Brown Sugar Creole Baked Pork Chops with Apples

Some things just naturally pair well together.

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Netflix and a cuddly throw.

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Brown Sugar Creole Baked Pork Chops with Apples.

Although there’s no hard and fast scientific proof certain foods and food pairings simply taste better in a particular season, my taste buds attest to the fact baked pork chops paired with green apples, brown sugar onions, and sliced sweet potatoes dusted with ground cloves and fresh orange deliver the taste of fall.

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Brown Sugar Creole Baked Pork Chops with Apples

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

6-8 thin, boneless pork chops

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon Creole seasoning

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon thyme

1 ½ tablespoon chopped parsley

3 Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples – peeled, cored and sliced

3/4 cup hot water

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (190 degrees C).  Heat olive oil in large skillet. Brown pork chops on both sides in oil.

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Add chopped parsley and sliced apples to skillet.  Cook until apples are slightly tender and parsley darkens.

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Place pork chops on baking sheet and top with apple slices.

Brown Sugar Creole Baked Pork Chops with Apples

In a small mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, Creole seasoning, nutmeg, thyme and hot water.  Pour over pork chops.

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Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chops has reached 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

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Sweet potatoes grown in South Louisiana bring the taste of home to plate and table.  My mother-in-law always said sweet potatoes and yams taste best after the first frost, but cravings won out over first frost patience.

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Wash and cut six (6) medium sweet potatoes into thirds.  Place potatoes on baking sheet.  Sprinkle with ground cloves and drizzle olive oil over sweet potatoes.  Slice an orange in half and squeeze juice from one orange half over potatoes.   Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until tender.

Cloves and oranges = fall aromatherapy.

peeled-onionA new addition to my taste of fall side dish rotation is brown sugar onions.

Easy.

Delicious.

Did I mention easy?

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Peel and slice 3 large onions.  Place onions in medium saucepan.  Add 1/3 cup brown sugar and ¾ cup water, stirring to combine.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce to medium and cover with lid.  Cook until onions are tender.

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Sweet, savory, and spicy blend, mix and marinate together to produce a fall dish full of seasonal flavors, comfort, and tradition fit for a crisp fall day or evening meal.

enjoy

 

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One is Good, But Two is Even Better: Halloween Party Decorating Suggestions

One post is good, but two is even better when it comes to Halloween party decorating suggestions.

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Classic themes, colors, textures and patterns provide inspiration for these Halloween party decorating suggestions.   It’s hauntingly amazing how something intended to be delightful can be so utterly frightful.

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Creepy?

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Perhaps, but I do love this vintage ventriloquist’s silent clown puppet mounted print paired with a clown hat and shoes for an elegantly creepy centerpiece.

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Party City

Here’s a couple of Halloween party decorating suggestions in the creepier the clown the better category.

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If sending in the clowns is way too creepy for your Halloween party decorating taste, perhaps the throwback mystique of vintage Halloween decorations is right up your alley.

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Remember Halloween decorations like this?

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Black Cat Candy Bowl

I couldn’t wait to comb the one, maybe two aisles (if you were lucky) of Halloween merchandise at the local five-and-dime and discount stores of the day, looking for more innocent than scary door decorations, plastic jack-o-lantern window lanterns, honeycomb centerpieces, and jointed cutouts.

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A Halloween Holiday Haul

Halloween decorations have come a long way in both design and detail since the Halloweens of the late 60s and 70s, but I still love to decorate with at least two or three of these vintage or vintage style Halloween decorations.

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Vintage black and white Victorian photos and framed portraits lend a certain amount of eerie charm while creating a haunted presence and ambiance.

Old-Photo-Image-Unibrow-ManFree Printable of Old Photo Image of Unibrow Man from The Graphics Fairy

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Vintage Victorian Photograph in Original Ornate Wood Frame

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Free Printable of Old Photo – Witchy Woman from The Graphics Fairy

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Expensive is not on the Halloween party guest list.  With deals, free printables, diy ingenuity, buy more save more promos, and online clearance sales starting sooner and sooner in the season, your Halloween bogeyman boogie down get together can be an affordable affair.

