Holiday Treasures and Tastes

My holiday treasures and tastes snapshot asks the question, if you love this time of year like so many of us do, why wait until after Thanksgiving to holiday it up?

Decorating one season at a time traditions, like rules, are made to be broken in favor of a richer experience.

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Mix, mingle, layer, and jingle the best of the Thanksgiving into Christmas holiday season with treasures and tastes of the ho ho home for the holidays kind.

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Holiday Plate

Mainstays ‘Hohoho’ Decorative Throw Pillow

Vintage Christmas Tree Print 

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Mug, Mouse

Two Tier Alpine Village

Holiday Etched Glass Goblet

Santa Boots Planter/Vase

Real-Touch Flocked Norfolk Pine Wreath

Seasonings Greetings Doormat

Voluspa Candy Cane Boxed Candle

Letters To Santa Painted Metal Mailbox Copper Finish

Well deck the halls- I just heard the Hershey’s Kisses commercial with the bells ringing ♫We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

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It’s official- the holidays are here!

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Folks, this recipe for Pumpkin Coconut Fluff Pie is easy to make and impressive to serve.

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Pumpkin Coconut Fluff Pie

Ingredients

1 9″ graham cracker crust

1  8 oz container whipped topping

1  3.5 oz box vanilla instant pudding & pie filling

1  15 oz can 100% pure pumpkin

½ cup sweetened coconut flakes

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. ground cloves

½ tsp. ground nutmeg

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, add pure pumpkin, vanilla pudding mix, coconut, ground cloves, ground nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice.  Using a wooden spoon, stir ingredients until combined.

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Next, add vanilla and whipped topping. Fold until incorporated.

Spread the pumpkin fluff mixture into the graham cracker crust; cover with plastic wrap.

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Chill covered pie for at least 4 hours to set.

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Before serving dust the top of the pie with additional pumpkin pie spice.

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Things are beginning to get busy as it does at the holidays.

Temperatures have dropped to baby, it’s cold outside numbers, family is on the holiday road heading home, and my kitchen cabinets and countertops runneth over with holiday dinner fixings to which I am most grateful.

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Enjoy the process and the holiday treasures and tastes, dear friends.

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Taste of Thanksgiving Recipes

Taste of Thanksgiving recipes feed the hunger we crave and gives reason for the gathering season.

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Gathering together to feast, family, and friend during the holidays or just because on a Monday in cozy spaces with good food (fancy schmancy or crackers and can cheese) is rooted in connection, love, and celebration of relationship.

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Houzz – Tim Moss

Speaking from years of experience, the kitchen is about to be a hot spot of holiday activity.  Music is a must, quality kitchen tools and gadgets essential, organization the sous chef to friend, and the taste of Thanksgiving present and accounted for.

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Houzz – Tim Moss

Holiday open houses at favorite antique shoppes result in treasured finds; among them platters O’Plenty perfect for plating birds baked, roasted, and fried.

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Antique Shoppes at 1100 Barksdale

Louisianans do love to do delicious fried turkey when the weather turns cold and the good holiday times roll.

Deep-Fried Turkey Recipe

Country Living – Photography by Johnny Miller

Deep-Fried Turkey

Ingredients

1½ tbsp. kosher salt

1½ tbsp. smoked paprika

1½ tsp. garlic powder

1½ tsp. onion powder

1½ tsp. fresh ground pepper

1¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

1 (12- to 14-pound) whole fresh turkey

Peanut oil (about 3 gallons)

Directions

Stir together first 6 ingredients. Remove giblets and neck from turkey, and discard. Drain cavity well; pat entire turkey dry with paper towels.

Loosen and lift skin from turkey with fingers, without totally detaching skin; generously spread seasoning under skin. Carefully replace skin and secure with wooden picks, if desired.

Sprinkle and rub remaining seasoning inside cavity and on outside of turkey. Let turkey stand at room temperature while oil heats.

Meanwhile, pour oil into a deep propane turkey fryer 10 to 12 inches from top; heat to 350°F over a medium-low flame, according to manufacturer’s instructions (about 45 minutes).

Place turkey on fryer rod. Carefully and slowly lower turkey into hot oil with rod attachment.

Fry 35 to 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of thigh registers 165°F (about 3 minutes per pound plus an additional 5 minutes.  Keep oil temperature between 300°F and 325°F). Remove turkey from oil; drain and let stand 25 minutes before slicing.

Serves 10-12.

