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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

Tools Needed for Making Lump Free Gravy

– Posted in: Fall Season
OXO Good Grips Fat Separator

This post is about the “tools” that are necessary to make deliciously smooth gravy.  In other words, Lump Free Gravy.  You will need to own a few chef’s tools that are specific for this type of cooking adventure – otherwise, you might experience an embarrassing misadventure!  When you use these products in coordination with each other, they… Read more

Fall Tablescapes – Pumpkin Centerpiece

– Posted in: Fall Season, Tablescapes
Fall Tablescapes - with Pumpkin Centerpiece

Fall Tablescapes – here is another version, inspired by a simple ceramic pumpkin.  It became the main focus of the round table, sitting on a vintage green glass cake stand.  The cake stand was supported by a vintage wooden Lazy Susan, which was then adorned with food and other elements of the Fall Season.  A variety of… 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

Dual Season Herbal Tablescape

– Posted in: Fall Season, Tablescapes
Dual Season Herbal Tablescape

With the end of Summer and the beginning of Fall soon approaching, I wanted to create a table setting reflective of those two combined seasons.  A few years ago my sister had given me a set of four hand-sewn placemats.  Their colors were “fall”ish, but their theme or focus was on fresh herbs – such as… 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

Halloween Party Checklist Printable

– Posted in: Fall Season, Halloween
Halloween Party Checklist

Are you in the midst of planning a Halloween or Pumpkin Party?  I have made up a free and printable Halloween Party Checklist for you to utilize during this spooktacular event. Even if you are not planning a party – but still want to get in the “spirit” of things – I think this little… Read more

Fall Tablescape

– Posted in: Fall Season, Tablescapes
Fall | Tablescape | A simple, yet beautiful, Autumn table setting. Love the vibrant colors ♥

We recently had a Fall Dinner Party at our home and I wanted to share some of the ideas I implemented into our tablescape. Since this was a casual gathering of dear friends, I wanted nothing to be too fussy. Autumn colors, a relaxed atmosphere and a theme centered around the fruits of the Fall… Read more

Halloween Candy Buy Back Program

– Posted in: Fall Season, Halloween
Halloween Candy Buy Back Program

Remember, after all the Halloween festivities there will be lots of candy floating around your household. Instead of having your children fill their mouths with candy (and cavities), there are a few other options. Look for a dentist in your area that is offering a Candy Buy-Back Program. Basically, they will purchase unopened bags of candy… Read more