Halloween Decorations :: The Foyer

Greet all of you Autumn guests with some festive Halloween decorations in your foyer. Nothing sets the tone of your home like that first warm inviting step.

Halloween DecorationsThe Foyer

Halloween decorations have always been a favorite of mine ever since I was a little girl. I can still vividly remember those first crisp autumn days when my mom would pull out all of the folding paper pumpkins (the kind that opened up into a little orb of tissue honeycomb), do you remember those? I would help her fan them open and tuck back the little silver clip that held the pumpkin shape in place. Oh how I loved traipsing around behind her as she placed them about the house. My love of decorating with pumpkins must have started there, with those sweet little folding tissue pumpkins. But as the years have passed, I have traded my paper pumpkins in for real ones and I always smile and think of my mom as I place them about my house.

This year as I placed my  beloved cinderella pumpkin in my foyer I decided to add a few other embellishments to make my Halloween scene complete.

Halloween Decorations The Foyer

I just leaned a simple tree branch (that I found in my yard) against the wall and wove some store bought spider webbing through the branches.

Halloween Decorations The Foyer

Tucked in a few plastic spiders and hung up a couple of black ribbon bats.


The black ribbon bats are cinch to make! Just cut a piece of ribbon, tie a clear piece of craft string tightly around the center into a knot. Fold the ribbon in half and cut a few notches along the bottom edge of the ribbon to shape the wings.

Halloween Decorations The Foyer

Voila!  You’ve got a bat!

Invite guests into your home with a festive foyer this Halloween!

Halloween Decorations The Foyer

It’s a s easy as can be!

Supplies for Halloween Decorations in your foyer :

  • pumpkin (real or artifical)
  • tree branch
  • store bought spider web and plastic spiders
  • 3 inch wide black ribbon
  • clear craft string


Happy Decorating!


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Carmel Apple Hand Pies

These sweet little carmel apple hand pies are divine and a cinch to make! Soft cinnamony apples and gooey carmel tucked into a tiny flakey crust. They’re like a little package of fall.

carmel apple hand pies

I know that I told you in my last post about our Apple Orchard Adventure that I would share my apple hand pies with you once the new Wenderly site was up but I just can’t wait!! I have too many fall DIY projects, decorating ideas and recipes to share with you so I’ll be posting here until the new site launches.

carmel apple hand pies

Patience has never been one of my strong points.

carmel apple hand pies

I really don’t know why I’ve never made a hand pie?

In my mind they seemed so labor intensive for some reason but I’m here to tell you that they’re not! As a matter of fact, I’ll be making hand pies for every festive occasion for quite awhile! I’m already dreaming up different personalized  hand pies for all who gather around my Thanksgiving table embellished with pastry leaves and acorns. I was even thinking about some savory hand pies for Christmas Eve supper.

carmel apple hand pies

Aren’t they just precious? I adore the rustic look and feel. Using the prepared pie crust really made making these a breeze.

And nobody could even tell the difference.

carmel apple hand pies

Darling little packages of pastry filled with all the delights of the season. Indulge yourself and your loved ones with some carmel apple hand pies today!

Happy Fall!


Carmel Apple Hand Pies
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These sweet little carmel apple hand pies are divine and a cinch to make! Soft cinnamony apples and gooey carmel all tucked into a tiny flakey crust.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • For the filling :
  • 5 Jonathan apples (peeled, cored and cut into small cubes)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • 12 carmel squares (cut into 4 pieces)
  • For the crust :
  • 1 package prepared pie crust (I used Trader Joe's)
  • egg and water for egg wash
  • sanding sugar for tops of hand pies
  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Place the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves into a bowl and toss until mixed together.
  3. Melt butter in a small sauce pan, add apple mixture and cook over a medium heat for 5-7 minutes until apples are tender.
  4. While the apples cook, flour your work surface and roll out prepared pie crust into a ¼ inch thickness
  5. Using a 3 inch round cookie cutter, cut out as many rounds as you can and place on a lined baking sheet. Continue kneading the remaining dough and rolling and cutting until you have 12 dough circles on your baking sheet and 12 other rounds to top the hand pies.
  6. Beat an egg with a splash of water and brush egg wash around edges of the 12 rounds on baking sheet.
  7. Put about a tablespoon of the apple filling into the center of each of the dough circles then tuck 4 carmel pieces into the apple filling of each hand pie.
  8. Place the remaining dough circles on each hand pie.
  9. Seal the hand pies by gently pushing a fork around the edges.
  10. Brush the top of each hand pie with the egg wash, cut a few slits into the top and then sprinkle with sanding sugar.
  11. Enjoy!


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Apple Orchard Adventure and Other Things

Apple orchard


Times are a changing around here. My girls are growing like beautiful flowers that are blooming into the most delightful young ladies despite all my worry, constant conversations and continuous praying.

Apple orchard

The days seem to slip away in a millisecond as the seasons melt into one another and I find myself trying to memorize yet another year to write on my checks.

Apple orchard

But this past year in particular has been especially blur-like. My eldest learned to drive, my youngest became a teenager, and my life perspective began to dramatically change. The little take for granted’s  became monumental. My faith grew like it hasn’t in years and my constant enamor with social media and online life dissolved into disenchantment. I didn’t really know who I was for awhile. Has that ever happened to you? My senses were overstimulated as I tried to balance my life on what seemed to be a very tiny beam. My focus that was usually multifaceted, narrowed into an ability to focus on only one task.

Apple orchard

I craved simplicity, stability, structure.

And my family.


Apple orchard

I almost considered taking my blog down even though my mind kept a silent tally of ideas and notes as I went through my days.

I prayed for answers and waited.

And then I’d pray again.

Slowly I started to hear God’s whispers.

Family was first.

Apple orchard

Apple orchard

So I continued to pray and be a mom and a daughter and a sister and a wife and a child of God. By spring I started feeling the familiar little flutters of butterfly wings in my stomach that let me know when something is a changing. I went on a weekend getaway with some dear friends. Conversations unfolded and God started speaking to me rather than whispering.

I started getting answers to prayers.

I was in awe. Why do I always respond with surprise when answered prayers come? 

Blessings can come in such beautiful packages.

Apple orchard

And unusually surprising ways.

I knew that I had to keep going. My passion for inspiring people was planted in me before I was born. Nothing makes my soul smile like making people feel something stir inside. Whether it comes from sharing a delicious recipe that we’ve enjoyed or a table I’ve set to decorating my foyer or fireplace mantel and everything in between, I love to inspire you. And I believe that is what God has called me to do.

Apple orchard

So for the past few months my husband, My Yanni, and I have been working on a new blog as I’ve been trying to keep up with the constant flow of creative ideas, recipes, decorating suggestions, and DIY projects as we decide on fonts and layouts and widgets and designs. We’re working on the last little details and kinks and hope that the new Wenderly will be up in a few weeks.

Apple orchard

*photos credits for this pic go to my eldest daughter*

I hope that you’ll join me for all the new inspiration that I would love to share with you.

Apple orchard

First on the list are homemade carmel apple hand pies made with the apples we picked from our magical family trip to the apple orchard.

With love and anticipation!


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