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Creations, A Spooky Centerpiece for Halloween!

Welcome to the monthly Creative Craft Hop hosted by Sara from Birdz of a Feather With October on the horizon {how did that happen???} I am starting to think Halloween… I’m not a fan of the scary, gory stuff, but I do love the cutesy fun side of Halloween! Last year I made a Halloween … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Chicken & Asparagus Timbales

These timbles* are like mini chicken pot pies Instead of peas, which are part of traditional pot pie filling, I used asparagus * timbale: a deep dish filling completely enclosed by crust I also thought about calling these Short Cut Chicken Pot Pies because they are so easy! Puff Pastry Shells, Cream of Chicken Soup, … Continue reading

Home Decor, Fall Favorite Crafts, Creations and Decorations!

To celebrate the arrival of Fall, I have rounded up some of my very favorite Fall Crafts, Creations and Decorations! A tabletop seasonal tree is always festive and there are lots of themes to choose from Fall Harvest Fall Favorite Football Team Sunflowers & Pumpkins or Halloween Another great centerpiece or table decoration this time … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, MacKenzie-Childs Apothecary Jar

I had this large apothecary jar gathering dust in the garage and decided to paint it in the style of MacKenzie-Childs I made a collage in PicMonkey of several MacKenzie-Childs pieces for inspiration as I was painting I didn’t really have a plan, I decided to make it up as I went I started with … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Fabric Pumpkins & Festive Fall!

Everyone seems to be making pumpkins right now My buddy Lynn @happierthanapiginmud showed me how I used ribbon instead of twine and I think they turned out just fine! Of course, a tablescape wasn’t far behind… A bouquet of unusual stems and Bird of Paradise caught my eye at Trader Joe’s I added thistles and … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Caramel Apple Mini Bites

Now that it’s mid September, are you thinking about your favorite Fall foods? I am beginning to crave a hearty Beer Cheese Soup, Maple Glazed Acorn Squash with Pecans, Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter & Sage and Caramel Apples! Caramel apples are messy and hard to eat so how about a mini version… Bite size … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Apple, Pear, & Walnut Galette

Galettes are one of my go to favorites This one is perfect for September and thoughts of Fall Yummmmmy caramelized onions … A tasty base for freshly sliced apples and pears You can make a fancy arrangement or just toss them on I did a combo of slices and chopped apples Now comes the good … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Pastel Boat

A little fun with pastels today… I am not a professional with pastels and know very little about this medium, but I do know they are lots of fun to play with and from the first stroke you achieve instant color gratification I photo inspiration pictures and make a collage that I can print out … Continue reading

Party Panache, Feed a Crowd with a Hot Dog Bar

For the past four years we’ve spent Labor Day gathered with extended family on the coast They rent a condo nearby and at night we gather our house for dinner A Shrimp Boil is a great way to serve a crowd, Shrimp, corn on the cob, new potatoes and sausage, boiled in a huge pot … Continue reading

Tablescapes, September Pumpkins

Welcome to the Fall Blog Hop hosted by Rita @ Panoply Be prepared to be inspired in many wonderful ways! When the calendar turns to September, pumpkins come to mind I love them all, no matter what kind! Real pumpkins or faux, Straw, ceramic, velvet or ones that glow… Big or small, round and fat, … Continue reading