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Hutch Decorating Ideas for Autumn

– Posted in: Fall Season
Hutch Decorating Ideas

With the fall season at our doorstep, I thought it was time to refresh our kitchen hutch with the colors of the changing season. I was excited about the update; however, my creative juices were not flowing.  For whatever reason, I was having a difficult time knowing where to start, and how to implement my… Read More

Apple Favorites

– Posted in: Fall Season, Food
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

Whitehall and American Whitehall Glass

– Posted in: Home
Vintage Dishes | Whitehall | Cup & Saucer Set

The Whitehall collection of dishes are great to use every day, and are very durable.  Over the years, especially when doing my photo comparisons and research for Fostoria American, I started to become very fond of the Whitehall pattern.  While they didn’t measure up to the high quality and craftsmanship of Fostoria glass, they certainly… Read More

Cozy Ways to Decorate for Fall

– Posted in: Fall Season, Tablescapes
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

Fostoria American Footed Tumbler – 5 oz.

– Posted in: Fall Season, Fostoria American
Fostoria American 5-oz. Footed Tumbler

This is the 5 oz. Footed Tumbler, found in the Fostoria American pattern.  Many people classify this as an American pattern Goblet; however, that is actually incorrect.  Fostoria made both Goblets and Tumblers, in addition to a wide variety of other stemware.  While this Tumbler’s overall design is very similar to a Goblet, the difference can… Read More

DIY Pumpkin Spice

– Posted in: Fall Season, Recipes

Pumpkin Spice is just about everywhere this time of year – from lattes to baked goods. Put simply, it’s delicious!  But … if you are like me, you might only need this spice once or twice a year.  After the fall season is over, it then sits in the cabinet for months – not being used. The… Read More

Fresh Corn Saute

– Posted in: Recipes
Recipes | Fresh Corn Saute

This recipe is a family favorite in our household.  More importantly, it is just down-right delicious!  My husband can’t get enough of it, and we make it whenever we get a chance. The most important step in the recipe is to use fresh corn – right off the cob!  There is no comparison between canned… Read More

Avocado Snack

– Posted in: Recipes
Fruit | Avocado Snack | Simple, delicious, and beautiful.

The world we live in today is complicated and hectic.  Why make our food that way too? The simplest of recipes and nutritious snacks is what is needed in our fast-paced world. When you find a food that is tasty and also makes for a beautiful presentation – this combination can be hard to resist… Read More

How to Take Corn off the Cob

– Posted in: Food
Cooking Tips | How to Take Corn off the Cob. So easy, and done in minutes!

You will not believe how easy it is to take corn off the cob with only a knife and a cake pan.  Either a Bundt pan or an Angel Food cake pan will do nicely.  Typically, the Angel Food cake pans have a larger opening – so they are perfect for holding larger ears of… Read More

Season Fruit with Salt

– Posted in: Food, Summer Season
Food Tips | Season your fruit with salt to enhance its natural flavor!

While we are all aware of the natural sweetness of fruit, some folks do not know that its flavor can be improved upon when you season it with salt.  My husband was one of those people.  He was simply amazed at how much better watermelon tasted with just a pinch of these white morsels!  When… Read More

Feelin’ the Blues

– Posted in: Summer Season
Vintage Glassware | Whitehall Coolers - the Blues

The days of summer are now upon us – with rising temps, and hot humid days for weeks to come.  There are times when you feel the heat will never end.  In order to avoid a total meltdown, one has to envision images and colors that cool their senses and well being. So right now… Read More