-Country Living

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Louisiana pecans harvested from area farms characterize the taste of home.

Cinnamon Candied Pecans​​​​​​​​
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Ingredients

1 Tbsp unsalted butter

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 cup pecans

½ teaspoon cinnamon

​​​​​​​​Directions

In a cast iron skillet over medium heat, melt together butter, cinnamon and granulated sugar until the sugar starts to caramelize.  Add pecans and stir to coat; stirring often to keep from burning.

Pour candied pecans onto parchment or wax paper allowing to cool.

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Southern sweet potato casserole, candied sweet potatoes, and Dave the Builder’s requested favorite, sweet potato pie- Louisiana sweet potatoes are synonymous with Thanksgiving.

Homemade Sweet Potato Pie Recipe with Walnut Topping

Homemade Sweet Potato Pie Recipe with Walnut Topping

Taste of Thanksgiving Recipes

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

3 large sweet potatoes, washed, peeled and sliced French fry style

1 stick butter, sliced

1 cup sugar

1 Tbsp water

Directions

Places prepared sweet potatoes in pot. Add sugar and butter slices. Add water and cover with lid. Cook on low about 40 minutes or until tender. Do not stir during cooking time.

Place candied sweet potatoes in casserole and serve.

-Cooking with Brenda Gantt

Asparagus With Crawfish Hollandaise

Asparagus With Crawfish Hollandaise

Ingredients

2 pounds green asparagus, trimmed

1 tablespoon canola oil

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

4  large egg yolks

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

½ teaspoon salt

⅛  teaspoon cayenne pepper

½  cup butter, melted

½ (16-ounce) package crawfish tails

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, and add asparagus.  Top with canola oil, salt, and pepper, and brush evenly with basting brush.  Bake until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, add water to a large saucepan, and bring to a simmer.  In a stainless steel bowl, add egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, and cayenne.  Hold bowl over simmering water making sure bottom of bowl does not touch water, and whisk vigorously until volume of egg mixture doubles.  Slowly whisk in melted butter until sauce is thick and combined.

Remove from heat, and stir in crawfish.  Serve immediately over asparagus.

-Louisiana Cookin’

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Scenes from home.

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Regional ingredients rich in taste of home traditions star in our taste of Thanksgiving non-traditional side dishes.

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Wild Rice and Basmati Dressing with Sausage and Sage

Wild Rice and Basmati Dressing with Sausage and Sage

Holiday time is coming, and what better time to dazzle the gathered together than with one of these taste of Thanksgiving recipes.

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The Thanksgiving Of It All

It dawned on me that going with my heart this year and decorating according to the current mood is exactly the theme for this year’s Thanksgiving of it all.

Nothing too elaborate or over the top, just simply going with tried and true pieces that speak Thanksgiving to me.

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Opening the cabinet doors of the section of the kitchen reserved for the good china and holiday appropriate plates proved to be the hardest part of the decorating plan.

Simple elegance is rooted in a cozy and comfortable ambiance.

sideboard-Thanksgiving-piecesTo me it simply isn’t a Thanksgiving table without serving pieces and figurines denoting a pheasant and turkey pattern.

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My great-grandmother, Mama Two, went to great measures to set a lovely Thanksgiving table each year she was with us.

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The Thrifted Table

Mama Two entertained and adorned with grace and what appeared an effortless command of the feast setting.  At least one pheasant and one turkey plate, platter, or figurine always found a planned path to the tabletop.

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Mismatched 6 Spoons Silverplate Teaspoons

Antique finds gathered over the years such as accent flatware pieces connect the dots to family tablescape traditions.

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Posts of Thanksgiving past prove my tried and true favorites don’t seem to waver.  Color combos and patterns continue to lean neutral to nature with at least one new or new to me addition added for good measure.

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Woodland Turkey Platter

Better Homes & Gardens Exposed White Clay Stoneware Drink Pitcher

Jadeite Green Glass Cake Stand with Loop Trim 

Antique J. H. W. & Sons Hanley England Serving Bowl

Mazie 20pc. Flatware

Hemlock Trails Cotton Quilted Round Reversible Placemat Set of 6

Ceramic Pumpkin Gravy Boat

In the Forest Owl Mixing, Measuring and All-Purpose Bowls, Set of 3

Linden Street Amber Glow Acorn Wood Serving Tray

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Something as simple as velvet ribbon and decorative feathers becomes a stunning choice of dinner napkin embellishment.