Halloween-fabric

Fabric remnants in traditional or transitional Halloween colors and patterns make great party tablecloths, napkins, and treat bags.

Susan Winget Halloween Jack O' Lanterns Eco Canvas Multi Fabric

Thrift stores are excellent haunts for fab-boo-lous fabrics and garments for party decorating and Halloween costume embellishments.

Faux Sequin Shiny Confetti Dot Knit Red Fabric

Drape a tabletop with several yards of faux sequin fabric in ruby red.

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Now let’s play Halloween dress up.

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Victorian Bust Tabletop Decor

Place a red feather boa around the neck of a decorative bust and place in the center of the table for a dressed to the nines focal point wow factor effect.

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Follow up with a trio of clear glass candle holders from the dollar store filled with decorative black sand.

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Drop in a battery operated votive or pillar candle and drape Spanish moss from the sides, and poof!

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Halloween party decorating suggestions magic.

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You know what else would look especially spooky, creepy, and crawly good juxtaposed against Victorian elegance?

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Note to self:

Add Jim Stafford’s “Spiders and Snakes” to the Let’s Halloween playlist.

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Yes, I went there, and now I’m probably going to have nightmares.

Some would argue that’s the point, and others, like myself, would argue plastic or real, the fear of things that go hiss and squeak in the night is the exact reason why we stick with a kinder, gentler Halloween theme.

LED Light-Up Crystal Ball Halloween Decor

LED Light-Up Crystal Ball Halloween Decor

A wide variety of printables in all levels of Halloween spook, scare and spirit for treats, potions, hang tags, place cards, invitations and tabletop decor are available on Etsy.

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What Do Witches Eat Halloween Hang Tags

I selected these hang tags to use as menu cards for two reasons:

They’re a little bit scary, a little bit vintage, and a whole lot of fun.

I like the idea of saying hang tag at a Halloween party.

Resin Women's Shoes Decor

Resin Women’s Shoes Decor

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Pumpkin With A Witch

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Skeleton Print Victorian, Steampunk

skull-table-top-figurineSkull Table Top Figurine

Better Homes & Gardens offers a free printable skeleton image to use for framing, window displays, diy wreaths, gift bags, scatter decorations, etc…

Get the Free Skeleton Pattern

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Reverse Sequin Skull Table Runner

Spooky Goat Cheese FingersSpooky Goat Cheese Fingers Recipe From HGTV

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Talking Tables Halloween Napkins Paper

Crazy Bonez Pose-N-Stay Skeleton

Crazy Bonez Pose-N-Stay Skeleton

Dress to thrill, a skeleton should always strike a stylish skeleton pose.

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bow tie

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Eyeball Orbs

Eyeball Orbs

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Eyeball Print – 6 X 7.5 inches

Bloodshot Peanut Butter Eyeballs

Bloodshot Peanut Butter Eyeballs Recipe from Better Homes & Gardens

Martha Stewart Poison Cocktail Napkins

Martha Stewart Poison Cocktail Napkins

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Reindeer Moss

When I was a kid, our house was Halloween central due to the gargantuan bodark tree and the green horse apples (hedge apple or Osage orange) it produced.  The neighborhood kids loved to throw them and then screech yuck at the sight and the smell.

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The horse apple, hedge apple or Osage orange is a choice decorative item vis-à-vis vase or bowl filler, and makes an excellent color, texture and pattern Halloween accent decoration.

Green Honeydew Mottled Pillar Candle

Green Honeydew Mottled Pillar Candle

Pillar candles dripping in color, texture, and pattern cast a wicked chic spell.

Bark LED Pillar Candle

Bark LED Pillar Candle

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Patterned Decorative Owl

I hope one or more of these Halloween party decorating suggestions offers inspiration for tricking out your Halloween monster mash bash.

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Festive Halloween Decorating Ideas

Invited guests and ghouls alike will gasp with delight as they cast their eyes upon these visual treats of Halloween party pageantry.  Traditional colors, vintage style accents, and newly discovered decorative treasures conjure up oohs and aahs.  Please join Places In The Home for our post Festive Halloween Decorating Ideas with just the right amount of fright, fog, and festive style.

