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Fall Season

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

Pumpkins and Crystal

– Posted in: Fall Season, Fostoria American
Pumpkins and Crystal | Fostoria American Candy Dishes

Autumn is in the air, and the cooler temperatures are with us.  The golden textures of the season are amazing, bursting with the most colorful trees and bounty that Nature can provide!  Don’t just admire the season outside; discover the beauty of autumn from inside as well. From tea towels, pillows, vases, glasses, and more … the possibilities are… 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

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

– Posted in: Fall Season, Recipes

In this wondrous season of beauty, blessings and food, I wanted to celebrate with you by sharing this moist Pumpkin Bread recipe.  It is so very delicious, and I feel confident your guests will be “wowing” over it for days to come.  By far, it is the best Pumpkin Bread I have ever tasted.  It is just that good. Do you… 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

Halloween Bark

– Posted in: Fall Season, Halloween
Halloween Bark Recipe | Easy, and frightfully good!

This was, by far, the most fun I have had making a Halloween Treat … ever!  It’s one of those rare recipes that you can decorate it any way you want, and the crazier the better – after all, it’s Halloween.  It’s incredibly easy to make and is the perfect activity to share with your family and little… Read more

Autumn Tablescape 2015

– Posted in: Fall Season, Tablescapes
Fall | Tablescape | A fresh and simple Fall table setting.

The Autumn air will soon be upon us, and now is the time to get our homes ready for the cool-air season. I like to start my fall decorating while the leaves are still on the trees; however, it won’t be long before they start to drop.  It is inspiring to look at our changing landscape, and Mother… Read more