Autumn

Cold Hardy Vegetables Give you a head Start on Spring

Cold hardy vegetable

The weather here in NC is unseasonably warm right now, so it has my head spinning thinking of all the fun to come in my garden. But, alas, I know that no matter how Mother Nature looks today, there will still be plenty of cold days ahead. Even so, it’s never too early to plan ahead…

Old Fashioned Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This fork tender old fashioned beef stew is made just the way Momma made it! Rich and savory with big chunks of meat and vegetables are the ultimate comfort food.

Ah – the joys of using a slow cooker.  When the weather is cold and you are looking for something comforting for dinner, bring out your crock pot.  For me, there is nothing quite like the taste of an Old Fashioned Slow Cooker Beef Stew.  Cooking beef this way ends up in the most amazingly tender…

Antipasto Platter Tips – Starting Dinner Italian Style

Antipasto Platter with specialty meats and cheeses

One of my favorite ways to start an evening with friends is to serve an antipasto platter. Antipasto, when translated, means “before the meal.” A good antipasto platter is a combination of small bites of tasty food and is usually accompanied by wine. An antipasto platter is meant to stimulate your guest’s appetite before they dig into…

Tips for Cleaning Crusty Clay Pots

Cleaning Clay Pots is a job that is best done in winter

When the days get cooler and shorter, it is time to put the garden to bed for the winter.  Cleaning clay pots this time of the year keeps my garden still in mind and makes sure that they are ready to use when spring comes around again in a few months. Getting Rid of the…

Pumpkin Cake with Toasted Coconut Frosting

This pumpkin cake is moist and delicious and has a crunchy toasted coconut frosting.

  My mother died a year ago so she missed out on our last Thanksgiving and Christmas. One of her time honored traditions was to serve a pumpkin cake each year, for both of these holidays, with her special toasted coconut frosting.  She is not here this year, but that does not mean the cake…

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece – Recycle Reclaim!

This Thanksgiving Centerpiece makes use of reclaimed wood and inexpensive craft supplies and looks lovely on a long dining room table. It is very easy to make, in just a few hours.

My husband and I are in the  middle of renovating our kitchen and other areas of our home, so we have a lot of bits and pieces of wood that is just lying around waiting for me to do something with it. Today’s project uses some old barn board style wood to make an easy…

Sausage Garlic Parmesan Pasta – A Delicious 30 Minute Meal

Sausage Garlic Parmesan Pasta

  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Barilla® and Johnsonville®. The opinions and text are all mine.   It’s time for some Sausage Garlic Parmesan Pasta! My family loves any recipes that have pasta in it, and I love coming up with new ideas to tempt them and see if my…

Biltmore Estate Gardens Tour

My husband and I recently spent several days in the mountains of North Carolina with our daughter.  The highlight of the trip was a tour of Biltmore Estate. We enjoyed the tour of the estate, for sure, but what really impressed me was the gardens.  I thought my readers would enjoy reading a blog post featuring…

Grocery Bag Dispenser Tutorial – Super Easy DIY Project

Grocery Bag Dispenser

Are you a grocery bag hoarder?  I have always been one.  They have so darn many uses, that it is a shame to just throw them away when you come back from a shopping trip.  But keeping them tidy can be a problem. This DIY Grocery Bag Dispenser Tutorial gives me a place to keep…

Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars

Take a bite of these apple pie bars with ice cream

The Quaker Oats Company as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. It’s time for some apple pie oatmeal bars! It’s fall! For me, that means three months of non stop baking, decorating and general holidaying.  I just LOVE this time of the year.…

Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Loin Filet

This cranberry pecan stuffed pork tenderloin is a perfect choice for a busy weeknight OR a special occasion. thegardeningcook.com

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Pork. It’s time for a Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Loin Filet. This cranberry pecan stuffed pork filet is the perfect comfort food recipe for a cool fall evening. This Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Loin Filet is full of the taste of autumn. It has a…

Roasted Root Vegetable Medley

Roasted root vegetable medley

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SamsClubMag #CollectiveBias It’s time for a roasted root vegetable medley. Fall flavors combined to make this roasted root vegetable medley a hit with your family. For me, fall is the time for anything cooked in the oven. I roast…

No Carve Autumn Leaf Pumpkin

No carve Autumn Leaf Pumpkin

Carving pumpkins is a lot of fun, especially when you do it with children, but it is also messy.  Fortunately, there are many alternatives for a carved pumpkins that will still set a fall theme around your home.  This mo mess autumn leaf pumpkin project is fast and easy to do and looks great when done. …