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I’m a sucker for vintage style throwback Halloween decorations.  Dark and eerie rules the night for adults, but may prove to be frightening for younger attendees.   Vintage style decorations make an excellent choice of theme for a family-friendly soiree.

Cat Resin Container By Ashland

Cat Resin Container By Ashland

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Trick or Treat Vintage Wood Decor  ||  Happy Halloween Pumpkin
Boy Figurine with Candle  ||  Black Cat With Hat
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Set a mood of stylish intrigue by illuminating your fright night soiree with distinctive lighting options.  

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These hauntingly elegant candelabras are guaranteed to garner attention.  The holiday season is right around the corner, and both of these choices make the transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas dining table or sideboard.

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The Potjie cauldron pot fits right in with the trick and treat taste of Halloween.

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Ashco Management Inc Potjie Cauldron Pot

Conjure up a pot of Chef Isacc Toups dirty rice chock-a-block with fright night feast seasonings.

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Chef Isaac Toups Dirty Rice Recipe

Devilish delicious drinks, anyone?

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Red Apple

Serving ideas for party potions of the leaded and unleaded varieties include a bewitching large black cauldron, copper ladle, diy beverage dispenser, holder, and punch bowl made from a pumpkin, and of course, dry ice to create a foggy good look.

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Large Black Cauldron

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Special effects cast a spell of delight for the eye at a Halloween happening.  The dry ice punch bowl recipe from SheKnows spells how simple and safe instructions on how to boil over the Halloween punch bowl or cauldron.

Dry ice punch bowl recipe

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Love the Creepy Twisted Stem!

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Halloween Candy Bowl Options

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Apple Small Canister

Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cups Halloween Snack Size

Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cups Halloween Snack Size 

 

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RAE DUNN Witch’s Brew Recipe Candy Bowl

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Skeleton Candy Bowl

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I’ve suggested this recipe for Caramel Peanut Popcorn Snack Mix in a previous Halloween party ideas post, and because it is that good I think a second time around is warranted.

Caramel Peanut Popcorn Snack Mix

Caramel Peanut Popcorn Snack Mix

This popcorn snack mix reminds me of Halloween night trick-or-treating back in the late 1960s-early 1970s when Halloween night trick-or-treating seemed to last for hours, no one was concerned with real creeps or danger in the form of poisoned candy, and me and my costumed friends lived for the homemade popcorn balls handed out by a neighborhood lady.

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Vintage Copper Pot – EBTH

A tea cart packed with individually wrapped homemade popcorn balls greeted hordes of bedazzled trick or treaters.

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Miss Phyllis continued this neighborhood tradition for many harvest moons, and there’s never a Halloween since that I don’t think back to her homemade popcorn balls.

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A captivating centerpiece is an essential tablescape feature.

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Centerpiece ideas include classic orange and black Halloween decorating accouterments, fresh or faux festive flowers, and creepy and crawly spiders and snakes in hauntingly beautiful form with a hint of chilling chic.

Carved Jack 'O Lantern Gourds

Party possibilities range from pumpkin luminaries with clear cylinders to clear cylinders and pillar candles filled with Spanish moss, plastic creatures and decorative mini pumpkins.

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You local dollar store is an excellent starting point for party needs or party decoration fillers.  If you’re anything like me, you favor festive Halloween decorating ideas big on Halloween style, not Halloween prices.

Booyah!

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Spanish moss.

Glass cylinders.

Glitter pumpkins.

Faux flowers.

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Bundles of grapevine branches.

Spirited tablewares.

 

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I love the Victorian Black Top Hat Deluxe from Party City for a focal point piece.   The top hat tips its hat to decoration triple duty.

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Primp it out in feathers for Halloween, tidy it up with a gold band for the perfect Pilgrim piece at Thanksgiving, and top it off with glitter and bows as a Christmas tree topper.

Tablewares and Serving Pieces

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Twisted Treats Plate

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Beware Plate

The Midnight Masquerade 

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Queen Elizabeth I Fabric

Fabric is a tablecloth in waiting.

