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Cranberry Snickerdoodle Cookies

– Posted in: Fall Season, Holiday Season
Cranberry Snickerdoodles

Cranberry Snickerdoodle cookies might have a funny-sounding name; however, they are absolutely delicious with your favorite cup of joe!  These soft cookies, dusted with a layer of cinnamon-sugar, even taste good first thing in the morning.  If you add a cup of cranberries to the cookie batter, they will prove to be a tasty and… Read more

Apple Cider Cups

– Posted in: Fall Season
Apple Cider Cup

The autumn season seems to softly remind me of the beauty and sweet flavor of apples.  While we can certainly enjoy this nutritious fruit throughout the year, it is during the fall months that they seem to shine and become relevant.  We recently made these Apple Cider Cups, and before I could even finish hollowing… Read more

Flaming Orange Perfection

– Posted in: Fall Season, Tablescapes
Flaming Orange Perfection

Autumn’s brisk air beckons us to embrace the majestic season of falling leaves and seasonal fruit.  This year I stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to set my table with the bold color of orange.  In fact, the color is called “Flaming Orange” … and never in a million years did I think… Read more

Which is the Apple of your Eye?

– Posted in: Fall Season
Which is the Apple of your Eye?

September brings us to the beginning of Autumn, with leaves changing color on the trees and temperatures cooling down a few degrees. September is also National Apple Month!  It’s that much anticipated time of year when family and friends go apple-picking, bringing home those delicious balls of fruit.  Since there are so many different types… Read more

Croton Plant

– Posted in: Fall Season
Croton Plant

The croton plant is a colorful shrub that reminds me of autumn colors all year long!  When all the maple and oak leaves are starting to drop, this plant will be full and vibrant.  The croton (Codiaeum variegatum pictum) is actually a tropical plant, and for those living in the Tropical South, these shrubs can… Read more

How to Set Up a Coffee Bar

– Posted in: Holiday Season
How to Set up a Coffee Bar

Many people claim that coffee is the most popular beverage in the world, with more than 400 billion cups consumed each year.  About half of the people in the United States over the age of 18 drink coffee every day!  Chances are you have many coffee lovers in your family too, so why not treat… Read more

Holiday Essentials List

– Posted in: Holiday Season
Seasonal Essentials

Now is definitely the time to start stocking up on holiday essentials.  The days and weeks seem to fly by during the months of November and December!  By planning now, you can take the stress out of holiday preparations.  Do yourself a favor and make note of this Holiday Essentials List (before the craziness begins). … Read more

In a Twinkling Tabletop

– Posted in: Holiday Season, Tablescapes
Christmas | In a Twinkling Tabletop

This “In a Twinkling Tabletop” is the perfect place for family and friends to gather together during the holiday season.  It is a naturally elegant setting – with little reindeer sitting near a table runner made of intertwined greenery.  With little Christmas lights twinkling within, birds are seen frolicking among the holly berries.  An assorted… Read more

Finial Tree Topper Display

– Posted in: Holiday Season
Christmas | Decorating | Finial Tree Topper Display

One of our great joys this season was the ability to make a lovely presentation using tree toppers and crystal candlesticks.  I seem to have more tree toppers than I have trees!  Some of these treasures are just too beautiful not to display.  With the help of vintage glassware, we were able to display all of… Read more

Adorable Pinecone Elves

– Posted in: Holiday Season
Christmas Crafts | Adorable Pinecone Elves

It was a few years ago that I saw this wonderful craft project featured in a magazine.  The article was titled “Felt Friends”, and it showcased a trio of the most adorable pinecone elves I had ever seen!  One look at the photo and I was hooked.  I love working with felt, and try to… Read more