That’s A Crock! Apple Raisin Pecan Crock-Pot Cobbler

Apple Raisin Pecan Crock-Pot Cobbler is a deliciously easy dessert.  The aroma of apples, cinnamon and cloves make this recipe tailored made for fall.

Apple Raisin Pecan Crock Pot Cobbler


8 apples peeled and sliced.  I used Golden Delicious and Gala

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon black pepper

½ cup raisins

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 cup milk

2 Tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 ½ cups Bisquick, divided

½  cup dark brown sugar

3 Tablespoons cold butter

Butter flavored cooking spray


Lightly spray bottom and sides of crock-pot stone liner.

Peel and slice apples, placing in large mixing bowl. Cover apples with lemon juice and toss to coat. Add cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and black pepper to apples.  Toss to coat.  Place the coated apples in crock-pot liner.

In a medium mixing bowl combine milk, softened butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and ½ cup of the Bisquick.  Spoon over apples.


Top with raisins and pecans.  Mix remaining Bisquick with the brown sugar.  Using a fork, cut the cold butter into Bisquick and brown sugar, forming “crumbs”.  Sprinkle the mixture on top.

Apple Raisin Pecan Crock-Pot Cobbler

Cover and cook on low 3½ -4 hours or until the apples are tender.  Serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream.



That Reminds Me: Seasonal Home Decorating Ideas

Allow me to introduce you to the image that got the seasonal home decorating ideas flowing a couple of weeks ago. The dark wood of the bar stool legs, the predominant natural wood beams, the neutral color palette, and the ironstone vegetable dish in the cupboard collectively turned my thoughts to fall.

Better Homes & Gardens

Thoughts of fall reminded me it was time to begin putting together ideas for a fall tablescape. The barley twist bar stools reminded me of a pair of vintage barley twist candlesticks I know I have somewhere.  The quest to locate the barley twist candlesticks turned up empty however, it lead me to the Wedgwood candlesticks that worked out better in the long run. Isn’t it funny how an image or an item in that image can initiate the decorative snowball effect?


Textures, finishes, and color palettes evoke thoughts of warmth, coziness, and hominess- qualities so closely associated with cold weather days and nights. Seasonal home decorating ideas often are inspired by the senses.

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The versatility and style is year-round, but there’s just something about a basket that is woven into the fabric of fall and winter.

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Forget the pie, this is my idea of a slice of pumpkin love!

Pumpkin, ginger, and cinnamon- from kitchen to table to home decor accessories to color palettes.

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Traditional Home

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In a few months from now I’ll be writing about how I can’t wait for spring flowers to bloom, summer colors, and there’s nothing better than the taste of barbecue. For now, I’m looking forward to the first really cool night and the feel of a down comforter. Also on the fall treats list is the delicious scent of cloves and oranges throughout the kitchen and dining room, and the highly anticipated first taste of a pumpkin spice latte.  

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Okay, now it’s your turn.  What is it that you hear, see, feel, smell or taste that reminds you of fall?

Love your style!

Sweet Potato Spice Bread Muffins

Sweet potatoes took center stage this first weekend of fall 2012.  This recipe for Sweet Potato Spice Bread Muffins is a slight variation of  the original recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.


After recently purchasing a scalloped square brownie pan and a crisp fall air on tap for this weekend, I figured there was no time or recipe like the present to give the pan a sweet potato spice bread muffins try.

Sweet Potato Spice Bread Muffins


3   eggs

½  cup buttermilk

2   cups all-purpose flour

1    teaspoon baking powder

½  teaspoon baking soda

¼  teaspoon salt

1   teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼  teaspoon ground cloves

¼  teaspoon ground nutmeg

3/4  cup butter, cut up

1  cup sugar

1  teaspoon vanilla

2  cups shredded fresh unpeeled sweet potato

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Allow eggs and buttermilk to stand at room temperature 30 minutes.


