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Cozy Ways to Decorate for Fall

– Posted in: Tablescapes, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Fall Decorating | Cozy Ways to Decorate for Fall.

Leaves Falling, Autumn Calling ... it truly does not take much time or effort to get your home-sweet-home ready for the autumn season.  For example, by simply switching out your summer throws with more bulky and colorful fall blankets and/or afghans - this one little activity will instantly add warmth and beauty to your space.  It takes… Read More

Halloween Bark

– Posted in: Food, Halloween
Recipe | Halloween Bark | This was way too much fun to make! Great for the little "monsters" and Adults alike ♥

This was, by far, the most fun I have had making a Halloween Treat ... ever!  It's one of those rare recipes that you can decorate it any way you want, and the crazier the better - after all, it's Halloween.  It's incredibly easy to make and is the perfect activity to share with your family and little… Read More

Dutch Apple Pumpkin Crisp

– Posted in: Food
Recipe | Dutch Apple Pumpkin Crisp | Fall Baking never tasted so good! Easy to make, delicious, and not overly sweet.

Oh my goodness ... I just baked this wonderful Fall dessert called Dutch Apple Pumpkin Crisp.  It is the perfect recipe for your Fall Baking.  Delicious, and not overly sweet, it makes for a superb ending to any Fall meal.  Every bite of tender apples, covered with creamy pumpkin, and then topped off with a golden crumb mixture… Read More

Apple Pie Recipe

– Posted in: Food
Recipe | Apple Pie | Baking a homemade pie should definitely be on your Fall Bucket List. There is nothing more inviting than the aroma of a pie in the oven!

During the fall season, there are a lot of apples to choose from.  A firm and tasty one is needed for an Apple Pie.  I use delicious Braeburn apples in my recipe because they hold their shape so well when cooked.  Our local grocery store sells them so they are readily available.  While you can use whatever… Read More

Fall Tablescapes – Pumpkin Centerpiece

– Posted in: Tablescapes
Fall Tablescapes - with Pumpkin Centerpiece

Fall Tablescapes - here is another version, inspired by a simple ceramic pumpkin.  It became the main focus of the round table, sitting on a vintage green glass cake stand.  The cake stand was supported by a vintage wooden Lazy Susan, which was then adorned with food and other elements of the Fall Season.  A variety of… Read More

Fall Decorating – Bringing it Indoors

– Posted in: Home, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Fall Decorating - a harvest basket brings the beauty of Fall into your home.

Bringing in the elements of the wondrous outdoors is a decorating technique that I often use in my own home.  By doing so, I can truly enjoy all the simple virtues of the Fall season. I find the sight of falling leaves extremely calming, the robust autumn hues invigorating, and the scents of harvest bounty tempting.  When the cool mist of… Read More

Riding into Fall Tablescape

– Posted in: Tablescapes
Fall Decorating | Always start with a beautiful table setting, full of robust and vibrant color.

Our seasons will soon be changing; therefore, I thought I would share with you my most recent Fall Tablescape.  I will be hosting an Autumn Brunch for gents in the near future; therefore, nothing could be too fancy.  These are big and brawny men; hence, I made sure I left plenty of room between the place settings. The first… Read More

Pumpkin Pie Cooking Tips

– Posted in: Food, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Cooking TIps | Here are some tools and tips you need to make the most delicious Pumpkin Pie!

This time of the year showers us with many crowd-pleasing activities from Tailgating, Halloween, Thanksgiving and more! Whatever the autumn party you choose, scrumptious pumpkins offer timeless flavors of the season. Pumpkin pie is a holiday tradition, and now is the time to start visiting the markets to retrieve your prized squash.  Below are some… Read More

Fall Tablescape

– Posted in: Tablescapes
Fall | Tablescape | A simple, yet beautiful, Autumn table setting. Love the vibrant colors ♥

We recently had a Fall Dinner Party at our home and I wanted to share some of the ideas I implemented into our tablescape. Since this was a casual gathering of dear friends, I wanted nothing to be too fussy. Autumn colors, a relaxed atmosphere and a theme centered around the fruits of the Fall… Read More

Chili Recipe

– Posted in: Food
Chili Recipe | Wonderful traditional recipe, and absolutely love my new Fall silicone cooking utensils!

There is nothing better than a warm bowl of Chili on a cold winter's night.  Indeed, our weather will soon be getting chilly ... so now is a very appropriate time to share this wonderful recipe!  Chili can be made to suit your own personal tastes, giving you the opportunity to make your own unique signature recipe!  If you… Read More

Joie Devil Oven Pull

– Posted in: Reviews, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Joie Devil Oven Pull

I am about to tell you a sad Tale; however, don't despair.  This story has a very good ending.  It all started with a mishap in the kitchen, and as the days unfolded, I soon became friends with the Devil.  Well, not "that" Devil, but the Joie Devil Oven Pull.  Always wearing a big smile on… Read More

Apple Favorites

– Posted in: Food, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Apple Favorites

September is the time of year when we are blessed with a bounty of orchard-fresh apples!  From tart to sweet, there is certainly no shortage of varieties available to us. While we usually have no problem buying apples all year round, there are a few types (e.g. the Jonamac and Honeycrisp) that are only available during peak season. Here in Florida, these type… Read More

Ladderback Chairs

– Posted in: Home
Cottage Style Decorating | Ladderback Chairs

If you are a fan of the "Cottage Look", then you might want to consider adding a Ladderback Chair to your furnishings. Cottage-style decorating is a mix and match style - allowing great freedom in combining flea-market finds with family treasures and modern pieces of furniture.  Ladderback Chairs have a clean and simple design, which makes them one… Read More

Diamond Frost Plant

– Posted in: Garden
Garden | Diamond Frost Plant

Here in Florida, there is always something to do in the garden. Something to do, or something new to discover.  It was this year that I discovered a great new plant, and then later realized that I needed to do something else in the garden ... and that was to transplant my new plant from its… Read More

Labor Day Beach Toys & Games

– Posted in: Things To Do, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Labor Day Beach Toys - Frisbee

I can hardly believe it, but Labor Day will be here before you know it!  For many of us, this will be our last summer celebration before autumn rushes in to greet us.  With that in mind, here is a list of a few beach games that are sure to please.  With something for just about everybody, you… Read More

How to Dry Herbs with a Wooden Hanger

– Posted in: Food, Garden, Tips, Thrills & Tales
How to Dry Herbs with a Hanger | Great use of an old wooden hanger, and drying herbs has never been easier!

Does anyone remember the old wooden hangers of yesteryear?  They were well-built, and primarily made for hanging pants and skirts.  In today's world, they make a great tool for drying herbs - with little fuss.  This method of drying is extremely easy!  It is not nearly as labor intensive as my old way - which usually required standing on a small ladder and neatly tying… Read More

How to Clean Skechers Go Walk Shoes

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales
How to Clean Skechers Go Walk Shoes

I have been a fan of the Skechers Go Walk Shoes for many years now.  If you want to know more about them, please refer to an earlier post - Skechers Go Walk Shoes Review. I now own several pairs, and use them constantly.  However, after you have walked a few miles in any shoe - they eventually… Read More