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Turkey Lifters

– Posted in: Fall Season, Holiday Season
Stuff We Love | Turkey Lifters

Once you’ve cooked up a gorgeous and delicious bird, the question soon becomes … “How am I going to lift 15 pounds of steaming goodness from the pan to the platter?”  Not to worry, for these Turkey Lifters make for easy lifting!  They are not only perfect to use for Thanksgiving dinners, but also for any holiday… Read More

How to Make Pumpkin Oranges

– Posted in: Fall Season, Food
Halloween | Healthy and Nutritious Pumpkin Oranges

With the pumpkin season among us, this has to be one of the cutest and healthiest Halloween snacks that I have ever made!  Making Pumpkin Oranges is super-easy to do, and a lot of fun in the process.  If you have children or grandchildren that you need to entertain and feed during the fall season… Read More

Cranberries and their Measuring Equivalents

– Posted in: Fall Season, Food
Food Tips | Cranberries and their equivalents

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 these beautiful red orbs perfect… Read More

Make-Ahead Roasted Turkey Gravy

– Posted in: Fall Season, Food
Recipe | Make-Ahead Roasted Turkey Gravy | Some of the best gravy I have ever tasted, and it was made ahead of time!

One of the best lessons I learned a few years ago was that you did not have to roast an entire turkey to make delicious-tasting gravy.  Limiting yourself to Turkey wings, onions, and other fresh ingredients will do just as well. I searched and experimented with many gravy recipes over the years; however, the one that… Read More

Turkey-rific Gravy Boats

– Posted in: Fall Season
Holiday Servers | Turkey-rific Gravy Boats | From electric to stainless-steel, you should find something here that floats your boat!

With the holidays right around the corner, now is a good time to take inventory of your food supplies and any cooking tools and servers that you might need.  Since Thanksgiving is a holiday solely centered around food, you need to plan, prepare, and serve your bounty in a way to ensure optimum flavor and ease.  If turkey… Read More

Thanksgiving Carry-Out Containers

– Posted in: Fall Season, Reviews, Tips, Thrills & Tales
Thanksgiving Carry-Out Containers | Send your guests home with delicious food and a sweet sentiment. Love these containers!

Packing up delicious leftovers after Thanksgiving dinner is a common adventure for most of us.  I have to admit … the boxes and containers that I have used in the past have been a little boring – but that is about to change!  I recently found some fabulous carry-out containers on WorldMarket.com, and I wanted to share them with you.  From brown… Read More

Riding into Fall Tablescape

– Posted in: Fall Season, 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

Thanksgiving Table

– Posted in: Fall Season, 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 Cooking Tips

– Posted in: Fall Season, Food
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

Fostoria American Goblets – 10 oz.

– Posted in: Fall Season
Fostoria | American | 10 oz. Goblets

These are the 10 oz. Fostoria American Goblets, bearing hexagonal feet.  They are substantial pieces of glassware, approximately 6⅞” tall.  Fostoria’s Goblets have long stems, which add to their stature and beauty. Though these treasures were introduced back in 1915, they still look timeless and elegant today.  The many facets of glass within their cubed design pick up all light… Read More

Tampa Bay Pumpkin Patches 2018

– Posted in: Fall Season, Things To Do
Pumpkin Patches

Visiting a pumpkin patch is so much more than just admiring the beauty of the crop; it’s about the experience of sharing precious moments with family and friends. We didn’t always live in this fast-paced world, and there’s something quite rejuvenating about visiting a farm. Our souls instinctively know when we have gone back to our… Read More

Mystical Witches’ Tablescape

– Posted in: Fall Season, Halloween, Tablescapes
Halloween | Mystical Witches' Tablescape

This Mystical Witches’ Tablescape is perfect for a night of spooky treats and devilicious delights!  This year I decided to go with a traditional black and orange theme, with a little white mixed in.  I gathered up a ceramic pumpkin or two, some colorful leaves, and anything else that would contribute to our ghoulish table… Read More

Halloween Eyeball Ice Cubes

– Posted in: Fall Season, Halloween
Halloween | Eyeball Ice Cubes

Are you looking for an easy party idea for your next Halloween celebration?  If so, serving Halloween Eyeball Ice Cubes with your delicious beverages will certainly be a nice trick or treat for all your party guests!  They are extremely easy to prepare, and will provide a festive display.  The shape of the eyeballs are… Read More

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

– Posted in: Recipes
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

While we all know that there are wonderful store-bought spaghetti sauces to choose from, there just is no comparison when it comes to homemade!  From browning the meat to cutting up the ripe vegetables – homemade is far fresher than store-bought.  If you don’t like chopping up the veggies (or think it just takes too… Read More

Cuban Buttercup

– Posted in: Gardening, Summer Season
Flowers | Cuban Buttercup

The Cuban Buttercup, or Turneria ulmifolia, is a cheerful and colorful perennial that sprouts up in our yard every year.  We bought one plant several years ago, and ever since we have had new plants popping up in different areas of the landscape.  It loves to grow wild, and reseeds itself with extreme ease!  The… Read More

Use a Cake Stand for Perfume Organization

– Posted in: Tips, Thrills & Tales
Use a Cake Stand for Perfume Organization

Finding alternate uses for household items is always a good thing.  It’s even better when it involves something pretty – like collectible glass treasures.  Cake stands, specifically, give us the added benefit of using vertical space that is often wasted.  The added height of a cake stand is beneficial when arranging a grouping – especially… Read More