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Thanksgiving into Christmas 11 inch wreaths for use as chair wreaths or as decorative rings framing candles, serving bowls and/or cake stands.

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Lindsay Bowles Artist

Treasures found online and in store set a place for the unique and the uncommon.

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Treasure Chest

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Place cards zhuzh up the occasion.

DIY Thanksgiving Pear Place Cards

DIY Thanksgiving Pear Place Cards

Lovely place cards ideas range from fresh fruit au naturel or spray painted in your favorite holiday color.

Fall leaves and a Sharpie create festive place cards.

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Free printables such as this vintage brown turkey with fanned tail lend traditional beauty to the holiday table.

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The Graphics Fairy

How gorgeous is this pairing- get it?

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Good Housekeeping – Photography by Mike Garten

Roasted Pears

Ingredients

4 Bosc pears

2 tbsp Maple syrup

1 kosher salt and pepper

1 tbsp olive oil

½ cup walnuts, toasted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Wash and pat dry pears.  Cut each pear in half lengthwise and remove seeds.

Place the pears on the baking dish, with the cut side facing upward.

Fill each pear with toasted walnuts. Drizzle olive oil and maple syrup over pears. Sprinkle with  salt and pepper.

Bake for 30 minutes or until soft.

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Jadeite continues to have its moment, and the Martha Stewart Highbrook Jadeite Glass Loop Cake Stand is poised to become a timeless remembrance.

Martha Stewart Highbrook Jadeite Glass Loop Cake Stand in Mint

Martha Stewart Highbrook Jadeite Glass Loop Cake Stand in Mint

Well, folks, that’s the Thanksgiving of it all.

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Warm Cozy Impressions

Sharing a few warm cozy impressions with you by design and delight is the theme of this week.

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Veranda – Photography by Dylan Thomas

Fireplace days are here again, and I for one could not be more excited for an evening round the fire cozy at home.

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Gilded Leaf Acorn Ornament

Inspiration is everywhere as proven in this eye catching photo.

Accent and accessories used in expected ways and in unexpected placement have the ability to impress and add charm to the spaces and places in and around the home.

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Autumn Harvest Rice hits the spot when you’ve got a craving for a delicious hearty and cozy.

Food cozy?

Absolutely!

Recipe here.

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Southern Living – Photography by Helen Norman

In my experiences with bouquets picked out and picked up in the grocery store floral department reduced for quick sale buckets, a next level look is super easy to obtain by simply tucking in stems, cuttings, and seasonal greenery from my at home lawn and garden department (the yard/garden).

Adding to never seems to take away from the finished result.

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Late fall hydrangea blooms thrive until the arrival of the first frost.

I knew I loved these flowers.

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House Beautiful – Photography by Susan Gilmore

Homey for the holidays or cozy fashioned in fall, creating a cozy ambiance will tick all the boxes of seasonal decorating success while leaving warm cozy impressions.

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Halloween Decorating Suggestions

Spooktacular Halloween decorating suggestions come in Halloween handy for the decorista who dares to bedazzle house and home in haunted fashion destined to thrill and delight the eye.

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Halloween is a prime time for showcasing your decorating creativity.

From fraught with frightful or a lavish display in spine-chilling style, doors, windows, fireplace mantels, staircases, porches, lawns, gardens, and sidewalks become prime players in a game of Halloween decorating dress-up.

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Affordable is the trick.

Eyeball Orbs

Eye-catching is the treat.

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Clear Skull Beverage Dispenser

I like a little fright mixed with a tad of harmless haunt so the theme appeals to kids of all ages.

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Decorative Crow

Stoneware Appetizer Plate - Threshold

6″ Stoneware Appetizer Plate – Threshold™

Crow Classic Litho Poster Size

“Crow” Classic Litho Poster Size

Doorstops and garden statues easily and eerily stand fabulous as centerpieces for the Halloween feast table or bar cart.

Design Imports Cast Iron Rat Doorstop

Design Imports Cast Iron Rat Doorstop

Sit this rat doorstop next to a cheese board and let the oohs and eeks ensue.

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Resin Owl

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Halloween Small Bat

The Cathedral Gargoyle Statue

Cathedral Gargoyle Statue

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Resin Skull Frog

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Black Stretching Cat

Be sure to add by Black Cat by Janet Jackson to your Halloween playlist.

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Seasonal, special event, and holiday decorating can wreak double, double toil and trouble on one’s wallet; top reason why I like to source and suggest items that pull double decorating duty.

