Sarah Hearts

Printable Halloween Banner and Treat Bag Toppers

October 2, 2014

Loving this simple way to make Halloween treat bags! Definitely going to use this free printable treat bag topper this Halloween!

I don’t do scary movies. To begin with, I get startled so easily and after watching a scary movie I end up having the worst dreams. So I just don’t do scary movies. And when it comes to Halloween, I prefer to focus on the cuter side of the season. I’ll swap blood and gore for cute bats and polka dots any day. That’s why I’ve included both in these candy corn colored Halloween printables.

If you’re planning on handing out candy to neighborhood kids or if you need to make treats for your child’s classroom, these printable treat bag toppers make it so easy to make a batch of perfectly wrapped treats. Hand out candy wrapped in these bags and you’ll be the favorite house to trick or treat to in the entire neighborhood. I used the Avery Printable Bag Toppers and they even come with small plastic bags so all you need to do is grab some Halloween candy to put in them. The hard part, for me, is not eating all the candy while I’m filling the bags. Maybe you’ll have better luck with that than me.

This cute printable banner would be perfect on the front door on Halloween night.

To help make your home a bit more festive hang the trick or treat banner I made on your front door. Or use it as decor if you’re hosting a Halloween party. I used the Avery Printable Tags to create this banner because they are already perforated. All you have to do is print them out, bend them, and the edges just pop right off. Thread the tags through some baker’s twine or ribbon and you’re ready for Halloween. I’ve also included a few extra tags that would be perfect for decorating Halloween treats.

Download the Halloween treat bag topper template and use with Avery 22801

Download the trick or treat banner with bonus gift tags and use with Avery 22802

These treat bags would be perfect for a Halloween party, class room treats, or even neighborhood trick or treaters.

Use this free printable banner to greet trick or treaters or as simple party decor this Halloween.

If you use these printables this Halloween I’d love to see a photo! Share it with #sarahhearts. Can’t wait to see how you use these printables!

This post was created in partnership with Avery. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that help me create fun printables like these!

Pumpkin Ginger Snap Ice Cream Sandwiches

October 1, 2014

Can't wait to try this recipe! I want to serve them at Thanksgiving this year in place of a traditional pumpkin pie.

I love everything pumpkin. Pumpkin cookies, breads, cakes, donuts, muffins, lattes, even pasta! So now that it’s officially fall it’s officially pumpkin spice everything season. This year I wanted to try something new and combine two of my favorites into one delicious treat—homemade pumpkin ice cream with homemade ginger snap cookies. These two were meant to be. One bite and you’ll think so too.

For the pumpkin ice cream, I followed the recipe in Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones. If you don’t have this cookbook yet, I suggest you pick up a copy because it’s loaded with ninety ice cream recipes. That’s enough recipes to make nearly two new flavors a week! It’s loaded with tips and tricks to crafting perfect ice cream at home and even has some baking recipes too. This isn’t an add, I’ve just loved every recipe I’ve tried from this book!

My go-to ginger snap recipe is actually a family recipe from my friend’s Kristine and Calen. A few years ago, I baked up cookies and cupcakes for their wedding reception and Calen requested I include ginger snaps as the recipe had been in his family for quite some time. I just love traditions like that and these cookies are so yummy and easy to make they may become your family cookie too.

These pumpkin ice cream sandwiches are made with homemade ginger snap cookies. So delish!

How yummy do these look? Can't wait to try this recipe this fall.

These pumpkin ice cream sandwiches are the perfect thing to serve this fall. They are the perfect way to celebrate fall in warmer climates too!

Pumpkin Ginger Snap Ice Cream Sandwiches

- Pumpkin ice cream
- Gingersnaps (recipe below)

Helpful supplies:
- Cookie dough scoop
- Small off-set spatula
- 1/3 cup dry measuring cup
- Baking sheet small enough to fit in your freezer (I use my 1/8 sheet pans)

Cookie ingredients:
- 3/4 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 4 tbs. molasse
- 2 cup all-purpose flour
-  2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Granulated sugar for rolling dough in, use white sanding sugar for extra sparkle

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use a stand mixer, or a large bowl with a hand mixer, to combine the shortening and the sugar. Blend until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Step 2: Stir in the egg and molasses until combined. Then add the flour, baking soda, ginger, clovers and cinnamon. The dough with be thick and sticky.

