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Recipe: Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Fall is here! I don’t know about you but I just can’t get enough of fall. Warm colors, cozy cardigans, wearing tights every day, fall decorations, costumes, and pumpkin flavored everything! So I am going to add to the pumpkin madness with this recipe for some delicious cupcakes.

For Cupcakes: 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour , 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice , 1 teaspoon salt , 1/2 teaspoon baking soda , 1 teaspoon baking powder , 1/2 cup of softened butter , 1 cup of white sugar , 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 2 large eggs , 3/4 cup of milk , 1 can of pumpkin puree

For Frosting: 1 package of softened cream cheese , 1/2 cup of softened butter , 3 cups of powdered sugar , 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

(I also used a package of mellowcreme pumpkins to top the cupcakes)

Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F. Line 24 cupcake cups with paper cupcake liners. Mix together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside. Beat 1/2 cup of butter, the white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Stir in the milk and pumpkin puree. Stir in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared cupcake cups.Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pans for a couple minutes before removing to cool on a wire rack.

While your cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting by beating the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer in a bowl until smooth. Beat in the powdered sugar a little at a time until incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and beat until fluffy. Once the cupcakes are cool, frost with the cream cheese icing and top with a pumpkin.


Happy Fall!

xo Trish


July-August goals recap

Toward the middle of July I made a lists of goals for myself to finish or attempt before the end of August. My plans (as they usually do) changed a lot and I ended up moving to a new house in August so some the things on my list were pushed back, taken off completely or just didn’t get done. I like giving myself a list. Even if everything doesn’t get done it’s nice to have around to keep yourself motivated and always moving forward.

Here’s a recap of my list:

  • organize…everything. Get rid of clutter, downsize a little. – Done! Moving gave me extra motivation to do this.
  • take a trip to IKEA. – Sadly, this did not happen. Maybe next month!
  • donate clothes. – Done! Twice I think.
  • take one (maybe two) more roadtrips. – This did not happen. I really wanted to go and I had about 15 different ideas but I just couldn’t justify spending the money once I found out I was moving and had to get ready for school as well.
  • develop film from the duaflex. – I feel like a real slacker for not doing this one. I thought about it alot. ha! This will be going on another list soon.
  • finish two sewing projects. – I ended up finishing 5 different sewing projects and this month I’ve already made two dresses. yay!
  • throw a couple of parties. – I planned a party, but ended up cancelling it because of the move. I want to have a bonfire and smore’s roasting party sometime soon though! The weather is becoming just perfect!
  • read two books – Done!
  • spend a day at lake James. – Nope.
  • see Moonrise Kingdom. – I saw it twice.
  • see to Rome with Love. – It was playing an hour away from us for about a week and then they stopped showing it. I missed out.
  • make a budget for the Fall. – Done!
  • make a schedule for the Fall. – Done!
  • try 4 new recipes. Done!
  • take Emma swimming. – This happened quite a bit after we went the first time. She kept saying “Trish, we go fimming pool today?” you can’t resist that. Especially since she pronounces the sw sound as an f.
  • go to the drive in one more time- Nope.
  • Be Optimistic! – I did really well being optimistic until I got walking pneumonia that lasted for the first two and a half weeks of school, it really put a damper on things.


Last month we went camping on Roan Mountain in Tennessee. I used to go camping there 2-3 times a year when I was little and I just loved every minute of it! It was great to go back with some sweet friends and Delilah, who was crazy territorial the whole time and just precious. We drove over the border of North Carolina and went to a waterfall and swam in the freezing water, hiked a bit, spent some quality time with my hammock, cooked and ate a lot, and sat around the fire probably more than anything else!

The day after we got back I started moving in to my new house and decorating my room. I’m absolutely in love with my new space and I can’t wait to show you how it turned out. Have you guys had any camping adventures lately?


D.I.Y. Plush Owl

I’ve still been steadily making little sewing projects here and there trying to gain a little bit of skill and have some fun creating cute projects, accessories, and clothes along the way. This week my grandfather has been in the hospital after having a heart-attack earlier in the week. We’ve been visiting a lot but I thought he might need something to brighten up his room a bit when we weren’t there so I decided to make him a plush owl.

