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Fall Season

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

DIY Apple Pie Scent

– Posted in: Fall Season
The Scents of Fall - Apple Pie

Do you love the smell of Apple Pie, but don’t have the time to actually bake one?  Well, I have some good news!  You can now enjoy your own DIY Apple Pie Scent by simply dropping a few ingredients into a simmering pot.  Simmer this mixture over low heat for as long as you wish… Read more

DIY Felt Fall Wreath

– Posted in: Fall Season
DIY Felt Fall Wreath

One of the simple joys of the autumn season is watching the transformation of the landscape turn into a rainbow of breathtaking colors – from deep burgundy to golden browns.  These next few weeks will provide us with rich textures and glorious bounty!  While mother nature is providing us with a front row seat to… Read more

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

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

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

Shrimp Plant – Justicia brandegeeana

– Posted in: Fall Season, Gardening
Flowering Shrubs | Shrimp Plant

I recently posted a picture of our glorious Shrimp Plant on Facebook.  I received so many emails and messages from people that had never heard of this shrub before; hence, I decided to write a short post about it.  Native to Mexico, it has proven to be a naturalized low-maintenance shrub right here in Florida.  They are recommended… 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