7 Bean Soup Mix plus Recipe

This easy 7 bean soup mix project makes a great hostess or housewarming gift

For most of the year, I am not normally much of a soup girl.  But when autumn rolls around, I find myself making soup all the time.  This 7 bean soup mix is the perfect fall recipe. It is rich and hearty and has a lovely spicy herb blend to give the soup a lot of…

Cinnamon Baked Apple Slices

cinnamon baked apple slices

Ever since I was a little girl, apples and pork were flavors that I really loved.  I often make homemade applesauce to go with a pork dish but for tonight’s dinner, I am using apple slices instead.  These cinnamon baked apple slices have a thick brown sugar glaze but is not too sweet, since I…

DIY Scrap Wood Pumpkins – Cute Fall Curb Appeal

Scrap wood pumpkins with moss and pine cones

These adorable scrap wood pumpkins are easy to make and will add great curb appeal to your front steps. I love making home decor projects that either use supplies I have on hand or can be recycled from something else.  In the case of these scrap wood pumpkins, the starting point was an old mail…

Pecan Pie Cookies – A Holiday Treat

drizzled pecan pie cookies

These pecan pie cookies are the perfect choice for your next cookie swap, or to add to your holiday dessert table. My husband is a pecan pie fanatic. He loves everything about it.  Except for the calories, that is.  He’s been trying to lose a bit of weight and having a whole pecan pie on…

Apple Crumble Baked Apples – A Healthy Alternative

Apple crumble baked apples with caramel sauce

Treat your family to these apple crumble baked apples. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareTheJoyOfPie #CollectiveBias Tis the season for all things yummy.  Unfortunately, that might mean tis the season for extra pounds too! This delicious recipe for apple crumble baked apples gives us…

Thanksgiving Tablescapes and Centerpieces

Insirations for a Thanksgiving table to delight your guests

Decorate your Holiday Table with a Thanksgiving Tablescape Thanksgiving will soon be here and it’s the perfect time to bring out the big ideas for Table decorations.  A tablescape is  a term used to describe the decoration of the entire table top.  The upcoming holiday season is the perfect time to get creative with your…

Turtle Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake

This turtle chocolate pumpkin cheesecake will become a traditional holiday dessert. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweetenTheSeason #CollectiveBias The holidays are a time for me to bring out the big guns when it comes to desserts.   There is nothing quite like having family…

DIY Indian Corn Cakes – Thanksgiving Delight

This Indian Corn Cake centerpiece is the perfect dessert and decoration for your Thanksgiving table. Imagine how much fun the kids will have making and eating it! thegardeningcook.com

Indian Corn Cake Centerpiece This do it yourself project for Indian Corn cakes will really brighten up your Thanksgiving table.   The cakes are authentic looking and are easy to make.  The only problem will be keeping the kiddies out of this until after the meal. To make this project, you will need the following supplies:…

Chicken Pot Pie – Cinnamon Apple & Pear Salad – Easy Fall Meal

Chicken pot pie with cinnamon apples and cranberry and walnut salad

The Hectic Holidays are made much easier with a Marie Callender Chicken Pot Pie, Cinnamon Apples and Pear Salad. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PotPiePlease#CollectiveBias ‘Tis the season for easy meals in my house.  I adore this time of the year, but it’s…

Pumpkin Swirl Mini Cheesecakes

These pumpkin swirl mini cheesecakes are the perfect size for your Thanksgiving guests. They are a delicious blend of cream cheese, pumpkin puree and seasonal spices. thegardeningcook.com

It’s pumpkin time at my house with these pumpkin swirl mini cheesecakes. One of my mother’s favorite desserts at Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie. I’ve never been much of a fan of a whole pie, (I usually eat just the filling of the pie and leave the crust – I’m quirky that way…) and my husband…

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Plaque

Let your holiday guests know what will be on the menu with this Thanksgiving dinner menu plaque. Thanksgiving is a time for family.  I love to gather all my special people in one place and treat them to a lovingly prepared home cooked meal of turkey and all the trimmings.  Alas, my real family is…

Autumn Makeover for My Front Entry

Just a few projects and my front entry is ready for fall.

This autumn makeover for my front entry adds seasonal flair and great curb appeal. I love everything about autumn.  When the temperatures start to fall, I know that good things are right around the corner. Having three fun holidays in a row gives me so many options for outside decorations.  This autumn makeover is perfect…

Quick and Easy Halloween DIY projects

12 Easy Fall & Halloween Decor Projects

Decorate for Halloween and Fall with one of these Easy DIY Projects Halloween is the beginning of the festive season that seems to lend itself to decorating.  Try one of these cute DIY projects to dress up your home and yard for the holiday and for fall in general. The projects are all easy to…