Step 3: Cover the mixing bowl and place it in the fridge for at least 15 minutes so the dough can chill. If you skip this step the cookies will spread too much when baking.

Step 4: Remove the dough from the fridge and use a cookie dough scoop to form approximately 1.5″ balls of dough. Carefully roll the dough in a small bowl of sugar so all sides are covered. Place on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for a couple minutes, then place them on a cooling rack to cool completely.

Step 5: Place the ice cream in the fridge for 20 minutes to soften. Set a timer so your ice cream doesn’t become soup!

Step 6: Put your cookies face down on a tray. Pack the measuring cup with the softened pumpkin ice cream. Use the off-set spatula to carefully remove it from the cup and place it on an upside down cookie. Place another cookie on top and use the off-set spatula to smooth the sides. Repeat this with the other cookies and place them back in the freezer for 2 hours. Both the ice cream and the cookies keep for 1 week.

Just when I thought I couldn't like pumpkin spice anymore! Can't wait to try this recipe for homemade pumpkin ice cream ginger snap sandwiches.

Love everything fall? Check out my fall page that’s loaded with DIYs, recipes and color inspiration for the season.

October 2014 Calendar Wallpapers

September 29, 2014

Love having a calendar on my desktop. Download this free wallpaper for your computer, phone or tablet.

It’s almost October and now that it’s officially fall it’s time to add a little fall to your devices. I received so many great ideas on my Facebook page for this month’s wallpaper but I loved that so many people suggested I illustrate white pumpkins. So here you go! A little white pumpkin patch with mums scattered throughout for your desktop… and your tablet and your phone!Dress up your desktop for fall with this adorable white pumpkin wallpaper. Also available for tablets and phones, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.Download this month’s wallpaper for all your devices:

Computer | Computer with calendar | Computer with quote
Retina display | Retina display with calendar | Retina display with quote
iPhone | iPhone with calendar | iPhone with quote | iPhone home screen wallpaper
iPhone 6/6 Plus | iPhone 6/6 Plus with calendar | iPhone6/6 Plus  with quote | iPhone 6/6 Plus home screen wallpaper
iPad | iPad with calendar | iPad with quote | iPad home screen wallpaper

Please note that the iPhone and iPad wallpapers are created to fit the screen without perspective zoom. When you set your wallpaper, simply turn perspective zoom off to view the entire design.

Loving this free white pumpkin wallpaper. It makes me so excited for fall!Love this adorable white pumpkin wallpaper! Perfect for all my devices for fall.

Love free wallpapers? Check out all my past wallpaper designs here.

Links to Love

September 26, 2014

Welcome fall with one of these autumn inspired DIY projects for your home. Click through for links to each project tutorial.

Now that it’s officially fall, I’ve had not one but two pumpkin spice lattes, I think fall DIY-ing can begin (although it’s still stormy and hot here in Florida). If you’re looking for a fun way to add some fall to your home, try one of these DIY projects this weekend.

1. These gold pumpkin place card holders would be perfect for your Thanksgiving table. Bonus: they would make great food signs for your Thanksgiving spread too.

2. This festive folded leaf garland is a simple wall to add some fall color to any room in your home.

3. This painted retro diamond focal wall, in the most perfect fall palette, is an inexpensive way to add color to your wall. If you get tired of it all you have to do is paint over it.

I’m also loving:

This subtle diamond pattern in the bathroom. The nail polish crate is genius too.

This colorful and quirky home tour.

This interview with Joy Cho on the Lively Show (if you haven’t subscribed to this podcast—you should! The interviews are so insightful).

I’ll be speaking at Blog Fete tomorrow! If you’re attending, I can’t wait to meet you!