Saturday, November 16, 2019


I finally decided how I wanted to set my Thanksgiving table. I am setting six place settings not sure how many guests we'll have. I am sure I will have to either add more or possibly remove some.  I like to get a head start on setting everything up so I have more time to enjoy baking and preparing our traditional favorites.

I wanted to use my Juliska in the Flint pattern. I love this color for autumn and Thanksgiving. I've been purchasing a few pieces here and there as I found them marked down. I have a few pieces of blue, so I am using those as well. 

For my centerpiece I wanted use what I have so I  my collection of velvet pumpkins was an easy choice. Cascading out of one of my favorite blue containers all this centerpiece needed was to add  a little faux fall foliage. 

I sprinkled in a few acorn ornaments

Napkins are natural linen from Pottery Barn  

The charger is Juliska Main House

Hammered look glass charger

Dinner plate is Main House

Salad plate 
The Conservatory

On the side board the large urn, medium pitcher and small urn.

If you are still here, thank you! I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you stopped by.

Thursday, October 31, 2019


Happy Halloween

 Our weather today fits right in for a spook! It is dark, raining buckets, warm humid weather dropping from 73 degrees to the forties. The rain will be ending just in time for all the little neighborhood spooks to come out to Trick or Treat.

Enjoying the pretty of Halloween I have
a collection of vintage cards, here are a few.

A Collection of Vintage Halloween Postcards



And new addition of spooks

Flowers for Halloween

And a few spooky touches for the hutch

A welcome for Trick or Treat spooks

My sister's vintage Pumpkin Man

And her carved pumpkin

Wow!  She loves to carve a pumpkin, every year she amazes me! Isn't this guy adorable!!

An Artsy pumpkin guy

If you stop by on this Spooky Halloween
be sure to enjoy a chocolate 

or a slice of Red Rum Cake

Thanks for your visit, please do leave a comment so I'll know you came by. 
Have fun everyone and be safe!

Saturday, October 26, 2019


Fall Comfort Food
Vegetable Sweet and Sour Soup

 For this sweet and sour soup it's pretty much what you have on hand or what you like. I am eating low carb so I'm using mostly green veggies, all with a blast of flavor. Carrots add a little sweet, while the other veggies add a sour taste, okra, green tomatoes, onion, green and red peppers, and cabbage. I've also given up red meat for now so no beef stock. 


     Low Carb 


 For this soup, I used a large stock pot and filled it with six cups of water. Bring to a boil and add vegetables and two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. After everything comes to a boil set to a slow boil and cook vegetables until tender. Salt and pepper to taste. Next 
 add two 14 1/2 oz cans petite diced tomatoes. The final ingredient is salsa verde sauce, as much or little as you like. Low simmer for all  flavors to combine. Generally I use one to two cups of chopped vegetables. No set amount, just use what you like. The flavor of this soup is amazing!

With a chill in the air soup is the perfect light supper. A tray to take outside set with tea towels for napkins. Just add your favorite bread or crackers if you are not low carb

Pumpkin bowls for a fall touch

A favorite MacKenzie-Childs tray

A perfect light meal

 I always make enough to have leftovers to serve for lunch for a couple of days

If you try my soup recipe I hope you'll let me know how you like it. I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you were here.



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