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Black Baroque Place Card Holder

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Swooned – Sweet Blooms Photography –  MFG Floral Designs and Events

 

gold-compote-vaseKoyal Wholesale Compote Mercury Glass Burnt Gold Pedestal Vase

 

Victorian-collarVictorian Collar

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Dark Blue Hydrangea SprayDark Blue Hydrangea Spray

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Black Glitter Twig Candle Ring Black Glitter Twig Candle Ring

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Copper Embossed Polypropylene Charger Plate

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Copper Plate Charger

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Royal Norfolk Orange Stoneware Plate

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Royal Norfolk Black Stoneware Plate

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Smoking Blackberry Sage Margarita

 

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Fairly Odd Novelties Glass Skull Decanter

chemistry-glass-flaskChemistry Collection Erlenmeyer Flask

creepy-eyeball-MartiniCreepy Eyeball Martini 

eye-ball-Halloween-beverage-napkinFun Express Vintage Halloween Napkins – 16 Pieces

Red Wavy Crackle Plate

Red Wavy Crackle Plate 

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With eyes of green and whiskers of six, this black cat beverage napkin will lend a frighteningly furocious look and be a big hit.

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Ideal Home Range Black Cat Face Cocktail Napkins

It’s not a Halloween party until something is wrapped in tulle. Take table tops and dining chairs to the next level with tulle skirting and sashes.

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To cover and sash a chair, drape enough tulle over the chair to reach floor length.

Gather the tulle around the back of the chair at the base of the seat and tie with decorative ribbon.

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Tie tulle in bow or loose knot and place your choice of embellishment in the center.

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Scatter about your haunted mansion volumes of mystery and intrigue.

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Spanish-moss-decorative

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Pathfinder Brass Trim Oil Lantern, Black

Mystery, intrigue, and magnifying glass cookies await rave reviews.

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Magnifying Glass Cookies Recipe from Country Living Magazine

It’s not too early to begin gathering festive Halloween decorating ideas and devilishly delightful goodies for your Halloween extravaganza.  I hope one or more of these festive Halloween decorating ideas tricks and treats your Halloween spooktacular.

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Don’t Put Off Until Bitter Cold Hits: Winter Ready Your Home Tips

Don’t put off until the bitter cold hits what you can do now to ready your home for winter.  It’s never too early to at the very least plan and at the best take the bull (winter) by the horns and show the elements who’s boss with these winter ready your home tips.

Big blustery talk won’t cut it, but the big blustery winds of winter will cut right through cracks, crevices, ill-fitting weatherstripping, and exposed pipes.

Can you feel the brrr?

There’s a winter ready your home tip for that.

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Hygge is the Danish word used to describe a mood of coziness, comfortable, and contentment.  I wholeheartedly subscribe to this feeling for house and home in spring, summer, fall and especially winter.  Cozy, comfortable, and contentment is nurtured by warmth which is promoted by these winter ready your home tips.

Winter Ready Your Home Tips

Drafts, and cracks and leaks are the enemy of the manageable heating bill.  Seek them out and seal them up with a tube of caulk.  Check around your windows and doorframes for cracked, rotted or missing weatherstripping, installing new to prevent and reduce warm air from escaping.

Cover vents and openings to prevent unwanted guests of the eek! kind from making a winter home.

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The window frame that is in a state of decay will give way to the harshness of old man winter.  Replace any rotting wood, caulk and seal, and feel the warmth, not a draft.

Remove any and all debris, leaves, sticks, pine needles, pecans (gifts from these little darlings) from gutters.

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Snow Squirrel

Trim and cut any branches back from your house.  I suggest hiring a professional service to remove overgrown limbs, branches, and vines from electrical wires. 

Don’t forget to winterize the patio furniture, planters, and pots we love to summer outdoor living to.  Clean patio furniture and allow to completely dry, and then store in storage shed, basement, or garage to protect from the elements.  Clean out planters and move potted plants inside.

Remove water hoses, wrap, and store away for the season.  Drain sprinkler heads and valves in order to eliminate the pipes from bursting.  Close drain valves. Set sprinkler timer to appropriate settings for the winter.

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Spigot

Wrap exposed pipes and cover outdoor faucets with a faucet cover to protect and prevent damage.  

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There’s a time and a place for a diy project, and getting your wood-burning fireplace safely and accurately winter ready is not one of those times.  The best tip in this area is this: hire a professional chimney sweep.

