Autumn

Thanksgiving Tablescapes and Holiday Table Ideas

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

These Thanksgiving Tablescapes and holiday table ideas are so earthy and warm too, with all the colors of fall.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…

Cinnamon Baked Apple Slices – Warm Cinnamon Apples

cinnamon baked apple slices

These cinnamon baked apple slices have a thick brown sugar glaze but is not too sweet, since I used tart Granny Smith apples. 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…

Fall Blooming Perennials and Annuals for Bold Color

Fall Blooming Plants

Are you wondering what to plant in the fall when the summer flowers have all but stopped their show of color?  These fall blooming perennials and annuals will add that last touch of bold color in most gardening zones. These late bloomers will grow in most planting zones and will give new life to a…

DIY Pumpkin Succulent Planters – Easy Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece

Pumpkin succulent planters

Are you looking for a natural and easy to care for fall arrangement?  Try making these DIY Pumpkin Succulent Planters. They look great and can be put together in almost no time at all. This pumpkin succulent arrangement makes a wonderful fall centerpiece for your Thanksgiving tablescape and can also be used outside to decorate…

Types of Fall Greenery for Decorating and Arrangements

Types of greenery for fall decorating projects

Fall greenery is the perfect natural element to use in festive autumn decorations and floral arrangements.  It’s both bold in color and rustic in texture and gives a calming look to any decor project. I love the feel and look of fall. There is nothing like cool days when the garden starts to die down…

Spooky Halloween Pumpkin Cookies

Halloween Pumpkin cookies

These Halloween Pumpkin Cookies are the perfect treat for your family or neighborhood friends. They have a cute pumpkin face and are filled with rich chocolate frosting. I love this time of the year.  Our neighborhood kids are out playing most of the time, and it is a lot of fun to treat them to…

Planting Garlic – Tips for Growing and Harvesting

Planting growing and harvesting garlic tips

Planting Garlic works best if you do it in the fall. It is very easy to grow and gives you bulbs to use in cooking for much of the year.  Be sure to get the heads for planting from a reputable supplier. Learn how to plant, grow and harvest garlic. This useful kitchen plant is…

Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks – Carve a Pumpkin Easily

Pumpkin carving tips and tricks for your Halloween project

If you have tried your hand at pumpkin carving, you will know that an easy Jack o Lantern design is not too difficult. But attempting more elaborate designs may make you wonder why you ever ventured away from Jack! The Gardening Cook is a participant in the Amazon Affiliate Program. This post may contain affiliate…

Growing Cilantro – How to Grow, Harvest and Use Fresh Cilantro

Love it or hate it, cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is still one of the most popular herbs for kitchen gardens . Growing Cilantro is quite easy as long as you take care to keep it away from the hottest heat. Cilantro is a staple of Mexican and Asian cooking. It makes a great garnish and is best served…

Hasselback Baked Apples – Tasty Gluten Free Sliced Apples Recipe

These hasselback baked apples are a fun take on the traditional baked apple recipe. Instead of hollowing out the apple and adding a filling, the apple is thinly  sliced and then drizzled with a delicious buttery brown sugar topping. A crunchy gluten free flour and oat topping completes this delicious dessert recipe. When you are…

One Pot Beef Curry and Vegetables – Easy Thai Curry Recipe

Thai red curry

This delicious one pot beef curry recipe is big on flavor but low on calories. It truly is one of the easiest curries that you can make, but don’t let that fool you.  The flavor is amazing!  This Thai curry is a gluten free and easy to make meal that will delight your family. I…

Flower Bulb Types – Understanding Bulbs Corms Rhizomes Tubers

Bulbs Corms Rhizomes Tubers Bulbets and Tuberous roots are part of the geophyte family

Flowering bulbs are some of the easiest plants to grow.  Some of the spring flowering bulbs, such as tulips, crocuses and daffodils will give you weeks for flowering long before other perennials have started to show up.  How well do you know your flower bulb types?  Do the words bulbs corms rhizomes tubers and bulbets…

Caramel Apple Recipes – Toffee Apple Desserts & Treats

Caramel apple desserts

These caramel apple recipes feature the regular toffee apple snack as well as bars, cookies and other desserts that deliver the fabulous taste of this traditional fall treat. The recipes show that the caramel apple flavor is more than just a snack on a stick. Did you know that October 31 is National Caramel Apple…

Fall Foliage – Garden Fences and Gates in Autumn

Fall Foliage - Garden Fences and Gates

Is fall foliage at its peak where you live? Here in NC, the colors are ablaze. In these photos garden fences and gates, surrounded by the colorful fall leaves, tell the story of the change of seasons beautifully. Fall blooming perennials and annuals are available, but nature gives us a pop of color each year…

Fall Gardening Checklist – Tips for Fall Garden Maintenance

Fall gardening maintenance

This fall gardening checklist will help you get ready for the gardening off-season. Learn about autumn garden care and how to winterize your outdoor space to make things so much easier when the garden starts blooming next spring. Getting out in the garden this time of the year is a great time to look back on…

Fall Entryway Makeover- Decorate your Front Door for Autumn

This fall entryway makeover brings in the rustic colors of autumn to my front doorway. #LowesFallDecor #IC #ad

This Fall Entryway Makeover takes my front door and entry through from fall and right into Thanksgiving with natural elements and the rustic colors of autumn leaves, pumpkins and more. This post was sponsored by Lowe’s as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.…

Hurricane Lamp Fall Centerpiece – Rustic Autumn Table Decor

hurricane lamp centerpiece

Fall is the time for rustic decor projects in muted tones of autumn leaves.  This hurricane lamp fall centerpiece combines the colors of fall into a super quick and easy to make rustic table decor that will grace any autumn table. It would look lovely on a Thanksgiving table.Fall is just full of colors and…

Clay Pot Pumpkin – Terracotta Pumpkin Candy Dish

Finished clay pot pumpkin

Don’t you just love fast and easy home decor ideas that add seasonal flair to your home at very little cost? Me, too!  This clay pot pumpkin looks great as a decor item and also does double duty as a candy dish.  Win – win in my book! Thanksgiving tablescapes often make use of a…

Terracotta Candy Jar – Clay Pot Candy Corn Holder

Candy corn holder

This adorable Terracotta Candy Jar will delight your trick or treating youngsters.  It is made to look like candy corn – everyone’s favorite Halloween candy and will look really cute on your Halloween party table. I love making projects with clay pots.  The material paints easily since the pots absorb craft paint well and, often,…

Candy Corn Centerpiece

candy corn centerpiece

Are you looking for something fun and whimsical to add to your Halloween party table? This candy corn centerpiece is super easy to make and adds a spooky looking effect very quickly. I don’t know if you are like me, but I love using things found in my yard in home decor projects. It keeps…

DIY Pumpkin Projects and Crafts

Pumpkin projects

I love fall. The smells and colors abound and it’s the beginning of festive holidays for the rest of the year.  And of course it is the beginning of Everything Pumpkin Time!  These DIY pumpkin projects will add lots of seasonal decor to your home with very little cost. You can carve pumpkins and there…