I know, it seems a little odd to give an 85 year old man a stuffed animal but let me give you a little background and tell you that my grandfather’s nickname ever since he was in grade school has been “Hoot”, his friends started calling him this because there was a cowboy named “Hoot Gibson” who was a famous rodeo champion as well as an actor, director, and producer when my Grandpa was growing up. So naturally since our last name is Gibson they threw Hoot in front and that was that, I’ve never heard anyone call him anything else. I decided, based on his nickname to make him a “hoot owl” plush with a patched up heart.

This project can be made with any skill level and takes about 30-60 minutes to make.

Owl Plush, makes one owl.

Supplies Needed:

A solid and printed fabric, felt in various colors for the eyes, feet, and any other embellishments you might like to add, fabric scissors, fabric glue or tacky glue, paper (for your pattern), a sewing machine or needle and thread, pins, stuffing, and an embroidery needle and embroidery thread (if you want the top stitch embellishment) 

Draw and cut out your pattern for your owl you’ll need a template for the body, wings, feet, eyes, tummy patch, forehead, and beak.

Pin each part of your pattern to the appropriate fabric and cut out each of your pieces. (I made sure to fold my fabric in half so I only had to cut once since you’ll need two of everything except the tummy, forehead, and beak!)

Once you have all of your pieces laid out go ahead and stitch on the tummy and forehead to the front of the owls body with the embroidery needle and thread. From here you can either stitch or glue on the eyes and beak. Also stitch on the feet just slightly above where your seam will be at the bottom of the owl.

Now that the front of your owl is ready to go, place the back of the owl and the front of the owl together with the details facing in so that you can no longer see them.

Get your sewing machine or needle and thread out and sew around the edge of your owl leaving an inch or two open so you can stuff your bird. 

Now fill flip your owl inside out so that you can see his precious face again and fill him with stuffing! Last of all hand stitch the opening so that his stuffing doesn’t all fall out and You’re done! 

Try making owls with different details and fabrics and even different sizes and soon you’ll have a whole family of these adorable guys!



Recipe: Key Lime Pie

There is something so summery and special about key lime pie and this recipe is extremely simple, you won’t be sorry if you try it!

This pie is sweet, tart, creamy, and a perfect end to a Summer evening or picnic.

Key Lime Pie, makes one (6-8 servings)


 – One pie crust (one cup of graham cracker crumbs, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of melted butter mixed together and pressed in to  a pie plate) or…you can cheat and buy a pre-made crust.

– 3 cups of sweetened condensed milk – 1 cup of sour cream – the zest of 5 key limes – the juice of an entire bag of key limes (a little less than one cup)

Preheat your oven to 350

Whisk together your condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime zest until it’s nice and smooth. Pour the prepared mix in to your pie crust and bake for 6-10 minutes until you see very tiny bubbles at the top of your pie. Do not let your pie over bake, it should only stay in the oven long enough to set and shouldn’t brown at all. Let your pie cool and place it in the fridge to chill for 4-24 hours before serving.


– Trish

p.s. I covered my pie with homemade hint of orange whipped cream.

Summer Life – according to instagram

Here are a few instagrams from the past little bit.  I can’t believe that it is already August and school is about to start! I still feel like I have so much to do before I’ll be ready for this Summer to end, I guess I’ll be trying extra hard to  make the most of this last month and stay super busy. I still have a few great events to come before the Summer really ends – including Mumford & Son’s gentlemen of the road stopover in Bristol (ahhhh!) I’m probably most excited about that one if I’m being honest.

Regardless of anything else that happens though, I truly feel that I’ve accomplished a lot and had a fantastic Summer with adventure, music, and tons of fun and I am ready to start making plans for an adventurous Fall as well!

Do you have any plans for the last month of Summer?


(my instagram user name is: trishgibson)



I spent all day Saturday hanging out with these two little ones. Aren’t they precious?

 I love hanging out with my niece and nephew and I hope to be a super fun aunt for them when they get a bit older, I’m already working on a foundation for that now but it will probably take some time to really establish a solid standing as the kind of aunt that they want to hang out with, have sleepovers with, go to concerts with, talk about their life with, and anything else.

I love how little they are right now but I also can’t wait to watch them grow. I am one proud auntie, but who wouldn’t be with these  adorable kiddos?