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Magnolia Dried Wreath Brown – Threshold™
81 oz Stoneware Pumpkin Jar – Threshold™
10 oz Stoneware Pumpkin Jar White – Threshold™
9.5 in Crackle Glass Pumpkin Decor
Large Ceramic Pumpkin Rust – Threshold™

Pumpkin decor far exceeds the plastic orange jack-o-lantern decor of yesteryear.

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Although I still love the vintage and throwback to childhood days pieces, I am over the harvest moon for many of the new traditional offerings found on sites and retail shelves.

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Spiced Pumpkin 9.5 Ounce Candle

Take a spiced pumpkin candle in deep amber orange and pair it with a faux maple leaf wreath in candle ring fashion and voilà-  a fall themed pumpkin palace centerpiece.

Bring the spooky-the creepy-the painful memories of stepping on these as a kid with a scattering of sweet gum tree balls in close proximity to the wreath.

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Sweet Gum Tree Balls

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When the clock strikes midnight on November 1st these accents find new life added to your home for the Thanksgiving holiday decorative accessories list.

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Halloween Classics

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Pier Place Witch Shoes Candy Bowl

Pier Place Witch Shoes Candy Bowl

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Cookie jar?

Candy bowl?

Pick your poison.

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Halloween Medallion Wall Decor with Snake

Halloween Medallion Wall Decor with Snake

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About ten days from Halloween (or party date) pick up a dozen or two of roses.  I stick them in a vase with very little warm water, and allow them to wither and dry out.

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Come the day of the dead roses place the stems in a freakishly gorgeous vase.

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Tulle by the yard is my go-to inexpensive solution to table wraps and centerpiece accessory.

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Vintage style eyeglasses, a novelty pipe, magnifying glass, and a Victorian style top hat(Halloween decoration now, Christmas tree topper for the holidays) and you’ve got yet another themed Halloween decorating suggestions centerpiece.

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Ambiance is an essential component in the entertaining equation.

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Halloween 3in x 6in LED Melting Candle

Halloween 3in x 6in LED Melting Candle

Flameless LED candles cast a (safe) spell and shadow of mystique.

Ghost Candleholder

Ghost Candleholder

Dim all the lights is not only a Donna Summer disco hit, but my lighting rule for an enchanting evening.

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String lights in your favorite color offer a soft glow to light the party night.

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Recycled Glass Pumpkin Cloche

Place lights inside a clear glass pumpkin jar with lid or under a collection of clear glass cloches to create a simple yet elegant lighting option.

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Delighted with the look this in the style of designer pillow cover and a flecked spider from the dollar store nesting atop offers.

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Uninvited guests visiting front porch haunts provide creepy-crawly effects.

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Skeleton Swizzle Sticks

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Pumpkin Punch Bowl

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Skull Beverage Dispenser

Whiskey Wine Skull Cup

Whiskey Wine Skull Cup

Bat Cork Wine Bottle Stopper

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Serving Halloween decorating suggestions for decades, the ever appropriate orange and black plastic jack-o-lantern pail makes for the perfect pumpkin ice bucket.

Acrylic Skull Bucket, Clear Iridescent

Way to Celebrate 4.5-Quart Acrylic Skull Bucket, Clear Iridescent

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Kitchen Ghosts

Halloween Harvest Punch

Ingredients

4  cups apple cider

4 cups cranberry juice

3  cups ginger ale

1  cup orange juice

½ cup fresh lemon juice

3 cinnamon sticks

ice

apple slices, raspberries, and melon balls for garnish

Directions

In a large punch bowl, add ice, apple cider, cranberry juice, ginger ale, orange juice, lemon juice, and cinnamon sticks. Stir to mix.

Serve in rocks glasses over ice.

Garnish with apple slice, raspberry, and melon ball.

Skeletal Hand Plastic Cups

Skeletal Hand Plastic Cups

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Stackable Plastic Tumbler Cups, BPA Free, 8 Ounce, Red (Set of 4)

Godinger Owl Stemmed Glasses Goblets, Drinking Glass - Set of 4

Godinger Owl Stemmed Glasses Goblets, Drinking Glass – Set of 4

Moth Rocks Glass

Moth Rocks Glass

You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination.

Your next stop, the Twilight Zone and the buffet table.

