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Mini Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

– Posted in: Food
Mini Chocolate Chip Cupcakes - when all you want is a little bite of something sweet. Delicious, and easy to transport.

I just love this recipe!  These Chocolate Chip Cupcakes are "mini" sized, which makes them perfect for those times when people want something a little sweet, but don't want to eat a big piece of cake or a full-sized cupcake.  That old familiar saying ... "a little piece will do ya" certainly applies here.  After a big meal… Read More

Tools Needed for Making Lump Free Gravy

– Posted in: Reviews, TIPS
OXO Good Grips Fat Separator

This post is about the "tools" that are necessary to make deliciously smooth gravy.  In other words, Lump Free Gravy.  You will need to have a few chef's tools that are specific for this type of cooking adventure - otherwise, you could have a misadventure.  When you use these products in coordination with each other, they can produce excellent… Read More

Brining a Turkey

– Posted in: Food, TIPS
A Golden Brined Turkey - cooked to perfection.

If you have never brined a turkey before, you owe it to yourself to try it at least once.  The entire process produces a juicy and golden bird, infused with wonderful flavors.  After you have tasted one, you will not regret the long marinating time.  I think you will find (like me) that it is… Read More

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

– Posted in: Food
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

I love this recipe for a variety of reasons.  It is deliciously easy to make and is the perfect cookie for Fall baking and Thanksgiving.  Filled with cranberries and oatmeal, it is a chewy cookie with just the right amount of sweetness on top.  If you bake up a batch, be prepared for a lot… Read More

Cranberries – and Cranberry Equivalents

– Posted in: Food, TIPS

Cranberries are such a sassy fruit, don't you think?  With their bright red color and crimson hue, they are quite an attention-getter.  Typically fresh cranberries are available at your local grocery store from October through December; however, they can be enjoyed year-round in a variety of ways. Not only are the beautiful red orbs perfect… Read More

Thanksgiving Table

– Posted in: Home, Tablescapes
Thanksgiving Table - Giving Thanks - Flowers

When it comes to setting the table at Thanksgiving, I like to keep it simple.  This year I have decided to use some old, scratched and weathered plates that showcase a pretty design in the center of each plate.   I like the fact that they show their age, and don't even mind the little scratches… Read More

Pumpkin Pie Tips

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Tips on how to make the most perfect Pumpkin Pie.

This time of the year showers us with many crowd-pleasing activities from Tailgating, Halloween, Thanksgiving and more!  My favorite party pick is the very colorful and tasty pumpkin.  Whatever the autumn party, scrumptious pumpkins offer timeless flavors of the season. Pumpkin pie is a holiday tradition, and now is the time to start visiting the… 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

Fostoria American Goblets – 10 oz.

– Posted in: Fostoria American
Fostoria American Goblets - 10 oz

These are the 10 oz. Fostoria American Goblets, bearing hexagonal feet.  These are substantial pieces, approximately 6 7/8 inches tall.  Fostoria's Goblets had long stems, which add to their stature and beauty. Though introduced in 1915 - almost 100 years ago - they still look timeless today. One of the things I like best about the clear crystal pieces is… Read More

A Rhodesian Ridgeback’s First Halloween

– Posted in: Halloween, Pets, TALES
Rhodesian Ridgeback

Our little Monster (a Rhodesian Ridgeback) has been celebrating Halloween for the past few days - and has been having a frightful good time in the process.  Below is a three-minute video of all her magical moments.  In the many books we read about Rhodesian Ridgebacks, there was a consensus that the black-masked pups were pranksters - at… Read More