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Stock up now on the baby, it’s snowing outside essentials such as ice melter, snow shovel(s), ice chopper(s), snow brush, and snow scraper.

 

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Perform an at home diagnostic test on your snow blower.  Change the oil and replace the spark plug.

 

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I’ve sought Dave the Builder’s advice on the following:

Getting Your HVAC System Winter Ready for Your Home Tips

Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clean return air grills, vents, and floor registers.

Start the season with a clean, new air filter.  Change filter every thirty (30) days.

Cover window unit A/C with an insulated liner.

Look into replacing an older thermostat with an energy efficient programmable model.

Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest Learning Thermostat

Reverse the settings on ceiling fans to clockwise to blow the hot air downward.

Energy.gov suggests turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting to promote saving as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling.

Safety is always in season.  Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and if you do not have one, install a carbon monoxide detector or an all-in-one unit.

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Getting prepared now with these winter ready your home tips feathers the nest with protection as well as peace of mind for the winter months ahead.

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A Gouda Idea: Fall Entertaining

Those of you who are in fall entertaining, pumpkin, color, sweater, and comfy throw heaven, please do share, show, and tell with us what fall looks like in your corner of the world.

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Hey There Pumpkin Fall Door Mat

Our Canadian snowbird son called home this past Saturday to show and tell what fall looks like in his corner of the world.   He and his lovely wife were welcoming several friends in for an evening of fall entertaining featuring fireside cocktails and fall themed food and drink.

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We discussed what cocktails and dishes would be served, the fall decor touches his bride was adding to the mantle, how good of an idea it was for his mom to suggest a first fire of the season to warm up both home and hearth, and at the moment it just happened to be snowing.

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Louisiana temperatures can’t see fit to drop below 83 degrees with 98% humidity.  Meanwhile, the Canadian snowbird is not only enjoying fall, but winter to boot (or should I say aboot).

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Cool, crisp, and cold weather signals it’s time to pull out the blankets and throws, start a fire in the fireplace, bedeck the abode to fit the season, and invite friends over to gather together for a it’s fall y’all celebration.

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Part of the fun of entertaining is coming up with festive and creative ways to put a festive spin on the presentation of drinks, snacks, entrées, sides, and desserts.

all-party-pumpkin-chip-holderBetter Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens shows how using a hallowed-out pumpkin lined with a fall themed kitchen towel as a serving bowl for chips brings the fall harvest serving A game to the table.

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Hello Fall Kitchen Towel

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Better Homes & Gardens

Apples and cheese make tasty pairing partners, and these appetizing apple-shape cheese are so simple to make.

Begin by rolling your favorite choice of soft cheese into a ball.

Coat the cheese in smoky paprika, finely crushed pecans or walnuts, minced fresh herbs, or crushed gingersnaps.

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Harvest Wood Pumpkin Charger

Press the top of the ball to create a spot for the stem.

Finish the “apple” by inserting a branch with leaves or a pretzel, bread, or cinnamon stick paired with a bay leaf to create a stem completing the apple look.

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Vintage Silver Plated French Silea Cheese Markers

Fall, winter, spring or summer- farmhouse chic is a Gouda look.

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Thirstystone Urban Farm 3 Piece Cheese Set

It’s Pumpkin Time

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My daughter-in-law is a loyal Michaels Stores shopper whereas her mother-in-law spreads the loyalty around in the name of the best deal.  This past Sunday, I lucked up on a super Sunday sale at our local JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores.

I’m stocked and ready to fall to Thanksgiving tablescape.

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Several fall decorating-entertaining-tablescapes show and tell emails between the two of us garnered ideas and inspiration across the miles.

She suggested I take a look at the fall into Thanksgiving themed pillow covers available from Wish.com.  The grateful and the autumn pillow covers are on the way, and I can’t wait to see how the pillow covers in real fall decorating time will complete the look I have in mind.

I suggested she print and frame this lovely colorful fall printable from Refresh Restyle as fall favors for her guests.  The link to the free printable is provided under the image.