***Oh, shoot! I don’t have any buttermilk solution***  Add 1 ½ teaspoons white vinegar to ½ cup milk.

Lightly coat a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan or 12 cup muffin or square pan with nonstick cooking spray; coat lightly with flour.  Set aside.

In bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, cloves, and nutmeg; set aside.

Stir sugar and softened butter together until well combined.

Add eggs (on at a time), buttermilk, and vanilla.  Whisk until mixed together. Next, slowly add dry ingredients mixture. Whisk until combined. Fold in the sweet potato.

Spoon into prepared pan and spread evenly.

Bake 65 to 70 minutes for baking pan – 35 to 40 minutes for muffin or square pan or until top springs back when lightly touched and split in top appears dry.  Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from pan. Makes 12 servings.



Three for All: Planning A Fall, Harvest and Thanksgiving Tablescape

Planning a fall tablescape is both a labor of love and one of the best parts of the fall home decorating season.  Blending the best of the season can carry the theme through to a harvest and a Thanksgiving tablescape.


Natural elements provide a canvas easy to work with, color that only nature can produce, and the opportunity to treasure hunt close to home outdoors as well as indoors.

tablescape2012That which nature doesn’t provide, Hobby Lobby, Tractor Supply, eBay, and my brother the avid goose hunter does!

A savvy tablescaper keeps an eye out for future holiday table setting ideas and clearance sales from holidays past. Patience and an additional 40% off clearance sale at Dillard’s secured the six new dinner plates, dinner napkins, and hammered copper napkin rings for my fall tablescape.


Burlap sandbags from Tractor Supply make casually chic, virtually indestructible and very affordable placemats.


To know me is to know I love the opportunity to show and display items from my antique plate and creamer collection.  The Prussia Royal Rudolstadt bread and butter plate is a find from our last antiques inventory shopping trip.


It’s a tad too early for the fall Ginkgo leaves so I improvised by using my Robert Lee Morris Ginkgo leaf pendant.


It’s odd how decorative accessories that normally would not be paired together do, in fact, create the perfect look.


When Dave the Builder brought the Wedgwood candlesticks home from the antique shop I was not feeling it.   But wait.  After careful reconsideration it dawned on me that the steel gray goose feathers in the centerpiece cast an elegant shade of Wedgwood blue all their own.

“A September to remember.  An October full of splendor.  

A November to treasure.”   

~La Prevenchere

My thoughts exactly!

Cheesy Corn Cornbread

Soup, chili or gumbo weather is year round for the Places In The Home gang.  I have friends and family who refuse to eat gumbo unless there’s been a frost on the ground, won’t go near chili unless it is well, chilly and insist soup should only be consumed in the dead of winter.


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That logic reminds me of the it is just too hot to go to Vegas in the late summer argument.  My dad, a seasoned Vegas traveler, is quick to reply with his stock answer. “Friend, where I’m at in Vegas (inside the casinos) it’s a 365 day year round cool.”  Works for me!

On that note, I say turn the A/C thermostat to 65 and put the soup, chili or gumbo on to cook.


And while you’re at it, whip up this super easy, satisfying and delicious recipe for cheesy corn cornbread as a culinary complement.

Cheesy Corn Cornbread


2 packs corn muffin mix

2 eggs

¼ cup milk

1 can cream style corn

2 cups shredded cheese


Preheat oven to 425°F.  Lightly grease baking pan.

Stir muffin mix and eggs together in medium bowl to blend. Add milk and stir to combine.

Fold in cream style corn.  Add shredded cheese and stir until blended. Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.


Mums, School Spirit, And Fall Color: Beauty In The Fall With Miracle-Gro!


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine.

The first and very slight hint of fall has arrived in the deep South.  Mums, school spirit and fall color beauty in the fall with Miracle-Gro decorative times are upon us.  Front porch preparations have begun.  The front entry is primed for pumpkins, the rockers have received a fresh coat of paint, and fall Chrysanthemums have been potted.