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Royal Norfolk Black and White Dashed-Pattern Stoneware Dinner Plate

Halloween 52in x 90in PEVA Tablecloth - Critters & Insects

Halloween 52in x 90in PEVA Tablecloth – Critters & Insects

LED frog on skull tabletop decor

LED Frog on Skull Tabletop Decor

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Halloween Skeleton Tabletop Decor with Moths

Halloween Skeleton Tabletop Decor with Moths

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Mystic Eye Ouija Cutting Board

Halloween Cute Snack Bowl Stand,3-Tier

Halloween Broom Stand,3-Tier

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Pumpkin Wooden Appetizers Board
Halloween Stoneware Tombstone Serving Platter
3pc Stainless Steel Cheese Tool Halloween Set

Fun, frightful, and fabulous Halloween decorating suggestions offer affordable ideas and easy tips ready to help transform your home into the spooktacular showcase it’s sure to be.

Love your style!

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October Observations

October observations run the gamut from events to design to decor and just about everything else fallapalooza in-between.

Halloween is definitely October happening numero uno.  Man, has this
31st of October event become a celebration powerhouse.

October observations

Anticipated Halloween spending according to the National Retail Federation is estimated to reach $10.6 billion in 2022, breaking last year’s record of $10.1 billion. Approximately 68% of consumers plan to participate in some sort of Halloween celebration, up from 65% last year, 58% in 2020 and 69% in 2019.

That’s a lot of spirited spending, folks.

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Candy corn.

Like?

Hate?

What say you?

Psst! I like the stuff.

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Domino

Artist Carlos Amorales exhibition at Salone del Mobile Milano,“The Accursed Hour,” is as striking as it is haunting. Copy the look by covering walls and ceilings with swarms of paper butterflies stickers found on Amazon or Etsy.

Instant Paper Butterflies Wall Decor Halloween

There is Halloween decorating, and then there is Halloween decorating.

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Fall fixer up time sees new wood molding atop the antique corbels on the front of the house, and a while we’re at it let’s touch up the colors paint session.

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Neighbors are precious friends-friends who come to call with skill saw, molding, primer and woodworking talent to save the day.

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Recipes accenting the flavors associated with homey and hearty hit the spot on chilly fall night or game day afternoon.

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Sausage and Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe from Country Living

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Bee & Willow™ Harvest Motif Dinner Plate

Savings is a prime number.

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Sales on seasonal wares and accents have a way of inspiring cart fulfillment.

Ceramic Pumpkin Serving Bowl

Ceramic Pumpkin Serving Bowl

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 Country Living

Vacation escapes and fall into holiday tablescapes pique my October observations interest.

Natural elements set a stunning table and the tone for a lovely drive.

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Visit Gatlinburg

Peak color season getaways feed the heart and soul while gifting the eye a colorama as only nature can do.

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It won’t be long before the honking sounds and sights of Canada geese heading south for the winter will be in our area.

Last year for about 8 nights in a row around 7:15 p.m. cst the show began much to my delight.

They fly so low you can really get a good visual, and of course, you hear them before you see them.

In honor of this October tradition, I’m purchasing a set of these Spode Snow Geese dinner plates.

Snow Goose Dinner Plate

Spode Snow Goose Dinner Plate

October in our little town is parish fair time, and that means my craving for a caramel apple is soon to be satisfied.

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The Might Thomas Carnivals

Crisp days are coming into view, and with that brings the retail offerings, nature’s color parade, thrills, chills, tastes and trends that round out my October observations.

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Cozy Toasty Fall Happenings

October has arrived, and with it comes the excitement and joy of comfy cozy warm and toasty fall happenings.

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Autumn Cozy

Creature comforts of the season go a long way in setting a cozy scene.

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Nestling in with a hot cup of cinnamon spice tea, a hint of pumpkin wood in the air, and this month’s Country Living is the best of fall.

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Two darling nephews and one picturesque pumpkin patch delights little ones and this Auntie to no end.

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Cooking remains my diversion of choice.

Honing in on the flavors best known to the season and putting your stamp on a recipe to make it your own is a delicious way to create a house favorite.

Photo by Roberta Sorge on Unsplash

Photo by Vera De on Unsplash

Apples and spices, fresh lemon and rum extract, refrigerated pie crust (easy is the name of the game) and sprinkles of sugar mix and mingle in a flavor gala befitting a recipe you’ll label a must make.

