that inspiring or relaxing of a space, is it?

Yesterday, also known as Monday, I spent 8 hours straight working on the the porch.  I did not run to town and spend any more money to decorate and put it together, I simply just shopped my own home, and below is what I came up with!

Most of the maps that you see on the walls,were my Grandparents, that I got after my Grandpas passing, some maps even had their routes circled & car trouble notes:) , the desk is made from 2 bookshelves my dad built when I was a child, my Grandpas old ladder & a piece of $13 wood from Menard’s with Minwax classic grey stain, that my daughter also picked out.

The silhouettes in the corner, are my Grandmother’s, as well as the flower frogs which I am now using for pen storage on the desk.  The little rocks on the window sills are heart shaped rocks that were curated from along the shores of Lake Superior, from my mother, my sister and some that I found also.

The sweet house drawing that is placed on top of the US map is painted by my daughter Camryn.

I could go on and on about all of the little details. There is family , heart and soul tucked all over the space and I am beyond excited to start creating in this area!  I look forward to the wonderful words, ideas, conversations and inspiration that happen here!

About 95% of the items that I used to complete this project were items that we already had around the house & outbuildings & I gathered today to use & decorate.  When decorating a space- shop your own home & other rooms first, before you head out and spend money!  You will be surprised at what you can come up with!

As a reminder, here is what the porch looked like, before:

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Here it is now.  I hope you see the love, effort and creativity that I jammed into this small little area!

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Well, my friends, there it is!  What do you think?  Not bad for throwing it together in less than 24 hours right!?  I am so excited to finally have a work space in our home! Leave a comment below on your thoughts, I would love to hear your what you have to say!

Wait! Before you go, let’s connect! Did you know that you can also find me over on Instagram @endlessacresfarmtiques & kellymwhitman , and also on Facebook for more DIY inspiration?!  I hope to see you over there!

Have an awesome & blessed day!
– Kelly

 

 

 

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Milk-house curb appeal project.

Have you heard the news?  We added 6 hens to our little farm!  They arrived last Friday in the back of my van and have happily made themselves at home in the new coop that my husband designed in a little covered area between our milk house and barn.

Since getting our new hens, aka ‘the girls’, I have been inspired to add some much needed TLC to our milk house.

Rummaging around our scrap wood pile, looking for pieces of wood to making ‘something’ with, I got the idea to whip up some shutters for the front window of the milk house!   I have never made shutters before, and I honestly didn’t really know what I was doing, but using my handy DIY gene, I think I did a pretty great job!

I measured , of course, twice right? I cut four boards the same length, these would serve as the main shutter, then I measured four more boards, which would serve as the cross pieces that will hold the shutters together and add the final character. milkhouse9

After assembled, I went over the shutter twice with Minwax Polyurethane and stain in black, let dry and attached to the milk house using wood screws.

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Super easy!  I may just have to start building more scrap wood shutters to sell in my booth at The  Shed, what do you think?

Here is the milk house before:

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Also, kind of like the book, ‘If you give a mouse a cookie,’ my projects always spiral into other projects.  After building and installing the shutters, I realized the window still needed a little something more.  I then got the idea for a window box planter, and was planning to build one out of scrap wood or find something cool to re-purpose into a planter, when I came across an old white cornice that I had removed from above our living room window  upon moving into our house.

Perfect!  I flipped it upside down, and screwed it onto the milk-house, under the window!  Lined it with plastic lining, drilled in some holes, filled with dirt, robbed flowers from other planters I had, and it was complete!

See for yourself below what a difference something as simple as scrap wood and flowers can make!

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As a bonus, the chicken run goes underneath this window, so any dead flowers that drop off will be nice little treats for our girls!

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend!

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