Chrysanthemums immediately signal three fall essentials to me- Fall gardening, decorating and school spirit.  Mum is always the spirited word in our fall football planning and decorative planting conversations.  These perennial favorites of fall give good color, long life, and create garden or container wow factor.  Fall and tailgating tablescapes as well as front porches love a potted mum.

A swoon worth fall porch decked out in fall colors captures the essence and simplicity of fall beauty.  Pumpkins, mums, color, nature, and burlap come together as fall decorating essentials. Burlap bags make an inexpensive and natural alternative for the container cover.  Place potted mums in the bag, pulling up to top of container.  Gather the top, loop the ties, and finish with a loose knot.


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Pumpkin groupings in odd numbers add depth and height.  Natural elements such as Magnolia leaves and branches bunched together offer texture and round out the fall color palette.  The theme of go big and go home fall gardening follows through with the helpful find beauty in the fall information from Scotts Miracle Gro.


Miracle Gro Potting Mix is ideal for all kinds of container or potted plants. I like that it feeds the plants for up to six months with Miracle Gro Continuous Release Pant Food and improves healthy drainage and air flow.


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Mums and ornamental vegetable containers enhance the landscape of fall. Miracle Gro Potting Mix boosts the look and life of fall bedding, container, and garden plants for optimum visual and edible results.  If you like gardening you will be in good company when you “like” the Miracle-Gro Facebook page.  Fellow fall gardeners discuss and share gardening tips, herb suggestions, and pictures of their harvest and plant success stories. It’s a growing trend!

Historic Homes And The Beauty Of Their Architectural Elements

Architectural integrity through architectural elements is the indelible mark of historic homes and landmarks.


It is usually the only tangible proof of bygone golden eras ruled by classic styles.

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Restoration efforts and day to day upkeep of historic homes can be financially mind boggling.  The sheer expense of replicating these styles in today’s market can create financial hurdles difficult to clear.  Aging and changing neighborhoods coupled with a natural progression away from this style of living  places most of  these homes in the private sector on an endangered species list.

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The craftsmanship, detail to details, and artisan skills used to envision, shape, form, and build these homes fascinate me. Over the years we have had the opportunity to tour, consult on, and donate antique pieces to several state and privately owned historic homes.

Bishops Palace

As much as I love antiques I will walk right by a period piece without so much as a glance to get to the heart of the historic matter.  Architectural elements  grab and hold my attention.

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In our city we have a block that is known as Mansion Row.  Anchoring the far left corner of the block stands the Thompson-Hargis Mansion.  Built in 1907, this Greek Revival home with characteristic Ionic columns, porte-cochère, triangle pediment, and transom entry was once a jewel in the crown of our city history.  The exterior and grounds showed the weathered look of sun and time- nothing paint and repair could not fix.  The property was structurally sound and the architectural integrity intact.

Thompson-Hargis Mansion

The furnishings were removed years ago, the windows and doors boarded, and the grand dame beautifully sat idling until this past Sunday evening when she fell victim to a senseless demise.

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Neighbors who recall the elegance of what was and admirers of what could have been mourn the total loss of of property, history, and hope.


It is a sad turn of events and an even sadder realization that original, historic, and one of a kind architectural elements were destroyed. Dollars do not factor into the equation, there is no replacement value for the architectural integrity of this 105 year old home. RIP Thompson-Hargis Mansion.

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Preserving history and restoring things runs in my family. Dave the Builder and I preserve antique and architectural pieces.  My brother purchased, moved, and restored his circa 1903 Victorian home – his second property to restore.  I am currently in the process of photographing his home to feature in a future post.  Stay tuned.




images:  Preservation in Mississippi, New Orleans Homes and Neighborhoods, Galveston History, History of a House Museum,  NOLA, Old Houses, Frenchtowner,  Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, Perpetual Renovator, We Saw That