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Colorful Fall Printable from Refresh Restyle

Our favorite time of the year season easily inspires a celebration. Fall entertaining is a crisp breeze when good ideas, finds, and friends come together.

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Fall Decorating Inspiration 2018

This week finds me tuned into fall decorating inspiration 2018.  Warming home and hearth with seasonal updates for fall in this the season of cozy colors, textures, and patterns appeals to my penchant for gifting the home, eye and heart with the much anticipated unveiling of the best the third season has to offer.

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Fall In Love

Transitioning the spaces and places in your home to mark summer’s exit and fall’s arrival is easily achieved through welcoming rich warm colors and engaging layers to create and convey a cozy mix.  Let’s take a look at what’s in home motivated by fall decorating inspiration 2018.

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Domino – Photography by Carter Berg

Curling up with a good book in a cozy spot is always in season, especially on a crisp fall afternoon or evening.

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Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits 

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Family Circle – October 2018 Issue

The October  issue of Family Circle plants a pumpkin seed of fall decorating inspiration 2018.

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Nicollete Top Grain Waxed Leather Chair

A comfortable chair and a good book or magazine pairs well with a fall afternoon or evening.  The cozy reading corner essential check list includes a table lamp, swing arm lamp, floor lamp, or small reading lamp producing optimum light.  Add to that a spot table, a spot of tea, and a plush throw and you have the elements of comfort to ambiance.

Hiend Accents Cable Knit 50"x60" Throw

Hiend Accents Cable Knit 50″x 60″ Throw

Seasonal tabletop accents enhance a fall-autumn-Thanksgiving table is set to gathering together.

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Vintage French Pewter Hunting Dog Wall Plate

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Antique Silver Sentiment Charger

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Victoria Magazine

Fall Decorating Inspiration 2018

Velvet fabric in vibrant colors will make the table runners I could not source to suit.

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Standing Ring-necked Pheasant

The needlepoint fabric in pheasant detail I wanted was just a bit too pricey for my taste- $2000.00+ too much.  One enhanced search and source session later and this P Kaufmann Game Birds Heritage Ducks Pheasants over Paisley fabric is on its way to Places In The Home.

P KAUFMANN GAME BIRDS HERITAGE DUCKS PHEASANTS OVER PAISLEY

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Frosted Eucalyptus Garland

Frosted Eucalyptus Garland

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Seeded Eucalyptus Bunch

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 Harvest Chicken Casserole

Fall tastings generate a fair amount of dirty dishes.  I’m sure the sentiment of the below images echoes a majority opinion.

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If you’re like me, placing a positive spin on the task at hand cuts through the dread and the dirt.

Enter Mrs. Meyer’s Apple Cider scent dish soap.

mrs-meyers-apple-cider-scent-dish-soapMrs. Meyer’s® Apple Cider Hand Soap 

This stuff is fall in a bottle.  The staying power of both scent and suds justifies the price, adding a bit of aroma therapy to an otherwise unremarkable household duty.

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Ornamental Cabbages

Autumnal bouquets in harvest tones, pumpkins, gourds, acorns, pecans, cotton bolls, persimmons, apples, pears, ornamental cabbage, pansies-  nature absolutely is the best arts and crafts store.  When nature is in the house the simple yet elegant essence of fall-autumn is present and accounted for.

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A touch of autumn through new to me art, accessories, scents and taste.

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Pastels pair beautifully with deep rich tones of copper, mahogany, and ebony creating seasonal color contrast for fall through winter decorating.

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A mix of traditional and modern pieces creates visual interest and curated contrast.

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Simeon Pumpkin-shaped Glass Base Table Lamp

Simeon Pumpkin-shaped Glass Base Table Lamp

 

Scents of the season~

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2-Wick Candle Brown Sugar Chestnut Soy Wax Blend Candle

I can personally attest to the scentsational aroma of the Hot Buns and Apple Cinnamon Vanilla scented candles from Our Own Candle Company.  The entire house smells so delicious when I burn one of these candles.

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Our Own Candle Company Cinnamon Hot Buns Scented Mason Jar Candle

Fall is here, and what better way to announce its arrival than to welcome style home through fall decorating inspiration 2018.  Simple enhancements in seasonal colors, textures, patterns, tastes, and scents reflect a warm feel and cozy character.