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Photo by Roberta Sorge on Unsplash

Apple Crostata

Ingredients

3 Gala apples; peeled, cored, sliced

1 Granny Smith apple; peeled, cored, sliced

1 refrigerated pie crust

1 lemon (for juice and zest)

½ cup sugar

coarse sugar

2 teaspoons almond extract

2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

¼ tsp. allspice

¼ tsp. nutmeg

1 egg

Directions

Preheat oven to 450°F.

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Pie crust will roll out better if allowed to be at room temperature for ten minutes. Roll pastry out onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

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In a large bowl combine apple slices, lemon zest, lemon juice, flour, allspice, nutmeg, almond extract, granulated sugar and salt.

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Lightly dust center of pie crust with flour mixed with allspice and nutmeg.

Pour filling into the center of the crust.

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Gently fold the border up over the edge of the apple filling.

Pleat crust with fingers to create a border design.

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Brush border with egg.

Next, sprinkle border with coarse sugar.

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Bake for 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

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Tradition beckons the baking of the first Apple Nut Cake of the season.

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Trying out a new recipe or whipping up one tried and true celebrates the taste of the season and dishes cozy toasty fall happenings.

On a personal note, I would like to ask my dear readers to please be patient with me as I slow the frequency of postings at this time due to devastating health news received over the last two weeks. Prayers for comfort and strength are most appreciated.

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Welcome Fall Home

Today makes it official, friends. I am so excited to greet the season with accents and accessories, tastes and scents that welcome fall home.

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One would not know today is the first day of fall by the current weather in the Deep South.

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Hot and humid with temperatures rising lands us in full-on fallsummoween.

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High heat and humidity zaps the feel of fall, but apples paired with pears, cloves, and cinnamon offers the taste of fall refreshment.

Fall Fruit Facts: 

Did you know there are 7500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world with 1oo varieties grown commercially here in the United States.

Cinnamon (also called quills) is the perfect spice compliment to sweet and salty drinks and dishes.

Pears are members of the rose family (no, not the Rose family of Schitt’s Creek fame). Origins of the pear date back to 1000 B.C.

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Autumn Apple Pear Cinnamon Water

Ingredients

6 cups water

2 Gala apples cut into thin slices

1 Granny Smith apple cut into thin slices

1 pear (I used Bartlett) cut into thin slices

2 cinnamon sticks

3 whole cloves

Directions

Fill pitcher with water.  Add apple and pear slices, cinnamon sticks and whole cloves.  Give a quick stir to mix; cover and refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend.

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Why stop there?

Crisp mornings, afternoons, and evenings go splendidly with a warm beverage or warming cocktail.

Simple syrup or spiced concentrate added to your favorite fall hot or cold beverages amplifies the spice which in turn brings out the flavors so closely associated with fall.

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Vanilla Simple Syrup

Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

In a small saucepan over medium heat bring all ingredients to a soft boil; cooking until sugar dissolves making sure to stir the entire time.

Remove from heat and allow to completely cool. Transfer syrup to a heat safe jar or container and store in refrigerator.

Autumn Spiced Concentrate

Ingredients

2 cups water

3 cinnamon sticks

3 whole cloves

Directions

In a medium saucepan bring water, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves to a to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

Your house will smell amazing during this part of the process!

Remove from heat and allow concentrate to cool before transferring to a heat safe jar or container.  Store in the refrigerator.

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Seasonal touches here and neutrals there decorate the dining room.

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Faux stems and bushes usually don’t tickle my fall decorating fancy, but this Japanese Maple bush from JOANN is absolutely lovely.

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Never underestimate the visual impact of the simple yet elegant seasonal décor accessory.

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DIY wreath project success means I like the way it turned out and find it too pretty to hang on the front door just yet, so it calls the foyer welcome fall home for now.

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Several posts ago I shared with you all my purchase and impending delivery of this Negative Oranges Framed Art Print from Kirkland’s Home.

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Don’t you love when an item you’re sure will work does just that.

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Our welcome fall home 2022 wishlist is almost complete.

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Vintage or in the style of vintage prints never fail to catch my eye.

Tennessee has really been on my mind and heart of late.

I purchased my first Anton Pieck print from an antiques shop in East Tennessee thirteen years ago, and last week I purchased this vintage Anton Pieck 3D Paper Art print of “The Ship” to add to the collection.

Hunting dog prints hung throughout my grandparent’s house, and the vintage porcelain figurine immediately took me back so in the cart it went.

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Pheasant Canvas Flat

Wishing my fellow fall fans a happy first day of fall is a Places In The Home tradition.

How do you welcome fall home?

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