Monthly Archives: September 2014

Salted Caramel Dipped Pears

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Did you know pears are a big deal this time of year?  

I’m not quite sure why this slipped my mind.

Maybe I never bothered to notice…

…or perhaps I have been consumed by fall’s superstar — The Apple.

My suspicion is that I have simply ignored this little gem.

How about you?

“Like a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck…”

Granny Smith has always been the apple of my eye for autumn.

Until recently…

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When meandering through a glossy magazine this show stopper came on the scene.

And with a starring role to boot…

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How to Make Stunning Felted Wool Acorns

 

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And so the story goes.

Once upon a time, there was a mom surfing the net. She had no rhyme or reason she was just surfing. After a few clicks on a few random things, she came across the most stunning autumn craft she had ever seen…

She wanted to make them so she jumped in her van in search of wool roving… felt skein… or something like that…

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The Morning I Shot My Chic White Pumpkins

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Painting pumpkins makes me giddy… and shooting them even more so. 

I found that out this week.

I’ve never painted pumpkins before, at least not a solid color.

White pumpkins have been a decorating trend for years, but I had only admired them on other people’s stoops, straining my neck as I drove by.

You know the homes I mean…. the ones that have it…

...major autumn curb appeal.

The ones with gorgeous mums and big wreaths on their front door and a scattering of pumpkins positioned just so.

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Easy Pineapple Lime Marinade

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Pucker-up, Buttercup! Ready for an easy and delicious sweet and sour twist to your next chicken dinner?

Lime citrus gives this zippy sauce its pizazz and sets it apart from the typical bottled brand you can buy in any store. Last week I shared with you a recipe for Hawaiian Pineapple Cake I recently made that called for a can of crushed pineapple — juice reserved. Well, I saved mine to make this amazing marinade for an out of this world zesty chicken and vegetable stir- Continue reading

Subtle Decorating for Autumn

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It sure has been hectic around our house.

That’s why I am easing into fall with just a few decorating changes. I like to slowly transform our home by pulling in colors that mimic what’s happening naturally outdoors by using items I already own.

We still have a lot of green happening outside, which I love, but now and then I catch a glimpse of yellow and orange in the trees.  The sun seems brighter and it certainly feels like fall is just ahead.

In the photo of the magnolia wreath above, you can see the faded green leaves contrast nicely against the warm suede tones peaking from the rear. Although it’s been hanging on my office door all summer, I think it will look great for autumn, so I’m moving it downstairs.

I also like to layer with wood trays, earthy toned candles, and brass candlesticks. Subtle changes like these add to the room’s coziness, without being heavy. This works well since we’re still having plenty of hot days, yet cooler evenings.

Vignettes need texture to contrast with smooth and glossy pieces to keep the display interesting. And as you can see, for every shiny vase, tray or planter I have included an item with a rougher texture, like the leafy green succulent and sphere ball above, and the white floral, tiny clay bowl and bird’s nest in the photo below.

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Mixing warm and cool colors.

My favorite pop of color is cool blue. It works really well with autumn’s warm oranges, burgundy and browns. It’s an inviting, friendly shade that most people feel drawn to. Think of a pair of denim jeans. They’re comfortable, casual and seem to go with everything.  They’re also relaxing, which I think blue is too, so I try to have a shade of it in every room — all year-long.

And that’s what I’ve done these last few weeks since the kids have gone back to school — dusting, bring in warmer colors, rotating and reusing pieces I already have.

Lisa

 

 

 

Before & After: Vintage Copper Boiler

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While camping with my family over the summer I bought this old copper boiler from an antiques store. It was sitting outside in a corner of the shop’s front porch covered in cobwebs and rusty grime.  With a little elbow grease I could see flowers displayed in the tub or maybe I would use it as a novelty storage bin I thought.  Since it was left out to rust and the price tag was reasonable, I purchased it with hopes of gussying it up and giving it a new life.

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Hawaiian Pineapple Cake

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Do you remember the theme song from Gilligan’s Island?

The tv show where Skipper and Gilligan get shipwrecked on a deserted island with Mary Ann, Ginger, The Professor and Mr. and Mrs. Howell.

“Just sit right back
And you’ll hear a tale
A tale of a fateful trip,
That started from this tropic port,
Aboard this tiny ship.
The mate was a mighty sailin’ man,
The Skipper brave and sure,
Five passengers set sail that day,
For a three hour tour,
A three hour tour…”

I loved that show.

The words to the song make me want to rent every episode and watch them with my sons.

My sister and I looked forward to seeing it every day after school.

Faithfully.

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