Happy first weekend of fall, y’all!

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How Do You Set the Scene to Welcome Personal Style Home

Gearing up to add a touch of fall to house and home, the creative process requires giving thought to the elements of design and decorating that will best welcome personal style home.

Elizabeth Drake

Elizabeth Drake

I look at each individual space in terms of framing a scene à la Hollywood set designer or director.  With a discerning eye, I evaluate what makes the cut.

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Many of us derive our personal design and decorating choices from affecting colors, textures, patterns, scents, sounds, and ingredients we’ve impressively seen, felt, heard, smelled, and tasted.   If something leaves a lasting impression on you, one strong enough to influence your design and decorating choices, by all means bring it home!  The life lived within a home comes alive through personal style and taste, and there is nothing more chic than the home that beautifully demonstrates this.

Regardless of season or occasion, design and decorate with a sense of you in order to distinctly welcome personal style home.

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Enlist the senses to aid in a frank assessment of what is working for you in the space and what is not.

Picture a tree and its branches.

The tree trunk represents your signature design style preference- the all things house that make a home foundation.  Branch from the “trunk” with transitional pieces.  Select a reference point for color, pattern, and/or texture and “branch” out from there.

 

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If the date stamp on certain pieces has expired, purge these items from your decorating portfolio.  I catch myself attempting to justify keeping pieces long past their decorative prime because somewhere in time it appealed to me, and perhaps it may again strike my fancy.

No, Hattie Hoarder, it won’t.

Say goodbye to the stale, the outdated, and the expired in lieu of something or nothing (less is more sometimes) better suited in its place to welcome personal style home.

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Our interior design, decorating, and home decor choices reflect our core design style preferences.  It’s these thoughtful and personal choices that resoundingly welcome personal style home.

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Thoughts on Fall and What I Associate Autumn With

I associate autumn with checking the how many days until autumn (or fall) countdown timer every day from the first day of August until the official first day of fall.

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I’ve broaden my when will fall get here consults to include the SmokyMountains.com‘s fall foliage prediction map.

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Louisiana and the deep South is estimated to experience the peak color for fall on November 19, 2018.  Until the real color deal arrives, nandina leaves color my world with a hint of autumnal color.

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Our sense of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch is naturally heightened by autumn’s splendor.

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My East Tennessee roots run as deep as the fall foliage colors in full peak season, naturally leading me to check hotel availability in the Pigeon Forge area and the happenings at a Gatlinburg jewel, the Buckhorn Inn.

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The above image is of the Transferware vegetable bowl I bought last year on one of my late October treasure hunts.  When I spotted the A Welcome Inn sign in the pattern, my mind immediately engaged in a lightening round of I associate autumn with.

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I associate autumn with a Transferware vegetable bowl placed upon the Thanksgiving table.

saying-graceA framed print of Grace by Eric Enstrom hung on wall of my grandparent’s dining room and never fails to take me home. 

Thanksgiving holidays spent in East Tennessee at my paternal grandparents house included aunts, uncles, and cousins from Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, and surrounding Tennessee towns gathered together in Fountain City to break cornbread together.

We lovingly referred to it as hillbilly old home week.

Buckhorn Inn Gatlinburg

Buckhorn Inn

I associate autumn, East Tennessee and family with crisp colorful fall afternoons spent in the Smoky Mountains and special times at the Buckhorn Inn.

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I associate autumn with natural beauty.

I associate autumn with robust colors of amber, magenta, crimson, tobacco, sage, aubergine, arugulamarigold, brick, moss, forest, caramel, and paprika.

I associate autumn with trees of ginkgo, maple, apple, persimmon and magnolia.

I associate autumn with sitting on the front porch with a cup of hot chocolate in hand listening to the sounds of the local high school bands.

I associate autumn with delicious seasonal dishes, sweets, and warm beverages.

I associate autumn with scents of cinnamon, pumpkin, amber, fig, spice and cedar wood.

I associate autumn with the warmth of fabrics woven and woolen.

I associate autumn with cozy spaces, simple pleasures, and the warmth of an inviting home.

What do you associate autumn with?

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