Monday, October 27, 2014

Mom's Halloween Bash 2014


My niece Chelsea with some creative face painting.
My sister Diane and brother John.
My sister Diane and me.

Mom has carved approximately 125 pumpkins over the last seven years. I did a post on her pumpkins from 2009, explaining that Mom uses the "carvable" foam pumpkins and Pumpkin Masters patterns. 

The trick or treaters and neighbors look forward to the display each year. Our local TV station also features them. This year, she set them up in her three stall garage so the kiddos can visit and stay warm and dry! Halloween weather is very unpredictable in our area. 

I was so distracted with all the fun happenings that I didn't take many photos of the food. Our menu consisted of:
Chicken Riggies with Joe's famous garlic bread 
Pulled Pork with Dinosaur BBQ Sauce
Tomato Pie
Hummus, Stuffed grape leaves, and Greek olive platter
Orange and black torilla chips with warm cheese dip
Nutella cheesecake stuffed brownies
Frosted pumpkin cookies
Bourbon Slushies for the adults

Mom's buffet decorated for Halloween.

Mom carved all the pumpkins that are on display. Have you picked a favorite pumpkin yet? Mine is the owl, of course.

To those that know me well, you knew that my mom would carve an OWL pumpkin for me didn't you.

Thank you for stopping by! I am joining Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I Found More Rooster Plates


Once in a while, I check the stats on my blog. It tells me what is popular, and these rooster plates with MacKenzie-Childs chargers are very popular. The plates have a wonderful scalloped design with tassels.

I was in a second hand store last week, and they have six of the Dinner rooster plates that you see in this photo. I don't need them but I have received many emails from ladies that would like some. I'd be happy to buy and ship them if you still want them. I wish I had saved all the emails, but I didn't think I would find these dishes again. This table setting consists of Pinzon chargers, MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check, and the Rooster plates.

The centerpiece hen is nesting in a MacKenzie-Childs strainer. 
Thank you for stopping by! I will be joining Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cinnamon Crumble Apple Pie

The first apple in the basket
was bright and shy red.

The second apple in the basket
said, "What a cozy bed!"
The third apple in the basket
said, "Please move over there."
The fourth apple in the basket
said, "Now we are two pair."

The fifth apple in the basket
said, "Oh dear, me-oh-my!"
"This basket looks like pastry."
"I think we're apple pie!"

I'm sharing my favorite apple pie recipe again this year. I hope you'll try it. It's that great. For a printable copy, click here.
Cinnamon Crumble Apple Pie
Adapted from Bon App├ętit | October 2003

3-1/4 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, sliced 1/4 inch thick (I used tart Macs)
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
For filling:
Mix all ingredients in large bowl to coat apples. (I sometimes let this "marinate" overnight but you don't have to)

For topping:
Blend first 5 ingredients in processor. Add chilled butter cubes; using 
on/off turns, cut in until mixture resembles wet sand.

Put filling in crust, mounding in center. Pack topping over and around 
apples (I add chopped walnuts to this topping).  

Bake pie on baking sheet at 350 until topping is golden, about one hour. 
(cover top with foil if browning too quickly). Bake until apples in 
center are tender when pierced and filling is bubbling thickly at edges.
Thank you for stopping by! I am sharing this post on Tablescape Thursday and Foodie Friday.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Hello Pretty Autumn


The bright and beautiful hues of crimson, copper, bronze, burgundy, scarlet, goldenrod, pumpkin, mustard and canary are contrasting with the evergreens at the lake. 

These photos were taken last weekend (9/27/14). We started out at our camp in Old Forge, and arrived at our destination in Keene, NY.

Our annual girls weekend in the mountains. That's me on the left. 

Sharing a little bit of what I have been up to. Decorating with tomatoes ;o)

A cold front came through a couple weeks ago, and we had to fire up the wood stove to keep warm at camp. The stove is our only heat source and we love that cozy feeling. 

I've had these pictures in my camera for a while, and this was the day we took mom to get some mums. She is in the process of setting up 80 carved pumpkins for Halloween.  I'll post photos on Halloween.
 You've probably seen the wooden boxes on Pinterest and blogs that are being used for centerpieces. I got the supplies at Home Depot and Joe made the wooden box that measures 36" long and 6" wide. We used it for our Thanksgiving centerpiece last year, inspired by Life and Linda's blog.

A handful of spiders, MacKenzie-Childs ornaments, garland with little pumpkins, and two pumpkin faced dolls were added to the Autumn box.

The MacKenzie-Childs owl Christmas tree topper was happy to fly out of the attic for Halloween.

The centerpiece was put together with items I had on hand.  I first filled the box with two rolled bath towels and added spider webbing from the dollar store. This filled up the bottom of the box, and then I started adding items to the tippy top.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Time for Spooky Treats

The weather has been b-e-a-utiful and we're having quick tasty meals on the grill. I've been making quesadillas for years, and use leftover chicken, some grated Mexican cheese, and a little bit of salsa. Then top it with tomatoes, sour cream, additional salsa, homemade pickled jalapenos and cilantro. This is the recipe I use from Taste of Home.
Have you seen the spooky treats in Country Living Magazine this month? I think they are the cutest I have seen. Beware: These chocolate and pumpkin cupcakes with creamy hazelnut frosting are totally bewitching.
Spiced chocolate bats! Yes please. I like Halloween treats that please my palette ;o) No eye balls please.

I must make these owls!

I am joining Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday with this post.
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